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What is your GPA?

Do you know what your ISU GPA is? It is important for you to know what your GPA is so you can make appropriate choices regarding class selection in the semesters to come. You can access your transcript by requesting an unofficial copy from the Office of the Registrar, or log into BengalWeb, click on the Academic Tools Tab, then select Academic Transcript in the Student Records Box.

Repeating Courses and GPA

As you review your transcript, see if there are courses you need to repeat. Repeating courses is one of the fastest ways to improve your GPA and remove yourself from probation. The repeat policy at ISU allows for your GPA to be affected only by the most recent grade in any course. For example, if you have an "F" grade in Sociology 1101, and you repeat it and earn an "A" grade, your GPA will reflect only the "A" grade.

Be judicious about repeating courses since they will count into your credits attempted calculation for Financial Aid and may have an impact that is not advantageous.

Note - If you repeat a class and earn a lower grade, the lower grade which is the most recent grade, will be used in your GPA calculation.

GPA Calculator

You need to earn at least a 2.00 GPA for the semester you are on probation. Contact your instructors for your midterm grades and use the GPA calculator to estimate your semester GPA.

If your estimation results in a semester GPA below a 2.00, consider your options:

See an advisor to discuss options and possible consequences of any action!

Reduce Your Credit Load

As you review your transcript, see if there is a pattern of attempting a full load, but only completing a part-time load. If so, consider 3/4 or 1/2 credits for the next few semesters. Assess the reality of your situation, and if you are consistently failing or withdrawing from courses, accept that you should go part-time, at least for a while. Remember, you can get Financial Aid (grants and loans, and work study) even if you are taking less than a full-time credit load! (This option is not available to international students who are on F-1 or J-1 visas.)

Major and General Education Progress

As you review your transcript, also review your Major Requirements and General Education Requirements by looking in the ISU Catalog. Request help from a faculty academic advisor in your department or a professional advisor from the Central Academic Advising. Consider the following questions: What courses do I need to take? In what order should I take the courses? Are there admissions requirements to the major toward which I need to make progress? What do I need to be aware of regarding nuances or intricacies of the degree?

Duplicating Requirements

As you review your transcript, pay attention to the general education requirements you have completed. Assess which general education requirements are needed for your degree and understand which courses will meet those requirements. Make a long range plan regarding the courses you will take, and when will you take them.

If you have transfer course work, check with your major department to see if those courses could be petitioned to meet ISU requirements.

Progress Toward Degree Completion

As you review your transcript and plan which classes to take, pay attention to your graduation requirements. Understand how many credits you need to graduate (typically, 120, but sometimes more), the categories of classes you need to complete for your degree (i.e., major, general ed, minor, admission, elective, etc.), the number of upper division credits you need (typically, 36 upper division which are the 3000 and 4000 level courses), and the limitations for certain classes (e.g. only 8 PEAC and DAAC classes are allowed toward graduation totals).

Math Considerations


Reducing my credit load to part time: