Academic Standing

Academic progress of each Monroe College student is reviewed at the end of each semester. To be in good academic standing, a student must maintain a certain cumulative grade point average (GPA) by the completion of each semester of study. The prescribed minimum cumulative GPA is outlined below. By the end of the semester noted in the chart below, each student must have achieved the corresponding cumulative GPA. No student can graduate with a cumulative GPA below 2.0.



Required Cumulative GPA











Academic Probation

All students who have cumulative GPA's below 2.0 are placed on academic probation. This status does not affect a student's eligibility for financial aid but it warns the student of the need to seek academic support and guidance to continue his or her studies in good standing.

Academic Standing for Transfer Students

Monroe College considers a minimum of 12 credits to be a semester equivalent. Because the College does not transfer the value of letter grades, students who transfer credits from another institution will be placed on the chart according to the semester that corresponds to their accepted number of transfer credits. At the end of the transfer student's first semester, if the minimum cumulative GPA is not met, the student is placed on academic probation and must meet the required standard at the end of their second semester to remain in good academic standing.

Students who transfer in less than 12 credits must achieve the required Grade Point Average at the end of their first semester at Monroe College.

Academic Dismissal

Students who fail to achieve the cumulative GPA standards outlined above will be dismissed. Students who are dismissed are not eligible for financial aid. Students have the right to appeal a dismissal to the academic office if unusual circumstances existed. Proof of such circumstances are required.

Students who have been dismissed may be permitted to return as non-matriculated students and register for courses at their own expense. Upon the satisfactory completion of these courses and meeting the required standards of progress, they may apply for a change from non-matriculated to matriculated status. Students in non-matriculated status are not eligible for Federal or State financial aid.

Semester Course Load 

To be considered full-time, students must enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours. Students may register for up to 18 credits at no extra cost upon approval from the appropriate academic official. Students may petition the designated academic official to register for more than 18 credits; however, additional tuition is charged.


To be considered part-time, students must take less than 12 credits or equivalent hours. Classes taken during a part-time semester count as credits attempted. All semesters in which a student is enrolled as a part-time student count as one-half a semester for the purposes of moving a student forward on the standards of progress chart. Any time a student has a one-half semester completed (i.e. 2.5, 3.5, etc.), the student is held to the lower semester requirements.