Probation Support for Students
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.
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Call: 970-351-3082
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Contact the PVA Advising Center at email@example.com Call: 970-351-2993
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.
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.
You will receive a decision on Friday, January 7, 2022.
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 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.
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.
- 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.