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Academic Recognition, Promotion, and Continuation

Dean's List

Dean’s List designation recognizes exceptional academic achievement in the Faculty of Arts.

Students who complete at least 27 percentage-graded credits in a Winter Session, and who achieve an average of 85% or higher on at least 27 of these credits, will receive the notation "Dean's List" on their permanent record.

Students in the Arts Co-operative Education program who complete a Co-operative work placement in either Term of a Winter Session and at least 15 percentage-graded credits in the other Term, and who achieve an average of 85% or higher on at least 15 of these credits, will receive the notation "Dean's List" on their permanent record.

Students registered in the Dual Degree Program in Arts and Science or the Dual Degree Program in Arts and Applied Science should consult the program page for Dean’s List regulations within the Dual Degree structure.

Scholarships and Awards

For information on scholarships and awards available to academically outstanding students, see Awards, scholarships and bursaries. See also Fees, Financial Assistance, and Scholarships.

Class Standing at Graduation

Graduation Class Standing appears on the transcript, and is awarded based on grades earned for at least 48 upper-level credits. These must include all upper-level credits used to satisfy degree or specialization requirements, and can include the best upper-level electives, as necessary, to reach a total of 48 credits. Using this calculation, students who achieve an average of 80% or higher receive Class 1 standing. Those with an average between 65% and 79.9% receive Class 2 standing, and those with an average of 64.9% or lower receive Class P (Pass) standing.

Promotion Requirements

In order to progress from one year-level standing to the next, a student must successfully complete a sufficient total number of B.A.-eligible credits. These may include transfer credit as well as credit earned through exchange. Year-level standing impacts a student’s eligibility for specializations and courses, and is one of the factors considered when registration dates are set.

Promotion is evaluated annually upon completion of the Winter Session. Students who have successfully completed 27 credits are promoted to second year standing. Those who have completed 54 credits are promoted to third year standing, and those who have completed 84 credits are promoted to fourth year standing.

Continuation Requirements

Continuation, or a student’s eligibility to continue registering in their degree program, is evaluated annually upon completion of the Winter Session. Continued registration eligibility is granted based on the Sessional Average for the Winter Session, as well as a review of previous Sessional Standings and specific continuation requirements.

Students who fail two attempts at the Writing Component of the Writing and Research Requirement will be required to discontinue from the Faculty of Arts, regardless of their Sessional Standing and Continuation Status. These attempts may be from the same or different Writing Component courses, and may have been attempted in different Sessions.

Continuation is evaluated as follows:

Winter Session Average ACPR or Fail already on Record Sessional Standing Continuation Status
55% or more N/A Pass1 Eligible to continue
45% to 54.9% No ACPR2 Eligible to continue
45% to 54.9% Yes Fail2, 4 Required to withdraw
less than 45% N/A Fail3,4 Required to withdraw
1 Students who attain a sessional average of 55% or more will be assigned 'Pass' standing and will be eligible to continue their studies. Those who do exceptionally well may also receive recognition; see Dean’s List.
2 Students who attain a sessional average between 45% and 54.9% will be placed on Academic Probation (ACPR). This will be noted on their academic record. They will be eligible to continue their studies unless they have previously received 'Fail' or 'ACPR' standing in the Faculty of Arts, in which case they will be assigned a 'Fail' standing and required to withdraw from the Faculty.
3 Students who attain a sessional average of less than 45% in a Winter Session will be assigned a 'Fail' standing and required to withdraw from the Faculty.
4 For information on readmission after receiving “Fail” standing and being required to withdraw from the Faculty, see Readmission.

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