Scholastic Standing

Students Below a 2.5 Cumulative GPA

Students enrolled at Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate – Newark (RBS) are expected to maintain the highest level of academic performance. Students who fall below a 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in any given semester will be placed on academic probation or may be subject to academic dismissal. 

The purpose of academic probation is to alert the student and the institution to problems associated with the student’s academic performance and to recommend or implement strategies for improvement:

  • Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.49 – 2.00 will be placed on academic probation.
  • Students placed on academic probation will be limited to a maximum of 14 credits per semester, and are required to have adviser approval of all courses during the duration of their probation.
  • Students on academic probation will be able to continue taking RBS courses with adviser approval.
  • Students placed on academic probation will not have access to the online web registration system (WEBREG) and must make an appointment with their academic adviser in order to register for courses.
  • Students placed on academic probation are expected to make satisfactory progress towards graduation and continue matriculation in RBS.

First Semester (Freshmen and Transfer) Students Below a 2.0 Cumulative GPA 

Freshmen and transfer students with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 will not be immediately dismissed after their first semester:

  • These students will be allowed to continue their registration at RBS for one semester; they must repeat all courses with grades of a D or an F within this time period.
  • Additionally, they are not allowed to enroll in any new business courses during this semester.
  • If the student does not attain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA at the end of the second semester, she or he will be dismissed from RBS.
  • Dismissed students are granted one transition/carry semester for the following semester during which students can work on improving their GPA in order to transfer to a different school, either inside or outside of Rutgers University.


A student is automatically dismissed from RBS and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey if their cumulative grade point average is lower than 2.00 at end of second semester or later. Students dismissed from the RBS may petition the Academic Standing Committee for reconsideration of the dismissal, if there are extenuating circumstances that account for their poor academic performance. This must be done in writing by the date indicated in their letter of dismissal.

While the acceptance of an appeal is not guaranteed, if the student's appeal is accepted, the student will be readmitted and placed on continued probation for the following semester of enrollment. A note of academic dismissal will remain in the student's academic file.

If a student chooses not to appeal or the appeal is rejected, the academic dismissal will be final. Dismissed students are eligible to apply for reinstatement 8 semesters after their dismissal.

Note: No student is dismissed for academic reasons without having been on probation the immediately preceding semester.

The appeal must be written by the student and should be comprehensive: elaborating on nonacademic problems, such as financial, medical, and personal hardships that affected his or her performance during the semester. Presenting false or intentionally misleading information in the appeal may result in immediate dismissal of the appeal and/or judicial charges.

The appeal should be no more than four pages and must be received before the deadline date outlined in the letter of dismissal.

The letter of appeal must include:

  • Student’s name, RUID number, current address and Rutgers email address
  • Circumstances that negatively affected the student’s academic performance during the semester of the dismissal
    • What was done to address these issues, or what is being done if these circumstances are still ongoing
    • Any administrative contact made with RBS, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, or any outside office(s) to address these issues, and the outcome of these efforts
    • Appropriate supporting documentation
    • Outline of an academic and personal action plan that will be implemented if reinstated to RBS

All appeals and supporting documentation must be submitted via Blackboard.

The Academic Standing Committee is charged with interpreting and applying the criteria for dismissal in the cases of individual students; the committee constitutes the final authority in these matters.

If a student chooses not to appeal or the appeal is rejected, the academic dismissal will be final. Dismissed students are not eligible for readmission into RBS: UG-Nwk.