Academic Standing Support

Holistic services and support to students facing academic challenges

What is the Academic Standing Process?
In order to graduate from CSU, a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. Only grades earned from CSU in regular credit courses, including those taken through CSU Online and CSU Summer Sessions, will count toward the cumulative GPA.
Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 2.0, calculated at the end of a regular Fall or Spring semester, will begin the academic standing process (Academic Watch / Academic Warning) at the start of the next regular Fall or Spring semester. This process lets students know that they are not on track for meeting the graduation requirements and also serves as an indicator for university staff to offer additional support.

(Note that academic watch/warning does not apply to Summer terms, but can be impacted by Summer term GPA.)

Academic Standing Process Additional Info

There are two types of Academic Probation. Academic Probation Term 1 (PRB1) and Academic Probation Term 2 (PRB2). Click the buttons below for information on support available to students in the academic probation process.

When a student’s cumulative GPA drops below a 2.0, the following fall or spring semester will be their Academic Watch term. For example, if after grades are posted for Fall 2022, and a student’s cumulative GPA drops below 2.0, in Spring 2023 they will enter the Academic Watch process.

Academic Warning is for students on their second consecutive semester with a GPA below a 2.0. For example, if a student earns below a 2.0 cumulative GPA in Fall 2022, then Spring 2023 they will enter the Academic Watch process. If their cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 after Spring 2023, they will enter Academic Warning in Fall 2023.

This is important because at the end of an Academic Warning semester, if a student’s cumulative GPA remains below a 2.0 they will be dismissed from CSU.

Students may submit an academic dismissal appeal and be granted one additional semester in the academic standing process. For details on the dismissal appeal process, please click the link below. Appeals must be submitted by the Dismissal Appeal Deadline, which is posted to the Dismissal Appeal submission site: CSU Academic Dismissal Appeals (

The Collegiate Success Coach in the Office of Academic Advocacy provides support to students facing academic challenges and navigating academic policies and processes at CSU. This support may include programming for students in the probation process and 1-1 success coaching for CSU students.

For any questions you may have regarding this process please contact the Collegiate Success Coach at