Academic Standing

GOOD STANDING vs. PROBATION vs. DISMISSAL - policies and procedures for undergraduate students

Retention Standards - Students are required to maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA (good standing). If a student’s semester or cumulative GPA falls below 2.00, the student will be dismissed or placed on probation. A student may be dismissed any time the cumulative or semester GPA is less than 2.00, and/or the student fails to make progress toward degree completion.

Academic Standing by GPA
Status Cum GPA = Dismissal* Cum GPA = Possible Dismissal
could be placed on Probation

First-semester freshman



First-semester transfer



2nd semester



All Others 0.00—1.99 not available

*Students are dismissed or placed on probation when either their cumulative or semester GPA falls under a 2.00 or they fail to make reasonable progress toward degree completion. Two consecutive or three non-consecutive semesters on probation may also result in academic dismissal.

* Students who were readmitted after a previous academic dismissal must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA calculated using only courses completed after readmission.

Good standing - Students with semester and cumulative GPAs of 2.0 are in good standing. Semester honors are designated as follows:

  • Dean's List: Semester GPA of 3.5-3.99 with 12 s.h. of A-E graded credits and no I/PEN/NR grades
  • Provost's List: Semester GPA of 4.0 with 12 s.h. of A-E graded credits and no I/PEN/NR grades

When will I know my Academic Standing?

(NOTE: No Grade or Standing Information Will Be Given Over the Phone.)

During the final grading period, student will be able to check their grades via myOneonta. Grades will be rolled into academic history each evening. If a student has a HOLD, grades are not available via web services, but students can see their grades on DegreeWorks.

At that time students’ grades and GPAs will be reviewed, and their academic standing will be determined. Students will be able to check their academic standing on-line (Good Standing, Semester Probation, Academic Dismissal). Holds do not stop students from viewing their academic standing. In addition to online access to their standing, students placed on probation will be sent an e-mail from the college outlining their status. Students who are academically dismissed will receive both an e-mail and a mailed letter.

If a student is dismissed, the student may choose to send a written appeal of the dismissal (instructions will be included in the dismissal letter and are available on the Registrar’s website). Appeals must explain and document extenuating circumstances that prohibited the student from performing well, and an explanation/proof that the issue is resolved. Appeals are due to the Student Progress and Status Committee by the date and time specified in the dismissal letter. Few students are reinstated on appeal. Submitting an appeal is not a guarantee of reinstatement no matter how severe or traumatic the extenuating circumstances may be. Appeals will be reviewed and decided upon on and decisions will be mailed or faxed as per the student’s request. Students can interpret the decision by viewing their standing on-line (Academic Dismissal means the appeal was denied and Reinstated on Probation means the appeal was accepted and the student may return on academic probation).


Yes, students may return through the readmission process. If a dismissed student wishes to return to the college, the student must be away for one full calendar year, must attend a different college during the dismissal, complete at least 12 s.h. of new academic coursework (not performance based), and earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in all post-dismissal coursework. Decisions regarding readmission are not made until all final grades are received. Readmission is not a guarantee (academic performance, disciplinary history, and space availability are just some of the factors considered). Readmission applications are available online at the Academic Advisement page, or through the Academic Advisement Center. (DO NOT apply through Admissions). Deadlines: For Fall, by June 1; for Spring, by Oct. 1. Note: When students return to Oneonta after being dismissed and being absent at least one year, their lowest grades are forgiven to raise the cumulative GPA to 2.00. Transfer grades do not count in the Oneonta GPA.

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