College of Arts & Sciences

Academic Standing

A student's academic standing is determined at the end of each semester based on their term and cumulative grade point average (GPA) and is reflected on their academic transcript. 

Academic Standing categories:

  • Dean's List

    A student can make the Dean's List if they meet one of the following criteria: 

    • Complete 12-14 hours and earn a term GPA of 3.50 or better with no grade less than “B” (3.00).
    • Complete 15 hours or more and earn a term GPA of 3.20 or better with no grade less than “B” (3.00).
    • Students participating in the Honors Scholars College who are carrying 12-14 total hours but are not receiving a grade for the current semester of honors work shall be eligible for the Dean’s List if their GPA on the remaining 9-11 hours otherwise meets current standards for the Dean’s List.

    Students carrying 11 hours or fewer are not eligible for the Dean’s List. Pass/fail hours will not be used in the calculation of Dean’s List.

  • Good Academic Standing

    A student is in good academic standing if their cumulative GPA is at least a 2.0 and their term GPA is at least a 1.0.  

  • Insufficient Academic Progress

    A student is placed on Insufficient Progress when they are completing less that 67% of all attempted hours.  It is important to note that students on Insufficient Academic Progress may not be making timely progress towards degree completion. Students should contact their academic advisor to discuss these issues and strategies to improve progress. 

  • Must Be Reviewed

    A student's status will say must be reviewed if they have been placed on an academic contract.  An academic contract is an agreement between the student and their college with specific terms a student must satisfy to be allowed to continue enrollment.  

  • Concerning, Warning, and Appeal Required

    Concerning 

    Students who begin a semester in Good standing and earn less than a 2.000 cumulative GPA during that semester will have a standing of Concerning. Students with a standing of Concerning may enroll in fall, spring, or summer courses. Students who begin a semester with a standing of Concerning and earn a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or above will return to Good standing

    Warning 

    Students who begin a semester with a standing of Concerning and do not earn a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or above will progress to a standing of Warning. Students with a standing of Warning may enroll in fall, spring, or summer courses. Students who begin a semester with a standing of Warning and earn a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or above will return to Good standing

    Appeal Required 

    Students who begin a semester with a standing of Warning and do not earn a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or above will progress to a standing of Appeal Required and will not be permitted to enroll in courses and any registered courses may be dropped. 

    Students with a standing of Appeal Required who wish to re-enroll must submit an appeal requesting permission to enroll in courses.  

    The standings above determine eligibility to enroll in courses at UNCW; however, they do not determine eligibility to enroll in specific programs or colleges. 

    Suggestions and Strategies to Help You Return to Good Standing:

    • Consider the Repeat Policy to retake up to three different courses that you earned a C- or lower in.  The grade earned the second time will replace the previous grade earned in calculating your cumulative GPA and hours toward graduation. The policy automatically goes into place the first time you repeat a course.     
    • Before the next semester begins, talk with your academic advisor about the balance of academic rigor in your schedule; keeping in mind your academic strengths and weaknesses as well as other time commitments you will have during the semester.     
    • Take advantage of the academic resources available to you.  Some of these include:
      • Meet with your faculty during their office hours to improve your understanding of the material
      • Participate in academic coaching sessions offered through the CAS Academic Resource Center (ARC).
        • Coaching sessions focus on helping you identify and select the best pathway to achieve your educational and career goals.
        • Through working together, a coach will learn more about your experiences and goals, connect you to resources as needed, help you leverage your strengths, and discuss your current academic experiences.
        • If you are interested in this support, please fill out this short interest survey, and a coach will contact you to set up an initial meeting. 
      • Improve your academic strategies with the help of a mentor
      • Check out the Learning Center's Academic Achievement Resources
      • Use the Learning Center's math servicesstudy sessionssupplemental instructiontutoring services and writing services, as appropriate for your courses. 
    • If you are enrolled in school full time (12 hours or more) and have a job, limit the hours you work.  Keep in mind that for every credit hour you are in classes, it is recommended that you study at least 2 hours outside of class each week to be successful.  
    • Set goals for improving your academics and write them down.  Review them throughout the semester to stay focused.  
    • Read your course syllabi to be aware of how the final grade is factored and keep a good estimate of where you stand throughout the semester to assess the effectiveness of your study strategies and make adjustments if needed.