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Academic Standards

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Dean’s List

A student in good standing with a semester grade point average of 3.50 (or higher) for 12 or more semester hours of course work will be placed on the Dean’s List for that semester. Students enrolled for credit in courses numbered below 1000 are not eligible for the Dean’s List.

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Dean’s Merit List

A student in good standing with a semester grade point average of 3.50 (or higher) for 10 or 11 semester hours of course work will be placed on the Dean’s Merit List for that semester. Students enrolled for credit in courses numbered below 1000 are not eligible for the Dean’s Merit List.

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Graduation With Honors

To graduate with honors, students must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 on all course work attempted at Gordon State;
  2. earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 when all course work attempted at previous colleges attended and at Gordon State is considered; and
  3. earn a minimum of 18 semester hours of degree credit at Gordon for an associate degree or a minimum of 30 hours of degree credit at Gordon State for a baccalaureate degree.

If eligible for graduation with honors, a student’s particular honors category will be based on a grade point average calculated using credit hours earned at Gordon State only. The honors categories are summarized as follows:

Honors Category Required Cumulative GPA
Cum Laude 3.50 - 3.79
Magna Cum Laude 3.80 - 3.89
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 - 4.00

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Academic Standards of Progress

To remain in good academic standing, all students are required to maintain an acceptable cumulative adjusted grade point average. The minimum acceptable cumulative adjusted grade point average (GPA) is based on the number of college level semester hours attempted. Hours taken at Gordon State College in courses numbered below 1000 (Institutional credits earned in Learning Support courses) are not included in the Total GPA Hours Attempted at Gordon State College column of the table below, nor are grades in these courses included in the Minimum Institutional Cumulative Adjusted GPA column. The table below summarizes the relevant information.

Total GPA Hours Attempted at Gordon State College Minimum Institutional Cumulative Adjusted GPA
1 – 30 1.80
31 and above 2.00

All students who do not earn an acceptable GPA will be placed on Academic Probation at the end of the first semester an unacceptable GPA is earned and must participate in an intervention with the student’s advisor. A student placed on Academic Probation who does not meet the minimum cumulative adjusted GPA requirement at the end of the subsequent term may continue on Academic Probation if the semester GPA for the subsequent term is 1.80 or higher for 1 – 30 attempted hours or 2.00 or higher for 31+ attempted hours.

All students on Academic Probation will be placed on Academic Suspension at the end of the subsequent semester if an unacceptable GPA is earned.  In addition, all students with a cumulative adjusted GPA below 1.00 will be placed on Academic Suspension regardless of prior academic standing.  The length of the suspension is as follows:

First suspension One semester (Spring/Fall)
Second suspension One semester (Spring/Fall)
Third suspension Three semesters (Spring/Fall)
Fourth suspension Permanent exclusion from the College

Summer semester is not counted toward completion of a suspension period.

The Provost has the discretionary power to suspend any student who is not making satisfactory progress toward graduation, regardless of the categories aforementioned.

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