Academic Standing Requirements
After each fall and spring semester, members of the Academic Affairs Council meet to review the academic performance of all undergraduate students. Also, the academic performance of students in accelerated programs is reviewed at the end of the summer term.
To maintain good academic standing at the College, students must achieve minimum cumulative grade point averages appropriate to progress toward their degree and must complete coursework at a regular and sustained pace. Minimum cumulative GPAs are as follows:
|Credit Hours Completed||Required Cumulative GPA|
|56 or more||2.000|
A 2.000 cumulative GPA is also required for students to graduate. Students who have not achieved a 2.000 cumulative GPA will be given an Academic Warning, placed on Probation, or Academically Suspended from the College, according to the conditions described below.
The following policy applies to students in graduate programs, except for the following programs, whose academic standing policies and procedures can be found in the corresponding department handbook on an internal portal (available to current students) or upon request to the department:
- Master of Athletic Training
- Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Master of Science in School Counseling
- Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
- Doctor of Physical Therapy
Graduate students must obtain a grade point average of 3.000 with a maximum of two C or F grades in the program (excluding repeated courses in which a grade higher than a C was earned) to be in good academic standing. Every student’s academic progress shall be reviewed at the end of each academic period (end of the fall, spring, and summer semesters).
In addition to meeting academic standing requirements, described above, all degree-seeking students must also maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward a degree to maintain eligibility for federal and institutional financial aid. This includes grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Students must earn a minimum of 67% of their total cumulative credits attempted each semester (this includes transfer credits). In addition, undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 1.800 (1–27 credits completed), 1.900 (28–55 credits completed), 2.000 (56 or more credits completed). Graduate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.000. This review is conducted by the Financial Aid Office after each fall, spring, and summer term even if the student did not receive financial aid in a particular term.
Pennsylvania State Grant recipients enrolled full-time must earn a minimum of 24 credits per academic year or 12 credits per semester, if enrolled for one semester during the academic year. There is no GPA requirement. This review is conducted annually after the spring semester.
A student who completes the academic requirements for a program but continues to take coursework before earning the degree or certificate is not eligible for federal funds for that program.