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Academic Probation: Info & Resources

Policy on Academic Probation

The University's Policy on Academic Probation can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog and is stated below:

Students whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation, as long as their quality point deficit is between 0.01 and 12.99. Students on Academic Probation may not register for more than 12 credit hours (generally four academic courses), excluding laboratory, military science, activity, and SkilMod courses. Academic probation will be lifted as soon as the cumulative GPA is at least 2.00 and all deficit points are eliminated. Students must earn at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA in order to qualify for graduation; degrees cannot be awarded to students on Academic Probation.

Probation Advisement

Students who are placed on Academic Probation must seek advisement prior to registration for Fall and Spring semesters. To ensure this, a registration hold will be placed on the record. Students will need to meet with their faculty or department advisor to discuss probationary status, academic plans, and course selection. This is an effort on the part of the University to ensure that students in academic difficulty have the support required to be successful. You may view the announcement from the Provost's Office.

After advising students, advisors must contact the Undergraduate Student Services Office to confirm the meeting and request removal of the registration hold (chs-advise@udel.edu).

Additional Resources

  • Deficit Chart: Deficit points are a numerical representation of the severity of a student's probationary status; all students on academic probation will have deficit points. Small numbers mean that students are very close to a 2.0, while larger number mean that students are approaching academic dismissal. Students are dismissed when deficit points reach or exceed 13.00. This chart explains how many quality (positive) and deficit (negative) points are earned for particular grades. Students on Academic Probation can use this chart to estimate how many courses need to be taken and what grades need to be earned in order to decrease deficit points and reach a 2.0 GPA.
  • GPA Calculator: Use this tool to predict your term and cumulative grade point averages.
  • Academic Dismissal: This policy explains the point at which students are dismissed, regulations regarding academic dismissal, and how students can work toward readmission.

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