Academic Standards

College academic standards require that a full-time student pass 24 credit hours in any consecutive 12-month period and maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA. A summer session cannot be counted twice, i.e., as part of two 12-month periods. Individual schools and programs may have more stringent requirements; therefore, students must check the school and department listings for those additional requirements. To be eligible for certain state and federal financial aid programs, students must meet standards; see the “Academic Standing and Progress” section. (

After a case-by-case review, students who do not meet the College academic standards may be permitted to continue their studies at the College on academic warning, but they are also subject to immediate suspension or dismissal. A student may be suspended or dismissed by a dean from the school and from Ithaca College. Students may be suspended or dismissed from a degree program in accordance with published special academic status policies. Students are informed by letter of the conditions of their suspension and of the criteria and procedures for return. Students who are dismissed from a program, a school, or the College may not return to the unit from which they have been dismissed. Students dismissed from a program or school but not from the College may return to another program or school if accepted by that unit. The specific consequences of each type of action are described below.

If a student withdraws from the College after the deadline for course withdrawal for the semester, he or she may still be subject to academic suspension or dismissal for unsatisfactory academic performance. The suspension or dismissal action takes precedence over the withdrawal.

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