Academic Probation and Dismissal Information

University-Wide General Academic Regulations and Information

Scholastic Probation

Students are placed on scholastic probation when their UGA cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0.  Students receive a letter notifying them of the change to their academic standing immediately following the term in which they are placed on probation.  Students who fail to clear scholastic probation by raising their UGA cumulative GPA above a 2.00 after one semester will be placed on continued probation. 

Continued Probation

Students are placed on continued probation if their UGA cumulative GPA remains below a 2.0 following one semester on scholastic probation.  Students receive a letter notifying them of the change to their academic standing immediately following the term in which they are placed on continued probation. 

Students may remain on continued probation provided they are enrolled for a minimum of 6 semester hours (3 semester hours during the summer semester) and earn a term average of 2.30 or higher.  The following policies apply in the computation of the minimum enrollment requirement and average: 

  • These hours must be in courses numbered 1000 or above that are graded A-F exclusively. 
  • Courses in which grades of W, V, I, S, U, or NG are received do not count toward these hours. Please note: S/U, or pass/fail courses, include P.E.’s and some internships – make sure you are enrolled in the appropriate courses.
  • Transfer credits are not included in the computation of the UGA cumulative average.

Students may remove themselves from academic probation by achieving a 2.00 UGA cumulative GPA. 

If a student on continued probation fails to meet the above criteria, the student will be placed on first dismissal. 

First Dismissal

A student is placed on first academic dismissal when their UGA cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 and, while on continued probation, they do not maintain a 2.3 semester GPA.  The student will receive a letter notifying them of the change to their academic standing immediately following the term in which they are placed on first dismissal.

Upon first dismissal, a student may not re-enroll in the university until a full fall or spring semester has elapsed (Summer does not count).  During this time, it is expected that the student will reflect on their experience at UGA, identify what barriers prevented them from achieving their academic goals, and attempt to remove those barriers. 

Any Terry College of Business student wishing to return after dismissal may submit a “request to return” letter to terrybba@uga.edu.  This request should be submitted by the midpoint of the semester following the first academic dismissal and include the following information below.  Incomplete letters delay the length of the response time. 

  • Full names
  • 81x number
  • Major
  • Year in school
  • Current telephone number
  • UGA email address
  • Your Academic Advisor's name
  • Semester you were dismissed [ex. Fall (year)]
  • Semester you would like to return [ex. Spring (year)]
  • Circumstances around the dismissal
  • What you have learned since being dismissed
  • How you plan to move forward to successfully complete your degree

If the request is approved and the student is readmitted, he/she will be notified by email.  A student who has not been enrolled at UGA for three consecutive semesters must complete a Former UGA Undergraduate Application through Athena.  Please refer to the information and instructions found on the Registrar’s website. This application must be submitted no later than three weeks prior to the semester in which you wish to return. 

The student will need to be enrolled in 6 semester hours (3 semester hours for summer) and maintain a 2.3+ GPA to avoid being placed on second dismissal.

If a student is readmitted on Continued Probation after being on First Dismissal, they must earn a 2.3+ GPA for all the following semesters until they bring their UGA/Cumulative GPA back to a 2.0 or higher. If, for example, a student is on Continued Probation after being on First Dismissal and they achieve a 2.5 GPA for the next 3 semesters but get a 1.5 GPA on the next one, they will go on Second Dismissal.

If a returning student is readmitted on Continued Probation after First Dismissal, no matter what term it is, if they achieve less than a 2.3 GPA for a term they will go on Second Dismissal. If they wish to return after that, they would be required to appeal to the Educational Affairs Committee “EAC."

Second Dismissal

A student will be placed on second academic dismissal when their UGA cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 and, while on continued probation following a return from a first academic dismissal and they do not maintain a 2.3 semester GPA.  The student receives a letter notifying them of the change to their academic standing immediately following the term in which they are placed on second dismissal.

After a second academic dismissal, the student is suspended from the university for a minimum of one calendar year.  During this time, it is expected that the student will reflect on their experience at UGA, identify what barriers prevented them from achieving their academic goals, and attempt to remove those barriers. 

At the end of the suspension, permission to return to the university can be granted only by appealing to the University Educational Affairs Committee. For more information, see the Student Academic Appeal Process

If the appeal letter is approved and the student is readmitted, he/she will be notified by email.  A student who has not been enrolled at UGA for three consecutive semesters must complete a Former UGA Undergraduate Application through Athena.  Please refer to the information and instructions found on the Registrar’s website.   This application must be submitted no later than three weeks prior to the semester in which you wish to return. 

At UGA, we are committed to your success and stand ready to support you in all ways possible to help you overcome hurdles you may be experiencing so you may continue your educational pursuits at UGA.   We encourage students to reach out to numerous resources available on campus to receive needed support.  For a list of the resources available, please refer to the information and instructions found on the student affairs website.

The Division of Academic Enhancement is a unit of the Office of Instruction at the University of Georgia.   The DAE supports students as they transition into higher education and sustains their progress through the University’s unique academic environment. 

Should you have any questions, you may reach out to Tracy Townsend.