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Academic Policies

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Lubin School of Business is the same as admission to Pace University. Students may be admitted to the Lubin School as freshmen, transfer students, or adult students qualifying for matriculation. Please refer to the Admission and Adult and Continuing Education sections of the catalog for more information. Continuing students enrolled in other college or schools within Pace University may also be admitted to the Lubin School by submitting for approval an "Application for Change or Declaration of Program" to the appropriate Lubin academic department. Students planning to declare or change their major to a business program are advised to discuss their plans with an academic adviser in the Lubin Office of Undergraduate Academic Advisement on their home campus. Admission to the Combined BBA/MBA or BBA/MS Programs is more selective than the general Lubin School admission requirement. Please refer to the Lubin School Degree Programs section under CPA Qualifying -Combined BBA/MBA and BBA/MS Degree Programs for more information.

Academic Standards

Every undergraduate student enrolled in the Lubin School of Business is required to maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of "C" (2.00) as well a minimum GPA of "C" in their major in order to be in good academic standing.  Major courses (required and major electives) for each BBA program are listed in the Lubin School Degree Programs section. Students who fail to maintain these standards are placed on academic probation.

Academic Probation

Lubin students who fail to show satisfactory academic progress and have a cumulative GPA below a (2.00) "C" are automatically placed on academic probation. Lubin students are expected to achieve the following minimum standards of academic progress:

Lubin Standards of Academic Progress

Credits Attempted* CGPA
16 1.30
32 1.60
48 1.80
64 and above 2.00

*Includes credits attempted at Pace and transfer credits applied to degree.

The seriousness of the academic deficiencies and the number of credits completed toward the BBA degree will determine the academic probation category (first, second, or final) that will be assigned and the number of semesters that a student will be allowed to continue on probation. Normally, freshmen and sophomores with less than 64 credits completed will be allowed a maximum of three semesters to raise their CGPA to a 2.00, and juniors and seniors with 65 credits or more will be allowed a maximum of two semesters. This assumes that a student's academic performance improves each semester while on academic probation with a minimum grade of "C" in each course.

Part-time students may be allowed additional semesters on probation depending upon the number of credits completed each semester and their overall academic progress. Students placed on academic probation are required to reduce their semester course load to a maximum of four courses and 13 credits for full-time students working 20 hours or less per week, and a maximum of two courses and eight credits for part-time students working 30 hours or more per week. Students placed on academic probation are also required to limit their participation in extracurricular activities.

Academic Probation in the Major

Students who have below a 2.00 GPA in their major courses are placed on academic probation in their major and given at most two semesters to raise their major GPA to a 2.00. Students can be placed on academic probation in their major, even though their cumulative GPA is a 2.00 or better. Students who fail to achieve a 2.00 in their major after two semesters will be required to change their major and will be given assistance with this process by academic advisers in the Lubin Office of Undergraduate Academic Advisement and the Advising Center for Exploring Majors in the Center for Academic Excellence.

Academic Review Process

The academic records of all undergraduate business majors are reviewed at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters by the Lubin Office of Undergraduate Academic Advisement on each campus to determine the students whose cumulative GPA has fallen below a 2.00. The academic records of students who fail to meet the minimum conditions of their academic probation are also reviewed by the campus subcommittee of the Lubin Undergraduate Academic Standards Committee, which is a standing committee of the Lubin Faculty Council. At these academic review meetings, the committee considers each case individually and decides on an appropriate course of action, which could include extending academic probation, mandatory leave of absence, or academic dismissal.

Academic Dismissal

Failure to make satisfactory academic progress toward the BBA degree will eventually result in academic dismissal from the Lubin School of Business and Pace University. Students are allowed at least one semester on academic probation to improve their academic performance and to raise their CGPA to a 2.00. Students who fail to sufficiently improve their academic performance while on academic probation will be academically dismissed from the Lubin School and Pace University. Students may appeal their academic dismissal in writing to the Lubin Undergraduate Appeals Committee in care of the Lubin Office of Undergraduate Academic Advisement on their home campus.

Students who are dismissed for poor academic performance may not register for classes at any of the Pace campuses for at least one full academic year. After this time, students may apply for reinstatement to the Lubin School Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs. Requests for reinstatement are to be made in writing and should include reasons for requesting reinstatement, action taken to address past problems, and a plan to correct past academic deficiencies and ensure satisfactory academic progress in the future. Students may be reinstated only once to Pace University after academic dismissal.