Academic standards

Academic standing

Students in Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are considered to be in good standing for the purpose of retention if they maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater in all courses taken at ASU. Certain majors within Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions may require a progressively higher GPA than 2.00 as a student advances toward their degree. These requirements are outlined in the student's major map.

Changing majors

A student changing their major into Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions should have a GPA of 2.00 or greater.

Concurrent degrees

Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions supports students who wish to pursue concurrent degrees. Students earn a separate diploma for each degree. Degrees may not be too closely related and will be reviewed by an academic advisor during the approval process.

The structure of a student’s academic program is customized to meet degree requirements for both programs of study. Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor from each degree to establish a feasible program of study and to start the concurrent degree approval process. If a student is adding a concurrent major outside of the college, the university approval process must be completed for both Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and the college of the other major.

Academic warning

A student who does not achieve the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 at the completion of the first term of study at ASU will be placed on academic warning and will receive notification. No advising or enrollment holds will be placed.

Academic probation 

If after one term with an academic warning, a student still does not achieve the minimum 2.00 GPA standard, the student will be placed on academic probation for at least one additional term. 

If a student's GPA first falls below the standard 2.00 requirement in a term that is not the student's first term at ASU, the student will be placed on academic probation. Failure to return to good academic standing after being placed on probation may result in disqualification.


If a student remains on academic probation for two consecutive semesters and is unable to achieve the minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for academic good standing, they can be disqualified from the university. Learn more about disqualification.


Students not eligible for Quick Re-entry (i.e., because they have not been enrolled at ASU for seven or more semesters, completed their academic program or were academically disqualified) must apply for readmission and submit applicable fees.

Candidates for readmission who are not in academic good standing are subject to college review.

Disqualified students are highly encouraged to complete coursework at a community college if possible during their time away from the university to show successful completion of college-level coursework.


Students can email with additional questions.