Maintaining good academic standing is critical to college success. There are two primary areas that academic standards apply: Financial Aid and Academic Performance. To be in good academic standing, a student at Atlanta Metropolitan State College is required to maintain an acceptable cumulative grade point average (GPA). The minimum acceptable cumulative standard GPA is 2.0 for all students including certificate and special cohort students.
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.
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.
The minimum acceptable cumulative standard GPA for a student at Atlanta Metropolitan State College is 2.0. The first semester that a student's cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, the student will be placed on Academic Warning for the next semester. As long as the student's semester GPA is at least 2.0, the student will remain on Academic Warning until the student's cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. The status of Academic Warning will be changed to good academic standing when students have achieved the minimum acceptable cumulative GPA of 2.0.
If a student who is currently on academic warning has a semester GPA which is less than 2.0, the student will be placed on Academic Probation for the following semester. Students on Academic Probation may continue on probation if they show academic progress by achieving at least a 2.0 GPA each semester, until the cumulative GPA reaches the minimum acceptable standard.
If a student who is currently on academic probation has a semester GPA which is less than 2.0, the student will be placed on Academic Suspension for the following semester (exclusive of the summer term). Students on Academic Suspension are academically eligible to register after serving the suspension (exclusive of summer term). Students who are returning from Academic Suspension are required to meet with the Director of Academic Advising and Student Success for assistance after they return.
Students who are readmitted after academic suspension must maintain at least a semester GPA of 2.0 each semester enrolled to be eligible to register for the next semester. Students who return from academic suspension, but do not maintain a semester GPA of 2.0 will be placed on Academic Dismissal for three semesters (exclusive of the summer term). Students who are dismissed must petition the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Student Success (or his/her designee) to apply for readmission. Please review the College Catalog for more details. Students who are returning from Academic Dismissal are required to meet with the Director of Academic Advising and Student Success for assistance after they are granted permission for readmission.
Students in academic jeopardy may be required to take reduced course loads.
The Center for Academic Advising & Student Success
Main Number: 404-756-5690
Student Services & Success Center
Building 650, 2nd Floor, Suite 269