Breadcrumb Navigation:


Satisfactory Academic Progress

Beginning with the 2015 fall term, all undergraduate students, regardless of when they first enrolled in NC State University, will be subject to the new Satisfactory Academic Progress and Continuation of Undergraduate Enrollment regulations. The first evaluation of SAP took place in May 2016.

Progress Toward Degree (PTD)

To make satisfactory PTD, students:

  • must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per term in a degree-granting major before entering their fifth term (fall or spring) to be considered full-time.
  • are encouraged to maintain continuous enrollment in a minimum of 15 hours toward a degree every fall and spring term in order to remain on track to graduate.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

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.

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

  • Pace of Completion: Students must complete 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  Hours dropped after census, withdrawn or excluded through Grade Exclusion (REG 02.20.16) also count as attempted hours.
  • 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).
  • Degree Status: Students must maintain an academic standing that allows for continued enrollment.

Progress Deficiency

  • 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.
  • Students meeting SAP, but not the PTD requirements, may be placed on Progress Deficiency by their College. Colleges may define reasonable progress 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.
  • Students placed on Progress Deficiency may submit an appeal to continue enrollment in the next term. (For information about appeals, see RUL 02.66.01 Undergraduate Readmission and Appeals)
  • Students with successful appeals will be placed on Academic Probation for one term (summer, fall or spring) and will be required to meet the satisfactory academic progress standards described above.