Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students enrolled in Yeshiva Tiferes Shmuel D’Aleksander are expected to maintain satisfactory levels of academic achievement to continue their enrollment in the Yeshiva.  Satisfactory academic progress as defined by Yeshiva Tiferes Shmuel D’Aleksander has two components: a quantitative component and a qualitative component. 


A student must make sufficient progress through the academic program to complete the 156 credits, five-year undergraduate program, within a time period of not more than twenty semesters, with a maximum attempted credits ceiling of 234 credits. Full time students must successfully complete 67% of the normal attempted credits per semester and must make sufficient progress to complete the normal five-year program in seven and a half years.  The chart below illustrates the maximum completion time with the number of credits students must earn by the end of each semester:

Credits Attempted1224364860728496108120132144156168180192204216228234

At the end of each semester, students’ academic files are evaluated to determine if the students are making satisfactory academic progress.  As part of the evaluation, a student’s earned credits are divided by the student’s attempted credits to determine if the student is progressing through the five-year academic program at a pace sufficient to complete the program within the maximum time frame.  If the number of credits earned divided by the number of credits attempted is 67% or greater and the student has earned at least the number of credits that appears in the chart above that corresponds to his semester of attendance, he is determined to be making satisfactory progress.


 students must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least a C or 2.0.


Students maintaining a C or higher average, who drop below a C average for one semester may be placed on academic probation for one semester.  Should the student fail to achieve a C average at the end of the probationary period, his probationary standing may be extended to subsequent semesters, until he can re-establish satisfactory academic standing.

To re-establish satisfactory academic standing, the student must consult with the Rosh Yeshiva who will design a study plan to assist the student in raising his grades.  Students who do not take advantage of the Menahel’s program may be asked to leave the Yeshiva. Students are advised to review the Yeshiva’s financial aid policies for information on how academic standing may affect financial aid eligibility.


A student who fails to complete all required coursework may be allowed up to six months to fulfill the course requirements.  In the interim, the student will have the grade “I” (incomplete) entered on his academic record. The grade I is not included in the student’s GPA.  If the required coursework is not completed satisfactorily by that time, the grade I will be changed to F, which is included in the GPA. 

A student who withdraws from a course with the approval of the Menahel will have the course recorded as “W” (withdrawn with permission), and the GPA will not be affected.


All repeated courses are counted in the number of student’s attempted credits, but cannot be counted towards full time enrollment status for the semester in which the repeated course is taken, unless the student is retaking a course in which he received a failing grade.

Students will be allowed to repeat a failed course provided the student will then remain within the time
frame required for satisfactory progress.

Repeated classes for a failed grade will not remove the failed grade from the GPA


There are no non-credit remedial courses offered at Yeshiva Tiferes Shmuel D’Aleksander.


A student may appeal an adverse decision including (a) probationary status, (b) lack of satisfactory progress status, or (c) a decision of dismissal based on unsatisfactory scholastic performance, if he can demonstrate mitigating personal circumstances. 

These circumstances may include some personal problem experienced by the student or a family member such as illness, death, loss of employment, etc.  The student must file this appeal with the Menahel within one week that he was advised of any given decision.  The Menahel will respond to the student’s appeal within one month of the appeal.