Retention and Academic Standards

Class Standing

A student’s class standing is determined by the number of credit hours earned, as shown in the table below.

Student Credit Hours Earned
Freshman 24 or fewer credit hours earned
Sophomore 25 to 55 credit hours earned
Junior 56 to 86 credit hours earned
Senior 87 or more credit hours earned
Graduate bachelor's degree from accredited institution


Academic Good Standing

For the purpose of retention, university academic good standing for degree-seeking students is defined as a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. This standard is in effect for all students, regardless of catalog year, beginning in fall 2013.

A student who does not maintain the minimum GPA standard is placed on academic probation or is disqualified. A student on academic probation is in conditional good standing and is permitted to enroll.

Students on academic probation must meet with an academic success specialist to discuss academic success strategies for the subsequent semester and will be required to take UNI 220 Academic Refresher. In addition, students who have fewer than 24 credit hours will be required to participate in the ASU Pathway for Achieving Student Success program. Students who successfully complete UNI 220 and participate in the PASS program will get an additional semester of academic probation before being disqualified. More information on the PASS program can be found here:

To be eligible for readmission, a student must have an ASU GPA of 2.00 or higher. The GPA determining good standing is computed on courses taken only at ASU.

For purposes of retention or transfer, an individual college may set higher GPA standards; otherwise, the university standards prevail. See the college sections of this catalog or contact the college deans’ offices for statements regarding college retention standards.

Dean’s List

Undergraduate students who earn 12 or more graded credit hours (“A+”, “A”, “A-”, “B+”, “B”, “B-”, “C+”, “C”, “D” or “E”) during a semester in residence at ASU with a GPA of 3.50 or higher are eligible for the Dean’s List. A notation regarding Dean’s List achievement appears on the unofficial transcript.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

The university is required to publish and enforce standards of satisfactory academic progress for certain students (e.g., student athletes, students receiving financial aid and students receiving veterans benefits).

Certification of satisfactory progress for student athletes is verified by the academic advisor and the dean’s designee for certifying satisfactory progress. Certification of satisfactory progress for students receiving financial aid or veterans benefits is verified by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Services office or the Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement, respectively. Students should contact their advisors or the appropriate office for additional information on satisfactory progress requirements.


A student’s college assumes responsibility for enforcing academic standards and may place on university academic probation any student who has failed to maintain good standing as previously defined. For purposes of probation and retention, an individual college may set higher GPA standards. A student on academic probation is required to observe any rules or limitations the college may impose as a condition for retention. This includes college-established policies regarding continuing probation.

Co-enrolled Continuing Probation Program

Select disqualified students may participate in the Co-enrolled Continuing Probation program at the discretion of their college or school. Under this program, the student takes UNI 220 Academic Refresher plus one ASU course selected by the student’s advisor. The student co-enrolls at a Maricopa County Community College with a schedule selected in consultation with the ASU advisor. Upon completion of the term, students with a combined semester cumulative GPA of 2.50 may continue regular enrollment at ASU. Parameters regarding the number of co-enrolled hours required are at the discretion of each college or school.


A student who is placed on probation at the end of a semester is subject to disqualification by the college or school at the end of the following semester if the conditions imposed for retention are not met.

Disqualification is exercised at the discretion of the college or school. A disqualified student is notified by the dean of the college and is not allowed to register in a fall or spring semester at the university. If the student has already registered for a future fall or spring semester, the registration is canceled. A student who has been disqualified may apply for reinstatement to the college standards committee. A disqualified student may not attend as a nondegree student. If a disqualified student elects to attend another university or two-year college, any credits earned there will not affect the ASU cumulative GPA. A course repeated elsewhere will not result in a replacement of a grade earned at ASU. Disqualified students must consult with an academic advisor to determine eligibility to attend ASU in the summer session, to raise the ASU cumulative GPA.

Select disqualified students may participate in the Co-enrolled Continuing Probation Program. See "Probation."


A disqualified student who has skipped a fall or spring semester must follow the procedures for readmission. See readmission to the university.

A disqualified student who has not skipped a semester may contact an advisor in his or her college to see if reinstatement is possible. (See reinstatement.) If the student wishes to transfer to a different college, he or she may submit an application for reinstatement to the college into which he or she wishes to transfer. An ineligible student who does not skip a fall or spring semester must follow the ineligible procedures. See ineligible status.

Academic Integrity

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