Promotion, Continuation & Grading

Progress from one year-level standing to the next by following the promotion and continuation requirements in UBC Arts.


Promotion requirements

In order to progress from one year-level standing to the next, you must successfully complete a sufficient total number of degree-eligible credits. Your academic record is reviewed every May to determine your year level.

  • Advancement to second year requires 27 completed credits
  • Advancement to third year requires 54 completed credits
  • Advancement to fourth year requires 84 completed credits

Continuation requirements

Continuation, or your eligibility to continue registering in your degree, is evaluated annually upon completion of the Winter Session. Continuation is granted based on your sessional average for the Winter Session and specific continuation requirements.

If you attain a sessional average of 55% or more, you will be assigned “Pass” standing and will be eligible to continue your studies in Arts.

If your Winter Session average falls below 55%, but remains above 50%, you will be placed on academic probation.

If your Winter Session average falls below 50%, you will be required to withdraw for at least one academic year and apply for readmission.

Academic Probation (ACPR) will be placed on your academic record and you will be permitted to continue in your degree program, but you will be placed on a reduced maximum credit load for your next Winter and subsequent Summer Session, as follows:

  • Maximum credit load per Winter Session, 24 credits (12 credits per term)
  • Maximum credit load per Summer Session, 9 credits (6 credits in term 1, 3 credits in term 2)

There is no maximum number of instances of Academic Probation permitted. You can remain on ACPR for the duration of your studies.

If your Winter Session average falls below 50%, you are required to withdraw from your studies for at least one academic year.

Requirements


Dean’s List

The Dean’s list designation recognizes exceptional academic achievement within the Faculty of Arts.

You can access your sessional grade report under “Records” on the Student Service Centre (SSC).

Students who complete 27 credits or more in any Winter Session with an overall average of 85% or higher receive the notation “Dean’s List” on their transcript.

Because of COVID-19, students who completed 24 credits in 2019 Winter Session with an overall average of 85% or higher will also receive the notation “Dean’s List” on their transcript. This notation will be added by the end of August.

Co-op students

Co-op students who complete 15 credits or more in any Winter Session with an overall average of 85% or higher receive the notation “Dean’s List” on their transcript.

Because of COVID-19, Co-op students who completed 12 credits in 2019 Winter Session with an overall average of 85% or higher will also receive the notation “Dean’s List” on their transcript. This notation will be added by the end of August.


Grading

For grading, UBC uses a percentage scale and equivalent letter grades.

GPA Equivalency

To find a grade point average (GPA) equivalent (whether on a 4.0 or 4.33 scale), you will need to view the evaluating body’s scale to make this conversion.

Percentage GPA (4.33 scale)
90 4.33
89 4.3
88 4.2
87 4.1
86 4
85 3.95
84 3.9
83 3.85
82 3.8
81 3.75
80 3.7
79 3.6
78 3.5
77 3.4
76 3.3
75 3.2
74 3.1
73 3
72 2.95
71 2.9
70 2.8
69 2.7
68 2.65
67 2.6
66 2.55
65 2.5
64 2.4
63 2.3
62 2.2
61 2.1
60 2
59 1.9
58 1.8
57 1.7
56 1.6
55 1.5
54 1.4
53 1.3
52 1.2
51 1.1
50 1

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