Academic Standing

Class Level

Students are classified according to the number of units earned:

Freshman 0-29.5 units
Sophomore 30-59.5 units
Junior 60-89.5 units
Senior 90 units and above

Good Standing and Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are considered to be in good academic standing and making satisfactory academic progress toward the degree if they are permitted to continue enrollment at the university. Students who have been academically suspended and are later readmitted on probation are not considered to be in good academic standing and might not be eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics, financial aid, housing or certain extracurricular activities.

To remain in good academic standing, students must possess a minimum cumulative GPA based on the calculable grades at Towson University and accepted transfer credits as indicated below:

Minimum Grade Point Average Required

Units (includes Towson units and accepted transfer credits) Minimum Cumulative GPA
1-29.5 1.50
30-59.5 1.75
60 and above 2.00

Failure to Remain in Good Standing

Students who fall below the level required for good academic standing are subject to the following actions:

  1. Academic Warning. The first time degree candidates fail to attain the minimum cumulative GPA required, they receive an academic warning and must receive additional academic advising. They must attain the minimum cumulative GPA required by the end of the next spring term of attendance or be academically suspended. If no further academic action is taken, the student, upon graduation from Towson, may request that the Registrar's Office remove the academic warning notation from the student's transcript. Eligibility for housing, financial aid, and participation in intercollegiate athletics will be determined by the appropriate departments according to their established criteria. In accordance with policy, students who are readmitted on warning must also attain the minimum required GPA by the end of the spring term following readmission or be academically suspended.
  2. Academic Suspension. Students failing to attain good standing in any spring term following academic warning are academically suspended and may not attend the university during the next academic term and the intervening summer/Minimester sessions. 
    If students complete course work elsewhere while academically suspended, they must be in good standing at the school(s) attended and must provide official transcripts from the schools to the Reenrollment Office at Towson University if they plan to return to Towson. Work remaining to resolve any Incomplete grades may be completed during suspension. Academic suspension is noted permanently on student's transcript.
    Students who fail to attain good academic standing at the end of any fall term following academic warning will be allowed to continue their enrollment for one additional term. This Mid-Year Extended Warning will be permanently noted on the student’s transcript. Failure to attain good academic standing at the end of the following spring term will result in academic suspension.
  3. Academic Probation. After the suspension ends, students may be readmitted on academic probation, during which time they may enroll for a maximum of 13 units per term. They must also receive additional advising and may not register without written clearance from the Academic Advising Center. Academic probation is noted permanently on student's transcript. Students on academic probation have three academic years or 24 calculable units, whichever comes first, to attain good academic standing. Calculable units are courses with grades that affect the student's Grade Point Average (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D+, D, F, FX).  Pass (PS), Audit (AU), and Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades are not calculable.
    If students attain good academic standing during probation but subsequently fall below the minimum requirements for good academic standing, they will be given a one-term exception during which good academic standing must be attained. If they do not, they will be academically dismissed. Otherwise, they are considered to be on academic probation until they have either graduated or are academically dismissed. While on academic probation, students may not complete course work elsewhere for transfer to Towson.
  4. Academic Dismissal. Students failing to attain good academic standing after the period of academic probation will be academically dismissed. Academic dismissal is a final action and is noted permanently on student's transcript. Students who are academically dismissed cannot be readmitted to the university in any capacity.