Academic Honors

Full-time students who have completed 12 credit hours and have achieved a 4.00 grade point average (GPA) in a given semester are named to the President’s List; those earning between 3.50 and 3.99 grade point averages are named to the Dean’s List.

Part-time students who have completed 12 credit hours and are enrolled in no fewer than 6 hours are eligible for the President’s List if they have achieved a 4.00 GPA and Dean’s List recognition if the earned GPA is between 3.50 and 3.99.

Effective Fall 2015 students will be accorded honors at the point of graduation* as follows:

  • Certificate Honors: Students who earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher in certificates with 24 or more hours

  • Degree Honors: Students who earn a degree have three levels of honors

    • Highest Honors: GPA of 4.0

    • High Honors: GPA of 3.75 to 3.99

    • Honors: GPA of 3.5 to 3.74

These honors will be noted on the academic transcript and on the diploma for all students graduating who have reached this criteria. These honors may also be recognized at commencement.

*Since final grades are not posted to student records until after the graduation ceremony, the previous semester’s cumulative GPA may be used as the basis for special recognition at commencement.

For more information on Commencement visit the GRADUATION INFORMATION page.

Academic Standards

College Standards

It is the purpose of Illinois Central College to provide educational opportunities to those who can benefit from continued educational experience; therefore, the following retention policies and processes are provided.  Illinois Central College recognizes some students may have deficiencies in certain areas of preparation. As such, the College believes students who have been placed on academic caution, pre-suspension or suspension should be made aware of the consequences of these statuses and the resources available for the detection and possible correction of academic deficiencies. If at any time a student raises their cumulative GPA to a 2.000, they will be removed from the process and return to Academic Good Standing.

Academic Caution

The purpose of Academic Caution is to alert students that their grades do not meet minimum requirements. A second and equally important purpose is to provide students an opportunity to plan corrective actions, which will hopefully lead to a more successful academic career. Information regarding academic advisement services is available in the Advisement and Counseling Services Office, located in the Leitch Career Center.  Students on Academic Caution are restricted to a maximum enrollment of 13.99 credit hours.  If a student’s cumulative grade point average does not raise above a 2.000 within one semester, the student will be placed on Academic Pre-Suspension.

Academic Pre-Suspension

Students on Academic Pre-Suspension are restricted to a maximum enrollment of 7.99 credit hours. If a student on Academic Pre‑Suspension fails to meet the grade point standards after the above measures have been completed, the student will be placed on Academic Suspension.

Academic Suspension

A student that fails to meet the 2.000 grade point average after three (3) consecutive semesters will be placed on Academic Suspension from the College for one (1) semester. A student on Academic Suspension may re-enter after one (1) semester but are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to registration. An academic suspended student re-admitted to the College must have a semester grade point average above a 2.000 to be allowed to enroll in the next semester. Students on academic suspension are restricted to a maximum enrollment of 6.99 credit hours.


  • If a suspended student is readmitted to the College and their semester grade point average fails to meet the 2.000 requirement, the student will be suspended from Illinois Central College for one academic year.

  • If a student does not enroll for 5 or more years, they may appeal through the Dean of Students office to enroll in additional credit hours, regardless of their academic standing.

Intercollegiate Competition

A student is eligible to participate in a particular intercollegiate competition for a maximum of two (2) seasons of participation per sport providing they are in good academic standing. A student may not participate during any period when they are not in good academic standing, even if they meet the NJCAA eligibility requirements, unless approval is granted by the Vice President of Student Success. The minimum number of credit hours in which a student must be enrolled is determined by the organization governing the competition.