Satisfactory Academic Progress
Academic Standards & Probation Policy
The Questrom School of Business Undergraduate Academic Standards Committee reviews the progress of all Questrom students after each semester. Those students currently in good academic standing who fall into one of the following categories are placed on probation for the following semester:
- All students whose cumulative GPA is below a 2.0.
- All students whose semester grade point index (GPI) is below a 2.0.
- All students who complete fewer than 12 academic credits without prior approval of part-time status.
Students on probation are reviewed at the end of their first probationary semester. If they run afoul of one or more of the three categories stated above, they are placed on probation for a second semester.
Students are reviewed again at the end of their second probationary semester. If they run afoul of one or more of the three categories stated above, they are considered for permanent dismissal from Boston University with immediate effect.
Please note that, for the purposes of satisfactory academic progress, a completed course is one in which a student receives a grade of D or higher. No more than 16 credits completed with the grade of “D” may be counted toward a Boston University degree.
Although Boston University Summer Term is not considered a probationary semester, coursework taken during the summer will be considered in determining probation and permanent dismissal. Coursework may be taken during the summer intervening a spring-to-fall probationary semester sequence, or the summer immediately following a fall-to-spring probationary semester sequence.
To be considered a full-time degree candidate, you must be registered in at least three 4-credit academic courses per semester (12 academic credits). To remain in good standing in SMG, you are expected to proceed at the rate of at least three academic courses per semester, with each course carrying a minimum of 4 credits. Full-time tuition covers from 12 to 18 credits (or 20 credits if a student is enrolled in a 6 credit course)
Any student enrolled in fewer than twelve credits in one semester is considered a part-time student. Approval for part-time status is granted on a case by case basis. To request to be changed to ‘part-time status,’ submit a petition form. You will be considered as full-time status, regardless of your course load, until a petition for part-time status is approved.Since the Questrom School of Business is a full-time program, a student dropping to part-time status without prior approval of the Undergraduate Academic & Career Development Center will be subject to review by the Director and the Assistant Dean.
Leave of Absence
If you wish to take a leave from Boston University for personal or academic reasons, you must file an official withdrawal/leave of absence form with the University Service Center, located at 881 Commonwealth Avenue, lower level. You must file this form to be considered officially withdrawn from the University. Simply dropping out of courses does not officially withdraw you from the University. Once your withdrawal/leave of absence form is received by the University Service Center, refunds will be made according to the following schedule:
- Prior to the start of classes – 100% tuition and fees
- During the first two weeks of classes – 80% tuition
- During the third week of classes – 60% tuition
- During the fourth week of classes – 40% tuition
- During the fifth week of classes – 20% tuition
- After the fifth week of classes – no refund
Please click here for the Withdrawal and Tuition Refund Schedule
Transferring to Another College or University
You may decide that Boston University and/or Questrom is not the place for you and that you want to transfer to a college or university better suited to your needs. Applications for transfer are obtained directly from the school to which you are interested in transferring. You will need to obtain your official transcript which can be requested on the Student Link. If the school requires a Transfer College Report, print this form and bring it to the Office of Judicial Affairs (19 Deerfield Street). While there, complete a Request to Disclose Records form.
Judicial Affairs will send a Judicial Affairs Letter and the Transfer College Report to the UDC. Please provide the UDC with stamped, addressed envelopes for each school to which you are applying and then the UDC will mail the forms directly to each school. If you decide to transfer, you must notify Boston University in writing. This is done by completing a withdrawal form at the University Service Center, located at 881 Commonwealth Avenue, lower level. Failure to complete this form will result in charges for any courses for which you may have registered, regardless of whether or not you attend the courses.
Students are named to the Dean’s List when they earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher (effective Fall 2010), with final grades in a minimum of four academic courses totaling a minimum of 16 credits, and with no I (incomplete) grades. Dean’s List designation applies only to the fall and spring semesters in the academic year.
- Dropping to part-time status may affect eligibility to remain in good standing in SMG and may subject the student to academic probation. Please note that you are required to complete at least six academic courses per academic year, 24 credits total, (not including Summer Term) with a minimum of four credits in each course to be eligible to continue in SMG.
- Dropping to part-time status may affect eligibility for financial aid as well as graduation date.Please note that you are required to complete successfully (i.e. no grade of F) a minimum of 12 credits per semester during each academic year (not including Summer Term) in order to be considered for renewal of financial aid.
- International students should check with the International Students and Scholars Office before attempting to drop to part-time status. In many cases, taking less than 12 credits in a given semester may result in falling out of visa status.
- Dropping to part-time status can affect eligibility for a housing contract. Only full-time students are permitted to live in the university residences.
