A student's academic standing at Centenary University is determined by his/her academic performance. Student’s academic standing is reviewed at the end of each semester.

Good Standing

Any student with a 2.0 cumulative GPA or above will be considered in Good Academic Standing regardless of the semester the student is in. ** Students with 88 or more earned credits (Seniors): In addition to a 2.0 cumulative GPA, degree completion requires a GPA of 2.0 or better in the declared major(s). It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of their GPA in their major, and to communicate any concerns to their academic advisor before applying for their degree. Major specific GPAs will not trigger academic warnings or probation.

Academic Warning

Students who earn a cumulative GPA of at least a 1.8 but less than 2.0 at the end of their FIRST semester at Centenary University will receive an academic warning. This applies to first time, first semester post-secondary students at Centenary only. These students will be allowed to participate in all student activities, including athletics as they are still in Good Academic Standing. Students are encouraged to continue to participate in all activities and utilize the resources of the Academic Success and Advising Center.

At the completion of the semester in which a student has been placed on academic warning, the student must have raised their cumulative GPA to at least a 2.0 in order to maintain Good Academic Standing. If the student does not maintain Good Academic Standing as described, that student will be placed on Academic Probation for the following semester.

Academic Probation

Any student who fails to earn a Cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation. Exception: First time, first semester students earning a cumulative GPA of less than 1.8 at the end of their first semester at Centenary will be placed on Academic Probation. Students on Academic Probation are required to meet weekly with Academic Success and Advising Center staff to improve their academic skills. Students on academic probation are ineligible to participate in athletics due to NCAA regulations. Students may participate in other activities but are encouraged not to take on leadership roles.

Academic Dismissal

Students can be dismissed due to not achieving good academic standing after a semester on academic probation, violating University codes of conduct or not meeting the minimum CUM GPA required during your first semester at Centenary University. Dismissals from the University for Academic Reasons are noted on a student’s transcript: “Academic Dismissal.”

If a student on academic probation has not achieved a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the semester in which they were on academic probation, the student will be academically dismissed from Centenary University. Students who are dismissed at this time can appeal to the Academic Review Board (ARB). If a student is reinstated after appealing their dismissal, that student has one additional semester on academic probation to earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0. If the student does not achieve this, the student is issued a final dismissal and cannot appeal.

Students who violate the Academic Code of Conduct may be the academically dismissed from the University by the Academic Review Board after a second offense. Students who violate the University rules and regulations regarding social conduct may be suspended or dismissed by the Judicial Committee in accordance with procedures set forth in the University’s Student Handbook.

Students who earn a .75 or below in their first semester at Centenary University will be academically dismissed after that semester. These students will be eligible to appeal to the ARB. While a student earning a cumulative GPA of .75 or below is eligible to appeal, the likelihood of earning the required cumulative GPA of a 2.0 will be very difficult so the decision to immediately appeal should be considered carefully. Students in this situation should consider reapplication under the University’s Academic Forgiveness Policy.

Any student who is reinstated after successfully appealing academic dismissal must meet the agreed upon criteria of their reinstatement letter. Students not meeting the agreed upon criteria may be dismissed at any time during the semester or at the end of the semester if they have not made adequate academic progress while on Academic Probation. Adequate academic progress is a cumulative GPA of 2.0. If the student does not achieve the required 2.0 GPA, the student is issued a final dismissal with no further appeal.

A student who is given a probationary semester is restricted to a maximum of four classes during his/her semester of probation. All decisions regarding academic probation are based on a student’s cumulative grade point average (not that of the current or past semester). All decisions regarding reduced course loads, continuance on probationary semester, dismissals, and any exceptions in general to the academic policy of the University are the province of the ARB. A student who is on a probationary semester and who fails to raise his/her cumulative grade point average to the level required for good academic standing after one semester of probation will be considered for dismissal. Students who are on a probationary semester are not eligible to participate in campus activities – i.e., clubs, student government, Greek organizations, interscholastic sports, etc. Students who are on a probationary semester can continue to use their financial assistance if they qualify as determined through the Office of Financial Aid.

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