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In addition to the requirements of a major, the University requires a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade-point average (CGPA) for an undergraduate degree. To ensure progress toward a degree, the University uses three levels of academic statuses:

  • Good Standing
  • Academic Warning
  • Academic Suspension
  • Academic Dismissal
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Status at beginning of semester *

Cumulative GPA 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

Note: First semester students are exempted for the first 18 attempted credits (Summer semester credits are excluded) since their semester GPA is the same as their cumulative GPA.


Academic Warning

Maintaining adequate progress for a degree is defined by meeting a 2.00 cumulative GPA (CGPA). Students who do not maintain a 2.00 CGPA move into a status of Academic Warning. While on Academic Warning you will have a hold placed on the registration of subsequent semesters and must meet with an academic adviser to remove this Academic Warning Hold. All notifications concerning the hold will be sent to your campus email address.

Academic Warning is not a punishment or the end of your academic career. The hold is a notification that it is time to seek help in taking an active approach to improve your academics. During the required meeting with your adviser, you may be asked to:

  • Reflect on challenges that led to warning
  • Discuss campus resources
  • Plan a balanced schedule
  • Understand GPA, grades and policies
  • Develop a plan for success
  • Schedule follow-up meeting(s)

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 Penn State for a minimum of two semesters. (Note: Summer session is equal to one semester and includes all courses offered after Spring semester and before Fall semester). Example: A student on academic warning, who earns a Spring 2017 semester GPA below 2.00, then placed on academic suspension, may not return to Penn State until Spring 2018.

DISMISSAL: If you have been placed on academic suspension two times and fail to achieve at least a 2.00 semester GPA you will be academically dismissed. After a period of four calendar years, academically dismissed students may seek re-enrollment to the University by requesting academic renewal.

Please refer to University Faculty Senate policy on Academic Progress http://senate.psu.edu/policies-and-rules-for-undergraduate-students/54-00-academic-progress/