Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students working toward completion of a degree, certificate, or diploma must complete all required courses in their program with a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA (C average). The chart below describes the minimum GPA that students in a curriculum must achieve in order to maintain satisfactory academic progress toward graduation--or to receive D.V.A. benefits or financial aid.* To assist students in maintaining satisfactory progress, free counseling and tutoring services are available, in addition to faculty advising.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Scale: 

Cumulative Semester Minimum Cumulative
Hours Attempted GPA Earned
0-16 1.25
17-30 1.50
31-45 1.75
46 or more 2.00

*Additional measurements of progress are considered in determining satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes. Students should obtain a copy of "Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Financial Aid Recipients" from the Financial Aid Office.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

Academic Warning
When students earn below the minimum cumulative GPA, they are placed on "Academic Warning" for the semester enrolled. The students, with the assistance of their advisor, will reassess course load (a 13-15 credit hour maximum recommendation) and academic goals for the next term of enrollment.

Academic Probation I
When students earn below the minimum cumulative GPA for the second consecutive semester, they are considered on "Academic Probation I" and are no longer eligible for financial aid or D.V.A. benefits for the next term of enrollment. Students, with the assistance of their advisor, will develop a plan to reach a satisfactory GPA. This plan may consider, among other options, a referral to a counselor for a change of major/program. If full-time students earn a semester GPA of 3.0 or better for the semester in which they are on Academic Probation I but do not yet meet the required cumulative GPA in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Scale, they remain on Academic Probation I.

Academic Probation II
When students earn below the minimum required cumulative GPA for three consecutive semesters, then they are on "Academic Probation II." In addition to receiving no financial aid or D.V.A. benefits, they are no longer considered regular students and must adhere to the following during the next term of enrollment:

  1. Re-register (If pre-registered, registration is nullified.)
  2. Take no more than six credit hours

If students earn a semester GPA of 3.0 or better for the semester in which they are on Academic Probation II but do not yet meet the required cumulative GPA in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Scale, they remain on Academic Probation II.

Removal from Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Status
Once students earn the required cumulative GPA, they will be removed from unsatisfactory academic progress status. However, academic warning and academic probation statements are a part of students' permanent records.