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Academic Probation

Major Exploration & Academic Probation has designed a program specifically to help students on academic probation (students who have less than a 2.0 GPA). Our goal is to help you overcome obstacles and set off again on a strong, successful academic path. Major Exploration & Academic Probation assists you in identifying difficulties and to develop a plan of action to quickly return to good academic standing.

Students on academic probation must complete some mandatory steps prior to registration:

If it is your first semester on academic probation, you will be required to complete the following two steps before you can register for any future semester's courses:

  • Attend an Academic Success Workshop during your first semester on academic probation.
  • Meet with a Major Exploration & Academic Probation Advisor after attending the workshop during the same semester. You will receive an email from Major Exploration & Academic Probation early in your first semester on academic probation with instructions on how to register for your Academic Success Workshop.

    If you have already completed an Academic Success Workshop in a prior semester of academic probation, then only one step is required prior to course registration:

  • Meet with a Major Exploration & Academic Probation Advisor during the semester.

Failure to meet with your advisor leaves a hold on your account that prevents you from registering for the next semester. 

Students on academic probation are recommended to:

  • Review the Academic Standing Policy. Write down and bring with you any questions you may have.
  • It is recommended that you schedule a series of appointments throughout the semester for increased success. Our statistics have shown that the more a student meets with their advisor, the higher their cumulative GPA will rise!
  • Schedule your workshop and appointment with a Major Exploration & Academic Probation Advisor in the first four weeks of the semester to identify campus resources for classes, clarify questions about the Academic Standing Policy, and calculate semester GPA needed to achieve good standing (greater than 2.0)

Academic Suspension

There are two ways that you could be suspended and not able to return to UNC. First, if your cumulative GPA has not risen to a 2.0 or higher in the next 24 credit hours of enrollment at UNC. Second, if your cumulative GPA falls below a 1.0 while on academic probation.

If suspended from UNC, you have two options:

  • Immediate Appeal Option:
    • If extenuating circumstances exist and are documented, you may appeal immediately.
    • If the appeal is granted, you are given one additional semester to raise your cumulative GPA to a 2.0. If you are unsuccessful, you will remain on academic suspension.
    • Students suspended after the Fall semester may not take interim courses. Spring courses will be dropped if the suspension appeal is denied or if the student chooses not to appeal their suspension.
    • Students suspended after the spring semester may take courses during the first 6-week Summer session. Other Summer courses and Fall courses will be dropped if the suspension appeal is denied or if the student chooses not to appeal their suspension
    • If the appeal is denied, you need to wait until the passage of one fall or spring semester before submitting a readmission appeal. You must successfully complete 12 transferable semester hours with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA at another regionally accredited institution, or present evidence of potential future academic success in order to be readmitted. In most cases you will need to earn a much higher GPA than the minimum requirement of a 2.0 cumulative GPA at another institution. You can contact an advisor in Major Exploration & Academic Probation to get an estimated GPA target that you will need to achieve at another institution prior to appealing for readmission.
  • If You Do Not File An Appeal:
    • You need to wait until the passage of one fall or spring semester before submitting a readmission appeal. In order to submit a readmission appeal, you must successfully complete 12 transferable semester hours with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA at another regionally accredited institution, or present evidence of potential future academic success in order to be readmitted. In most cases you will need to earn a much higher GPA than the minimum requirement of a 2.0 cumulative GPA at another institution. You can contact an advisor in Major Exploration & Academic Probation to get an estimated GPA target that you will need to achieve at another institution prior to appealing for readmission.
    • Applications for readmission are available through the Major Exploration & Academic Probation page: Academic Probation/Suspension Resources/Forms.
    • A second academic suspension is considered a permanent suspension from future enrollment at UNC.

Our advisors are full time professionals with a wide range of experience in all academic areas at UNC. We are here to help students! Appointments with our advisors add support to your academic experience here at UNC. Call today to schedule your advising appointment at 970-351-1391. For general academic probation questions, please email us at probation@unco.edu