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Academic Warning

Academic Warning, academic recovery, suspension, dismissal, learning center, disability resources for Smeal students

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 Penn State email address. 

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) 814-863-1947 to schedule an appointment. The appointment will be 1 hour long. 

At least 48 hours before your appointment please complete and submit the Academic Recovery Pre-Meeting Work Sheet which will be sent to your Smeal adviser.  When you meet with your adviser, you will review your self-reflection and develop an action plan for your future success during your adviser meeting.  

Making The Most of Campus Resources 

 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. 

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 (summer counts as a semester).  

Dismissal: If you have been placed on academic suspension two times and fail to achieve at least a 2.00 semester GPA you will be academically dismissed. After a period of four calendar years, academically dismissed students may seek re-enrollment to the University by requesting academic renewal.