Academic Status

Good Standing

Cumulative GPA 2.0 or above.

Academic Warning

Cumulative GPA above 2.0, but semester GPA is below 2.0.

Academic Probation

Cumulative GPA below 2.0.

Academic Suspension

Students on PROBATION who fail to achieve or maintain good standing in any subsequent semester will be placed on SUSPENSION, unless they meet the criteria for appeals. Suspended students may not enroll in the succeeding semester–it is a one semester separation from the University. Following one semester on Academic Suspension, students who file an Application for Readmission are entitled to re-enroll.

Academic Dismissal

Students who are readmitted after any academic suspension and fail to achieve or maintain GOOD STANDING in any subsequent semester will be placed on ACADEMIC DISMISSAL unless they meet criteria in the appeals section. ACADEMIC DISMISSAL means that a student may not enroll in any succeeding semester, unless readmitted pursuant to the appeals process. ACADEMIC DISMISSAL is a permanent separation from the University.


Students subject to academic suspension or dismissal, yet whose semester’s work shows substantial improvement, may be placed on PROBATION CONTINUED status at the discretion of their Undergraduate Dean.

Immediate Reinstatement

Students placed on academic suspension may be granted IMMEDIATE REINSTATEMENT at the discretion of their Undergraduate Dean, if the Dean determines extenuating circumstances exist. Students on ACADEMIC DISMISSAL may appeal this status to the Committee on Admissions and Records (CAR). The CAR may grant IMMEDIATE REINSTATEMENT if it determines extenuating circumstances exist.


The following categories may constitute reasons for exceptions to Suspension or Dismissal. All cases will be reviewed individually by the Dean or the CAR. Ordinarily, documentation will be required.

  1. Substantial academic progress
  2. Financial difficulties
  3. Health problems
  4. Extenuating personal circumstances
  5. Other academic reasons

UMass Grading System

To calculate a semester GPA:

  1. Multiply grade point equivalents for course by number of course credits. (Ex: 3.0 x 3 = 9)
  2. Add quality point equivalents for all courses to get total quality points. (Ex: 7.5 + 16 + 9 + 9 + 4 = 45.5)
  3. Add number of total credits attempted. (Ex: 3 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 1 = 14)
  4. Divide total quality points by total credits to get semester GPA. (Ex: 45.5/14 = 3.25)