At the close of each semester, your academic record will be reviewed to verify your grade point average and determine your academic standing. Academic standing is determined using both semester and cumulative grade point averages (GPAs). The three levels of academic standing (see the University Catalog for details) are:
- Good Standing
- Academic Probation
- Academic Dismissal
Academic Probation refers to a level of Academic Standing between Good Standing and Academic Dismissal. While on probation, you are allowed to continue enrollment at UT, but you are no longer in Good Standing and are in jeopardy of Academic Dismissal.
Probation serves as a serious warning that your academic performance needs improvement, alerting you that you are in jeopardy of Academic Dismissal.
While on Academic Probation, you will be dismissed at the end of the term if both:
- Your cumulative GPA is below a 2.00, and
- Your semester GPA is below a 2.00
Students are placed on probation for one of two reasons:
- If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.00, or
- If your semester GPA is below 2.00 for two consecutive semesters.
This means that some students on probation have a cumulative GPA below 2.00, and other students on probation have a GPA of 2.00 or higher. Either way, probation is the result of academic struggle. If you are on probation, now is the time to position yourself for success and turn things around. Check out the Registrar’s GPA calculators to help you figure out your current GPA and how to improve it!
Yes, for at least two reasons: your position within your program and any financial assistance you receive.
Because probation can lead to dismissal at the end of the term, probation is very serious. Dismissal from the university can lead to permanent dismissal from certain colleges or programs. Again, some students dismissed from UT can never return to their previous degree program. If you are on probation, contact your college about the risks of dismissal and what it might cost you.
If you are receiving financial aid, it is crucial that you begin to earn strong grades now. Of all the reasons to perform well in the classroom, finances may make the most immediate impact on our students. For students receiving aid, academic probation nearly always equates with a failure to meet guidelines for “Satisfactory Academic Progress” (SAP). See One Stop for more information on SAP and how you can meet the guidelines and keep your financial aid.
You will return to Good Standing when both your semester GPA and cumulative GPA are 2.00 or above. The GPA calculator can help you estimate the performance levels you will need in order to return to Good Standing.
If you have just been placed on Academic Probation, thoroughly reflect upon the Action Plan for Students on Probation as you consider options and strategies. You will want to promptly contact your academic advisor, your best and most valuable resource for information. You should speak with your academic advisor about the possibility of repeating courses in which you earned a grade below C, as the new grade might possibly replace the previous grade. Successful grade-replacement repeats are one of the best ways to improve your cumulative GPA.
Most colleges operate a special advising program for students on Academic Probation. With your advisor, you will develop a plan to return to good academic standing. Your advisor can help you clarify your goals, objectives, interests, and abilities to ensure that you are on the right track. Your advisor may urge you to not overload your schedule while on Probation. This is important advice, as many students increase course loads so they can “catch up” or “fix things.” Probation is a time for quality rather than quantity; making grades of B or higher is much more important than earning extra credits.
In addition, you may want to schedule an appointment with an academic coach from the Student Success Center to establish study strategies and discuss the obstacles you are presently facing. Your academic coach can also help you take advantage of the many resources available on campus. Both coaches and advisors are important to your academic success. Broadly, advisors help you plan your curriculum and choose your courses; coaches help you succeed in those courses.
Do you have scholarships, such as the HOPE Scholarship? If you are on Academic Probation, you are at risk of losing your scholarship. It is important for you to touch base with the One Stop to find out what requirements are necessary for your particular scholarship.