Academic Probation

Academic probation – it is not a phrase Boilermakers and their families want or plan to hear. Being placed on academic probation is a notification from the university that we are concerned about your academic performance and progress.

Although you may have experienced some academic challenges, each semester offers an opportunity for progress and improvement. Probation is not an ending – it can be part of your success story. Purdue admits students who have what it takes to be successful. Each semester, we see students meet their academic goals, whether it be to improve their GPA, return to good standing, or mastering content that once seemed too difficult. We believe in you and your potential.

Understanding the Probation Policy

The formal policies around academic probation and dismissal can be found on the University Regulations website, but a visual summary can be found in the Understanding Academic Probation Flowchart.

Students are placed on probation after a cumulative (overall) GPA and/or a semester GPA falls below a 2.0. Students return to good academic standing once both GPAs are at or above a 2.0 in a fall or spring semester. (Academic Standing is not assessed during summer terms). Sometimes it may take a while to raise a cumulative GPA above a 2.0 so as long as one of your GPAs (cumulative or semester) is at or above a 2.0, students can continue on probation. If both of a students’ GPAs fall below a 2.0 while on academic probation, then the student will be academically dismissed.

Utilize Resources - You Aren't In This Alone

We realize that there are often many personal and situational factors that contribute to students’ academic performance. We encourage you to utilize the resources available to you to support you holistic success, including:

Form Your Plan for Success

Your path to success starts now.

  • Reach out to your academic advisor to see if you need to change your course registration for the upcoming semester.
  • Reflect on what helped and what hindered your academic performance this past semester – what changes need to be made? What skills need to be developed or strengthened? What actions are you going to commit to for the semester?
  • To return to Good Academic Standing, both your cumulative (overall) GPA and semester GPA need to be at or above a 2.0. Use the GPA calculator to see what grades will get you to your goals.
  • Identify the resources and network you’ll use to support you.

Common Questions

I think there is an error on my grade for a course or with my academic record.

For concerns about a grade in a course, contact your course instructor. For concerns about your overall academic record, contact your academic advisor.

I was told I’m on probation, but my GPA is higher than a 2.0. How is that possible?

Information about the probation policy in this page is about the university-wide academic probation. Some academic departments and programs have additional probation categories that may be related to academic performance within core major courses. Your academic advisor and academic department are the best resources to understand how that is calculated and action steps you need to take to return to good standing within your academic program.

What impact do summer classes have on academic probation?

It is important to note that you cannot be placed on academic probation due to summer grades nor can you get off of probation due to summer grades. Your academic advisor can help you create a customized plan to best utilize summer classes. Some students use summer to retake difficult courses or take courses related to their interests to help boost their GPA prior to the fall semester.

I’ve been academically dismissed after being on probation. What now?

Academic dismissal is an opportunity to reflect on your educational and career goals. If you would like to apply for readmission to Purdue, visit the Readmission after Academic Dismissal site for more information and resources.

I am the family member or support person of a student on academic probation, and I am concerned about my student. What should I do?

Anyone who is concerned about a student can share their concern with the Office of the Dean of Students through the Student of Concern reporting link.

You can also visit the Parent and Family Connections website for resources, information, tools, and services to help you empower your student.

Advice From Fellow Boilermakers

When you’re on academic probation or facing a challenge, it can feel like you’re alone in the experience. But that’s not the case. Each semester students are placed on academic probation. And more importantly, each semester students on academic probation return to good academic standing! We asked students who have been in your shoes for their advice and encouragement for current students who are on probation. Here’s what they shared:

You are not defined by your probation. You must believe that you are capable, or it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Prove to yourself and to others that you can achieve whatever it is you want, because you really can! You can always turn things around, no matter how many mistakes you think you have made. If anything, make proving yourself wrong your driving goal. Get those A's and B's. I had so many points where I genuinely worried if I would get out. But taking small steps has led me back on to a much better track, and I wouldn't have gotten there if I didn't believe that I was more than my probation.

I learned a lot in my experience with academic probation, both about myself and about the trials of life. The one that still sticks with me is this: It doesn’t get better—you do. You are the sole facilitator of your growth. You are capable of getting through anything as long as you know you can rely on yourself. Sometimes, “it” only seems to get worse—just look at 2020–but as long as you keep your focus on your goals and what’s important to you, you absolutely can get through it. I’m at a place now where I know, without a shadow of doubt, that even when everything is counting against me, I can count on myself. Trusting myself to get through it really does keep me going. Trust that you will get better enough to overcome “it.”

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