You can check your academic standing in LOUIE by viewing your unofficial transcript or your Academic Requirements report. Academic standing for each term is posted beneath the line of your cumulative grade point average (GPA).
Good Standing Accordion Closed
Indicates you have maintained the university’s minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Academic Probation Accordion Closed
Indicates your GPA dropped below the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. View the probation policy for more information.
Academic Suspension Accordion Closed
Dropping a Class with a ‘W”
What a “W” means: If you decide to drop a class after the deadline to drop without a “W”, you will see that class on your transcript with a “W” instead of a letter grade. This simply means that you withdrew after the deadline. While “W”s do not impact your GPA, be sure to read about other potential complications below! You can find the deadline to drop classes on the Registrar’s website by looking at the Class Session Calendar found here.
If you drop this course, how many units will you be taking this term? Accordion Closed
If you are still enrolled in 12 or more units after you drop the class, you are still full-time.
If you are enrolled in less than 12 units, this could have implications for financial aid and residential life.
- If you’re going to drop below 12 units, be sure to consider the following:
- Email email@example.com to let them know that you’re dropping below full-time, so they can make note in your housing record.
- Has your financial aid already disbursed? If not, you will need to make sure you are a full time student to receive aid.
How could this impact my scholarships or financial aid? Accordion Closed
Calculating your SAP: All students for whom a financial aid record exists are evaluated for Satisfactory Academic Process (SAP).
- One aspect of the SAP calculations in your Pace of Progress. All NAU students must maintain a minimum 67% pace of progress, which is calculated by the total sum of successfully completed credit hours divided by the total attempted credit hours, i.e., Completed / Attempted = Pace of Progress. Classes that you withdraw from will count as classes attempted which decreases your pace of progress. More information can be found here.
- Keep in mind: some scholarships may require a benchmark number of units. If you drop this course, do you plan on making it up in a later term or taking it over summer?
- Talk to Financial Aid about your scholarship’s specific renewal criteria.
- Just because you have a scholarship doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot withdraw from a course! For example, let’s say you learn that you need 60 units by the end of your 4th term to keep your scholarship, you could take extra credits in winter, fall, spring, or summer to catch up!
- Ideally taking 15 units each term will keep you eligible for your scholarship, but if you need to withdraw, you can take more units next term or take a summer class or two.
If you would like to discuss any of these financial aid implications further, please contact the Student Service Center.
What about applying to graduate schools? Accordion Closed
Graduate schools will look over your application and transcripts for any red flags. A “W” every semester could definitely raise cause for alarm. Just one during your first of college wouldn’t raise too much cause for alarm.
Other questions to ponder:
- Is this class required for your major? If so, would it be beneficial to complete the class, learn the material as much as you can. Then if you earn a D or F, grade replace it during the next term.
- If you’re required to take the course, could you take it over the summer at a community college? Will delaying this class prolong your graduation track?
- Will staying in this class negatively take away your attention/focus in other classes?
How to drop a class with a “W”
If you’re ready, you can drop the course with a “W” by following the steps outlined in this video.