This is evidenced by the Grade Point Average of Cromwell College students each semester being consistently above 5.
Academic results are monitored, strong performers are recognized and students with academic difficulties are identified and offered advice and support. All first year students are interviewed by the Dean of Students each semester and active follow up occurs if they are experiencing academic difficulties or if they are concerned about their choice of program.
An excellent tutorial program is offered at Cromwell College. For first year students, tutors can be either second, third, fourth or higher year Cromwell students who have achieved a Distinction or High Distinction in a relevant course. In addition, tutors can be alumni or professional people from beyond the College.
For students above first year, tutors are arranged on a supply and demand basis and are generally sourced externally if they cannot be sourced from within the College. This is because the specialization at more advanced levels in some courses makes the precise qualifications and experience of tutors integral to the value-add for the student, hence the need to search widely for the best fit.
The tutorial program is provided at no extra cost to students. There is a high degree of correlation between higher academic results and attendance at tutorials. The College pays the tutors, but this cost is built into student fees. All tutors keep written records of attendance at tutorials. It is very rare if a first year student chooses not to actively participate in the College tutorial program.
Academic support at Cromwell goes well beyond formal tutorials. Students form informal study groups which meet regularly and there is the advantage of being able to consult at times of difficulty with later year students from the same program.
It is important to note that despite active support and intervention, Cromwell is an adult, residential community of tertiary students emerging as adults, not a school. Students are therefore encouraged and expected to take the initiative with their own academic progress, and to proactively seek out assistance at the College and at the University as soon as they feel that issues may be arising.
The Academic Dinner is a formal occasion held annually, where academic excellence is recognized and celebrated throughout the whole College.