Academic Standing

A student's academic standing is based on grade point average (GPA) in conjunction with total attempted credits (including transfer credits) and is evaluated after the completion of each term of enrollment. Academic standing standards differ by program of study. Please refer to the following academic standing standards charts. Students not in good academic standing are required to meet with their assigned academic counselor.  During this meeting an academic agreement will be developed outlining the grades needed to return to good academic standing. Students are urged to make an appointment with their assigned academic counselor at the beginning of their probation term.

Students who meet the following criteria are considered to be in good academic standing:

  • Undergraduate students need a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Graduate students need a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Doctoral students need a minimum GPA of 3.25.
  • Accelerated Master's Program program students need a minimum GPA of 3.0 in graduate-level coursework.

According to the following academic standing standards, students who do not satisfy good academic standing requirements will be placed on academic probation or dismissed.  

Academic Standing Standards: Undergraduate Day and Online Programs (including English as a Second Language)

First-Term Students:

Status at Start of Term Total Credit Hours Attempted Cumulative GPA Status after Term Completion
Good Standing0–higher2.0–4.0Good Standing
Good Standing0–higher0–1.99Probation 1st Term

Returning Students:

Status at Start of Term Total Credit Hours Attempted Cumulative GPA Status after Term Completion
Good Standing0–higher2.0–4.0Good Standing
Good Standing0–211.0–1.99Probation 1st Term
Good Standing0–210–.99Academic Dismissal
Good Standing21.1–421.26–1.99Probation 1st Term
Good Standing21.1–420–1.25Academic Dismissal
Good Standing42.1–higher1.5–1.99Probation 1st Term
Good Standing42.1–higher0-1.49Academic Dismissal
Probation 1st Term0–higher2.0–4.0Good Standing
Probation 1st Term0–211.0–1.99Probation 2nd Term
Probation 1st Term0–210–.99Academic Dismissal
Probation 1st Term21.1–421.26–1.99Probation 2nd Term
Probation 1st Term21.1–420–1.25Academic Dismissal
Probation 1st Term42.1-higher1.5-1.99Probation 2nd Term
Probation 1st Term42.1–higher0-1.49Academic Dismissal
Probation 2nd Term0–higher2.0–4.0Good Standing
Probation 2nd Term0–211.0–1.99Probation 3rd Term
Probation 2nd Term0–210–.99Academic Dismissal
Probation 2nd Term21.1–421.26–1.99Probation 3rd Term
Probation 2nd Term21.1–420–1.25Academic Dismissal
Probation 2nd Term42.1-higher1.5-1.99Probation 3rd Term
Probation 2nd Term42.1-higher0-1.49Academic Dismissal
Probation 3rd Term0–higher2.0–4.0Good Standing
Probation 3rd Term0–higher0–1.99Academic Dismissal
Academic Warning0–higher2.0–4.0Good Standing
Academic Warning0–421.26–1.99Probation 1st Term
Academic Warning0–420–1.25Academic Dismissal
Academic Warning42.1–631.5–1.99Probation 1st Term
Academic Warning42.1–630–1.49Academic Dismissal
Academic Warning63.1–841.75–1.99Probation 1st Term
Academic Warning63.1–840–1.74Academic Dismissal
Academic Warning84.1–higher0–1.99Academic Dismissal

Academic Standing Standards: Continuing Education

Status at Start of Term Total Credit Hours Attempted Cumulative GPA Status after Term Completion
Good Standing0–higher2.0–4.0Good Standing
Good Standing0–higher0–1.99Probation 1st Term
Probation 1st Term0–higher2.0–4.0Good Standing
Probation 1st Term0–higher1.25–1.99Probation 2nd Term
Probation 1st Term0–higher0–1.24Academic Dismissal
Probation 2nd Term0–higher2.0–4.0Good Standing
Probation 2nd Term0–higher1.50–1.99Probation 3rd Term
Probation 2nd Term0–higher0–1.49Academic Dismissal
Probation 3rd Term0–higher2.0–4.0Good Standing
Probation 3rd Term0–higher0–1.99Academic Dismissal
Academic Warning0–higher2.0–4.0Good Standing
Academic Warning0–271.25–1.99Probation 1st Term
Academic Warning0–270–1.24Academic Dismissal
Academic Warning27.1–40.991.5–1.99Probation 1st Term
Academic Warning27.1–40.990–1.49Academic Dismissal
Academic Warning41–54.991.75–1.99Probation 1st Term
Academic Warning41–54.990–1.74Academic Dismissal
Academic Warning55–higher0–1.99Academic Dismissal

Academic Standing Standards: Graduate Programs
(Accelerated Master's Program students must meet these standards for the graduate-level coursework for which they are enrolled.)

Status at Start of Term Total Credit Hours Attempted Cumulative GPA Status after Term Completion
Good Standing0–higher3.0–4.0Good Standing
Good Standing0–higher2.0–2.99Probation 1st Term
Good Standing0–higher0–1.99Academic Dismissal
Probation 1st Term0–higher3.0–4.0Good Standing
Probation 1st Term0-higher2.0-2.99Probation 2nd Term
Probation 1st Term0–higher0–1.99Academic Dismissal
Probation 2nd Term0-higher3.0-4.0Good Standing
Probation 2nd Term0-higher0-2.99Academic Dismissal
Academic Warning0–higher3.0–4.0Good Standing
Academic Warning0–higher0–2.99Academic Dismissal

Academic Standing Standards: Doctoral Program

Status at Start of Term Total Credit Hours Attempted Cumulative GPA Status after Term Completion
Good Standing0–higher3.25–4.0Good Standing
Good Standing0–higher0–3.24Academic Dismissal

Note: Doctoral students will be dismissed if their GPA is less than 3.25, or when they earn a grade of F in any course. No classes may be repeated.

Academic Probation

Probation may affect a student’s ability to register and/or graduate. Graduate program students and Accelerated Master's Program students are allowed a maximum of 2 terms on probation.  

First-term undergraduate students earning a cumulative GPA less than 1.0 are strongly encouraged to attend study skills strategy seminars and tutoring in identified content areas.

Academic Dismissal

Dismissed undergraduate and graduate students may no longer matriculate at the university for at least 1 term and are expected to work on academic deficiencies. To return to the university, students may petition the Academic Appeals Committee, providing a letter of intent and documentation of academic improvement. All students should be discussing this process with their assigned academic counselor. The committee will consider appeals that document mitigating circumstances. Students may only appeal their dismissal once and the decision of the committee is final.

Undergraduate student requirements:

  • take one term off from Johnson & Wales University
  • take a minimum of two classes at an accredited college or university within the same term and earn a minimum GPA of 2.50 with a minimum of “C/70” grade in one of the classes
  • submit their official transcript
  • submit a written statement about the circumstances of the dismissal and their plan for academic success if approved to return to Johnson & Wales University.

Academic Warning

Students who are reinstated into the university will be placed on Academic Warning. These students risk permanent dismissal from the university if they are unable to meet academic standing guidelines. The warning designation is sometimes used to override academic standing decisions at the end of the term due to mitigating circumstances.

These undergraduate students will be allowed to register for a maximum of 13.5 credits in academic classes or 15 credits in laboratory classes. In addition, these students will be required to attend mandatory study skills strategy seminars and tutoring in identified content areas. Failure to complete these requirements will result in immediate dismissal.