Academic and Career Advising

Frequently Asked Questions


The Salt Lake Community College Academic Standards policy exists to motivate and support students toward good academic standing and help students reach the full limit of academic potential or maintain the expected level of academic performance at the institution. The policy encourages involvement with students who demonstrate instability in their academic performance and provides support services necessary for academic success.

  1. How do I qualify for the Dean’s or President’s List?

  2. How do I remain in good academic standing?

  3. What is Academic Notification?

  4. What happens if my GPA falls below a 2.0 for the first time?

  5. What is the difference between Academic Warning, Conditional Enrollment, Academic Probation?

  6. What if my semester GPA is above a 2.0 but my cumulative GPA is still below a 2.0?

  7. How can I raise my GPA?

  8. How do I calculate my GPA?

  9. How can I be a better student?

  10. What resources are available to me if I am struggling in school?

 

1. How do I qualify for the Dean’s or President’s List?

In order to qualify for the Dean’s List a student must:

  • Achieve between a 3.5 and 3.79 semester GPA AND
  • Attend 15 or more credit hours.

In order to qualify for the President’s List a student must:

  • Achieve a 3.8 or higher semester GPA AND
  • Attend 15 or more credit hours.

2. How do I remain in good academic standing?

Students need to have a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to remain in good standing with Salt Lake Community College. Transfer students should be aware that the GPA they need to have in order to be accepted at the university they plan on attending is typically above a 2.0 GPA.

3. What is Academic Notification?

Academic Notification means your semester GPA is below a 2.0 but your cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or above. You are still eligible to register for classes. If you have any questions or academic concerns you may contact the Academic Advising office for an appointment. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 957-4978.

4. What happens if my GPA falls below a 2.0 for the first time?

The first time your cumulative GPA AND term GPA fall below a 2.0, with 15 or more credits, you will be placed on Academic Warning. You will receive a letter letting you know about your academic standing and you will have a registration hold placed on your record. You will need to meet with an academic advisor to have this hold removed.

5. What is the difference between Academic Warning, Conditional Enrollment, and Academic Probation?

  • Academic Warning:

The 1st time your semester GPA and cumulative GPA fall below a 2.0 and you have 15 or more credits, you will be placed on Academic Warning and a hold will be placed on your registration. You will receive a letter with information about meeting with an advisor in order to have the hold removed.

  • Conditional Enrollment:

The 2nd time your semester GPA and cumulative GPA fall below a 2.0 you will be placed on Conditional Enrollment and a hold will be placed on your registration. You will receive a letter informing you that you need to meet with an advisor in order to get your hold removed. Your advisor will review your academic performance and develop an academic plan with you. You will then need to meet monthly with your advisor to monitor your progress.

  • Academic Probation:

The 3rd time your semester GPA and cumulative GPA fall below a 2.0 you will be placed on Academic Probation and you will have a hold placed on your registration. You will receive a letter explaining that you will need to complete an appeal process in order to get your hold removed. Your advisor will assist you in filling out the appeal form. The form will include your proposed class schedule and work schedule. It will also include a written statement from you stating the changes they have made to insure their academic success.

Appeals will be reviewed by a committee, which will determine the conditions of attendance for the student.

6. What if my semester GPA is above a 2.0 but my cumulative GPA is still below a 2.0?

If your semester GPA is above a 2.0 but your cumulative GPA remains below a 2.0 they will be on “continued status.” This will be Continued Academic Warning, Continued Conditional Enrollment or Continued Probation depending on your status from the prior semester. You will not have a registration hold at this level. Once your cumulative GPA rises to a 2.0 or above you will be in good standing again.

7. How can I raise my GPA?

The fastest way to raise your GPA is to retake classes that you have done poorly in. Upon completing the class you need to fill out a repeat course form in order to have the higher grade replace the lower grade in your GPA calculation. Repeat course forms can be found at Enrollment Services.

8. How do I calculate my GPA?

You can use an online GPA calculator to calculate your GPA or you can do it the old fashioned way which is explained here.

9. How can I be a better student?

Becoming a better student often times mean being aware and taking advantage of resources and support that is available to you. Salt Lake Community College has many resources available to students to help them be academically successful:

Academic Success Workshops

Tutoring Options
 

10.   What resources are available to me if I am struggling in school?

The college has many free resources that are available to help students find success in school.  To learn which options will fit your needs best, it is recommended that you meet with an academic advisor.