Spring Forward

It's not uncommon for students to struggle with the transition to college and Purdue is here to help you thrive as a Boilermaker!  Spring Forward is a spring and summer academic support program for first-year students whose fall semester didn’t go as planned.  The program includes thoughtful exercises and advisor support designed to help you examine the causes of your particular academic situation, calculate the grades you'll need to quickly get off probation, set realistic goals, and build back your confidence.

Why Spring Forward?

  • Approximately 85% of students who complete the requirements of Spring Forward return to good academic standing by the end of the spring semester.
  • More than 95% of Spring Forward participants return to Purdue and progress toward degree completion – almost 20 percentage points higher than students on probation who do not participate in the program.
  • Strengthen the relationship with your academic advisor or a success coach.
  • Create a customized plan to help you thrive at Purdue.
  • Earn up to $1,500 in summer scholarship money.

“I would first like to start by saying that out of everything that helped me this semester, the Spring Forward program has been the most dependable and the most consistently helpful in every way possible. It feels so much more personal compared to peer coaching and helps at a completely different level. It feels like I have someone who is experienced and knowledgeable on my side to help me figure out what is in the way of my goals and how to overcome these hurdles. At times it almost felt like having a cheerleader to support me when things were going well or not well, which really helped me build confidence and reinforce my determination from beginning to end of the semester.” - Engineering Student

What do I need to do to earn the Spring Forward Scholarship?

  • Apply for Spring Forward by February 12 - applications are reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Be selected to particpate in the program
  • Meet with your academic advisor at least 3 times during the spring semester with your first meeting by February 12
  • Create a success plan with your acadmeic advisor and be on pace to complete all components by April 12
  • Enroll in at least 3 credit hours, online or on campus, of regular coursework through Purdue-West Lafayette for Summer 2021

How do I apply?

Please complete this form to apply for Spring Forward.   Space is limited to 100 first-year students on academic probation so apply today!

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What is academic probation?

Students are placed on academic probation if their semester GPA or cumulative GPA is lower than 2.00 at the end of any fall or spring semester.

What impact do summer classes have on academic probation?

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.  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.

Why is it important that I do well academically this spring?

Students on academic probation shall be dropped from the University at the close of any fall or spring semester in which their semester and cumulative GPA are less than 2.00. 

How do I get off academic probation?

In order to return to good academic standing, students need to earn a semester GPA of 2.00 or higher and raise their cumulative GPA to 2.00 or higher.

What other resources are available to students on probation?

The Academic Success Center has created this page to help students identify resources and navigate the probation process.

What happens if I am dropped from Purdue?

Students who are academically dropped from the University for the first time are not eligible to apply for readmission for at least one fall or spring semester.  Generally, students must complete at least 12 credit hours of coursework at another university with grades of C or higher in all classes as a basic consideration for readmission.

What advice do advisors have for students on academic probation?

“Getting off probation means facing your mistakes.  I want students to repeat classes right away, while some of the material is fresh in their minds. Don’t put it off.  GPA is all about numbers, so the sooner a student replaces a grade, the faster that GPA recovers.  I challenge the students to make a connection with their instructors.   Visit them during office hours:  just to talk.  Getting to know them and them knowing you creates accountability on the student's part to go to class and do well.  Let’s face it, professors put their pants on one leg at a time, just like the students, so don’t be intimidated.” TR Oneal, Purdue Polytechnic

How much scholarship money can I earn for Summer 2021?

Students may earn the following scholarship amounts by successfully completing Spring Forward.  $500 is enough to cover roughly half a class for an Indiana residents and one third of a class for nonresidents/international students.  $1,500 offers a sizeable discount for both Indiana residents and nonesidents/international students.  Students may also apply for additional need-based summer aid in their myPurdue portal. 

Residency  3-5 Summer Credits  6+ Summer Credits
Indiana Resident $500 $1,500
Domestic Nonresdient $1,000 $1,500
International $1,000 $1,500
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