Academic Probation

Many students experience some form of academic difficulty during their college career. For some students, they may simply struggle through a class or two or through a single term. For others, academic difficulty may be more severe and/or long lasting. Whatever the situation, there are many ways you can make connections with staff, faculty and fellow students that may help you overcome the difficulties you have been experiencing.

As a student on academic probation, the two most important steps you can take, are to gain as much information as possible about your individual academic situation and based on this information develop a plan to return to good academic standing in the following semester. This is the time to do the following:

  • assess the severity of your grade point average deficit, (NOTE: Not all copies of transcripts indicate grade point balance. You may need to check with an academic adviser to obtain your grade point balance.)
  • know what courses you should be taking (or retaking),
  • be aware of the grades needed to clear probationary status,
  • develop a study schedule and routine that will provide you with both the structure and support you need to concentrate on improving your academic performance.

College Advisers at the College of Letters and Science are ready to assist you with this effort. You can meet with a College Adviser by scheduling an appointment.

This website is designed to provide you with some of the most important information you will need to evaluate the circumstances that lead to academic difficulty and introduce you to some strategies that may help you improve your academic performance. This site is not intended to replace individual academic advising nor the "Reach for Success" workshops offered for students whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0 ("C") average but to supplement and strengthen these existing services. Students on academic probation are strongly encouraged to take advantage of all of the resources that exist for them at the College of Letters and Science.

This website includes information on several topics of universal importance to students on academic probation. While some topics may be more helpful to you than others, it will be important for you to carefully review all of this information, paying special attention to the policies and restrictions section for students on academic probation.

Find out how to e-mail us with academic advising questions.

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