Academic Warning and Suspension

Academic Warning

Maintaining adequate progress for a degree is defined by meeting a 2.00 cumulative GPA (CGPA). Students who do not maintain a 2.00 CGPA move into a status of Academic Warning. While on Academic Warning you will have a hold placed on the registration of subsequent semesters and must meet with an academic adviser to remove this Academic Warning Hold. All notifications concerning the hold will be sent to your campus email address.

FAQ About Academic Warning

Academic Suspension and Dismissal 

SUSPENSION: You will be academically suspended from the University if you earn less than a 2.00 semester grade-point average while on Academic Warning. Academic Suspension prevents enrollment at PSU for a minimum of two semesters. 

DISMISSAL: A student who returns from academic suspension and does not achieve at least a 2.00 semester GPA is subject to academic dismissal and is no longer permitted to take courses at the University.

FAQ About Academic Suspension and Dismissal

Meeting with Your Adviser to Release Your Academic Warning Hold 

Academic Warning is not a punishment or the end of your academic career. The hold is a notification that it is time to seek help in taking an active approach to improve your academics. During the required meeting with your adviser, you may be asked to:

  • Reflect on challenges that led to warning 
  • Discuss campus resources 
  • Plan a balanced schedule 
  • Understand GPA, grades, and policies 
  • Develop a plan for success 
  • Schedule follow-up meeting(s) 

Email your adviser or call (814) 865-7576 to schedule an appointment.

Making the Most of Campus Resources 

Please complete and submit the Academic Reflection Activity which will be sent to your DUS adviser.  When you meet with your adviser, you will review your self-reflection and develop an action plan for your future success. The offices listed below may be helpful as you begin to reflect and think about your goals:

  • Learning Support: At University Park, Penn State Learning, in 220 Boucke, offers workshops and study groups for many subjects. Learning Centers are also available at all other Penn State campuses.  
  • Health Services:  Managing health and wellness is essential for success. Please visit the University Health Services website to view information on services provided by their office. 
  • Disability Resources:  Student Disability Resources is available to coordinate support services for students with disabilities.
  • DUSuccess: This page includes tools and resources to help you achieve academic success while at University Park and in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. 

Here is the timeline for re-enrollment activities for each semester for students below a 2.00 cGPA at University Park.  Each campus may have its own timeline for re-enrollment, so please check with your campus for that information.




Re-enrollment into DUS after Academic Suspension or on Academic Warning
Activity Fall Spring Summer
Contact the Registrar to indicate desire to re-enroll January - June May - October September - March
Complete re-enrollment activities assigned by DUS Adviser January - July May - November September - April
Deadline to submit re-enrollment request to Registrar’s Office July 1 November 1 April 1