Academic Progress

Students' academic progress is reviewed at the end of each regular semester to ensure that satisfactory progress is maintained. "Satisfactory progress" is defined as maintaining a 2.0 grade-point average (GPA). The GPA is calculated on a 4.0 system using the following grade-point equivalents:

A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0
B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3
C = 2.0
C- = 1.7
D = 1.0
F = 0.0

For undergraduates, a D grade is considered passing. However, some students are advised to retake a course. If a failed course is retaken, the passing grade and the F become a part of the cumulative grade-point average. However, when a course in which a student has earned a grade of D or better is retaken, it does not count toward full-time enrollment during the semester in which it is retaken. Additionally, the first passing grade (D) is what is used in the student's degree audit report (DARS), and toward the grade point average.

Academic Honors

Students who complete any given semester with a 3.5 or better GPA are placed on the Dean's Honors List. For both part- and full-time students, this honor is noted on the permanent transcript. Graduation honors are:

3.50-3.69 GPA: cum laude

3.70-3.84 GPA: magna cum laude

3.85-4.00 GPA: summa cum laude

Academic Probation and Suspension


Students whose cumulative grade point average for courses taken at Binghamton falls below 2.0 are placed on academic probation for the following semester and are subject to the following restrictions: they may not register for more than 14 credit hours; they may not run for or accept any campus office or committee chairmanship. Students are removed from academic probation when their cumulative GPA reaches 2.0

Academic probation does not preclude students from receiving financial aid. Standards for financial eligibility are described in the financial information section of the building or website.


Students on academic probation who again fail to meet both the 2.0 cumulative GPA and the last-semester GPA are suspended. Students who meet the last-semester GPA requirement but still post a cumulative GPA under 2.0 remain on academic probation.

Suspension becomes effective immediately when it is imposed. The duration for academic suspension is one semester, and students are not considered for readmission during that period. All applications for readmission, after a minimum period away from school, must be filed through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Academic Dismissal Index

Hours Last Semester
Attempted                GPA
0-16 2.0
17-32 2.1
33-48 2.1
49-64 2.2
65+ 2.3



Students who, after being suspended and readmitted once again fail to meet the required academic standards, are dismissed. The academic affairs committee will hear a single appeal of dismissal after demonstration of significant changes.

Appeals of decisions of the academic affairs committee are referred to the dean.  For the purpose of determining academic standing, credits earned prior to matriculation in the Watson School may be reviewed.

Last Updated: 11/26/13