Academic Probation Students

College is an academic journey of ups and downs. For some students, a GPA is not always consistent with academic capability. Because of this, academic probation serves as a support system to move students forward on the journey toward graduation.

Our academic success coaches offer support through:

  • One-on-one monthly meetings or more often if needed.
  • Utilizing a variety of assessments to help evaluate what specific support a student needs in order to overcome any obstacles that may be preventing academic success.
  • Grade Check Forms offered for accountability and as a means of starting conversations with faculty.
  • Our office is always an available place to study, complete homework, and asks questions.

Responsibilities of Academic Probation Students

APU students must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA to graduate.

Admitted Students on Academic Probation

If necessary, incoming students may be placed on academic probation by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students should check with their admissions counselor if they think their academic status is in error.

Students who are admitted on academic probation will have two semesters to achieve good academic standing.

  • If a student is admitted on probation and earns below a 2.0 or receives a D, F, or W; that student will be continued on academic probation.
  • For the second semester, that student will again need to bring his/her semester and cumulative GPA up above a 2.0 and avoid earning a D, F, or W to be in good academic standing.
  • If a student’s semester GPA is above a 2.0 but has a cumulative GPA below a 2.0, then academic probation continues.
  • If a student’s semester GPA is below a 2.0, or he/she has earned a D, F, or W; then that student will be academically dismissed from the university and may have the option to petition.

Current Students on Academic Probation

Current students are placed on academic probation for either of the following two reasons:

  • A cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0
  • Two consecutive semester GPAs are under a 2.0

Students on academic probation:

  • May register for up to 14 units.
  • Must maintain a semester GPA of at least 2.0
  • Must maintain a C- or higher with the 2.0 GPA if they are continued or admitted on probation.

A student’s academic status is determined once grades are posted at the end of each fall and spring semester. Academic probation does not prevent anyone from registering, but a probation student can only enroll for up to 14 units.

If a student is on academic probation:

  • With a semester and cumulative GPA above a 2.0; that student is off academic probation.
  • With a semester GPA above a 2.0 but a cumulative GPA still below a 2.0; then academic probation continues.
  • With a semester GPA below a 2.0, or has earned a D, F, or W for students in a consequent probationary semester, then that student will be academically dismissed from the university and may have the option to petition.

We notify students if their status changed to “on academic probation” or “off academic probation.”

Students who are academically dismissed for the first time have the option to petition the dismissal.

Information about the petition process is sent with the dismissal letter. If a student has the opportunity to petition, and that petition is approved, then he/she may continue at APU as a current student on academic probation.

If a student is dismissed for a second time or a petition is denied, that student:

  • Must enroll in another institution for at least two semesters full-time in academic core classes.
  • Must show academic success by maintaining letter grades of at least a C or higher.
  • May then apply for re-enrollment to APU.

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