REG 02.05.03 – Satisfactory Academic Progress

Authority: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

History: First Issued: April 15, 2002.  Last Revised: April 28, 2015.

Related Policies: 
NCSU REG02.20.02 – Adding and Dropping Courses
NCSU REG02.05.02 – Length of Time To Graduation 
NCSU REG02.65.03 – Intracampus Transfers
NCSU REG02.05.01 – Continuation of Undergraduate Enrollment (Suspension Regulation)
NCSU REG02.65.05 – Tuition Surcharge
NCSU POL09.00.03 – Policy Statement on Intercollegiate Athletics

Contact Info: Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Services (919-515-2572)


Beginning with the 2015 fall term, all undergraduate students, regardless of when they first enrolled in NC State University, will be subject to the conditions set forth in this regulation.


2.1 Students are expected to be in a degree granting major before entering their fifth term (fall or spring).

2.2 Students are encouraged to maintain continuous enrollment in a minimum of 15 hours toward a degree every fall and spring term, the pace which leads to graduation from a 120 hour degree program in four years.


3.1. Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) will be evaluated for all students, including part-time students, at the end of each academic year (May). Students admitted mid-year (January) and those who attend only one term for the year will also be evaluated in May each year.

3.2. Satisfactory academic progress is measured by meeting the following three standards:

3.2.1 Pace of Completion: Students must pass at least 2/3 of all hours attempted each academic year (summer term – spring term). Attempted hours include all hours enrolled for credit as of census date plus hours added after census.  Hours dropped after census, withdrawn or excluded through Grade Exclusion (REG 02.20.16) also count as attempted hours. Grades of incomplete, withdrawn or audit are not considered passing grades.

3.2.2 Maximum Timeframe: Students must graduate before attempting more than 150% of the hours required for their degree program (e.g. 180 hours for a 120 hour degree program). Transfer credits accepted toward degree completion are counted as attempted. 

3.2.3 Degree Status: Students must have an academic standing that allows for continued enrollment.


4.1 Students failing to make satisfactory academic progress will have a Progress Deficiency hold placed on their record preventing enrollment and will have future term enrollments (summer, fall or spring) canceled.

4.2 Students meeting SAP but failing to make reasonable progress toward degree may be placed on Progress Deficiency by their College. Reasonable progress may be defined as completing courses required for the student’s major in a timely manner, maintaining the expected GPA for the major, or making timely progress toward degree completion.

4.3 Students placed on Progress Deficiency may submit an appeal to retain their schedule and continue enrollment in the next term. (For information about appeals, see RUL 02.66.01 Undergraduate Readmission and Appeals)

4.4 Students with successful appeals will be placed on Progress Probation for one term (summer, fall or spring) and required to meet the satisfactory academic progress standards described above.