Academic Standing

A student’s academic standing is set at the end of each grading period (including each regular academic semester, after interterms, and when pending grades resolve) based on the minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) scale outlined below. Total semester hours earned indicated in the table below include Principia College courses only.

In order to allow evaluation of academic standing before a new semester begins, incomplete (I) grades for students whose academic standing could be affected by the resolution of the incomplete must be resolved by one week before the first day of the following term rather than at the following midterm when incompletes normally resolve.

Notification of suspension and other academic standing changes is sent to students in writing after final grades are processed.

Good Standing

A student will remain in or return to good standing provided his or her Principia cumulative GPA meets these requirements:

Total Semester Hours Earned Minimum GPA Required
0-15 1.600
>15-30 1.700
>30-45 1.800
>45-59 1.900
>59 2.000

Academic Probation

A student will be placed on academic probation if his or her cumulative GPA is below the minimum required.

At the end of a semester, a student on academic probation whose cumulative GPA remains below the minimum on the GPA requirements scale will be continued on academic probation provided his or her term GPA for the semester just completed meets the minimum GPA requirement.

Academic Suspension

A student on academic probation whose cumulative GPA remains below the minimum required and who does not qualify for an additional term of academic probation will be placed on academic suspension for one year. Occasionally, a student may be suspended directly from good standing for extremely poor performance (for example, a term GPA below 1.0).

Due to visa issues for international students and to facilitate regulatory compliance, when an international student receives notification of suspension, the suspension will go into effect up to 21 days later to allow the SEVIS principal designated school official (PDSO) to make necessary visa arrangements. Students must comply with the Blue Pages’ policies regarding campus housing of suspended students. No action will be taken in SEVIS until the suspension goes into effect. The PDSO will notify the dean of academics and the registrar when arrangements have been made.

Upon re-admittance after suspension, a student will return as a conditional admit. See About Academics. The student will be in good standing for the returning semester, at the end of which academic standing will be set according to the normal rules for academic standing.

Any student who has been withdrawn from Principia College for two semesters or more for any reason must re-apply through the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. A student on academic suspension becomes eligible to re-apply to Principia upon completion of a full year of satisfactory coursework at another accredited college or a full year of combined academic work and employment (including at least 9 semester hours of college-level work). It is expected that a student who has been academically suspended will work with The Center for Teaching and Learning to develop a success plan for the student to follow during suspension, following our process for transfer credit.

A student may appeal an academic suspension in writing to the academic dean. Appeals are rarely granted, but may be considered in cases where there were extreme circumstances outside the student’s control that interfered with successful academic work. Appeals must be submitted no later than two weeks before the beginning of the following semester.