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Academic Standing

Student Classification:

Freshman: 0-29 earned semester hours

Sophomore: 30-63 earned semester hours

Junior: 64-93 earned semester hours

Senior: 94 or more earned semester hours 

Academic Standards and Graduation:

Regardless if a student has been on probation and / or suspension in the past or not, the following criteria must be met in order to graduate from Belmont: C average (2.0) G.P.A. on the total hours attempted at Belmont University and an overall cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 on all postsecondary institutions, colleges and universities attended. C average (2.0) G.P.A. is required over all work done in both the major and the minor areas (including transfer work used to meet degree requirements). See the graduation requirements for a full list of graduation criteria.


Enrollment in good standing is granted to all fully admitted students who maintain a cumulative Belmont University grade point average of 2.0 or higher, regardless of the number of credit hours completed. A student whose semester or cumulative Belmont University GPA is less than 2.0 will be placed on probation or suspended from the University.  Please table of academic standards below.

Semester eligibility is based upon the following:

  1. A minimum load of 12 semester credit hours. Summer Dean's List is based on a minimum 9-hour load over 10 weeks. Hours taken as audit or P/F courses are not included in the minimum credit hour load count.
  2. No grade below a C in any course including P/F (pass/fail) and zero credit courses.
  3. A quality point average of 3.5 or better.
  4. Eligibility is also based upon completing of all course work by the last official day of the semester with the exception of "in progress" (IP) for study abroad courses.

Table of Academic Standards (Probation and Suspension)

Overall Belmont GPA Hours Probation
if any semester GPA is less than
if Belmont Institutional GPA is less than
0-16 2.00 N/A
17-29 2.00 1.00
30-63 2.00 1.50
64-93 2.00 1.75
94+ 2.00 2.00

Students on probation may take no more than 16 hours while on Probation and are required, whenever, and as soon as possible, to repeat courses in which they received a “D” or “F".  Probation is checked at the end of fall, spring and summer terms.   

A student placed on academic suspension is ineligible to enroll at Belmont University during their suspension. A student who receives a first academic suspension from Belmont may petition for readmission to the university after one semester of non-enrollment. A student who receives a second suspension may appeal for readmission after one year from the date of the last suspension. A third suspension results in dismissal from the university with no opportunity for readmission.  See the current academic catalog for the full academic probation and suspension policies.