Academic Success


Whether you came across this page on your own or were referred by an adviser, professor, or other college personnel, we invite you to become familiar with the information below, visit often for our "Tips of the Month", and meet with your adviser and counselor if you need further help.

Academic Success is the ability to complete the required courses for your chosen major while - at least - meeting the minimum grades and grade point average (GPA) determined by the College and University. Satisfactory completion of ALL these requirements will translate into your retention and graduation from college.

Time management, study skills, and personal factors are crucial elements in your ability to succeed in a complex learning environment.

Students who do not meet the minimum standards may receive early alerts via our Starfish system and will be placed on academic probation if their GPA falls below retention standards. Once on probation, students will be required to fulfill mandatory requirements before registering for their next semester.

Wishing You Academic Success,

Queensborough’s Retention Management Team

What is Probation


  • Your GPA is below retention standards
  • You are in danger of being dismissed:
    • You may not be able to attend college next semester
    • If you decide to return you may not be readmitted
    • You may not be eligible for financial aid



You cannot take more than 13 credits or equated credits

You must complete any remedial course(s) that you are required to take

You must earn a minimum cumulative GPA or semester GPA of 2.0


If you don’t meet the required minimum cumulative GPA or semester GPA of at least 2.0, you will be academically dismissed from the College after one semester

If you do not meet the required minimum cumulative GPA but achieve a GPA of at least 2.0 for the semester, you will be placed on Continued Probation for one more semester

Students on Continued Probation who do not meet the required minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 will be dismissed

Students on academic probation who achieve the required minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 by the end of the semester will no longer be on probation

How Did You Get There? You got low grades

  • D’s and F’s
  • WU’s
  • INC’s became FIN’s
  • C –

and your GPA fell below retention standards

What is GPA?

  • Your Grade Point Average is a measure of your academic performance
  • Your GPA can be improved
  • It will take a serious commitment on your part
  • Changes will take time
  • You must carefully monitor your GPA
  • A minimum 2.0 is required for satisfactory academic standing
  • A minimum 2.0 is required both towards degree and in your major for you to graduate

Improve Your GPA - Use Grade Strategies

  • Know your grades
    • Access your academic records
      • Your student transcript
        • View all your grades, term and cumulative GPA’s, and your Academic Standing
        • Verify that all completed and repeated grades are noted and accurate
      • Your Student Center
        • Check your Student Center frequently for important messages, such as financial aid, SAP info, registration dates and deadlines
      • Keep track of your progress - your Degree Audit
        • Check your Audit frequently for accuracy. Always check your GPA towards degree and towards major. Both should be 2.0 minimum
        • Print and review your Audit each semester prior to registering. Bring it to your advisement session and review it with your Adviser
  • Resolve Incomplete Grades
  • Repeat low grades
    • Grades of F, WU, FIN, D-, D, D+ can be repeated
    • Maximum total credits repeated is 16
    • The repeated course must be taken at the same college
    • You must get a C or higher to benefit
  • A “no-repeat” policy applies to courses taken as part of the Nursing Pre-Clinical Sequence
  • Study hard for heavier credit courses; they can pull up your GPA faster
  • Appeal to the Committee on Course and Standing if you have good reasons

Become a Student!

  • Know the facts: Avoid common myths
  • Decide to become involved
  • Attend classes
  • Spend more time on your home work
  • Ask questions in class and after class
  • Study with other students who care
  • Take notes when you read
  • Review your notes after each class
  • Review all your notes each week
  • Get tutoring help

Take A Look at Yourself - Set Up Some New Goals

  • If you know why you’re studying and you like your chosen path, it’s much easier to study and to learn
  • FOCUS 2 is a powerful assessment tools that can be accessed easily on your own time, on and off campus
  • To clarify and formulate new short and long-term goals, complete the Student Self-Inventory Form, register for Focus 2, and talk with a Career counselor or Academy adviser
  • Test Your Success Knowledge by using this quiz
  • Take a look at potential career options with CareerTraQ

Avoid Common Myths

  • If I stop attending class, I will avoid a failing grade
    • FACT: If you don’t withdraw within the official period, you will earn a WU grade
  • If I get a WU, I can appeal it and get it changed to a W grade
    • FACT: In order to be eligible for a grade reversal through the Committee on Course and Standing (CCS), you must have VALID and DOCUMENTED reasons for appealing
  • If I keep withdrawing on time from my classes, I will not my lose financial aid
    • FACT: SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progression) standards not only look at your GPA but also at the number of credits you’ve attempted versus those you have earned in order to determine financial aid eligibility. Repeated withdrawals while receiving financial aid will affect that ratio.
  • I can drop my remedials because they don’t count for Financial Aid and it won’t affect my GPA
    • FACT: Besides counting towards your credit load and financial aid, dropping and repeating remedials will affect your SAP and Financial Aid just like regular courses.
  • I got an INC grade last term and I am going to repeat the course because I was not doing well and I can get a better grade…
    • FACT: You cannot register for the same course in the following semester (or until the grade is changed). You should contact your professor no later than the eighth week of the semester following the one in which the INC was given and complete the course by the deadline or risk getting an FIN
  • If I withdraw from all my classes now and come back next term, I will avoid being dismissed and will not be on probation anymore
    • FACT: You may even risk not being readmitted if your GPA is below 1.5. Probation does not simply go away with time. It will require work and diligence on your part

Academic Success Program Requirements

Based on their enrollment status, academic standing or performance, and whether they previously attended the 2-hour success workshop, students will be required to complete one of the following mandatory program requirements.

