How does ABC track my progress?

ABC tracks progress in each and every final exam taken by candidates and uses side-by-side Status Reports that compare previous results with the most recent exam. By looking at the percentages on each of those reports, the candidate can see if their low percentage areas are making good progress.

To quantify all aspects of status including grades, overall GPA and conducting development, ABC uses these three status indicators.


If a candidate receives a C in a course, ABC will issue an advisory. When two Cs show on the academic record, ABC will alert the candidate that The University will place the candidate on Probation. If the candidate's GPA drops below 3.0 a similar Probation status will be in effect by The University. (A third C, an F, or a second term below 3.0 results in termination from the Graduate School.)

If the candidate's music theory entrance percentage is below 70%, a same-year December retake will be required; full admission will be denied until the passing percentage is met. The candidate will not be able to enroll for additional course work in a following year until the passing percentage is met.


If a candidate's entrance exam percentage is below 60%, ABC extends the candidate's program to four years. Only at the conclusion of the 2nd year in the program will the ABC graduate faculty reassess progress in all areas of study to determine if the extra year can be removed.


When a candidate has four study areas in which composite scores are below 70%, ABC sends an Advisory notification via Ultimate Pursuit. When five or more exist, the candidate receives specific, required actions that must be met. It is required that all candidates, on probation, must complete monthly practices test on all weak areas (10 questions per weak area, per month).

Candidates receive monthly emails with links to their Ultimate Pursuit Progress Reports. The ABC faculty will update any required status change in mid April.


American Band College