Your academic performance can affect you in a variety of ways and could change your eligibility for recognition and scholarships, your standing, and the requirements for you to continue enrolling in courses.
Graduate students are advised by Penn State faculty from their degree programs. Graduate students should contact their academic adviser with any questions about academic performance requirements.
You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher to be considered in good standing, to declare a major, and to graduate from the University. You may also need to meet GPA requirements to qualify for additional opportunities such as internships. Depending on your GPA and other considerations, your academic achievements may also be recognized or may qualify you for several opportunities:
- You may be named to the Dean’s List if you meet requirements.
- You may be eligible for certain scholarships that have GPA requirements.
- You may be eligible to participate in honor societies.
To maintain satisfactory progress, you should meet regularly with your academic adviser, communicate with your instructors, and become familiar with academic support services and resources, including tutoring, subject-specific assistance, and training to build academic skills.
Changes to Academic Standing
If your cumulative GPA drops below a 2.00 (see policy 54-20), you will be notified. This may result in Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, and/or Academic Dismissal.
Academic Warning results when you earn less than a 2.00 cumulative GPA.
Academic Suspension occurs when you earn less than a 2.00 semester GPA while on Academic Warning. Academic Suspension prevents enrollment at Penn State for a minimum of two consecutive semesters.
Steps to Recover from Academic Warning or Suspension
After receiving notification that you are in Academic Warning or Academic Suspension, you will need to work with your academic adviser to plan how you will return to good academic standing.
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 (see policy 54-50).
After a period of four calendar years, a student who has been academically dismissed from the University may seek re-enrollment to the University by requesting academic renewal (see policy 54-90). At that time, students can begin the process of re-enrollment by contacting a member of the Academic Advising team through the Contact Form.
It is important to think about your academic success and how any warning, suspension, or dismissal statuses may impact your financial aid, benefits, or obligations.
Related Academic Policies
An academic adviser can help you understand University policies that may apply to you and discuss available options for moving forward to support your academic progress. Make an appointment with your adviser to discuss any specific questions you may have.
You can also use our recovery and GPA calculators to estimate semester grades and their impact on your cumulative GPA, or to determine how many credits of B-or-better grades you may need to bring your GPA into good standing again.