Academic Standing

Your Academic Standing plays an important role in your academic future and keeps you informed about your progress towards graduation.

Every spring, you are assessed by your academic department to determine your Academic Standing for the academic year (September-April). Your academic standing keeps you informed of your academic progress and controls registration for the next academic year.  Academic Standing determines whether you are in good standing, able to continue conditionally or on probation, require academic advising before proceeding, or are ineligible to continue in your current program.

What Determines Your "Standing"?

  • All students are assessed against University, Faculty and Program Requirements and Regulations.

  • Knowing the regulations and meeting with your Chair or an Academic Advisor can help keep you on track.

  • For example, in a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences and Humanities we look for:
    • a major average of 59.5 or above
    • an overall average of 49.5 or above
    • any failures in the academic year
    • the total number of failures (cannot exceed 5)
    • Each department reviews the transcripts for all of their students and approves or makes changes to the academic standing assigned to each student

How Academic Standing is Communicated

  • In June, your academic standing can be seen in myInfo by viewing My Program Details & Academic Standing. Some departments make additional notes specific to your program which will also be available to view.

  • We ensure your standing is released before registration opens for the next fall/winter registration session so that you have time to arrange a meeting with your Chair if necessary.

  • You may also receive an email from our office and/or your department with further information about your academic standing and how to proceed.

  • Your academic standing is not recorded on your official transcript.

What Your Academic Standing Means

ELIG - Eligible to Continue
You have met minimum requirements for your program and are in good standing. You can continue in your program and register for the next academic year.
COND - Proceed Conditionally
You do not meet all of the minimum requirements, but are still able to continue in your program and register for the next academic year. It is suggested that you seek academic advising to get back on track.
PROB - Probation
Your average is too low. You are able to continue and register, however you must meet the minimum average(s) in the next academic year. Students can only be on probation for one year.
MAJR - You Must Choose a Major
You must meet with a Student Central Professional to select a major before proceeding.
ADVI - Must Seek Course Selection Advice
You must meet with your Chair/Program Advisor about course selection before proceeding with registration. You will not be able to register for the next academic year until you have met with your Chair/Program Advisor.
FAYR - Failed Year
You will not be able to register for the next academic year. You must see your Chair for permission to continue in your program or seek academic advising to determine if you are eligible to change programs. You will need to repeat courses.
INEL - Ineligible Without Consultation
You have not met minimum requirements to continue. You will not be able to register for the next academic year. You must see your Chair for permission to continue in your program or seek academic advising to determine if you are eligible to change programs.


ADVI, FAYR and INEL mean you cannot register online on your own. You must speak to your Program Chair (for your current program) or speak to a Student Central Professional about changing programs if that is what you'd like to pursue.


Degree Audit

What is Degree Audit?

The My Program Requirements (Degree Audit) is a tool, found within myInfo, that allows you to plan your course selection and helps in making sure you are on track towards completing the right courses for your program.  

  • The tool is a guideline only, and should be used in combination with meeting with your Faculty Advisor, Program Advisor or Student Central Professional.  
  • The degree audit will use all courses you have completed to-date and all courses you are currently registered for and fit them into an outline of your program requirements.  
  • The degree audit will show you what program requirements you have outstanding.

What Does "What if I changed my program of study" Mean?

The degree audit tool not only allows you to audit your current program, but, you can select an alternate program to see how your completed credits and registered courses fit into the program selected. The "What If" selection allows you to choose from any program Lakehead University offers.

What Are The Components of a Degree Audit?

The top portion will have your personalized information including; name, program of study, student number, email address, and "Catalog" year which reflects the year you started the program

The program summary portion gives you an overview of the program requirements, what you have already completed and what you have remaining to complete

The degree audit then outlines your program requirements in the hierarchy of:

  • Major Requirements
  • Other Requirements - this section lists any program requirements which are outside of the major subject, and may be composed of specific course numbers, subjects, groups or types
  • Open Electives - courses which you have flexibility in choosing the subject matter
  • Major Average calculation - this section shows all courses in your major subject area and calculates the average. Note that ALL courses taken in your particular major will contribute towards the major average regardless of whether is it required to fulfill program requirements. Normally, the major average must be a minimum of 70% for an Honours degree and a minimum of 60% for a Bachelor degree
  • List of First Year Credits - this section shows all courses you have taken at the first year level. It is important to note that every program has a maximum number of first year credits that can be applied to your degree requirements. Any courses over the program maximum will not be used towards the degree requirements
  • The bottom of the degree audit will list "other courses". These reflect any failed/repeated courses or courses that are not used/needed for your program requirements