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Academic Standing Guidelines


Minimum GPA for "Good Academic Standing" for Student Classification

Minimum GPAClassificationCompleted Credits

Academic Standing Chart

Previous StandingEnd of Current Term
Sem. GPA < 2.00
Cum. GPA ≥ 2.00
Sem. GPA < 2.00
Cum. GPA < 2.00
Sem. GPA > 2.00
Cum. GPA < 2.00
First term student with no previous standing--²Probation--
Admitted on Probation (ADPR)--³Suspension--
Good (GOOD)¹Warning²Probation²Probation
Warning (WARN)¹Warning²Probation²Probation
Probation (ACPR)¹Warning³Suspension²Continued Probation
Continued Probation (CNPR)¹Warning³Suspension²Continued Probation
Suspension Appeal (SPCT)4¹Warning³Suspension²Continued Probation
Reinstate on probation following Suspension (ACSP)¹Warning³Suspension²Continued Probation
  1. Warning: Does not appear on the academic record

  2. Probation/Continued Probation: Continuance of probation may be issued for as many semesters as the Semester GPA is above with the Cumulative GPA below 2.00. Probation/Continued Probation does not appear on the academic record.

  3. Suspension: Intervention by the institution for failure to demonstrate academic improvement. Suspension is issued for the immediate two grading periods following the suspended term. Suspension does appear on the academic record.

  4. Suspension Appeal: If suspended, a student may appeal with extenuating documented circumstances. Suspension appeals are noted on the official academic record after the specific term as a continuance approved by Academic Standards with the date of approval. Students must meet or exceed both the term and cum GPA to continue; if not, the student is re-suspended.

NOTE: An automatic hold is placed on the records of all students who are placed on probation, continued probation, or suspension. (An Adviser Hold for probation and continued probation and a Registrar’s Hold for suspensions.) If a suspension appeal is approved, the student is required to complete the appealed term with a Semester GPA and Cumulative GPA at or above 2.00.

The Office of Registration and Records works with students to encourage timely academic degree progress. By following the timeline below, students can plan accordingly to take action when appropriate.

Timeline to graduation

  • Request a Degree Audit - Students who have completed 70 credits (usually Junior status), should complete a degree audit. The audit is conducted by the college liaison in Registration and Records to review completed courses for anticipated graduation. Missing requirements will be noted so that the student has time to plan accordingly.

If the student or adviser have used courses that differ from the curriculum guide, a Substitute/Waive a Course form needs to be submitted to Registration and Records.

  • Submit Application for Undergraduate Degree - One semester prior to graduating, students must submit the Application for Undergraduate/Professional Degree. At the start of the final semester, the college liaison tracking your degree progress will review completed courses again to ensure degree requirements have been met.

  • Sign up for Commencement Ceremony - Midway through the semester of graduation, students will receive an email to their NDSU email inviting them to participate in the commencement ceremony. The email will contain a link with instructions on how to sign up. Summer graduates will be invited to participate in the spring ceremony.

  • Purchase or rent (graduate students) commencement regalia (cap/gown/tassel) through the NDSU Bookstore.

  • Attend Grad Fair - An event sponsored by the NDSU Bookstore, a variety of departments are available to assist graduating students with commencement preparation.

  • Check for Unpaid Balances or Holds in Campus Connection - Diplomas will not be sent to students that have past due balances. The diploma will be held in Customer Account Services until the balance is resolved. In this situation, confirm the mailing address with Customer Account Services upon payment of balance.

  • Confirm "Home" Address in Campus Connection - Diplomas will be sent via U.S. postal service to the "Home" address listed in Campus Connection. Diplomas are mailed approximately 4 to 5 weeks following the close of the academic semester in which degree requirements have been completed.

HAVE QUESTIONS?... Please contact us at:

110 Ceres Hall
Office of Registration and Records
NDSU Dept. 2801 / P.O. Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
701-231-7981 (local) / 800-608-6378 (toll free) / 701-231-8959 (fax)

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Office of Registration and Records
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7981 / Toll Free: +1 (800) 608-6378 / Fax: (701) 231-8959
Campus address: Ceres Hall 110
Physical/delivery address: 1301 Administration Ave., Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2801 / P.O. Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Office of Registration and Records

Last Updated: Monday, September 11, 2017 4:18:10 PM
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