You enter the University in satisfactory standing and your academic standing is determined soon after the end of a term based on your faculty's regulations. Standing codes are generated in January for the Fall term, in May for the Winter term, and in September for the Summer term and display on your McGill unofficial and official transcripts. If you receive unsatisfactory standing, you must apply to your faculty for readmission. Consult the appropriate section of this publication for the regulations on academic standing for your faculty.
Your academic standing is based primarily on your cumulative grade point average (CGPA), but may also be affected by your term grade point average (TGPA). The standing in each term determines if you are allowed to continue your studies in the next term, and if any conditions will be attached to your registration.
Decisions about academic standing in the Fall term are based only on grades that are available in January, i.e., if you have deferred examinations or Fall/Winter spanned courses, grades for those courses don't affect your Fall academic standing – they will only affect your Fall TGPA. Therefore, academic standings for the Fall term are designated as interim. Note that interim standings do not appear on your official transcript. Consult the appropriate section of this publication for the regulations on Interim standing decisions.
If you are in interim probationary standing (at the end of the Fall term):
If you are in probationary standing:
You will be placed in probationary standing:
If you are in unsatisfactory readmitted standing:
If you are in interim unsatisfactory standing (at the end of the Fall term):
If you are in unsatisfactory standing:
You will be placed in unsatisfactory standing:
Appeals for readmission by students in unsatisfactory standing should be received no later than July 15 for readmission to the Fall term, and November 15 for the Winter term. Readmission will be considered only when proof of extenuating circumstances that affected academic performance can be provided (e.g., medical or other documentation). If you are in unsatisfactory standing for the second time, you must withdraw permanently.
Normally, supplemental examinations are not permitted; however, if you are in unsatisfactory standing, you may appeal for permission to write a supplemental examination, clearly stating the reasons for special consideration and providing proof as appropriate.
If you are a student with an incomplete standing (in the Winter or Summer term):
If your standing changes to unsatisfactory:
Requests for readmission following an unsatisfactory standing must be submitted to:
If your standing is still incomplete by the end of course change period, you should immediately consult with your Faculty Student Affairs Office.
At the end of the Winter term, if you have a mark of K or L, you will be placed in the appropriate standing in June, if the outstanding mark in the course will not affect your standing. Otherwise, standing decisions will be made only once incomplete marks have been cleared. For more information about incomplete grades, please refer to Incomplete Courses.
In the Faculty of Engineering, a decision on your academic standing is determined on the basis of your Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) according to the criteria listed below.
You are in satisfactory standing if you have a CGPA of 2.00 or greater.
You may continue with your studies under the following conditions:
You are in probationary standing if you have EITHER:
You are in unsatisfactory standing if you have EITHER:
If at any time, you were placed in unsatisfactory standing and were readmitted to the Faculty of Engineering after one term away, and you are placed in unsatisfactory standing again at the end of any subsequent term, you may not continue in your program. You will be asked to withdraw from the Faculty of Engineering for a minimum of one term or permanently, based on the conditions of your last letter of readmission.
If you are in unsatisfactory standing for the first time, the regulations below apply.
Students in unsatisfactory standing after the Fall term:
Students in unsatisfactory standing after the Winter term:
For more information about academic standing, see www.mcgill.ca/engineering/student/sao/policies/academic.
If you do not obtain a sessional Grade Point Average (GPA at the end of Fall and Winter terms combined) of 1.50, you will be required to withdraw from the Faculty. If your sessional GPA is between 1.50 and 1.99, you will be permitted to continue with your program, but you must obtain a subsequent sessional GPA of 2.50 or a Cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.00. You must have a CGPA of 2.00 to be considered for graduation. Students who are required to withdraw from the Faculty may be authorized to continue in their program by the Faculty Admissions Committee if there are exceptional reasons for the required withdrawal.