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Probation Support for Students

Policy Overview

Academic probation is a bump in your road to graduation, and you have support at UNC to get back on track. Academic probation means your cumulative GPA is below 2.0, and you are on a warning until you raise it. You have 24 probation credits to return to Good Academic Standing. These 24 credits begin your first semester after receiving the academic probation notice. We count any class you complete with a standard letter grade (A-F) in a Fall, Interim, Spring, or Summer session.

If you are on academic probation and do not raise your cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher after the 24 probation credit hours at UNC, you will be suspended. You will also be suspended if your GPA falls (or stays) below 1.0 while on probation.

You will have a Hold placed on your account that prevents registration for the following term. Your advisor or success coach will lift your hold after you meet with them and complete your requirements.

Read through your options and steps. And the best thing to do is contact your advisor or probation@unco.edu for support.

Download Self-Support Tools to Raise your GPA

  • Getting Started on Probation: Steps for your First Semester

    We host Info Sessions over Zoom to hear about the first steps and ask our Academic Review Coordinator questions about the policy.

    The next info session is Thursday, August 26, from 3:30-4 p.m.

    On September 7, we will add you to a required Canvas Course about the policy and academic success tools. This Academic Success Workshop will take about 30-minutes to complete. Your advisor cannot remove your Registration Hold until you complete your workshop reflection.

    You should schedule regular check-ins with your probation support because talking with someone who knows your goals can help with motivation, problem-solving, and accountability.

  • Continuing towards Good Standing: Steps for the next Semesters on Probation

    Many students use all 24 probation credits to raise their GPA to the 2.0 end-game. If you are continuing the process, you should complete the same steps as you did in the first semester.

    Again, a registration hold is placed on your account that prevents Spring 2022 registration. You do not need to complete the Academic Success Workshop again. However, you are welcome to enroll and review the materials. The only requirement is meeting with your probation support and completing any steps they provide.

    As you continue on probation, keep track of your total probation credits (those classes counting towards your 24) and stay focused on your Target GPA.

    If your Target is a little out of reach, you might look into two options:
    1. Prepare for a suspension appeal by drafting your statement and reviewing it with the Writing Center, asking your advisor for a recommendation, and collecting the materials.
    2. Consider taking some time away to find your motivation, focus, and goals. Some students find that taking classes at community college or just a few years off helps them find the skills, routines, and mindset they need to graduate.
      1. If you have earned fewer than 30 credits, you may be eligible for Fresh Start Freshman. 
      2. If you plan to take at least three years away from UNC, you could be eligible for Fresh Start Returning (once you are ready to come back in a few years).
  • Facing Suspension: Steps for Appeals and Readmission

    There are two ways that you could be suspended and not able to return to UNC until you meet the readmission requirements: 

    Your cumulative GPA has not risen to a 2.0 or higher in the 24 credit hours. 

    Your cumulative GPA falls below 1.0 while on academic probation (or stays below if you started probation less than 1.0).

    Facing suspension may feel overwhelming. And you have two options when you reach this step.

    Immediate Appeal

    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 2.0. If you are unsuccessful, you will remain on academic suspension. TIP: the Academic Review Committee will give you recommendations on returning, such as earning a certain GPA at Aims (or another college). 
    • 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. We will drop other Summer courses and Fall courses if the suspension appeal is denied or 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 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 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 your program advisor/success coach to get an estimated GPA target you will need to achieve at another institution before appealing for readmission.
    No suspension appeal--wait it out
    • You need to wait until the passage of one fall or spring semester before submitting a readmission appeal. Your readmission appeal must include either a transcript for 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 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 your program advisor/success coach to get an estimated GPA target you will need to achieve at another institution before appealing for readmission.

    Appeal your Suspension and Readmission

    A second academic suspension is considered a permanent suspension from future enrollment at UNC.

  • Moving Forward: What happens after Probation

    Academic Probation is based on your GPA, so you can receive this warning again. As you move forward, stay focused on the Bright Spots (the specific things YOU did that helped you improve your grades) to keep your cumulative GPA above a 2.0.


    If you do dip below 2.0 again, you will be required to complete the process. And if you returned to us after being suspended, keep in mind that a second suspension is permanent.

