Academic Standing


Students with outstanding academic records are recognized in two ways: the Dean’s List and the Honor Roll. Students who complete at least 12 credit hours per semester, and who attain a 3.7 (3.69 does not round) semester GPA or higher, qualify for the Dean’s List. Students who complete a minimum of 30 credit hours and attain a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher qualify for the Honor Roll.

Academic Standing

Students are required to achieve a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA to maintain good academic standing. Students’ academic standing is determined and adjusted at the end of each semester with the following categories: Good, Warning, Probation, and Suspension.

Students will leave good academic standing anytime their cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 at semester’s end. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 in three consecutive semesters will be suspended from the College and ineligible to return for a minimum of one semester.

  1. Students will be placed on Warning the first time their cumulative GPA does not meet 2.0.
  2. Students who do not meet good academic standing after having already been on Warning will be put on Probation.
  3. Students who do not meet good academic standing requirements after having already been on Probation will be put on academic suspension and suspended from the school for a minimum of one semester.

Students placed on Academic Probation will be required to follow additional guidelines, tailored to their individual case and needs, as outlined by their academic advisor. Students placed on academic suspension will also be required to meet with their academic advisor to determine an exit plan and steps to be considered for readmission.

Students who have been academically suspended may return to Ensign College after sitting out at least one semester. They will return on a probationary status and must maintain a 2.0 term GPA every semester thereafter to continue at the college. While on probation after academic suspension, students must meet with their academic advisor each semester before they can enroll in classes. They will remain on probation until their cumulative GPA exceeds 2.0. Students whose term GPA falls below a 2.0 in any given semester after academic suspension will be academically dismissed.

Students who are academically suspended or dismissed may submit an appeal to be reviewed by the Academic Standards Committee.

The Office of the Registrar will notify students the week after grades are officially posted notifying them of their current academic standing. Students may also view their academic standing in MyBC.

Financial Aid Implications

Students who are receiving federal financial aid should contact the Student Financial Aid Office to verify their financial aid eligibility.

Academic Renewal Policy

Academic renewal is a policy that provides a means by which students with poor past academic performance may, under certain limited conditions, petition to eliminate grades of D+ or lower from the calculation of their GPA. Before submitting a petition for academic renewal, students must meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have been out of attendance at Ensign College for at least two full academic years (four consecutive semesters);
  • Upon return, students must have completed at least 24 credit hours (not including Religion credit) with a GPA of at least 2.5 and with all classes at “C” grade or higher; and
  • Students must be currently enrolled.

Petitions for academic renewal are considered on a case-by-case basis, and there is no guarantee that academic renewal will be granted. Submit petitions using the Exception to Academic Policy Form.

If academic renewal is granted, all courses on the transcript with a grade of D+ or lower will no longer be calculated into the GPA. Although the courses must continue to appear on the transcript, they will not count toward required courses or credit hours needed for graduation, or toward courses in residence. A code will appear on the academic transcript next to those courses with grades of D+ and lower indicating they are not calculated into the cumulative GPA. For purposes of academic honors, however, all grades on the transcript will be calculated into the GPA. Students may take advantage of the academic renewal option only once during their academic studies at Ensign College.

Attendance and Absence from Class

Students are responsible for class attendance. No absences, whether approved by the College for participation in College-sponsored activities or necessitated by sickness or other personal emergencies, are “excused” in the sense that the student is relieved from class work assigned during the absence. To ensure continuity, students must make up missed work. In most cases, repeated absences will result in a lower grade or failure. The Institute of Religion Department has a 75% minimum attendance requirement regardless of the reason.