Good Academic Standing

A student with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher shall be considered in Good Standing by the University and does not face any type of academic discipline.

I am in Good Academic Standing...what does this mean?

It means that your cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above. This is considered good standing because a cumulative GPA of 2.0 is the minimum GPA required to graduate with an undergraduate degree from Southern. 

NOTE: Some majors require students to have a cumulative GPA higher than 2.0 in order to enter, maintain, and/or graduate from the major. For more information, please talk to your assigned academic advisor.


What happens if my cumulative GPA falls below 2.0?

If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, you would be placed on Academic Warning.

Example One:

"Student has just completed their first year at Southern and has a cumulative GPA of 2.4"

Explanation: This student is in Good Standing because their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above.
Example Two:

"After completing their first semester at Southern, student was placed on Academic Warning with a cumulative GPA of 1.9. After earning high grades during their second semester, they were able to raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.2 and get back into Good Standing."

Explanation: This student is in Good Standing because their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above.

In order to receive financial aid, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards. While SAP is separate from Academic Standing, they overlap in many ways. 

Even though your are in Good Academic Standing, which is based on GPA only, you may not be compliant with SAP Standards. For example, if you are not completing at least 67% of the credits you attempt, yor financial aid could be impacted. 

We highly recommend you visit the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy page to learn more about SAP.

If your financial aid eligibility has been impacted, you will be contacted by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships regarding your status. If you have any immediate financial aid questions, feel free to contact them directly at 203-392-5222 or