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Grades, GPAs and Academic Standing

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Grades, GPAs and Academic Standing

 
What does it mean to be in "Good Academic Standing"? 
 
Being in good academic standing means you are a matriculated student with a GPA above 2.0 (if you have attempted 25 credits or more). If you have attempted between 0 and 12 credits, the GPA requirement for "Good Academic Standing" is 1.5. If you have attempted between 13 and 24 credits, the requirement is 1.75. 
 
How do I get on the Dean's List? 
 
The Dean's List is maintained by the Registrar's Office. Full-time, undergraduate, first degree students who have completed at least 24 credits at City College are eligible. Dean's List students must have GPAs of 3.2 or above. Other criteria apply. Contact the Registrar's Office if you have additional questions. 
 
What does it mean to be on academic probation? 
 
If your GPA falls below the standard for "Good Academic Standing," you are placed on probation. Students are allowed to be on probation for two consecutive semesters. If there is no improvement after this period, students may face academic dismissal. 
 
Help! I've been notified that I'm on academic probation. What should I do? 
 
The only way to get out of academic probation is to improve your grades. You should immediately make it a point to see the academic advisors in the Office of Student Success, Shepard Hall 550. 
 
Can I retake a course I passed with a low grade more than once? 
 
You may take the same course a second time for a better grade, but keep in mind that the credits will not apply to your overall 120. Sometimes CUNYFirst will catch the duplicate course, sometimes it won't. Whether or not the credits for the duplicate course appear on your transcript, they will not count toward the 120 credits you need for graduation. There are a small handful of courses that may be taken for credit more than once (consult the undergraduate bulletin), but you are strongly advised to speak with an advisor before attempting to re-take any class. 
 
What is the "F" repeat policy? 
 
Under the provisions of the CUNY "F" repeat policy, an "F" grade will not be counted in the overall GPA if you retake the exact same course and receive a "C" or better grade. Be advised that the "F" grade itself is not removed from the transcript. Please also note that you may not use the "F" repeat policy to replace a grade you received at another institution – nor may you replace an "F" you received at City College by re-taking the course at another institution. The "F" repeat policy applies only to undergraduate courses.
 
Is a "D" an acceptable grade in my major or general education requirements? 
 
A "D" grade is a passing grade, and it is an acceptable grade for the general education requirements. However, if you want further information on grades and courses that are acceptable in the major, visit that department and speak to a faculty advisor. Be advised that consistently low grades can place you on academic probation
 
What is an "incomplete"? 
 
From time to time, students experience emergencies that prevent them from finishing the required assignments for a course. If you find yourself in that situation, you may ask that your instructor give you an "Incomplete" for the course. You and the instructor will agree on a date by which you must complete the assignments and you must complete all of the work by that date. Until the work is finished, you will receive a grade of "INC" for the course. If you complete the assignments to the satisfaction of your instructor, s/he will issue you a letter grade and the INC will be removed. If you never complete the work, the INC will turn into a "FIN" – the equivalent of an "F." 
 
I'm having trouble in a course. What should I do? 
 
If you find yourself struggling with a course, you have several options: 
 
1. Try harder. Talk to the professor and get a realistic appraisal of your performance to date. Your professor should be able to tell you how you're performing and what you'll need to do to improve your grade. This should always be your first action. 
 
2. Withdraw. If, after meeting with your professor, you find you are really unable to earn a passing grade, you may choose to withdraw from the course. Withdrawing from courses will often impact your ability to make good academic progress and can impact your financial aid. Too many withdrawals can place you on academic probation. Besides your professor, speak with the Financial Aid Office, the Bursar's Office, and an academic advisor before you decide to withdraw. 
 
3. Request an incomplete. Not all faculty will grant incompletes, but if you are beyond the withdrawal deadlineand you believe you can make up the coursework shortly after the semester ends, then you should request an incomplete. 
 
4. Withdrawal, in emergencies. If you are beyond the withdrawal deadline and your professor refuses to grant an incomplete, you may seek a retroactive withdrawal from the Registrar's Office. Be prepared to show compelling evidence for why you cannot complete the course (i.e. evidence of illness or other emergencies). You will not be granted a retroactive withdrawal simply because you are performing poorly academically. 
 
If you simply abandon your course (stop going and take no action) you will receive a grade of "WU". This is the equivalent of an "F"! When you find yourself in trouble, the worst thing you can do is to do nothing. Be sure to talk to your professor (early and often) about your performance in the course.