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.  

  • Academic Probation

    A student is automatically placed on academic probation when their cumulative GPA drops below 2.00 at the end of either Fall or Spring semester (not Summer). Students on probation are limited to a 14-hour course load during the Fall and Spring semesters and no more than 4 hours per Summer session. When a student is placed on academic probation, it is the responsibility of the student to arrange regular meetings with their academic advisor or department chair/director to discuss academic strategies and the following semester's course selections to improve academic status.   

    Terms of Probation:

    • A student will have the following three terms (summer sessions, if attended, count as a term) to bring their cumulative GPA back to good standing (2.00 or higher).  
    • During the probationary period, students are expected to earn a term GPA of at least 2.33 each semester. Failure to do so will result in their immediate dismissal.
    • If the student’s cumulative GPA does not reach a 2.00 by the end of the third term on probation, the student will be dismissed.
    • Under no circumstances will a student dismissed for failure to reach the prescribed term GPA or cumulative GPA be approved to enroll at UNCW for the following three terms.  
    • Students are removed from probation at the end of any term (Fall, Spring, or Summer) where the cumulative GPA reaches 2.00.


    Suggestions While on Probation:

    • 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:
    • 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.
  • Academic Dismissal