Academic Status FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about academic status at Winona State. 

No, only grades earned from Winona State are used to determine the WSU GPA used for academic status. You must have a WSU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher by the time you have attempted 16 credits to be in good standing.

You complete a credit by earning an A, B, C, D or P. If you earn an F, W or NC, those credit are considered non-completed.

To calculate completion rate, you simply divide your credits completed successfully by the total number attempted. The minimum cumulative completion rate for good standing is 67%.

Learn more about calculating your completion rate.

Dropping and withdrawing are not the same thing. If you withdraw from a class after the last day to drop with a tuition refund, this will negatively affect your completion rate.

If this causes your credit completion rate to go below the minimum of 67%, you would fall below good standing.

Learn more about the difference between dropping and withdrawing and how each of these choices can affect you.

Yes, repeating a class can affect your academic status. When you repeat a class, only the most recent grade earned is used in calculating your GPA. This is why you can raise your GPA by repeating a class and earning a higher grade.

However, if you repeat a class that you have already passed (with an A, B, C, D or P), you will negatively affect your credit completion rate. This is because each class can only count as completed once.

Both your GPA and your credit completion rate must be above the minimum standards to be in good academic standing.

Generally, it can only help if you are repeating a class you failed—unless you do not pass again, of course.

If you are repeating a class you got a D or better in, consider the impact on your credit completion rate. If you are well-above the 67% minimum completion rate, it might be worth it to raise your GPA.

In addition, some degree programs limit the number of times a course can be repeated. Consult your academic advisor before making the decision to repeat a class.