GPA and Academic Standing

For students who completed their studies at Queen's at the end of the Winter Term 2011, no change to grading or evaluation occured. Continuing students still received percentage grades in Winter Term 2011. However, continuing students will also have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) reported on their transcript.

Starting May 1, 2011 academic decisions in the Faculty of Arts and Science are based primarily on a student’s grade point average (GPA).  Two new GPA Calculators will help you plan what grades you need to achieve your target GPA.

Dean’s Honour List and Dean's Honour List with Distinction

Achieving the following GPA on all courses taken during an academic year (from Sept 1 to Aug 31) will place a student on the Dean’s Honour List. 

GPA in Academic Year List
3.50 or above (and not otherwise placed on the Dean's Honour List with Distinction) 
Dean's Honour List

To be placed on the Dean's Honour List with Distinction, a student must have achieved an academic year GPA in the top three percent (3%) of all students within Arts (BA, BAH, BFA, BFAH, BMus, BPHE, BPHEH) or Science (BSc, BScH, BCMP, BCMPH).  Based on previous performance levels, a minimum academic year GPA of approximately 3.90 in Arts and 4.10 in Science will be required. These values may vary from year to year.  In addition, there may be no Incomplete (IN), Deferred (GD), Failure (F) grades, or repeated courses during the year in question.

Requirements to Graduate

To graduate, students must have a minimum GPA on all courses taken at Queen’s (cumulative GPA), as follows:

Cumulative GPA Degree Eligibility
1.60 or above 3-year degree:
B.A., B.Sc., B.Cmp., B.F.A., B.P.H.E.
1.90 or above 4-year Honours degree:
B.A.(Hons.), B.Sc.(Hons.), B.Cmp.(Hons.), B.F.A(Hons.), B.P.H.E.(Hons.), B.Mus.

Specific course requirements for all these degrees remain unchanged.

Academic Progression

Students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 1.60 or above to remain in good academic standing.  Students who fail to achieve the following cumulative GPA standards when they are evaluated in May of each year may receive an academic sanction.

Cumulative GPA Sanction
Below 1.60 Placed on Academic Probation
(if you are a new student or are currently in good academic standing)
Required to Withdraw
(if you are currently on academic probation)
Below 0.70 Required to Withdraw

The first time a student is required to withdraw, it will be for a period of one year.  They may then return to Arts and Science on academic probation.  If they are required to withdraw a second time, it will be for a period of three years. Details of GPA and Academic Standing may be found in Academic Regulation 12 (Dean’s Honour List), Academic Regulation 13 (Academic Standing) and Academic Regulation 16 (Requirements for Graduation).