Academic Standing


Every student is expected to maintain certain standards of academic achievement in all work carried out at the University. The UW Colleges has established these standards in terms of quality of the work, as measured by both the semester and cumulative grade point average (GPA), and the quantity of work satisfactorily completed, as measured by the proportion of the credit load completed each semester.

Certain expectations are allowed for part-time students, but unless otherwise stated part-time students are expected to meet the same standards of academic achievement as any other student.

Definitions of Academic Standing Terms

Good standing

A status assigned when a student is making adequate academic progress and has a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.

At-Risk Advisory Warning

A status assigned when a student's semester GPA falls below institutional standards for academic performance, but the cumulative GPA remains above a2.0. This status indicates that a student is at-risk of academic probation or suspension.

Probation/ Final Probation

An advisory warning that improved performance is necessary to continue as a student. Probation is a status assigned to a student for: (1) lack of academic progress as measured by completed credits, or (2) inadequate performance as measured by the grade point average.

Academic Suspension

A status assigned when the record of academic progress and/or achievement is unacceptable to the extent that the student is not permitted to continue to enroll in the UW Colleges.

Probation and Suspension

The UW Colleges is concerned about students whose academic achievement seems to indicate that they are not able to meet the expectations of their instructors or are experiencing other problems which may be interfering with their studies. A probation action is an advisory warning that students should take appropriate actions to improve their achievement. Students who are on probation or have an at risk advisory warning may be required to participate in mandatory advising or other campus programs designed to improve their academic success. A Suspension action is taken when the UW Colleges faculty feel that the student's academic achievement record to date indicates a need to interrupt enrolled status to reassess and reevaluate goals and plans. A students who has been placed on probation or suspension should give careful consideration to the factors that may be involved. The UW Colleges encourages such students to seek assistance from counselors, advisors and course instructors.

Every student is expected to maintain at least a C average (2.0 GPA) on all GPA credit coursework. Failure to achieve this minimum C average (2.0 GPA) in any semester will result in an at-risk advisory warning, probation, final probation or suspension action at the end of the semester.

Students who are on final probation are regarded as at risk and may be required to limit their course credits and participate in special programming. Special programming may include, but is not limited to, advising prior to registration and a course load restriction normally not to exceed 12 credits. Students may appeal to the campus Academic Actions committee for exceptions to the guidelines established by the campus.

No probation, final probation or suspension actions will be assessed at the end of a summer session. However, credits attempted and grade points earned are included in the cumulative GPA and will be used in determining subsequent actions.

Suspension Status

The first suspension will result in a suspension from the UW Colleges for one semester. A subsequent suspension status will result in a suspension from the UW Colleges for two semesters.

A suspended student may not enroll at any UW Colleges campus during the Fall or Spring semesters for the duration of the suspension. A student in suspension status may register for a Summer session or Winterim only with permission of the campus dean. Upon successful completion of such courses, the student may request a re-evaluation of the suspension status by the appropriate campus committee. A student who is readmitted will be on final probation and will be subject to the normal standards of progress and achievement and any other special conditions that may be designated by the committee.


Any academic action may be appealed. A student in suspension status may appeal the suspension to the proper committee at the UW Colleges campus. Any appeal must include a clear explanation of the problems that resulted in the inadequate achievement and how the student proposes to resolve those problems. A student who is allowed to continue will be on final probation and will be subject to any other special conditions that may be designated.

Academic Progress

Students are expected to make satisfactory progress in their course of study. Those who do not complete at least half of the credits for which they are registered as of the end of the period for adding classes in any one semester, shall be required to participate in an academic counseling session and may have conditions imposed by the campus Academic Actions committee for the next semester in which they register. When determining satisfactory progress, credits completed are the number of credits, excluding audited credits, for which a final grade, other than a temporary grade of Incomplete, has been recorded. Courses for which a grade of R has been received and non-degree credit courses are included.

Financial Aid

Students receiving Financial Aid must meet federally-defined standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to maintain aid eligibility. For a student failing to meet the terms of aid-related SAP, a separate appeal process is involved. Additional information is available in the UW Colleges Catalog under Financial Aid, Academic Progress and Withdrawal.


Students who have stayed out of school for the period of suspension, whether it is one semester or one academic year, will not be readmitted automatically. To seek readmission, students must file an Application for Undergraduate Admission and secure permission to enroll in the UW Colleges from the Student Affairs Office at the UW Colleges campus they wish to attend. Students who are readmitted will be on final probation and will be subject to normal standards of progress and achievement, and other special conditions which may be designated.

For students who have been out of school for a minimum of at least three years, probationary status based on prior academic work will be waived. For more information, contact the campus Student Affairs Office.

Students who last attended an institution other than the UW Colleges and were suspended may need to wait until the suspension period has elapsed before applying for admission to the UW Colleges.