Policies and Definitions

Academic Dismissal

Students will be dismissed from Luther College when their cumulative GPA falls below 1.00. Students on academic probation also risk dismissal from Luther College. Full-time students on probation will be dismissed if:

  • If they earn a term GPA of less than 2.00 (12 hours minimum fall or spring, 4 hours minimum January term), unless the term GPA raises the cumulative GPA above the minimum level for academic probation.
  • They fail to adhere to the conditions of enrollment established by the Committee on Academic Progress.
  • They remain on academic probation for three consecutive semesters.

The college reserves the right at any time to dismiss any student who was not previously on academic probation.

If a student has experienced extenuating circumstances that resulted in academic dismissal, an option to appeal is available. Deadlines to appeal are announced at the end of each semester. To begin the Academic Appeal process you must first contact the Office of Student Life at [email protected] or 563-387-1020 and they will assist you with completion of both the Dismissal Appeal and Readmission Form and Academic Success Plan (ASP).

Any request for future readmission to Luther must be presented as a formal application.  Typically only applications for re-entry supported by one or more semesters of full-time enrollment in transferable courses (with grades of C- or higher and a GPA of 2.50 or higher) at another accredited institution will be considered.

Academic Dismissal FAQ

Academic Probation

When a student’s cumulative GPA falls below minimum GPA listed below.

Earned Credit Hours         Minimum Cumulative GPA

0-26                                      1.75

27-59                                    1.90

60-93                                    2.00

94-                                        2.00

A student will also be placed on Academic Probation when their Luther cumulative GPA is at or above these minimum GPA guidelines and they obtain a semester GPA of less than 1.00.

Academic Probation FAQ 

Academic Warning

Students will be placed on academic warning when they have one of the following:

  • A Luther GPA of less than 2.00 but above the minimum level for academic probation.
  • A Luther GPA of 2.00 or higher but have obtained a semester GPA of less than 2.00 and higher than 0.99.

The academic record of students who remain on academic warning for more than one semester will be reviewed for possible placement on academic probation.