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Academic Standing Policy for
non-financial aid students

All students not receiving financial aid who have matriculated to Pitt Community College will have their academic performance reviewed annually at the end of every Spring term. This review will take place regardless of when students enroll at Pitt Community College.


Good Academic Standing

To maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and be considered in Good Academic Standing, students must meet the following benchmark:

GPA (Grade Point Average)

Students must earn a specific cumulative GPA (see chart below) according to the semester hours they have attempted.

GPA & Satisfactory Academic Progress
(Associate Degree Programs/Diploma/
*Eligible Certificate Programs)

Hours Toward Degree GPA
0 – 10 1.00
11 - 20 1.25
21 - 30 1.50
31 - 40 1.75
41 - 50 1.90
51 + 2.00



Academic Warning (A.W.)

If a student fails to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for the first time at the end of a Spring term, the student is placed on Academic Warning.

What happens to the student next?

  1. Must complete the Academic Warning online Moodle course.
  2. Highly encouraged to visit their Faculty Advisor or a Counselor to discuss their academic progress.

What happens at the end of the term?

If a student has successfully met the benchmarks required for SAP, the student will return to Good Academic Standing. If not, the student is moved to Academic Probation (AP).


Academic Probation (A.P.)

If a student fails to make Satisfactory Academic Progress at the end of a second consecutive Spring term, the student is placed on Academic Probation.

What happens to the student next?

  1. A registration hold is placed on their account.
  2. Attend a MANDATORY meeting with the Director of Student Mentoring, Conduct & Academic Progression to complete a Student Success Contract and have the hold removed (Distance Education students will complete the contract and submit it via email.)

What happens at the end of the term?

If a student has successfully met with the benchmarks required for SAP, the student will return to Good Academic Standing. If not, the student is moved to Academic Suspension (AS).


Academic Suspension (A.S.)

If a student fails to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of a third consecutive Spring term, the student is placed on Academic Suspension. Suspension will apply to curriculum courses only, not Continuing Education courses.

What happens to the student next?

The student will have two options:

  1. Sit out for the upcoming term (always Summer), or
  2. Submit an appeal to the Academic Standing Review Committee to seek continued enrollment.

What happens at the end of the term?

  1. If a student has successfully met the benchmarks required for SAP, the student will return to Good Academic Standing.
  2. If not, whether the appeal is accepted or a student sits out for the upcoming term (voluntarily or the appeal is denied), a student will begin their next enrolled term on Academic Probation (see AP steps).
  3. If a student ever reaches Academic Suspension, the student record will reflect the history of the student's academic standing.

***Note that the purpose of this review being conducted at the end of each Spring term is for students placed on Academic Suspension for the Summer term.***



For more information, contact:
Jasmin L. Spain, M.Ed.
Director of Student Mentoring, Conduct & Academic Progression
(252) 493-7769
jlspain125@my.pittcc.edu