Academic Progress

When a student fails to make adequate progress towards maintaining a 2.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA), students are placed in academic warning and academic suspension. More information about this policy is available through the Faculty Senate. A student with a 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher is in good standing.

STATUS AT START OF SEMESTER

CGPA AT END OF SEMESTER

SEMESTER GPA

STATUS AT END OF SEMESTER

Good Standing

2.00 or higher

2.00 or higher

Good Standing

Good Standing

2.00 or higher

Less than 2.00 ±

Good Standing

Good Standing

Less than 2.00

Less than 2.00

Academic Warning

Academic Warning

2.00 or higher

2.00 or higher

Good Standing

Academic Warning

Less than 2.00

2.00 or higher

Academic Warning

Academic Warning

Less than 2.00

Less than 2.00

Academic Suspension

Academic Warning

An academic warning is not a punishment nor the end of an academic career.

Academic warning is the official notice for a student who has failed to maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Academic Warning is a time to seek help in taking an active approach to improve academics. A student in academic warning will have a hold placed on registration and will be required to meet with Elizabeth Brown, the academic recovery specialist. All meetings are held virtually through Zoom.

A student in academic warning must earn a 2.0 semester GPA to continue; a 2.0 cumulative GPA is required to return to good standing.

What to Do Next

Complete the online self-reflection worksheet

Before meeting with the academic recovery specialist, students must fill out this form. This self-assessment will serve as a discussion guide.

Schedule a meeting with the academic recovery specialist

After submitting the self-reflection checklist, you will schedule a meeting with Elizabeth Brown, the academic recovery specialist. During this meeting, we will discuss challenges that impeded academic progress, discuss resources including how to access those resources, and build a plan to actively improve their academics.

If you need additional help on your journey to academic success, please view our Resources for Continued Achievement.

Academic Suspension and Dismissal 

SUSPENSION

You will be academically suspended from the University if you earn less than a 2.00 semester grade-point average while on Academic Warning. Academic Suspension prevents enrollment at PSU for a minimum of two semesters. 

DISMISSAL

A student who returns from academic suspension and does not achieve at least a 2.00 semester GPA is subject to academic dismissal and is no longer permitted to take courses at the University.

If you are facing an academic suspension or dismissal, we invite you to view the FAQ on Academic Suspension and Dismissal page to find your next steps.

FAQ on Academic Suspension and Dismissal

A student who has been academically suspended may not schedule courses at the University for two consecutive semesters, including summer session. Prior to suspension, a student should meet with their assigned adviser to discuss their department’s policy for re-enrollment. During this meeting, students should also consider:

  • Challenges that led to the suspension
  • If returning is the right option, and how to overcome challenges
  • Goals for the time suspended

A student who has been actively engaged in following an academic success action plan may submit a Faculty Senate Petition for either a stay of suspension or a shortened suspension. Students must contact the academic recovery specialist before the end of finals of the semester in question to discuss options for petitioning.

What to Do Next

Apply for Re-enrollment

It is important that this is submitted at the same time you submit your online self-reflection worksheet.

Complete the online self-reflection worksheet

To be considered for return after suspension, students must submit by the following deadlines:

  • To return for spring semester: November 15
  • To return for summer semester: April 1
  • To return for fall semester: July 15

If approved for re-enrollment after the suspension, a student must earn a minimum 2.00 semester grade-point average to remain enrolled. If a student does not earn a minimum 2.00 semester grade-point average, the student is subject to academic dismissal and is no longer permitted to take courses at the University.

Resources for Continued Achievement

Beyond the meeting with an adviser, there are plenty of resources on campus to assist students towards academic success.

  • Learning Support: Penn State Learning offers workshops and study groups for many subjects. Learning Centers are also available at all other Penn State campuses. 
  • Health Services: Managing health and wellness is essential for success. University Health Services provides preventative care, education, and resources to help students live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services: CAPS offers a wide range of services for undergraduate and graduate students including wellness and self-help options; group, individual, and couples counseling; crisis intervention; psychiatric services; and community education and outreach services for the University community.
  • Disability Resources: Student Disability Resources is available to coordinate support services for students with disabilities.
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