Seattle University has stringent academic requirements and you will be regularly challenged to do your best both in and outside of the classroom. Experiencing academic difficulty is not unusual or something to be ashamed of. If you begin to feel overwhelmed and are not doing as well as you would like, review the information below and utilize resources available to you on campus. If you would like to work with an advisor regarding your academic success, contact your assigned academic advisor or contact the Science and Engineering Advising Center.
Seattle University utilizes an early warning system called Redhawk SOAR that is designed to connect struggling students with faculty, advisors, and campus resources. Faculty can submit academic alerts for students in their classes who are not attending regularly or are experiencing urgent personal concerns or issues.
You can also submit a SOAR report for yourself.
Undergraduate students in the College of Science and Engineering are in good academic standing if they have a cumulative SU GPA of 2.00 or better. Depending on their major or program, students could be required to earn a 2.5 or higher. It is important you discuss your specific GPA requirement with your advisor.
Undergraduate students will be placed on probation when their cumulative SU GPA falls below 2.00 or 2.50 (depending on your current major). Graduate students will be placed on probation when their cumulative SU GPA falls below 3.00 and/or if they receive a grade of B- or lower in any of their classes.
Undergraduate students are required to meet the following conditions while on probation to remain enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering:
Students may be subject to dismissal if they meet the conditions of probation for a third quarter. Dismissals automatically result in registration cancellation for the next quarter and a full refund of any advance tuition payment.
However, students can appeal their dismissal in writing within a designated period of time after their initial dismissal. These students are asked to provide a detailed explanation of the circumstances that prevented them from meeting the minimum requirements of their probation and description of what will be different if they are reinstated to the College.
If an appeal is granted to a dismissed student, they are reinstated to the university. Most reinstated students are required to sign an academic contract outlining conditions of their reinstatement and their academic requirements for the following term.
If a student's appeal is not approved, the student must provide three quarters' evidence of improved academic performance at another institution and obtain a reinstatement letter from the Assistant Dean.
To learn more, read the Academic Probation, Dismissal, and Reinstatement for Undergraduates Policy.
After the withdrawal deadline, withdrawal status from classes will only be approved in the case of hardship. A Hardship Withdrawal is granted by the Assistant Dean only for reasons relating to death of a family member, catastrophic illness in the family, or an illness and/or an injury to the student. Hardship Withdrawals may be granted for any number of classes in a quarter. In addition, students granted a Hardship Withdrawal may be required to take additional action before being allowed to re-enroll in a following term.
In order to be eligible for a Hardship Withdrawal students must complete the following steps:
To learn more, read the Hardship Withdrawal Policy.
Sometimes, students will need to take time away from the University. This can be due to a variety of reasons including health, finances, or military training.
In these cases, we recommend students take a Student Leave of Absence by completing the Student Leave of Absence form.
This process is a proactive management of a student’s temporary departure from SU (you intend to return). The maximum leave is four quarters (including summer).
If you do not return in the approved quarter, you will be withdrawn from the university and will have to submit a request for readmission if you wish to return at a later date.
To learn more, read the Student Leave of Absence policy.
Once a student has stopped attending Seattle University, they will be withdrawn from university (for undergraduates this means being inactive for 2 consecutive quarters). If a student wishes to return to Seattle University, they must be readmitted.
To begin the readmission process, please fill out the Readmission Application and follow the instructions on the form.
To learn more, read the Policy on Readmission.