Academic Rules - Help With Classes

What happens if my grades are too low?

  • A student who falls below a 2.00 accumulative average, a 2.00 average for the semester, or a 2.00 average in the major field of study by the end of their junior year and during their senior year will be considered to be making unsatisfactory progress and is either be given a warning, placed on dismissal alert, placed on academic probation or be dismissed from the college. 
  • First year students may be dismissed after one semester if their GPA is 1.0 or below.
  • Normally, a student may not remain at the College with three consecutive semester averages below 2.00.

How do I get a tutor?  (Help with writing, time management, etc.) 

  • You can email Peer Tutoring and request a tutor, or you can drop by the Peer Learning Center located in Breidenbaugh Hall Room 110 on the 1st Floor.  Tutoring is free to all students who wish to improve their understanding of course material.


How do I take a study skills course? 

  • A special mailing is sent to all students during the summer.  You can sign up for this at that time.  For information about study skills courses available, contact the Peer Learning Center at (717)337-7576 or Academic Advising at (717)337-6579.

I am on Dismissal Alert or Probation and I need to drop a class?

  • The conditions of Dismissal Alert and Probation ordinarily require that you have 2.00 GPA for the semester in at least four full courses.  You may drop a class or that you have only three full courses, but in that case, the Academic Standing Committee may require that your semester GPA be well above 2.00 when the Committee reviews your record.


I am on Probation.  What if I don't get a 2.0?

  • A student who is placed on probation must show significant improvement during the following semester in order to remain at the College.  Normally, students may not remain at the College with three consecutive semester averages below 2.00.