Both Your Term/Semester GPA and Cumulative GPA are reviewed to make sure you are on track

  • Each term, you have a term or semester GPA which reflects the average of the grades you earned for that semester only.
  • You also have what is called a cumulative GPA, which is the overall average of all grades you have earned throughout your Purchase College history. Grades earned at other institutions do not calculate into your Purchase GPA.
  • For a first semester transfer or freshman, your semester and cumulative GPA will be the same.
  • To find your GPA:
    • You have 24/7 access to track your semester and cumulative GPA
    • From MyHeliotrope, go to the Students tab, then choose Student Records. There you will see links to your Final Grades, Unofficial Transcript, and your Degree Progress Report, all of which show your GPA.

What does it mean to get an academic warning notification?

If your semester GPA falls below a 2.0 for one semester you will receive an academic warning via email from the Director of Student Advising and Academic Support. You will be sent an email notification with a reminder about strategies for getting back on track, as well as campus resources that can support your success.  Students who are on academic warning for three consecutive semesters may be subject to academic dismissal

What is academic probation?

If your cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 for one semester, OR if your semester GPA falls below a 2.0 for two consecutive semesters (even if your cumulative GPA is above a 2.0), you will be placed on academic probation. In order to clear your academic probation status, you must raise your both your semester and cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher by the end of your probationary semester or, you may face academic dismissal at the end the semester.

You will be notified of your probationary status by email and a letter to your home address within 3-4 weeks of the end of the semester. The letter, sent from the Director of Student Advising and Academic Support, will detail the reason that you were placed on academic probation, as well as strategies for improving your GPA. 

We want you to persist in your studies here, so it is important to carefully reflect on past practices, engage with the resources here to help you, and make immediate academic lifestyle adjustments.

How did I end up on academic probation?

Students find themselves in academic jeopardy resulting from one of a few primary categories of sources. Whether your main sources of poor academic performance were academic, personal, or some combination, it is vital that you reflect deeply on those factors and commit to reorganizing priorities (where possible) in order to repair your academic record.

Academic Habits — Not studying enough (quantity), not studying appropriately (quality), frequently missing classes, missing assignments or turning them in late, excessive socializing/partying to the sacrifice of academics, not checking Purchase email or Moodle for course content and due dates, misusing free time, excessive napping, media binges, or gaming.

Academic Skills — Major and/or courses is not suited for you, academic skills such as reading, math, writing, abstract thought are not sufficiently strong, amount of work is overwhelming, planning, organizing, and time management is not strong, not seeking or utilizing help and resources when struggling, poor note taking or attention or test taking.

Personal Issues — Medical or psychological issue affected your academic work, family or personal situation distracted your concentration, relationship involvement or drama became a focus, employment or extracurricular schedule was too heavy, substance use/abuse or other activities subtracted from your academic clarity, difficulty adjusting to a new place or a new culture, fears or uncertainties or discomfort.

What can I do to start my academic recovery?

Because the reasons for poor academic performance differ, the strategies to implement will vary accordingly. A series of suggestions to raise your GPA are listed below.  If this feels overwhelming, reach out to us in the Advising Center for more personal support.  You can do this!

8 Necessities to Get You Back on Track