Cumulative GPA and Academic Standing

Cumulative GPA and Academic Standing

Many students have difficulty adjusting to the rigors of Wagner coursework in their first semester. Please note that if a student’s cumulative GPA drops below 3.0 for a semester, s/he is put on academic probation and must be in contact with his or her program administrator. If a student is below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters, it is grounds for dismissal.

Students finding themselves struggling, particularly if they do not pass midterms, should make sure to contact their program administrators to figure out how to get back on track. Please see below for suggestions that have worked for Wagner students in the past.


Strategies for the current semester

  • 1.    Take advantage of tutoring; the schedule is posted at
  • 2.    Make sure you are attending all recitations, even if optional
  • 3.    Set up an appointment with your instructor and/or TC
  • 4.    Talk to your employer about adjusting your work schedule and/or take a broader look at
            your non-school obligations to schedule in finishing coursework outside of class

Planning for future semesters

  • 1.    Consider reducing the number of credits you are taking each semester
  • 2.    Take a summer course to lighten your credit load during the academic year and still stay
            on track to graduate
  • 3.    Balance your quantitative courses with more qualitative coursework
  • 4.    Use GPA Calculator to chart intended progress through program
  • 5.    Form a study group right at the start of the semester to work on assignments together
            (particularly helpful for quantitative courses).