First-Year Students on Academic Probation

A student is placed on academic probation each semester that his or her overall GPA drops below 2.0.  Students are taken off probation when they raise their GPA above 2.0.  Freshmen who are on academic probation in the spring are at risk for falling behind or worse, for failing or dropping out of college.

Keep the following in mind to prevent yourself from ending up on probation:

  • Poor study habits: When you have poor grades in all or in a number of courses, it is not always just your ability to do the work, but possibly your motivation, self -discipline and time management.
  • Ability: When you have performed poorly in courses that require certain skills, go to the Tutoring Center or the office hours of your professor. Motivation or study habits might not be the issue as much as aptitude.
  • Adjustment: Doing poorly due to trouble adjusting to college from high school.  This may or may not persist - so talk to an advisor or make an appointment with the Counseling Center.
  • Employment: We understand that students may not only go to college, but work too.  However, working too many hours is counter productive.  You lose far more than you gain, both economically and educationally.  If it’s not possible for you to reduce the number of hours/weeks you work,  explore the possibility of reducing the number of courses/credits you take, but keeping in mind financial aid will be affected if you switch to part  time (below 12 credits).
  • Choice of major: Sometimes, a major is selected due to wrong information, parental pressure, pressure to select a major, or any variety of reasons that do not reflect a mature and self aware choice.  Sometimes poor performance may be tied to doubt about your major choice or pressure you feel to pursue something that does not interest or suit you. Talk to an advisor, or think about taking our Exploring Majors and Careers course during your first or second year.