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Academic Standing Explained

What is Academic Probation?

Academic Probation is a serious warning that you are not making satisfactory academic progress. An undeclared student is placed on academic probation when his or her cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0. You may still enroll and take classes; however, there may be certain conditions you have to follow during your semester on academic probation, and you are subject to Academic Suspension if you do not raise your cumulative GPA to a 2.0 at the end of the probationary term (usually two terms for undeclared students and one term for declared majors).

What is Academic Suspension?

Academic Suspension is an involuntary separation between you and SMU.  Typically, you will not be academically suspended without having first been on academic probation.  Academic suspension is for at least one semester, though a suspension may be longer depending on the policy of your particular school or based on your individual circumstance.  Academic Suspension is recorded on your official academic record, and you are not considered to be in good standing with the university.  Additionally, courses taken at another university during a suspension do not apply towards an SMU degree.

What is Academic Reinstatement?

If you have been on Academic Suspension once, you may apply for reinstatement through admissions. If reinstated, you may enroll in classes and you will have two semesters to bring your GPA back to 2.0.

What is Academic Dismissal?

Academic Dismissal is when you are suspended for a second time.  Academic dismissal is final, with no possibility for readmission.  Academic dismissal is also recorded on your permanent academic record.

Do you have further questions about your academic standing? Contact the University Advising Center if you are an undeclared major or the records office of the college you are declared.