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Academic Standing

Everyone is a genius.

But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Albert Einstein

Your academic standing is calculated using your grade point average hours, which are hours you earn in any class at Miami that receives a standard letter grade. Grade point average hours do not include transfer hours, AP/CLEP hours, pass/fail courses, credit/no credit, audit, proficiency credit, or course hours dropped with a W. Grade point average hours do include incomplete grades of "I" factored as an "F" until you complete the requirements. Both your semester average and cumulative average are calculated. 

President's and Dean's List

The President's List recognizes the top three percent of undergraduate students within each division registered for 12 or more credit hours attempted for grades in any given semester. The Dean's List recognizes the next 17 percent of undergraduate students within each division registered for 12 or more hours attempted for grades. To be recognized on the President's or the Dean's List, students within each academic division must achieve specific grade point averages as well. For specific information about grade point averages, and the President's and Dean's List, please go to OneStop web page

Campus Dean's List

The Campus Dean’s List recognizes degree seeking undergraduate students within the regional campuses who are registered for less than 12 credit hours in any given semester. Students on this list must have achieved a 3.5+ term GPA, attempted at least 3 hours for a grade, and earned a total of 12+ credit hours over the course of their Miami career.

Academic Actions

Academic actions are taken by the Office of the Registrar when you are no longer on good academic standing, which is defined as maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0. If your GPA drops below a 2.0, you will have academic actions levied against you, as follows:

  • A student who earns a cumulative GPA under a 2.0 in his or her first semester or in the first 16 credit hours of coursework will be placed on academic warning. Students on academic warning are still considered to be in good academic standing, and they are removed from academic warning when their cumulative GPA is above a 2.0. 
  • A student with more than 16 credit hours is placed on academic probation at the end of any semester, summer or winter term in which the cumulative GPA is lower than a 2.0. When the student's cumulative GPA is above 2.0, they are removed from academic probation. An undergraduate student with 16 - 29 grade-point hours who is on academic probation and who has a cumulative GPA lower than a 2.0 continues on academic probation. An undergraduate student with 30 or more grade-point hours who has a semester or summer-term GPA above a 2.0 but a cumulative GPA lower than 2.0 also continues on academic probation. 
  • An undergraduate student with 30 or more grade-point hours who is on academic probation will be suspended if his or her GPA for a semester or summer term is lower than a 2.0. The period of suspension is two consecutive terms, including summer terms. The GPA for Winter Term can result in an academic warning or probation, but is excluded as a term on which suspension or dismissal can be applied. 
  • A second academic suspension for a GPA under a 2.0 after a first suspension constitutes an academic dismissal. The period of academic dismissal is two calendar years and is usually considered a permanent action. A student may petition for an exception to academic suspension or dismissal.  Please see an academic advisor on the Hamilton or Middletown campus for more information about academic petitions.  

Classification of Students

Students who have met entrance requirements are admitted to freshman rank. Students with at least 30 but less than 64 earned credit hours are ranked as sophomores. Students with at least 64 but less than 96 earned credit hours are ranked as juniors. Students with 96 or more earned credit hours are ranked as seniors.