Making it to the end of fall semester or quarter is a huge feat! With finishing your first academic semester or quarter, this turns into the perfect opportunity to check on your GPA (grade point average) and academic standing.
What is academic standing?
Based on your GPA, this determines if as a student you are in “good” academic standing or not. Typically, many colleges and universities agree a 2.0 GPA and above is good academic standing. This may be higher or lower depending if it is your first year and the institution. Academic standing helps make you eligible for certain grants, scholarships, and financial aid. It is standard that programs require students to remain in a certain academic standing for honors or distinction, so it is imperative to stay on top of your academic standing.
How do I determine my academic standing?
On your academic report, you will be able to view your standing and if you are on academic probation or at risk for failure, it will also tell you. Another great way to stay on top of your academic standing is to visit your academic advisor. Depending on the institution you may have a designated one from your program/department or school of study. In general, it is good to visit your school or college general academic advisor to get advice on maintaining a good academic standing. However, going to a specialized academic advisor can also give insight on department requirements and more effective ways to plan your school year. Thus, setting you up for success.
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