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Student Advising Center College Terminology

Common words used on a college campus


Dropping a class

Students may drop a class the first 10 days of each semester. Class(es) that are dropped during that period will not appear on a transcript. Meet with your advisor for more assistance and information.

Withdrawing from a Class

The official withdrawal period begins the 11th day of class through the 10th week of a regular semester. A “W” appears on the transcript instead of a grade. Consult your advisor for more assistance and information.

Placed on Academic Probation

When the cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0, this indicates serious deficiency in the student's progress toward a degree. The student could be placed on academic probation. This could impact financial aid as well as enrolling in future semesters.

Continued on Academic Probation

A student who is placed on continued academic probation has achieved a 2.0 semester GPA, but has NOT achieved a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Removed from Academic Probation

If the required 2.0 cumulative GPA is met, the student will be removed from academic probation.

Required Withdrawal

If a student fails to achieve a minimum 2.0 semester GPA and fails to achieve the required 2.0 cumulative GPA, the student will be dismissed from the University. If a student wishes to seek reinstatement, they must complete appropriate paperwork to appeal. Contact your advisor for assistance and information.

Satisfactory Academic Progress - Financial Aid

Based on academic performance, students may not be eligible to receive their financial aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for assistance and information.

Classification at end of semester

Freshmen - under 30 credit hours; Sophomore - 30-59 credit hours; Junior - 40-89 credit hours; Senior - 90 or more credit hours.