Academic Standing

You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered in good academic standing. If your GPA falls below 3.0, you are in poor academic standing until it is raised to at least a 3.0. If you remain in poor academic standing for two terms, you will be required to withdraw from the program.

You need to complete at least two-thirds of your attempted Harvard credits to make satisfactory progress in the program. If you are in poor academic standing or not making satisfactory progress, you are ineligible for financial aid. If you are receiving financial aid, be sure to speak with a financial aid advisor before withdrawing from any course. Even one WD grade can affect your eligibility to receive aid.

Grade-point average calculation

Once accepted, all Harvard grades are included in the program grade-point average calculation (medical science or non-medical science courses). In addition, if you’ve completed medical science courses at Harvard Extension or Summer Schools prior to admission, they will be included in your program GPA and count toward the WD policy. The only exception is if the courses were applied to our own Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) program.

The first two grades of withdrawal (WD) are not included in the calculation of the cumulative grade-point average, but the third and subsequent WD grades count as zeroes.

Ordinarily, registration in a course—not the course’s credit value—determines the instance of a WD grade. For example, if you register for an 8-credit course and withdraw from it, you would earn one WD grade. An exception to this policy is if one subject has separate lecture and lab registrations and you withdraw from them both in the same term, in which case you would earn only one WD grade; however, if you withdraw from only the lab or lecture course, you are held to the policy and would earn one WD grade.

See Grades for the values used for the calculation. 

Repeat Courses

The following refers to repeating courses previously completed at Harvard Extension or Summer Schools; it does not refer to courses previously completed at another institution.

Program credit is not awarded for any course that duplicates the subject matter of a previous course for which credit has already been received.

You may not repeat a course to improve your grade point average (GPA). A repeated course will appear on your transcript, but will not count toward the program or your GPA unless a failing grade is earned. If you are specifically advised by the Premedical Program to repeat a core medical science course because you earned a grade below the minimum required, both grades count toward your GPA.

Please be aware that there are multiple offerings of biology, chemistry, and physics labs, with different course numbers; however, they cover identical content and would be considered a repeat. Please contact the program if you have questions about the lab offerings and how to avoid registering for repeat course work.

Registration is Open!

Spring course registration is open through January 27. Interested in a 3-week January session course? Register by December 19. You can browse the course catalog.