Undergraduate Academic Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

GPA below 2.00

Limits on Registration

The Faculty Senate of George Mason University passed a resolution that limits undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA below 2.00 to a maximum of 13 credit hours. All undergraduate students returning from suspension are also limited to a maximum of 13 credit hours. These limits on registration are strictly enforced.

Standards of Academic Performance

Students who maintain a cumulative GPA below 2.00 may face additional academic actions, such as probation, suspension, or dismissal. Therefore, our office strongly supports this limit. Students should be familiar with the retention table in the university catalog, as posted below.

Credit Level Warning Probation Suspension
Attempted Cumulative Cumulative Cumulative
Credit Hours GPA Range GPA Range GPA Range
7-16 0.00-1.99 - -
17-29 1.75-1.99 1.00-1.74 0.00-0.99
30-59 1.85-1.99 1.25-1.84 0.00-1.24
60-89 1.95-1.99 1.55-1.94 0.00-1.54
90+ - 1.85-1.99 0.00-1.84

We encourage students with GPAs below 2.00 to complete the Certificate in Academic Skills through Learning Services.

Exception for Freshmen and Transfer Students

Freshmen and transfer students in their first semester of study at Mason will receive probation as the strongest academic sanction.  GPA retention levels, as stated above, will apply in all subsequent semesters.  Students in this category should be on notices that they must improve their academic record to avoid suspension in future semesters; in particular they should consult their advisors and consider repeating courses to achieve academic good standing.

GPA Calculator

Students can calculate what grades they need in which courses by using the GPA Calculator below. Please keep in mind that this is a writable file, so any changes made to the formulas may distort the calculations. Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions.

Academic Warning

Students on academic warning are still considered in good academic standing but they will be limited to a maximum of 13 credits until they achieve a cumulative 2.0 grade point average. Students registered for 14 or more credits under Warning are responsible for seeking academic advisement and adjusting their enrollment to a maximum of 13 credits.  Students on academic warning may participate fully in student activities unless that activity imposes stricter limits.

Academic Probation

Students on academic probation will be limited to a maximum of 13 credits until they achieve a cumulative 2.0 grade point average. Students registered for 14 or more credits under Probation are responsible for seeking academic advisement and adjusting their enrollment to a maximum of 13 credits. Only students in good academic standing are eligible to hold or run for elective or appointive office in any organization or activity associated with Mason, compete in any athletic or other activity representing Mason on either an intercollegiate or a club level, or serve as a working staff member of any student organization. 

Academic Suspension

Students in degree status who incur a first suspension following a spring semester or summer term serve a period of suspension through the next fall semester. Students who incur a first suspension following a fall semester serve a period of suspension through the next summer term. A second suspension is for one calendar year: two semesters and a summer term. Students returning from suspension are on probation for one academic period. Course credits earned at other colleges during the period of suspension from Mason (for academic or nonacademic reasons) are not accepted for the degree program.

Nondegree undergraduate students placed on suspension have no specified rights of return to the university. Nondegree students who have been suspended and wish to resume their studies after a period of absence must qualify for readmission through the Office of Admissions.

More information on suspension can be found on the left hand navigation bar on this page under "Suspended."

Academic Dismissal

A third suspension results in academic dismissal, a status that is usually permanent. In exceptional cases, students who have been dismissed may apply for readmission after a minimum absence of three calendar years from the university, but only if they meet one or more of the following conditions after having been dismissed:

  • Demonstrate academic success (2.50 GPA or better) in at least 18 credits of classes taken during the period of dismissal at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Such credits may be considered for transfer back to Mason, but there is no guarantee of acceptance of the credit.
  • Provide other evidence of a renewed ability to achieve academic success.
  • Provide evidence that all degree requirements will be met once an additional 12 or fewer credits are complete.

Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee a return. The Office of Admissions and the appropriate school or college dean will make individual decisions in the best academic interests of the student and the university. For students seeking readmission to a new school or college, the new dean will make the decision in consultation with the former dean and the Office of Admissions.

Meeting with an Advisor

Students who have below a 2.00 should consult with an advisor to identify courses that will help them improve their academic standing. Students can find information regarding advisors through their academic department. All academic departments in CHSS can be found under the Advising menu at the top of this page.


Resources for Students with a GPA below 2.00

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