Academic Standing

What does it mean to be in “good academic standing”? What does it mean to be “subject to disqualification”?

When a student’s cumulative (overall) and current (most recent term) grade point averages are 2.0 or better, that student is in good academic standing. If either the cumulative or current G.P.A. falls below 2.0, the student is on academic probation.

A student whose current (term) G.P.A. falls below 1.5 in any term, or a student whose cumulative G.P.A. is below 2.0 after having been on probation the quarter before, falls subject to disqualification. Being subject to disqualification means that because of a low G.P.A., a student’s academic record must be reviewed by their College’s Academic Standing Committee, which determines whether the student will be permitted to continue enrollment at UCSC. Students who are not permitted to continue their enrollment are barred or disqualified.

Because of the serious consequences that can follow from falling below good academic standing, it is very important to be proactive in contacting your college academic advisers if anything affects your ability to pass classes.* Your advisers can help you identify strategies that will help you succeed at the university.

The links below provide more extensive information about academic standing policies, procedures, and resources. If you have questions about your academic standing, please contact an academic adviser or academic preceptor at your college.

Academic Standing Policies and Procedures:

Academic Standing Advising Resources:

A separate financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy (FASAP) requires that students maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, and pass an average of 12 credits per quarter, to remain eligible to receive financial aid: http://financialaid.ucsc.edu/types-eligibility/eligibility/sap.html. FASAP is reviewed at the end of each spring term to determine aid eligibility for the following academic year, with a second check at the end of summer for students who enroll in summer classes.

*Please note that the information you share with your advisers will be kept private and shared only with campus officials as required to serve you in an advising capacity and/or process your appeal. However, in limited circumstances, including those related to potential harm to yourself or others, sexual assault, and abuse, we may be required by law to report incidents you disclose to other need-to-know offices on campus such as the Title IX Office and/or University of California Police Department. If you are in need of support for any issues, please see the list of confidential and/or support resources.