Atlanta Metropolitan State College


Academic Standards

Good Standing

Maintaining good academic standing is critical to college success. If a student's GPA falls below AMSC's acceptable levels extra time, effort, and expenses will have to be spent in order to return to good academic standing. Maintaining a study schedule, managing time, getting help with difficult courses, attending all classes, and being on time will help students to stay in good academic standing. The following table defines AMSC's minimum acceptable cumulative grade-point average. There are two primary areas that academic standards apply: Financial Aid and Academic Performance. These academic standards are provided below:

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by Congress in1980, mandates institutions of higher education to establish minimum standards of ―satisfactory academic progress‖ for students receiving financial aid. All students receiving financial aid from federal, state or institutional sources must conform to the College definition of satisfactory progress. All students will be held responsible for this information.

Each student‘s academic progress will be monitored upon the initial financial aid award for each academic year and each time the award is adjusted or updated thereafter. At a minimum, academic progress will be measured at least once per academic year.

SAP Requirements

To receive financial aid, students must:

  • maintain a GPA of 2.0, and
  • complete 67% of all hours attempted.

Students should be aware that withdrawals (including hardship withdrawals), incomplete, repeat classes and IP‘s count as attempted hours in the SAP calculation. Federal guidelines mandate that a student cannot receive more than 150% of the total number of credit hours required to obtain the student‘s degree. The total number of hours is determined based on the student‘s major. For example, a student whose major is Pre-Nursing cannot receive financial aid for more than 99 total credit hours.

AMSC Grading System

Not completing assignments on time, receiving low grades on assignments and exams, and struggling to keep up with classes, are signs that a student needs to seek help. When these signs are first noticed, students should meet with the Coordinator of Academic Advisement to receive an Academic Improvement Plan. Taking these steps will help students avoid earning final grads that are below the college's standards.

Grading System

Total Hours Attempted Minimum Acceptable Cumulative GPA
1-20 1.5
21-30 1.7
31-40 1.8
41-50 1.9
51 and over 2.0

Academic Warnings

If a student's GPA falls below the minimum standard indicated in the above table, they will receive a letter of warning from the Vice President of Academic Affairs, recommending that you seek assistance from the Office of Academic Advisement. Students, who take the warning seriously enough to increase the number of hours they spend studying and who use the support services of the Academic Support Center, Student Support Services, the Library and other AMSC support services, usually return to good academic status without going on probation.

Academic Probation

Students are given one semester to raise their cumulative GPA to the minimum standard. If their cumulative GPA remains below the minimum standard at the end of the semester that they are on warning status, they will receive a letter from the Vice President of Academic Affairs, informing them that they are being placed on probation. If you show that you are making academic progress by raising your semester GPA to 2.0 or better, you will remain on probation until your cumulative GPA reaches the minimum standard. Being on probation is more serious than being on warning. If a student's cumulative GPA remains below the minimum standard and their semester GPA falls below 2.0, they will be placed on suspension.

Academic Suspension

Students who are on suspension are denied the opportunity to enroll for one semester. Suspended students must reapply for admissions at the end of the one-semester suspension period. After suspended students have been accepted for re-admissions, they must meet with the Coordinator of Academic Advisement before registering for classes.

Academic Dismissal

Students who return from suspension, but who do not demonstrate that they are making academic progress by maintaining a semester GPA of 2.0, will be dismissed for three semesters. In order to be eligible to reapply for admissions, they must petition to the Vice President for Academic Affairs through the Coordinator of Academic Advisement. Students who are dismissed and readmitted, but who do not show academic progress will not be allowed to continue to be enrolled at AMSC.