Academic Standing & Honors



Requirements for the Dean’s List

The Dean’s List honors those students who complete a minimum full-time load of 12 semester hours, have no grade lower than a C, have no Incomplete or IP grades, and have a GPA of at least a 3.5 for the semester.

Requirements for the Chancellor’s List

Students are qualified for the Chancellor’s List if they earn a 4.0 with a minimum of 12 semester hours and have no Incomplete or IP grades.

Latin Honors

Upon graduation, university-wide Latin honors are granted to eligible graduating students on the basis of cumulative grade-point average for those courses completed at UNC Asheville. Students must earn at least 60 semester hours at UNC Asheville to be eligible for Latin honors. In addition to earning at least 60 hours at UNC Asheville, students must achieve the following cumulative grade-point averages on UNC Asheville coursework to be eligible for Latin Honors:

  • at least 3.60 to graduate cum laude
  • at least 3.75 to graduate magna cum laude
  • at least 3.90 to graduate summa cum laude

For the full policies on Academic Honors, please visit the University Catalog.

Academic Standing

Academic Standing establishes whether or not you are progressing through your courses in an acceptable manner. Academic Standing is determined by both your gpa and completion ratio, which is the number of classes you attempt versus the number of classes for which you earn credit. Withdrawals and failed classes count against a student’s completion ratio.

Good Academic Standing

Students must have a semester and cumulative GPA at 2.0 or above, and a semester and cumulative completion ratio at 67% or more.

Academic Warning

Academic Warning is just that – a warning. It’s a chance to re-evaluate your academic strengths and challenges, study habits, and lifestyle choices that may be negatively affecting your ability to fully reach your academic potential. While on Academic Warning, you need to discuss strategies for success with your advisor and take full advantage of the resources available on campus.

How Students are Placed on Academic Warning

Students are placed on Academic Warning when their UNC Asheville GPA falls below 2.0 (C average) OR their semester GPA is below 2.0 OR their successful completion rate (earned hours divided by attempted hours), either for the semester or cumulative, is less than 67%. For more information about our Academic Standing policy, please see the Course Catalog.

Keep in mind that transfer credits do not count towards the GPA.


Students on Academic Warning must meet the following requirements each semester until they are back in Good Standing:

  1. Earn at least a 2.25 semester gpa (approximately a C+ average)
  2. Earn a 70% or above completion ratio.
  3. Complete our Academic Success Program.


Students on Academic Warning who do not earn at least a 2.25 and 70% completion ratio the following semester (fall/spring/summer) will be suspended.


Academic Suspension

Because students with persistent academic difficulties often benefit with some time away from school, any student who has been on Academic Warning for one semester may be suspended if they don’t meet the minimum GPA requirements.

Who can be suspended?

Any student can be suspended – freshmen, transfers, non-degree, visiting. Students must be on Academic Warning for one semester before being suspended. There is one exception; students who receive any combination of all F, W or U grades in a semester will face suspension.

Returning after suspension

After suspension, students are eligible to apply for re-enrollment through the Registrar’s Office. Students readmitted from suspension are limited to 15 credit hours in Fall or Spring semesters and one course per Summer term until their cumulative GPA reaches 2.0 or higher. In addition, students returning from suspension must meet the following 2 conditions to avoid academic dismissal:

  1. earn a 2.25 semester GPA during each semester of enrollment until their cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or higher AND
  2. successfully complete at least 70% of attempted hours in each subsequent semester until in Good Academic Standing.

Students are also required to participate in our Academic Success Program as a condition of their enrollment.

Academic Dismissal

Students who return from suspension and fail to meet the criteria listed above will be dismissed from UNC Asheville.


If you believe that uncontrollable extenuating circumstances contributed to your Suspension or Dismissal, you may appeal to the Enrollment Services Committee to be allowed to continue attending UNC Asheville. Your dismissal or suspension letter will contain the information on how to appeal.