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 grade point average (GPA) to remain in good academic standing.

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

Credits Attempted 0-27 28-57 58-120
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 the following 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 for two or more consecutive semesters.
  4. Academic Dismissal: if a student is suspended for the second time, the student may 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 enroll in a 2-credit Learn-to-Learn course the following semester. In this course, you will learn essential skills for success in college and apply what you learn in this class to your other classes. You will not incur additional cost for this course. This course will also allow you to attain good academic standing sooner, as it is credit-bearing. If for any reason you wish to opt-out of this course, please write to the associate provost for undergraduate studies with your availability to make an appointment. The associate provost will then send you what you need to prepare before the meeting.

Your academic record will be automatically reviewed at the end of the following semester. If you achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 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 and submission of a letter from the employer stating the dates of employment and quality of work. To request to return to the college, students need to complete a Reinstatement form (PDF).

You can appeal an Academic Status decision

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

The appeal must be submitted in writing to the Associate Provost’s office by the deadline specified in the academic standing letter. It should reflect upon and identify what led to your lack of academic success and present actions, behavioral changes, and supports/resources that you can take advantage of to achieve sustainable academic success. Your appeal will be reviewed by the Appeals Committee, which consists of faculty serving on the Academic Policies Committee. APC meets in a closed session after every semester to review written appeals.