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 Penn State email address.
Meeting with Your Adviser to Release Your Academic Warning Hold
Academic warning is not a punishment or the end of your academic career. The hold is a notification to seek help in taking an active approach to improving your academics. During the required discussion with your adviser, you may be asked to:
- Reflect on challenges
- Discuss campus resources
- Plan a balanced schedule
- Understand GPA, grades, 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 GPA while in academic warning. Academic suspension prevents enrollment at Penn State for two semesters. A student who returns to the University must complete re-enrollment and return in academic warning status with his/her previous GPA and a hold on registration. Policy 58-00.
Recovery Points: Number of credits needed at a “B” or better to achieve a CGPA of at least a 2.00. Recovery points= credits attempted x [2 – cumulative GPA] For example, a student needing 15 recovery points must earn a “B” or better in at least 15 graded credits for a 2.00 CGPA. Students with 15 or fewer Recovery Points may petition for a reduction in or stay of the Academic Suspension.
Dismissal: If you have been placed on academic suspension 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. Students with 18 or fewer Recovery Points may petition to not be dismissed and instead be placed on Academic Suspension. Faculty Senate Policy 51-70.
Making the Most of Campus Resources
Please complete the form and discuss it with your adviser. As you list goals, please make them as specific and achievable as possible. The resources listed below may be helpful as you begin to define your goals:
- Health and Wellness Center
Personal Obstacles or other Disability. Visit the Health and Wellness Center site or stop by the Sheetz Family Health Center.
- Financial Aid
Finances and/or Work-study Positions. Visit the Financial Aid site or stop by W113 Smith Building.
- Student Affairs
Involvement in Student Organizations. Visit the Student Affairs site or stop by 103 Slep Student Center.
- Career Services
Career Direction. Visit the Career Services site or stop by 205 Slep Student Center.
- Robert E. Eiche Library
Subject Librarians are available for all subjects. For a complete list of University Librarian Subject Guides, visit the University Libraries site.
- Learning Resources Center
Tutoring. Visit the Learning Resources Center site or stop by 125 Eiche Library.
- Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)
Exploring Majors. Visit the DUS site or stop by C112 Smith Building.