Find your Probation Support by College

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Melissa Lea or email cebsadvising@unco.edu Call: 970-351-3617

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Kaley Oplt or hss.studentsuccess@unco.edu Call: 970-351-3140

Monfort College of Business

Contact the MCB Success Center at MCB.Success@unco.edu Call:  970-351-1233

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact the NHS Advising Center at nhsadvising@unco.edu Call: 970-351-3082

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact the PVA Advising Center at pva.advising@unco.edu Call: 970-351-2993

Exploring/Undeclared

Contact the Soar Office at Soar@unco.edu or Call: 970-351-1391


Deadlines and Forms

Our deadlines are "hard" meaning there is no wiggle-room, so please plan ahead for your submissions. You might set an alarm on your phone right now, and set it 24 hours ahead of the true deadline to remind yourself to submit your materials.

 2021 Appeal and Readmission Deadlines: MT (Greeley Time)

Friday, October 22

Readmission Appeals for Spring 2022 due by 5:00 p.m.

Use this form and deadline if you plan on returning to UNC for the Spring Term after being suspended and unenrolled for 1+ semester.

Appeal your Readmission

You will receive a decision by Friday, October 29.

Monday, January 3, 2022

Suspension Appeals from Fall 2021 due by 5:00 p.m.

Use this form and deadline if you received a suspension notice based on your Fall grades.

Appeal your Suspension

You will receive a decision on Friday, January 7, 2022.


Fresh Start

UNC offers two forms of a fresh start, which may be an option if your first semesters did not go according to plan. With both programs, letter grades "C-," "D+," "D," "D-" or "F" (excluding first semester back courses) will remain on the transcript but will no longer be used in the calculation of UNC GPA. These courses will no longer count for graduation, either. These programs offer you a fresh start, meaning you may need to retake classes to fill your LAC, major, or minor requirements.

If a fresh start makes sense for your graduation plan, speak with your advisor about the program options:

Fresh Start for Freshman

Fresh Start for Freshmen is for students who have completed fewer than 30 earned credits towards graduation at UNC with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0. An eligible student must:

  •  Enroll at another institution.
    • Complete a minimum of 24 transferable credit hours with a 2.5 minimum grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale or an equivalent score on a different scale). You must complete these credits before returning to UNC.
    • Grades of "C-" or higher from other institutions are eligible for transfer to UNC.
    • Grades earned at another institution do not affect UNC GPA: GPA does not transfer.
    • You must send an official transcript to the UNC Registrar's Office for evaluation.
  • Upon returning to UNC, complete a minimum of 12 credits in a single semester, in the first semester back to UNC, with a minimum GPA of 2.50.

Apply for Fresh Start Freshman

Fresh Start for Returning Students

Fresh Start for Returning Students is for students who have not attended UNC for a minimum of three years, and who have earned grades of "C-" or lower. 

To qualify, the most recent UNC grades must be three or more calendar years older than the last completed semester at UNC.

For example, enrollment from fall 2018 and previous would be eligible for Fresh Start after completion of fall 2021. A student would be eligible to take classes starting in spring 2022.

Apply for Fresh Start Returning

Additional Information

  • If planning to transfer to another institution, be aware that many schools recalculate a student's GPA to account for all classes taken at previous institutions.
  • Transfer credits will be accepted following the normal admission criteria.
  • Fresh Start guarantees readmission to UNC if a student had been academically suspended once. A readmission appeal is not required.
  • Students who have been academically suspended from UNC twice are not eligible for Fresh Start. A second academic suspension is a permanent suspension from future enrollment at UNC.
  • Once Fresh Start is applied to an academic record it cannot be removed.
  • The rules of Fresh Start may be applied only once to a student's transcript.

Resources and Support

Life happens, and adjusting to college is challenging. Use the free resources and support on campus to help you set and reach your academic goals. 

  • Review the Academic Standing Policy. Write down three questions to ask your advisor or success coach.
  • Find the academic probation support person for your college. Reach out to them before you log off the computer today.
  • Schedule regular conversations throughout the semester for increased success. Our statistics show that the more your meet with your probation support person, the higher your cumulative GPA will rise! Your first meeting should be within the first four weeks of the semester--and it is never too late to get help.
  • Complete the self-paced Academic Success Workshop through Canvas to identify campus resources for classes, clarify questions about the Academic Standing Policy, and calculate a GPA target for the semester.
    • If this is your first semester on probation, you are required to complete the course.
  • If you are writing a suspension appeal, visit the Writing Center and run through these Tips on Writing your Appeal.
  • If you are preparing for Readmission, read our Guide to your Readmission Appeal.
  • And make a plan to use the academic success resources.