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Academic Standing

Academic Standing Measures

Academic Outcomes

Dean’s List

3.5 GPA or higher for full time students who completed 12 credits  with no F, L or W grade in nominated semester

Recognized as outstanding students; honored at a reception in March.

Dean’s List for Part-Time Students

Accumulated 12 or more credits;

Completed 6 credits in the semester nominated with a 3.5 GPA; no F, L or W grade in nominated semester

Recognized as an outstanding student; honored at a reception in March.

Good Standing

Earned a 2.0 GPA or higher in the semester; if cumulative GPA is below 2.0, students’ academic standing is determined by both attempted credits an d a minimum cumulative GPA

Attempted Credits

Minimum Cumulative GPA Required







41 or greater


Students may continue to pursue their academic goals with no restrictions.

Academic Warning

After attempting 12 credits, students who do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA for attempted credits for Good Standing

Students must complete an on-line assessment and meet with an academic success coordinator to register in future semesters;  students who earn a 2.0 semester GPA in the following semester and meet the minimum GPA requirements will be moved to Good Standing

Academic Probation

Students who were on Academic Warning and did not achieve a 2.0 semester GPA or meet the  minimum cumulative GPA standard will be placed on Academic Probation

Students must meet with their academic success coordinator and will be limited to 8 academic credits. Students earning at least a 2.0 semester GPA while on academic probation will continue on academic probation until they reach good standing.

Academic Suspension

Students who were on academic probation and did not achieve a 2.0 semester GPA during the next major  semester  are placed on Academic  Suspension

Suspended students will be unable to attend HCC the next major semester.  Suspended students may appeal their academic suspension.  If an appeal is granted, students will remain on academic probation.  Students must achieve a 2.0 semester GPA or they will be dismissed again for an entire year.

For more information regarding Howard Community College’s new academic standards policy, please see page 38 of the 2009-2010 HCC Catalogue or ask your advisor