Graduate Student Resources

Graduate Policies To Keep In Mind

GPA, Probation, and Dismissal

Graduate students are expected to maintain at least a 3.00 GPA to be in "good academic standing".  That's a B average.  Falling below 3.00 can lead to being placed on probation or possibly dismissed from the university.  

  • If your GPA falls below 3.00 you will be place on probation and you will have two semesters to get your GPA back to at least 3.00.  If after two semesters your GPA is not back to 3.00 you may be dismissed.  
  • If you are on probation you must make at least a 3.00 GPA each semester that you are on probation or you may be dismissed.
  • If you have a GPA of less than 2.00 (less than a C average) in any semester you may be dismissed.

Keep in mind your GPA and Academic Standing may also affect your financial aid and eligibility to hold a graduate assistantship. 

Withdrawing From Classes

  • You can withdraw from classes prior to the "Last Day to Withdraw Without Academic Penalty" (see registrars site for dates) and your grade in that class will be a "W", which does not compute in your GPA.
  • If you withdraw AFTER the "Last Day to Withdraw Without Academic Penalty" your grade will be a "WF" which WILL compute in your GPA the same as an F.  
  • There is a process for Administrative Emergency Withdrawals through the Office of the Dean of Students. This link takes you to their page with the details.

Don't Wait Too Late!

If you are having issues and don't think you can be successful in your class or classes, please talk to someone as soon as possible.  

  • Start with your professor to see what your options are to get some sort of assistance so that you can complete your work and earn a passing grade.
  • If you feel you cannot continue, please follow registrar procedures to withdraw, but don't wait too late to make that decision.  Be mindful of the mid-point of the semester.
  • If you pass the mid-point of the semester do your best to work through the issues and get the best grade possible.  WF and F grades are very damaging to your GPA.
  • If you need help navigating the policies and processes contact Nikki Palamiotis, Assistant Dean of the Graduate College at