Academic scholarship

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Academic standards

Students are expected to meet the traditional standards of honesty and truthfulness in all aspects of their academic work at UW Bothell. In particular, all work submitted to an instructor in fulfillment of course assignments, including papers and projects, written and oral examinations, and oral presentations and reports, must be free of plagiarism. Plagiarism is using the creations, ideas, or words of someone else without formally acknowledging the author or source, through appropriate use of quotation marks, references, and the like. Student work in which plagiarism occurs will not ordinarily be accepted as satisfactory by the instructor and may lead to disciplinary action against the student submitting it. Any student who is uncertain whether his or her use of the work of others constitutes plagiarism should consult the course instructor for guidance before formally submitting the course work involved.

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Low scholarship

Academic warning

An undergraduate student whose grade-point average falls below 2.00 during the first quarter at the University, receives an academic warning. If a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00, for courses earned in residence at the University, is not achieved by the end of the next quarter, the student is placed on academic probation.

Probation & dismissal for low scholarship

An undergraduate student is placed on academic probation at the end of any quarter (except for the first quarter at the University, when an academic warning is issued), in which his or her cumulative grade-point average falls below 2.00. Once on probation, the student must attain at least a 2.50 for each succeeding quarter’s work, until the cumulative grade-point average is raised to a 2.00, or the student is dropped for low scholarship.


A student who has been dropped under low scholarship rules will be reinstated to the University upon review of a reinstatement petition submitted to their program office. A student reinstated, after being dropped under these rules, reenters on academic probation. The student’s grade-point average is the same as when dropped from the University, and the student may not use grades from other colleges or universities to raise his or her UW grade-point average. A reinstated student is dropped if he or she fails to attain either a 2.50 grade-point average for the following quarter’s work, or a cumulative UW grade-point average of 2.00 at the end of that quarter. The student is removed from probation at the end of the quarter in which a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 or better is reached.

Senior in final quarter

A senior who has completed the required number of credits for graduation, but whose work in what would normally be his or her final quarter places him or her on probation, does not receive a degree until removed from probation.

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High scholarship

Quarterly high-scholarship list

The quarterly high-scholarship list includes the names of matriculated undergraduate students who have attained a quarterly grade-point average of 3.50 in the final grades for at least 12 graded credits. Appropriate high-scholarship entries are made on the student’s permanent academic record.

Yearly undergraduate honors

The yearly award for high scholarship is received on the academic transcript of students who have achieved the following:

  • A cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 in at least three quarters of the academic year (Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring)
  • 12 graded credits or more for each of the three quarters, exclusive of Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory (S/ NS) and Credit/No Credit-only (C/NC) courses.
  • Students who have attended the UW four quarters of the school year (Summer through Spring) must have a grade-point average of 3.50 for each of any three quarters, a minimum of 12 graded credits (exclusive of S/NS and C/NC courses) for each of the three quarters, and a cumulative GPA of 3.50 for the four quarters.

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Academic scholarship – graduate

Performance and progress in the fulfillment of degree program requirements as outlined in the graduate program’s documentation distributed to students upon enrollment.

Maintenance of a minimum cumulative and quarterly 3.0 GPA while the student is enrolled in the UW Graduate School. A program may petition the Graduate School to consider exceptions to the 3.0 GPA minimum requirement for graduation if the student demonstrates steady and consistent progress.

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