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Junior Eligibility - the 2.25 Rule

The Rule

To qualify for registration in the ECE courses shown in third (junior) year of the curriculum in either electrical engineering or computer engineering, a student must have completed, with a combined grade-point average of 2.25 (A = 4.0), the mathematics, physics, computer science and electrical and computer engineering courses which are shown in the first (freshman) and second (sophomore) years of the curriculum. See one of the following curricula for technical core courses.

Computer Engineering Curriculum

Electrical Engineering Curriculum

Why We Have The Rule

The rule functions as a checkpoint midway through an undergraduate ECE degree program to determine whether or not the student is likely to be successful in the ECE curricula, an outcome which is highly correlated with the ability to do well in beginning technical classes. The rule usually affects the minority of students that have poor grades in these courses but are in good standing because they have good grades in the humanities and social sciences. Generally, there are two responses by students who do not meet this requirement: (a) they repeat courses in order to improve their preparation --- without this review, they are unlikely to do well in the upperclass ECE courses, (b) they transfer to another program in which they are more likely to be successful.

How Is The Rule Enforced?

The Academic Adviser of the ECE Department (currently Ms. McDougal) reviews the records of all students who do not meet the 2.25 average and sends letters warning the students of the problem. In most cases the students adjust their schedules on their own. However, if they do not, the administrative staff in the ECE Undergraduate Counseling Office remove the courses from the students' schedules and do not attempt to replace them with appropriate choices. In some borderline cases we will negotiate a compromise set of courses which may be taken.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I retake a course, is the grade replaced?
No, all grades count in the GPA.

If I take a course at a community college does it count?
Yes, if the course is formally transferable, then you may take it and average it into the Junior Eligibility GPA. Note that it is highly recommended that you repeat courses included in Junior Eligibility rule in which you receive D's immediately -- don't wait or your lack of understanding will cause you to do badly in the following course.

I took all the necessary courses except ECE 290. Can I take any junior level courses?
Yes, you may go on. We calculate the Junior Eligibility GPA assuming you failed any missing course -- if you still have a high enough average, you may take some junior level courses while completing the fresh/soph courses.

I can't finish all the Junior Eligibility courses in two years. Does that mean I get dropped?
No. We are not allowed to drop anyone who does not meet this rule. You may use an extra semester or so to finish these courses. However, your progress is monitored and failure to progress sufficiently, in the judgement of the Chief Adviser and the Deans, is cause for being dropped. Hence, you can't wait forever before either passing the 2.25 rule barrier or transferring to another program.