Understanding Academic Standing, Warning & Recovery

Academic Warning

Maintaining adequate progress for a degree is defined by meeting a 2.00 cumulative GPA (CGPA). Students who do not maintain a 2.00 CGPA move into a status of Academic Warning. While on Academic Warning you will have a hold placed on the registration of subsequent semesters. All notifications concerning the hold will be sent to your campus email address.

FAQ about Academic Warning

Academic Suspension and Dismissal

SUSPENSION: You will be academically suspended from the University if you earn less than a 2.00 semester grade-point average while on Academic Warning. Academic Suspension prevents enrollment at Penn State for two semesters.

DISMISSAL: If you have been placed on academic suspension then successfully re-enroll and fail to achieve at least a 2.00 semester GPA upon your return, you will be academically dismissed. After a period of four calendar years, academically dismissed students may seek re-enrollment to the University by requesting academic renewal.

Releasing Your Academic Warning Hold

Academic Warning is not a punishment or the end of your academic career. The hold is a notification that it is time to seek help in taking an active approach to improve your academics. During the required meetings with your adviser or department chair, you may be asked to:

  • Reflect on challenges that led to warning. Use this survey to reflect on the challenges that led to your academic warning status. 
  • Discuss campus resources
  • Plan a balanced schedule
  • Understand GPA, grades, and policies
  • Develop a plan for success
  • Schedule follow-up meeting(s)

Contact your adviser to set up an appointment or determine who best to speak to about your hold.

Making the Most of Campus Resources

The offices listed below may be helpful as you begin to reflect and think about your goals:

  • Disability Services: Penn State is strongly committed to providing full access to its programs and services for all individuals. Take advantage of the educational programs and accommodations offered at Penn State Behrend.
  • Health and Wellness Center: Managing health and wellness is essential for success. Please visit their website to view information on services provided by the office.
  • Learning Resource Center: The LRC offers workshops, study groups, and tutoring for every stage of your college career. Services are free of charge, and sessions are available both by appointment and during drop-in hours, depending on the subject.
  • Personal Counseling: College can cause a great deal of stress – whether it be academic, social, family, work, financial, etc. Sometimes the pressure can be overwhelming and unmanageable. Our counselors are here to help. Appointments with a counselor are free and confidential.
  • Student Success Programs: Whether you’re having trouble in a particular class or just need help with your time management and study skills, the Office of Student Success and Retention is here to help.