I am failing a class that I'm taking. What is the university's policy on dropping or withdrawing from the course?
You can drop a course on or before the drop deadline for that semester. The course will be removed from your record, and it will not appear on your transcript. However, if you are a full-time student and you decide to drop the class, you must maintain a course load of at least 36 units in order to maintain full-time student status.
After the drop deadline, but on or before the last day of class prior to the final examination, you can withdraw. The grade of W will be assigned, and it will appear on your transcript.
Can I retake a class in order to get a higher grade?
You are allowed to repeat a course in which you obtained a passing grade. However, the grades from both enrollments in the course will appear on the transcript; both will be used in calculating the total QPA; and both will be used in determining your class rank. The units, however, are counted only once. Therefore, if a course is taken more than once, the additional enrollments cannot be used to satisfy another curricular requirement, such as a free elective.
Note also that the mechanical engineering department has a requirement that students achieve a QPA average of 2.00 or higher in all required mechanical engineering courses. You may repeat a course in which a grade below C was received in order to achieve the QPA requirement, and the highest grade obtained will be used to calculate the average required by the mechanical engineering department.
What is the minimum QPA requirement in order to maintain good academic standing?
A student will be placed on academic probation if the QPA during one semester of the first year is below 1.75, or if the semester QPA of a student in good standing beyond the first year falls below 2.00. Students who are subsequently unable to maintain minimum QPA standards can receive further academic actions leading to continued probation, suspension, or being dropped from the program.
What is the minimum QPA required in order to graduate?
The College of Engineering requires that the cumulative QPA be 2.00 or higher for all courses taken after the first year. In addition, the mechanical engineering department requires a cumulative QPA average of 2.00 or higher for all required mechanical engineering courses.
Do first year grades count towards my QPA?
First year grades are included in the calculation of your cumulative Carnegie Mellon QPA. Your first year grade for 24-101 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering is included in the calculation of your average for required mechanical engineering courses. However, the college's 2.00 QPA requirement at graduation is based on courses taken after the freshmen year.
How do I earn Dean's List commendation?
The criterion to make the CIT Dean's List is a QPA of at least 3.75 while completing a minimum of 36 factorable units and earning no incomplete grades during a given semester.
What is required in order to graduate with Mechanical Engineering Departmental Research Honors?
You must have a QPA of 3.2 or higher at graduation and have completed at least 18 units of research under 24-491/492 with a grade of B or better. A student who completes all requirements for CIT Research Honors (39-500, 18 units) will also receive Departmental Research Honors recognition at commencement. Such projects must be completed under the supervision of a mechanical engineering faculty member.