Effective with the Spring 2017 semester, the University has adopted a new pass/fail policy. To encourage intellectual exploration, Boston University permits students to elect up to 8 credits of academic coursework on a Pass/Fail basis to satisfy requirements for the bachelor’s degree. P indicates a course grade of D or above.
In keeping with the intended use of Pass/Fail to encourage intellectual exploration, students elect Pass/Fail near the end of, or after, the course, rather than at the beginning. Semester-specific dates and additional important information can be found on the University website.
In general, with the exception of the Questrom required Executive Skills Seminar courses (SM108, 208/209, 308, and 408 or ES110, 210/215, 310) which are only available as a pass/fail courses, students enrolled in the Questrom undergraduate program may only complete academic courses Pass/Fail in the following categories: 1) the non-management elective requirement, and 2) the free-electives requirement. Students may not apply the course toward required electives which must be from Questrom, and Pass/Fail courses may not be applied toward a Questrom concentration. Additionally, the Pass/Fail option may not apply to gateway or the business minor requirements for non-Questrom students. The pass/fail option is also available for PDP (Physical Development Program) courses; in the case of PDP courses, the credit earned cannot be applied toward the degree requirements.
Questrom students may not audit any course for which they intend to receive academic credit. An extra course (that is, one that the student does not need in order to fulfill graduation requirements) or PDP courses may be audited, provided that the professor teaching the course does not have a “No Audit” policy. A student auditing a course is required to attend and participate in class but is not required to take examinations. Students may change the status of a course from credit to audit or vice versa during the Add/Drop period. Although no credit is earned for a class taken as an audit, full tuition is charged for the course. A grade of “AU” will appear on the transcript for any course taken on an audit basis. Please note: It is the policy of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) that no CAS courses may be audited.
To audit a course, please complete the Permission to Audit a Course form (pdf).
Tuition Waiver for Credit Overload
- Questrom may only give financial approval for credit overload to Questrom students taking courses on the Charles River Campus. Non-Questrom students must see their school or college of residence for such approval. Questrom students who are studying abroad must consult BU Study Abroad to determine appropriate course load.
- Freshmen, sophomores and juniors: full time tuition pays for up to 18 credits
- Seniors: full time tuition pays for up to 20 credits
- Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher can register for up to 20 credits without accompanying charges. They must submit the Tuition Waiver for Credit Overload form to obtain overload approval.
- The following courses will result in automatic approval of more than 18 credits without an additional charge. The courses and the number credits beyond 18 permitted when enrolled in said courses are as follows.
- ES110 (formerly SM108) – 1 credit
- ES210 (formerly SM208) – 1 credit
- ES215 (formerly SM209) – 2 credits
- ES310 (formerly SM308) – 1 credit
- SM333 – 1 credit
- SM395 – 0.5 credits
- SM408 – 1 credit
Students taking two (or more) of the courses above will automatically be approved for both credit overages. That is, a student take both SM333 and ES310 will be permitted to take up to 20 credits without an extra fee.
- First-semester freshmen and external transfer students are not allowed to take more than four academic courses in their first semester at Boston University.
- ROTC courses do not incur charges. Credits from these courses are not counted towards students’ total credits covered by full-time tuition.
- Full-time tuition charges do not pertain to summer coursework, as all summer courses are charged on a per-credit basis.
- PDP courses, Directed Studies, and audited courses are charged at the same rate as all other courses.
The University Trustees award degrees upon the recommendation of the faculty of the Questrom School of Business. Students graduate according to the following requirements and regulations:
- Students must complete all required courses.
- Students must complete at least 3 semesters of full-time course work in residence. Please note that summer term does not count towards this residency requirement.
- Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
- All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of the initial date of registration in an undergraduate degree program.
- Students will not graduate with an Incomplete or an MG (Missing Grade) in any course required for the degree.
- Physical education courses, College of Fine Arts musical instrument courses, and ROTC credits cannot be applied toward the degree or the final cumulative grade point average.
- For students entering the Questrom School of Business after September 2011: In addition to fulfilling all other degree requirements, students in the Questrom School of Business must complete 136.5 credits if they completed SMG SM121/122, or 134.5 credits if they completed SM299.
- For students entering the Questrom School of Business between September 2013 and January 2016: In addition to fulfilling all other degree requirements, students in the Questrom School of Business must complete 129 credits. Please note that Career Management Seminars, Honors Program Seminars/Colloquia, Management Internship credits, PDP, ROTC, and 1-credit CFA courses do not count towards the 129-credit minimum.
- For students entering the Questrom School of Business in September 2015 or after: In addition to fulfilling all other degree requirements, students in the Questrom School of Business must complete 133 credits. Please note that Honors Program Seminars/Colloquia, Management Internship credits, PDP, ROTC, and 1-credit CFA courses do not count towards the 133-credit minimum.