Academic Standards

Academic Standards information for students regarding Honors, Academic Probation, Suspensions, etc.

Good Standing

The term Good Standing applies to students with cumulative GPAs of 2.0 or higher. Good standing appears on applicable grade reports at the end of each term.


Honor Roll
The Dean's List, informally called the Honor Roll, is compiled each term, listing students who completed 12 or more credit hours with traditional grades during the term and who achieved a term GPA of 3.5 or higher.

  • To qualify for the Dean’s List a student must have completed at least 12 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • The Dean’s List is compiled after each Fall, Spring, and Summer term.
    • The student is notified 2 to 3 weeks after the grades are posted in myCNM.
    • The student is notified through their myCNM account email with a printable letter attached.

Graduation With Honors
Students earning cumulative GPAs of 4.0 graduate with highest honors. Students with cumulative GPAs of 3.6 to 3.9 graduate with honors. Degrees, certificates, and official CNM transcripts note the awards.

Academic Probation

A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 1.75 in a given term will be placed on academic probation, effective the following term of enrollment. (Cumulative GPA is based on at least 16 GPA credit hours attempted at CNM).

Notification of academic probation appears on the student's grade report and on the online transcript at the end of each term. Students are continued on probation if they withdraw from CNM while on probation.

Note: Some Health, Wellness & Public Safety programs may have specific requirements that affect a student's eligibility to continue in the program. Students should refer to the program handbook.


A student will be suspended from CNM after two consecutive terms of probation when both the term and cumulative GPA are below 1.75.

The duration of the initial suspension is one term; for subsequent suspensions, one year.

Notification of academic suspension appears on the student's grade report at the end of each term and in a notification letter sent to the student.

If a suspended student has pre-registered for the next term, their schedule will be deleted and all fees and tuition will be refunded. A suspended student may be eligible to enroll in courses numbered 0999 and below during the student's initial suspension period.

Suspension Appeals

A student who has been suspended may submit a written appeal to the Director of Enrollment Services, who will approve or deny the appeal.

The written appeal, along with appropriate supporting documentation, must explain the unusual circumstances justifying why they should be readmitted.

If the director denies the appeal, the appeal will be referred to the Student Academic Appeals Committee. The student may present the case to the committee in person. The decision of the Committee is final.


A student whose cumulative GPA is between 1.75 and 1.99 in a given term will receive a warning.

Notification of academic warning appears on the student's grade report at the end of each term.