Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Academic Standing

Academic standing is determined after final grades are submitted at the end of the fall and spring semesters. In some instances, academic standing may be reviewed after the January or sumer term.

To graduate from MVNU, students are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. Some programs require a higher minimum cumulative GPA.

Students are expected to be in Good Academic Standing, which is defined as maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. MVNU allows for gradual attainment of this GPA during the first three semesters of attendance, as specified in the table below.

Semester of Attendance
at the University

Minimum Cumulative
GPA Required

1

1.70

2

1.80

3

1.90

4 and beyond

2.00

Note: Dual Enrollment students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 to remain enrolled at MVNU, without regard to the above table.

In addition to being in Good Academic Standing, students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), which is defined as a minimum semester 2.00 GPA.

Good Academic Standing and SAP occur when a student satisfies both of these conditions:

  • the cumulative GPA meets the required minimum, as specified in the above table; and
  • the semester GPA is at least 2.00.

Students who do not make SAP are subject to one of the following:

  • Academic Warning
  • Academic Probation
  • Academic Dismissal

Academic Warning occurs when the semester GPA is below 2.00, but not low enough to warrant a move to academic probation or dismissal status. Students on Academic Warning maintain Good Academic Standing.

Academic Probation occurs in any of the following situations:

  • The cumulative GPA is below the required minimum, as specified in the above table.
  • A first-semester student's semester GPA is at least 1.00 but less than 1.70.
  • The student's semester GPA is less than 2.00 in two consecutive semesters.
  • The student was placed on Academic Dismissal, appealed, and was re-admitted.
  • The student left MVNU on Academic Probation and re-enrolled at MVNU.
  • The student left MVNU on Academic Dismissal and re-enrolled at MVNU.

Students on Academic Probation and students who have not met the minimum GPA in their declared major may petition to transfer in the credit and grade point via prior written approval by the school dean over the corresponding major. MVNU reserves the right to remove the grade points if the student changes his/her major. No retroactive grade points will be allowed.

A student will be removed from Academic Probation and restored to Good Academic Standing when his/her semester and cumulative GPA meet the required minimums.

Academic Dismissal occurs in any of the following situations:

  • The student's semester GPA is below 1.00 in any semester.
  • The student's semester GPA is below 2.00 in three consecutive semesters.
  • The student was on Academic Probation and did not show SAP.

Initial dismissals are for one full semester (excluding January and summer terms). Subsequent dismissals are for one full academic year. Dismissals may be appealed. Information about the appeal process is included with the dismissal letter. After the dismissal period is served, the student may apply for reinstatement. A completed Application for Readmission must reach the Admissions Office at least six weeks prior to the semester for which readmission is requested.

First-time transfer students are subject to the following policies:

  • Transfer students who are accepted to MVNU in Good Academic Standing are evaluated in accordance with the aforementioned Good Academic Standing and SAP requirements.
  • Transfer students who are accepted to MVNU on Academic Probation will be evaluated at the end of their first semester as follows:
    1. If the semester GPA is at least 2.00, the student will be removed from Academic Probation status and be in Good Academic Standing.
    2. If the semester GPA is at least 1.70 but less than 2.00, the student will continue on Academic Probation for the next semester.
    3. If the semester GPA is less than 1.70, the student will be placed on Academic Dismissal status.