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Satisfactory Academic Progress FAQ

General Questions

  • 1. How do I determine my Minimum Cumulative GPA?

    Access iROAR and go to the “Student” section.Locate your GPA in the “Overall” row in the “Transcript Totals” section toward the bottom of your Academic Transcript. According to your attempted credit hours, see the MCGPA chart in the undergraduate  University Announcements.

  • 2. How do I determine my Maximum Timeframe?

    Clemson University uses the average published time to complete an undergraduate degree, which is 126 hours. 126 hours x 150% is 189 hours, which is the standard Maximum Timeframe for an undergraduate student. The maximum time frame for a graduate/professional degree is at an average of five years which is 90 hours (graduate level full-time status of 9 hours per semester multiplied by 2 semesters per year is 18 x 5 years = 90 credit hours).

  • 3. How do I determine my Credit Hours Attempted?

    Access iROAR and go to the “Student” section. Locate your attempted hours in the “Overall” row in the “Transcript Totals” section toward the bottom of your Academic Transcript. To this figure, add:

    Accepted transfer credits
    Accepted AP/IB credits
    “W” classes  
    “P/F” classes

    If you do not know the credits for a course, you can look up the course in the undergraduate University Announcements.

  • 4. How do I determine my Pace of Completion?

    Access iROAR and go to the “Student” section.Locate your earned hours in the “Overall” row in the “Transcript Totals” section toward the bottom of your Academic Transcript. Divide your Credit Hours Completed (earned) by your Credit Hours Attempted (see Question 3 above). Your answer must equal or exceed .67 for satisfactory academic progress. Alternately, you can multiply your Credit Hours Attempted by 67%. If your answer is a decimal, round up to the next whole number. This is the minimum number of hours you must have completed for satisfactory academic progress.

    Example:

    Subject Course Level Title Grade Credit Hours Quality Points

    COMM

    1010 UG Communication I P 1.000
    ENGL 1010 UG Composition I B 3.000 9.00
    CH 1010 UG General Chemistry W
    BIOL 1030 UG General Biology F 3.000 0.00
    PSYC 3330 UG Cognitive Psych C 3.000 6.00
    PSYC 3340 UG Cognitive Psych Lab A 1.000 4.00
    Term Totals (Undergraduate)
    Attempt Hours Passed Hours Earned Hours GPA Hours Quality Points GPA
    Current Term: 15.00 8.00 8.00 10.00 19.00 1.90
    Cumulative: 15.00 8.00 8.00 10.00 19.00 1.90

    Hours Attempted = 15

    Hours Completed (EARNED) = 8

    8/15 = .53

    .53 is less than .67, so the Pace of Completion is unsatisfactory.

    Alternately, 15 x .67 = 10.05 (round up to 11)

    8 is less than 11, so the Pace of Completion is unsatisfactory.

  • 5. If my MCGPA is too low, how do I make a plan to improve it?

    Access iROAR and go to the “Student” section.Locate your information in the “Overall” row in the “Transcript Totals” section toward the bottom of your Academic Transcript. You will need these figures to enter in the SAP Calculator. Use the SAP Calculator to project the number of credits hours you must take or the average you much maintain to reach your GPA goal. You can also improve your GPA by forgiving classes in which you earned a grade of “D” or “F.”  You may wish to discuss your strategy with your academic advisor. Please note that forgiving a “D” will reduce your pace of completion.

  • 6. If my Pace of Completion is too low, how do I make a plan to improve it?

    Project your possible Pace of Completion by adding the number of credit hours in which you plan to enroll to your Credit Hours Completed and your Credit Hours Attempted and recalculating. Recalculate with various hours to see how many credit hours and/or terms it will take you to reach a Pace of Completion of at least 67 percent. You may wish to discuss your strategy with your academic advisor.

    Example:

    In the example in Question 4 above, if the student enrolls in and completes 12 hours in the next term, he/she will then have 27 hours attempted and 20 hours completed.

    20/27 = .74

    .74 exceeds .67, so the Pace of Completion is now satisfactory.

    Alternately, 27 x .67 = 18.09 (round up to 19)

    20 is more than 19, so the Pace of Completion is now satisfactory.

  • 7. Can I make up credit hours in summer school?

    Credit hours earned in summer school will be added to your Credit Hours Attempted and your Credit Hours Completed. Successfully completing hours in any term will improve your Pace of Completion, but summer school is not considered a “make-up” period.

  • 8. Can I make up credit hours by taking classes elsewhere?

    Credit hours earned as transfer credits will be added to your Credit Hours Attempted and your Credit Hours Completed. Successfully completing hours elsewhere will improve your Pace of Completion, but classes taken elsewhere do not make up for GPA deficiencies.

  • 9. If I am not maintaining satisfactory academic progress, can I appeal?

    Yes, you can appeal by explaining why you failed to make satisfactory academic progress and what has changed in your situation that will allow you to make satisfactory progress at the next evaluation. You should describe your plan to meet the MCGPA and a Pace of Completion of 67 percent or more. If you have exceeded your Maximum Timeframe, you should describe your graduation plan and list the semester you plan to graduate. Click here for the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form.

  • 10. If I cannot make satisfactory academic progress by the end of the warning period, will I lose my financial aid?

    Yes, you may be denied financial aid, but you can submit an appeal letter if you have extenuating circumstances. If it will take you more than one additional semester to regain satisfactory academic progress, then you may want to attach an estimated academic/graduation plan signed by you and your adviser as part of your appeal. 

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