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230 Academic Standing Policy

Last updated on: April 28, 2023
Last reviewed on: April 28, 2023

230.1 Academic Standing Requirements for Continued Enrollment

The cumulative grade point average (GPA), in conjunction with class standing and term GPA, is used to indicate the academic standing of students at the end of any semester or summer term and will determine their eligibility for continued enrollment.

230.2 Good Standing

A student must maintain a C (2.0) cumulative grade point average to be considered in good academic standing by the University.

230.3 Academic Probation

If a student’s cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0, the student will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation will be restricted to no more than 13 credit hours, unless granted an exception. Students who are on academic probation are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor to identify if repeating courses in which deficient grades were received is appropriate during the next semester (or the next time the course is offered).

230.4 Academic Dismissal

Students who meet the following criteria will be academically dismissed unless an exception is provided by the dean of the relevant college on a case-by-case basis:

  • First-term students who earn a term grade point average of less than .85;
  • Freshmen (0-29 earned hours) who are on probation and earn a term grade point average of 1.7 or less;
  • Sophomores (30-59 earned hours) who are on probation and earn a term grade point average less than 2.0;
  • Juniors (60-89 earned hours) and seniors (90+ earned hours) who are on probation and earn a term grade point average less than 2.2.

Students who have been academically dismissed should expect to stay out of classes for one academic semester (following a first dismissal) and one academic year (following a second dismissal), after which such students should petition their academic dean to return to classes. Deans will retain the discretion to provide exception to NOT academically dismiss on a case-by-case basis.  No student may return to classes after a third academic dismissal.

It should be pointed out that some programs may have requirements above the minimum University retention standards.

Academic Dismissal is not synonymous with Satisfactory Academic Progress Suspension.  A student may be in Good Standing but still be suspended from getting financial aid due to low rate of completion or exceeding the allowable attempted credit hours.

Related Information

Policy Administrator:
Registrar's Office
Policy Contact:
Office of the Registrar
Parsons Hall Room 009
Policy History:
Policy 230 Academic Standing was added to the Policy Library on April 28, 2023. The Academic Standing Policy was approved by the ISU Board of Trustees on December 16, 2011.