Student Enrollment Status Registrar Hold Academic Standing (or GPA) Previously Attended Workshop (Repeater) ACADEMIC SUCCESS WORKSHOP REQUIRED CAMPUS SUPPORT SERVICES REQUIRED
Currently Enrolled YES Probation NO YES Highly recommended
Currently Enrolled YES Probation/Continued Probation YES NO YES
*Readmit YES Below 2.0 NO *YES Highly recommended
Readmit YES Below 2.0 YES NO YES
Referred NO Below 2.0 or at risk NO Highly recommended Highly recommended
  NO Below 2.0 or at risk YES NO Highly recommended

Students are strongly encouraged to fulfill their requirements early in the semester. *Readmitted students who need to attend the Academic Success workshop are invited to attend a session during the summer/winter intersession prior to semester start to increase their chances of success.

First-Time Academic Probation Students

If this is your first-time on Academic probation (or being referred) and you never attended the Academic Success Workshop in-person before, you will be required to complete a 2-hour mandatory session prior to being advised and registering for your next term.

Causes, impact on future retention, and other related topics will be discussed during this initial workshop. Presentation will emphasize tools, strategies, and support services available to students to regain control of their academic career and successfully reach their goals.

A "Registrar's Office Hold" will be placed on your record at the beginning of the semester and will be released upon satisfactory workshop attendance.

Registration information is sent during the first few weeks of the semester to attending students. If you have a Registrar hold and are required to attend a mandatory two-hour Academic Success workshop, please click here to register

*Non-attending students will have to complete their requirement when they wish to return.

**Students who previously completed this workshop should contact us in the Registrar (A-104) or at at the beginning of the semester and complete the requirements for "Repeaters" described below.

Continued Probation Students and Repeaters Requirements

If you are on Continued Probation, or were previously on Academic Probation and/or attended the 2-hour Academic Success Workshop in previous semester(s), you will be required to fulfill a set of requirements described below.

Students are required to utilize campus Support Services to improve their academic performance. They are free to select areas and services (see sample list section below) that they – and/or their advisor or professors - feel will help them in their studies and beyond. Students should use as many services as they need and can accommodate into their schedule, but all students must utilize at least three (3) distinct service areas during the semester. Students must visit one Tutoring Center for a minimum of 3 times as one of the three service areas.

A "Registrar's Office Hold" will be placed on your record at the beginning of the semester and will be released upon satisfactory completion.

"Sample List" of Available Support Services / Workshops / Events

An updated list of specific events/workshops offered will be emailed to students (along with the attendance Form) and available for pick-up at the Registrar's Office during the first few weeks of each semester. Emails with upcoming events, presentations and other materials of interest will be sent to students throughout the semester to enhance their learning experience. Howeever, students are urged to avail themselves of available services early on and throughout the semester to increase their chances of success. We recommend you check your email and the College Events Calendar regularly to increase your choices and chance of success.

Academic Literacy Learning Center (Humanities, Room 237)

  • Tutoring for students taking Basic Skills courses in reading and writing

Campus Writing Center (Library, 1st Floor)

  • Tutoring for all English coursework and for all writing and WI assignments across the curriculum

College Discovery Tutorial Services (Library, 1st Floor, Room 118 CD)

  • Tutoring for students enrolled in the College Discovery program

Mathematics Learning Center (Science, Room 216)

  • Tutoring for all Mathematics courses

Student Learning Center (Library, 1st Floor)

Academies - Events and presentations related to specific Academies and majors (check offerings with your Academy adviser or on the Academies webpage or the College Events Calendar)

Career Servcies (Library, Room 429)

  • Career Exploration using FOCUS-2 (must complete all 5 assessments)
  • Career Advising

You are welcome to make an appointment after completing all five assessments in the Focus-2 program to speak with an adviser for guidance in using FOCUS-2 and interpreting your results.

Counseling (Library, Room 422)

  • Wellness Workshops (Wednesdays Club Hours / Various Topics TBA ranging from Communication Skills to Dealing with Test Anxiety

Single Stop (Library, Room 432A) – Meet with a Coach for Free Financial Counseling

For more information visit the centers, check the college events calendar

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