Grades, academic standings and Foundation Term

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Grades

The University of Waterloo uses a numerical grading system (0-100%). In certain circumstances a student may be assigned a grade other than a numerical grade. A complete list of possible grades with definitions can be viewed in the Undergraduate Calendar section, Grades.

Academic decisions in the Faculty of Environment are normally based on your cumulative Major and Overall averages. Your academic record will normally show two sets of average calculations:

  • Major Average (MAV)
  • Overall Average (OAV) 
  • In special instances a third average may also be shown - Special Average (SAV)

Plan average requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar under your plan section, note 2.


Academic standing

Your cumulative overall and major averages are used to determine your academic standing.

Honours program
Standing Cumulative major average Cumulative overall average
Excellent >80 >80
Good or Satisfactory

>70

>75*

>65
Conditional

<70

<75*

<65
Failed - required to withdraw

<70 two terms in a row

<75* two terms in a row

<65 two terms in a row

* Knowledge Integration (KI) plans only.

General 3-year program
Standing Cumulative major average Cumulative overall average
Excellent >80 >80
Good or Satisfactory >65 >60
Conditional <65 <60
Failed - required to withdraw <65 two terms in a row <60 two terms in a row

Conditional and Failed academic standings

Normally students are allowed only one term in conditional standing in the Faculty of Environment. Failure to raise their plan averages during their next academic term will normally result in a Failed – Required to Withdraw standing. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine the average required to meet plan averages, to discuss resources, and other options available to them.

Conditional standing - must raise Plan average(s):

Normally a student receives this academic standing when they have not met their academic plan cumulative overall and/or major average(s) but are within a range that it may be possible to raise their averages during their next academic term.

Conditional- at risk of being required to withdraw:

Normally a student receives this academic standing when they have not met their academic plan cumulative overall and/or major average(s) and are at a point in which raising their averages will be either difficult or not possible during their next academic term.

Conditional standing progressions after 1A Fall term:

Possible academic pathways for a 1A student receiving a conditional standing after Fall term:

1A Fall term

Winter term

Off – Spring term

Fall term

Winter term

Conditional

Good standing

Off / study term

2A

2B or Co-op

Conditional

Off

Off

Foundation Term – Good standing

Continue studies

Conditional

Failed Required to Withdraw

Off

Foundation Term – Good standing

Continue studies

Conditional

Failed Required to Withdraw

Off

Foundation Term - Failed standing with 60% or greater in UNIV 101

May qualify to transfer academic plan

Conditional

Failed Required to Withdraw

Off

Foundation term – Failed standing with less than 60% in UNIV 101

May not continue in studies at the University of Waterloo

Conditional

Failed Required to Withdraw

Off

Off

Apply for Readmission to academic plan to continue studies

Failed standing progressions after 1A Fall term 

Possible academic pathways for a 1A student receiving a failed standing after Fall term:

1A Fall term

Winter term

Off – Spring term

Fall term

Winter term

Failed Required to Withdraw Non-degree term / Off Off Foundation Term – Good standing Continue studies
Failed Required to Withdraw Non-degree term / Off Off Foundation Term - Failed standing with 60% or greater in UNIV 101 May qualify to transfer academic plan
Failed Required to Withdraw Non-degree term / Off Off Foundation term – Failed standing with less than 60% in UNIV 101 May not continue in studies at the University of Waterloo
Failed Required to Withdraw Non-degree term Off Off Apply for Readmission to academic plan to continue studies
Failed Required to Withdraw Off Off Apply for readmission to academic plan - Good standing Continue studies
Failed Required to Withdraw Off Off Apply for readmission to academic plan - not successful in obtaining plan averages Continue studies in conditional standing - last opportunity to meet plan averages.

Resources for students in Conditional Standing:


Foundation Term:

Who: 1A (Fall term) Conditional or 1B (Winter term) Failed students only

What: The Foundation term:

  • Students take three courses: UNIV 101, ENVS 105, and a third course determined by their academic advisor.
  • Students must pass all three courses.
  • Students must achieve a 60% in UNIV 101.
  • Students must meet plan averages.
  • With the exception of Planning students, all co-op students will be enrolled in the regular stream for their plan and may apply to continue in the Co-op stream after successful completion of the Foundation term.
  • Grades for courses taken prior to the Foundation term will be “cleared”. What this means is they will remain on the student’s record but will not be calculated into cumulative major and overall plan averages moving forward.

Where: Courses taken are normally in-person; however, an on-line course may be approved as the third course.

When: Offered Fall terms only.

Why: Provides students with academic skills for greater academic success by teaching academic skills such as time management, study, and writing. Introduces students to campus resources including the Student Success Office, AccessAbility Services, Campus Wellness (including Counselling Services), etc.

How: Application process:

  • Speak with your academic advisor to determine if the Foundation term is right for you. If you experienced extenuating circumstances that negatively affected your academics, a petition should be considered instead of the Foundation Term.
  • After speaking with your academic advisor, complete the Foundation Term application form.
  • Upon approval for the Foundation Term, you will receive an email outlining the courses, requirements, and all other relevant information.