Academic Progress

Students' academic progress is reviewed at the end of each regular semester to ensure that satisfactory progress is maintained. "Satisfactory progress" is defined as maintaining a 2.0 grade-point average (GPA). The GPA is calculated on a 4.0 system using the following grade-point equivalents:

A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0
B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3
C = 2.0
C- = 1.7
D = 1.0
F = 0.0

Some students are advised to retake a course if they did not meet the minimum grade requirement. Only if a failed course is retaken does that grade become part of the cumulative grade-point average. When a course in which a student has earned a grade of D or better is retaken, it does not count toward full-time enrollment during the semester in which it is retaken. The first passing grade (D) is used in the student's DegreeWorks Report and to calculate the student's grade-point average. 

Academic Honors

Full time students who complete a semester with a 3.5 or better GPA are placed on the Dean's Honors List. This honor is noted on the permanent transcript. Graduation honors are:

3.50-3.69 GPA: cum laude

3.70-3.84 GPA: magna cum laude

3.85-4.00 GPA: summa cum laude

Academic Probation and Suspension


Students whose cumulative grade point average for courses taken at Binghamton falls below 2.0 are placed on academic probation for the following semester and are subject to the following restrictions: they may not register for more than 14 credit hours; they may not run for or accept any campus office or committee chairmanship. Students are removed from academic probation when their cumulative GPA reaches 2.0

Academic probation does not preclude students from receiving financial aid. Standards for financial eligibility are described in the financial information section of the building or website.


Students on academic probation who again fail to meet both the 2.0 cumulative GPA and the last-semester GPA are suspended. Students who meet the last-semester GPA requirement but still post a cumulative GPA under 2.0 remain on academic probation.

Suspension becomes effective immediately when it is imposed. The duration for academic suspension is one semester, and students are not considered for readmission during that period. 

Suspension Appeal: Appeals will be considered for students, but only if the suspension is due to extreme circumstances. An appeal letter must be written by the suspended student. Any medically-related appeal must be supported by acceptable medical documentation and must include written statements by medical professionals. Any other type of extreme emergency situation must also be carefully and officially documented.
Suspension Readmission: Students who decide to request readmission after the minimum of one semester away from school due to suspension are required to contact the Watson Advising Office to discuss their academic plan and begin the readmission process.

Academic Dismissal Index

Hours Last Semester
Attempted                GPA
0-16 2.0
17-48 2.1
49-64 2.2
65+ 2.3



Students who, after being suspended and readmitted once again fail to meet the required academic standards, are dismissed. 

Dismissal Appeal: After at least one semester away from the school students may appeal the dismissal decision through the Watson Advising Office. The appeal should show some evidence of significant change or improvement. Only an approved appeal will permit readmission through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Last Updated: 2/23/15