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, as well as a review of previous sessional standings 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%, you will either be placed on academic probation or, if you already have a standing of academic probation on your record in a previous Winter Session in Arts, assigned “Failed Year” standing and required to withdraw from your studies.

If your Winter Session average falls below 45%, you will be required to withdraw for at least one academic year and apply for readmission.

Once placed on academic probation, you must keep your Winter Session (September to April) average above 55% for the remainder of your degree. If your average falls below 55% again during any Winter Session, you’ll be required to withdraw for at least one academic year and to apply for readmission.

If you are placed on academic probation in more than one Winter Session, or if your Winter Session average falls below 45%, you are required to withdraw from your studies for at least one academic year.



Dean’s list

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

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.

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


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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