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Academic Good Standing

A student at East Stroudsburg University must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.000 to maintain satisfactory academic standing.

Dean's List

A student at ESU is eligible for the Dean's List at the end of each semester if they are pursuing a degree and have earned at least 12 credits with a term GPA of at least 3.500. At the end of each semester, the Dean's List is made public.

Academic Warning

Regular matriculated students who are below the 2.000 QPA will be placed on academic warning. While on academic warning the student may not register for more than 13 credits in any semester or enroll in off-campus internships.

Academic Probation

Regular matriculated students who are on academic warning and do not raise their CGPA to 2.000 after one semester will be placed on academic probation and will be granted one semester to raise the CGPA to the required level. While on academic probation, the student may not register for more than 13 credits. Furthermore, students on academic probation are not eligible to compete or practice in intercollegiate athletics and may not enroll in off-campus internships.

Academic Suspension

Students who are on academic probation and who fail to raise their CGPA to the required level and who have a GPA of less than 2.200 for the semester on probation will be suspended from the university for a period of one calendar year. At the end of that year, the student will be eligible for readmission in Academic Probation [2] status. Academic suspension is not subject to appeal. The student will be allowed to register for no more than six credits per semester during the suspension year.

Academic Dismissal

Students returning from academic suspension who fail to maintain a GPA of 2.200 or better each semester until their cumulative GPA has risen to the required level will be dismissed from the university for academic failure. At this time, they have the right to appeal to the Admissions Appeals Committee.

Appeal Process for Academic Dismissal

A student who has been dismissed from the university for academic failure may appeal the dismissal by submitting a letter to the Admissions Appeals Committee located in Rosenkrans. This letter must include why the student was unsuccessful in previous academic experiences and why he/she feels that future academic endeavors will be successful. The committee will review the letter, review the academic record, and conduct an interview with the student, and then either uphold the dismissal or approve a reinstatement under stipulated conditions. A student whose Academic Dismissal appeal is approved returns to the university under Academic Probation (2) status.

Academic Forgiveness

Academic Forgiveness establishes an effective way to encourage capable, mature students to return to ESU after they have achieved poor grades during an earlier attempt at pursuing a degree at ESU. It applies to all undergraduate readmitted students who have not taken any coursework at ESU within the last three calendar years prior to the readmission semester. Forgiveness is only available for courses taken at ESU where grades of below a C were earned. Academic Forgiveness may impact a student's state and federal financial aid eligibility. Students must obtain the Academic Forgiveness form in the Admission office. The completed form is returned for review to the Registrar in the Student Enrollment Center. This policy is in effect for fall 2013 and can be used by incoming readmitted students only.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Students may choose to take a course at another college or university while pursuing a degree at ESU. Transfer credits will be considered for equivalent courses completed where the student earned a minimum grade of C. Students are required to send an official transcript of coursework completed at another institution to ESU.

Information on Academic Passport, the Pennsylvania Articulation Center (PA TRAC) and the Transfer Credit Appeal Process can be found in the Admissions section of the catalog or online at www.esu.edu/transfer.

Please see the Graduation Residency Requirement for information that may affect the maximum transferrable credits and completion of your ESU degree program.

Continuing Students Transferring Credits Back to East Stroudsburg University

Current East Stroudsburg University students who desire to transfer courses from another college or university back to ESU must secure the approval of their academic adviser, or the department chairperson where the external credits would transfer, prior to registering at the other college/university. This is done to insure that the course will replace a course requirement within the degree program. Approvals must be submitted to the Student Enrollment Center. Transfer credit is only granted if a grade of at least "C" is earned and on receipt of an official transcript from the other college/university. Students can utilize the Course Equivalencies database online at www.esu.edu/transfer.

Advanced Placement

East Stroudsburg University permits students to earn credit toward the baccalaureate degree by successful completion of the Advanced Placement Examination. Students currently enrolled in high school should contact their guidance counselor about the AP Exam. A grade of "3"or higher on any of these examinations will be counted for three semester hours by East Stroudsburg University. Please refer to www.esu.edu/transfer for more information about getting credit for courses through AP testing.

College-Level Examination Program

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Board enables students to earn college credit by examination. The General Examinations of CLEP (English Composition, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences-History) may be taken to apply toward the General Education pattern of courses at East Stroudsburg University. Such examinations must be passed at the 50th percentile.

The following limit shall be applied to the number of credits which may be earned in General Examinations:

English Composition 3 credits
Humanities 6 credits
Mathematics 3 credits
Natural Sciences 6 credits
Social Sciences – History 6 credits
Total 24 credits

Subject matter examinations may also be taken under the CLEP program. These examinations must also be passed at the 50th percentile. Students shall not be given credit for both General and Subject examinations in the same areas. Normally CLEP examinations may not be counted toward the student’s major field of study. Interested students should contact the Articulation and Transfer staff in the Student Enrollment Center. Official CLEP results should be forwarded to the Student Enrollment Center, Attn: Articulation and Transfer for consideration.

PASSHE Visiting Student Program

The purpose of this policy is to facilitate undergraduate student enrollment at institutions of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to take advantage of courses available across the system, without loss of institutional residency, eligibility for honors or athletics, or credits toward graduation at the home institution. Grades earned under the Visiting Student Program will be accepted in full by East Stroudsburg University, and will be included in the calculation of credits earned, GPA, and residency requirements.

The following requirements and conditions apply to participants in the Visiting Students Program:

  1. The student must be matriculated at the home university with a minimum of 12 college-level credits and be in good academic standing.
  2. Students may take a maximum of 24 credits via the Visiting Student Policy.
  3. The student who presents evidence of good standing at the home university will be allowed to register for courses at other PASSHE universities. The visiting student priority level for registration will be determined by each university.
  4. All credits and grades accrued at other PASSHE universities shall be accepted in full by the home university and thereafter treated as home university credits, residency, and grades.
    1. It is the responsibility of the student to work with the student's adviser at the home institution regarding applicability of credits towards graduation requirements at the home institution consistent with PASSHE procedures.
    2. It is the responsibility of the student to complete the Visiting Student Notification Form and submit to the home institution prior to enrolling in courses at another PASSHE institution.
    3. Students cannot use the Visiting Student Program to repeat courses.
    4. Students cannot use the Visiting Student Program for internship or practica that are required for licensure or certification without the express written permission of their appropriate university officials at the home university and placement availability at the requested institution.
  5. The student shall register at, and pay tuition and fees to, the state system university visited. A student wishing to divide a course load between two institutions during the same term shall register and pay appropriate tuition and fees at both universities.

PASSHE Distance Education Course Application Process: Students wishing to take advantage of PASSHE Distance Education Course Sharing need to complete the Distance Education Application with their home institution.