Academic Standing

Satisfactory Standing

When your term GPA is a minimum of 2.000, you are considered to be making satisfactory progress towards your degree.

Warning

When your term GPA is lower than 2.00, after a previous semester of Satisfactory Standing (2.00 or higher), you will be placed on Academic Warning.  You may be required to participate in programs designed to help you return to Satisfactory Standing. Failure to comply with the conditions of Academic Warning may result in further restrictions on registration or Academic Suspension or Dismissal.

Restrictions:

  • A course and credit limit not to exceed 16 credits.
  • ONLY graduating Seniors and students with extenuating circumstances relating to Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress may petition for exemption. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you believe this applies to you.

Conditions:

  • You must earn a 2.00 term average or higher to be removed from Warning.
  • You may be subject to mandatory advising requirements. Information on how to schedule an appointment is here.

Note: Academic Suspension or Dismissal is possible, if your cumulative GPA is below 2.00.

Suspension and Dismissal

Academic Suspension and Academic Dismissal are based on the cumulative grade point average (GPA) measured against a graduated standard of increasing expectations determined by the student's recorded year of anticipated graduation and the number of completed semesters of enrollment. The Cumulative GPA of every student is reviewed each year at the end of the Spring semester to ensure that all students are making consistent and realistic progress towards graduation standards.

You will be subject to Academic Suspension or Academic Dismissal from the SAS when your cumulative GPA is less than the figure below:

Graduated GPA Standard
Semester Class Year Cumulative GPA
2nd First-Year 1.5
4th Sophomore 1.7
6th Junior 1.9
8th or higher Senior 2.0

You are responsible for monitoring your graduation date and academic record – failure to receive or acknowledge Suspension or Dismissal notification does not void the academic standing action. In addition, your are encouraged to seek assistance early if you are in difficulty. Speak to an SAS Academic Advisor.

Note: It is not possible to change your graduation year after notification of Suspension or Dismissal.

Exceptions:  First-Year and Transfer Students enrolled in their first semester at Rutgers during a Spring term are not subject to Suspension or Dismissal, even when the cumulative GPA is below the specified standard for their class year.


*Academic Suspension occurs the first time you fall below this standard – or if you “remediated” a previous Suspension but fail again to meet the required cumulative GPA. An Academic Suspension must be addressed in the Rutgers – New Brunswick Summer Session, but you have the option of doing so in a future year. Unlike Academic Dismissal which must be addressed in the Summer immediately following notification of status. Students with an Academic Suspension are guaranteed one attempt at completing Summer coursework.  Please see Reinstatement for more information.

*Academic Dismissals unless successfully addressed are final. This status is applied when you have a sustained Suspension noted on your record, and again fall below the required Cumulative GPA standards. Academic Dismissal students must successfully remediate their Cumulative GPA – to the standard required for their class year - with Summer coursework in the Rutgers – New Brunswick Summer Session immediately following notification of status. Otherwise, it is not possible to return in a future term without a successful Academic Appeal.


*As of Spring 2015, there has been a change in terminology relating to the SAS Dismissal Policy, but the policy itself has not changed. What was formerly termed "First Dismissal" is now called "Suspension". What was formerly termed "Second Dismissal" is now called a "Dismissal".

Probation

When you have two or more consecutive semesters with a term GPA lower than 2.00, you will be placed on Academic Probation. You will also be placed on Academic Probation if you are reenrolled following an Academic Suspension, either in this academic year or a previous one. This Probation category typically carries additional conditions that have to be met in order for you to progress to the Spring term.  You may be required to participate in programs designed to help you return to Satisfactory Standing. Failure to comply with the conditions of Probation may result in further restrictions on registration or Academic Suspension or Dismissal.

Restrictions:

  • A course and credit limit not to exceed 16 credits. We strongly advise meeting with an SAS Academic Advisor, before registering for classes, to discuss whether a lighter course load is a better option.
  • Only graduating Seniors and students with extenuating circumstances relating to financial aid standards of satisfactory progress may petition for exemption. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you believe this applies to you.

Conditions:

  • You must earn a 2.00 or higher term average to be removed from Probation.
  • You may be subject to mandatory advising requirements. Information on how to schedule an appointment is here.
  • If reenrolled on probation after suspension or dismissal, you may be required to achieve a term average of at least 2.00 or re-mediate your cumulative GPA to that of your Graduated GPA Standard to progress to the Spring. If you fail to do this, SAS reserves the right to rescind your reenrollment and to sustain your previous Suspension.  You would then have to sit out the Spring Term and apply for Conditional Reenrollment in the Summer.
  • Note: Reenrollment is not guaranteed. Each application will be determined based on academic history and the viability of successful degree completion.
  • Reenrolled students will be required to complete either the Academic Success Seminar, group advising sessions, or another item of retention programming. Details will be given in your Probation notice letter.

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