Academic Progression at Carnegie Mellon University

You got into Carnegie Mellon University. That's an impressive achievement, one you're right to be proud of. It's worth remembering, though: getting into Carnegie Mellon doesn't guarantee success there. Each year hundreds of students drop out or are dismissed, never to return. If you want to earn a degree from Carnegie Mellon, you have to make steady academic progress, course after course, term after term, year after year.

Of course, we all make mistakes. We all have times in our life when academics isn't our first priority. We all take those courses where we just can't seem to wrap our brains around the subject matter. These moments shouldn't cost you your chance to earn a degree.

If you're struggling academically, facing probation, suspension, or dismissal, don't give up. National Student Defense attorney-advisor, Joseph D. Lento, is here to help. He can't take your courses for you, but he can make sure you are treated fairly, that you get a chance to defend yourself and your record, and that, ultimately, you have the very best opportunity to get things back on track and graduate.

Academic Progression Requirements at Carnegie Mellon

Your high school could hold you back if you failed a course, but it couldn't kick you out. Unfortunately, that's not how college works. Make too many mistakes, and you could be placed on probation. Continue to make mistakes, and you could lose your spot at Carnegie Mellon.

Each of the university's several schools and colleges has its own set of criteria for determining academic standing. Most of these resemble that of the Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. There, good standing requires

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 1.75 during your freshman year and a GPA of at least 2.0 during your remaining years.