Academic Standing

At the end of every semester, students’ grades are reviewed to determine their academic standing at the college.  Students need to have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to remain in good standing at the college.

The grade point average table below states the minimum standards for cumulative grade point average based on Goucher work only.  Grade point averages listed below apply to all students entering Goucher in Fall 1997 or thereafter:

Credits Attempted 0-27 28-57 58 and up
Minimum GPA to remain in good standing 2 2 2
Minimum GPA to remain at Goucher 1.6 1.7 1.8

Academic Status Categories

Depending on the GPA achieved, students could find themselves in one of four academic status categories:

  1. Good Academic Standing: When a student earns a 2.0 cumulative GPA or above. Students in Good Academic Standing may receive an Academic Warning when a student with a satisfactory cumulative GPA receives two or more failing grades or earns a semester GPA below 2.00. For first semester first-year students only, the GPA for academic warning falls between 1.80 and 1.99.
  2. Academic Probation: when a student earns a cumulative GPA below that required to remain in good standing.  For first semester first-year students only, the GPA for academic probation falls between 1.60 and 1.79.
  3. Academic Suspension: when a student earns a cumulative GPA below that required to remain at Goucher or fails to meet the conditions of academic probation.
  4. Academic Dismissal: if a student fails to meet the minimum academic standards to remain at Goucher for the second time, the student will be dismissed.


An academic warning does not affect your status at the College, but it should serve to alert you that we are concerned for your academic standing and progress and that you should take steps to address the issues that caused you difficulty this semester. 


All students placed on probation are required to attend a student success retreat organized by Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) prior to the start of the next semester.  Your academic record will be automatically reviewed at the end of the next semester.  If you achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 by next semester with no grade of F, you will return to good academic standing.  On the other hand, if your performance does not improve, you risk academic suspension. 

Students on academic probation may have up to two semesters within which to achieve good academic standing.  A student on academic probation may not hold an elected office in any College organization, compete in any varsity sport, or register for more than 16 credit hours in a semester. 


Students who are suspended must leave the college, but may return to Goucher after completing 12 credits hours of course work (excluding summer and winter school) at another college or university with no grade below a C. Or, students may be reinstated after one year of full-time employment.  To request to return to the college, students need to complete a Reinstatement form (PDF).

You can Appeal an Academic Status decision

The appeal must be submitted in writing to the Associate Provost’s office by the deadline imposed. It should reflect upon and identify what led to your lack of academic success in that semester and present actions, behavioral changes, and supports that you can take advantage of in order to allow you academic success.  Your appeal will be reviewed by the Appeals Committee, which consists of faculty serving on the Academic Policies Committee, meet in a closed session on January to review the written appeals. 

If you currently hold an office in Student Government or are a varsity athlete you may wish to appeal this decision in order that you may continue to remain active