A full description of the regulations regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) can be found in the Academic Program pages of the Catalog, but in practical terms, the following summary may be more helpful.
There are three main expectations that have been set by the faculty:
The Merit Rule. Students must attain grades of 2.0 or above in at least one-half of the total number of courses taken while at Bryn Mawr.
The Standard of Work in the Major Subject. Every student working for the A.B. degree is expected to maintain grades of 2.0 or above in all courses in the major subject. A student who earns a grade below 2.0 in the major subject may be required to change the major.
Satisfactory Progress Towards the Degree. All students are expected to complete their course work satisfactorily and, in most cases, to earn four or more units of credit each semester toward the 32 units required for graduation. They are also expected to meet college deadlines for completing degree requirements.
Students’ records are brought to the attention of the Committee in the following circumstances:
- when they have earned grades below 2.0 in more than half their classes in a given semester
- when they have received a grade below 2.0 in the major
- when they have received a failing grade (0) after a previous failure
- when they have earned credit for less than 2/3 of the courses they attempted in a particular semester
- when their performance has seriously deteriorated
- when they have otherwise failed to make satisfactory progress towards the degree.