GPA and Dean's List

To be eligible for inclusion on the Dean's List for any given semester, a student must have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.50 during that term while completing at least 12 semester hours (nine hours during the summer) in graded coursework. Graded coursework includes the developmental course MATH 98. MATH 98 does not satisfy graduation requirements and does not calculate into the cumulative grade-point average on the academic record, but it is factored into the overall attempted credits and honor points for Dean's List consideration. 

The Dean's List is only maintained for undergraduate students and professional (Pharm.D.) students. Credits taken simultaneously via transfer, collaborative or consortium registration are not included in the NDSU Dean's List calculation and do not count toward the NDSU minimum credit requirement. These courses are considered transfer credit.

Student names may not be listed if...

  • grade change or late grade submission that impacted the student's Dean's List eligibility occurred after the end-of-term list was generated (the web listing is updated each term after the grade change request period closes)
  • The student has taken a course or courses where the credit points earned do not count as honor points (courses taken "Pass/Fail" or courses with "S" or "U" grading), which results in the number of eligible honor point credits being below the required minimum of 12 credits for the semester (or 9 credits during the summer term)
  • The student has requested a FERPA privacy suppression which restricts the student's academic information from being released (which includes award notifications like the Dean's List)
Please note: Please note if you have any questions regarding an exclusion from the Dean's List, please contact the Office of Registration and Records and have the Degree & Records Analyst for your major validate your Dean's List status. Dean's List status can also be found by viewing an unofficial transcript in Campus Connection.

Tips for Improving Your Grade Point Average

  1. The quickest way to improve your grade point average is to retake the courses in which you did poorly.
  2. Go to class. While NDSU doesn't have a mandatory attendance policy, some instructors assign points for participation. Skipping class results in missed course content necessary for success and wasted funds spent on classes. If you must miss classes, contact instructors in advance (if possible) and ask about make-up work.
  3. Do not overload your schedule — take no more than 15 credits. Also, be aware that taking too few credits may not help you raise your GPA. Talk to your adviser to discuss appropriate and manageable credit loads.
  4. Talk to your instructors or academic adviser about your successes and concerns.
  5. Take advantage of free tutoring available on campus (ACE and Student Support Services — see below). Ask your instructors and adviser about study groups and other resources.
  6. Consider enrolling in EDUC 123: Study Skills (1 credit).
  7. If you are a freshman or sophomore, take 100 or 200 numbered courses.
  8. If you are struggling in a course and have exhausted other options, consider dropping it. If you must drop a class or withdraw, do so using appropriate channels before the deadline to avoid failing grades. Keep in mind potential impacts on dropping below full-time status, such as on insurance and financial aid requirements, status required for athletics, international visas, etc.
  9. Reduce the number of hours of employment. Going to school full-time should be considered a full-time job.
  10. Plan to study approximately 3 hours/week for every credit registered.
  11. If you are considering a major change to something that better fits your academic background and interests, visit with an adviser from that area or take advantage of career counseling offered by the NDSU Counseling Center. Major change forms are available on the NDSU One Stop or Registration and Records web sites.
  12. If you have a diagnosed disability that is impacting your learning, you may be eligible for academic accommodations. Contact the Office of Disability Services for more information or assistance.
  13. If you believe alcohol or other substances are impeding your ability to be successful, contact the NDSU Counseling Center for consultation. Also, check out our on-line resources that are designed to help you assess your alcohol and drug use (
Please note: Anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns can adversely affect academic success; contact the NDSU Counseling Center for help in dealing with any of these issues. The Counseling Center also offers academic skills counseling and career counseling — additional avenues to increase academic success.

Resources Available on Campus