Academic Recovery

An academic crisis can take many forms, and while your academic career may not follow the course you originally expected, it can be a time of personal and professional growth that leads to a degree from the University of Arkansas and lays the foundation for a successful career. The U of A community is here to support you every step of the way.

Throughout this section, you will find basic information about academic standing, as well as resources for academic recovery. A student's academic standing at the university is determined at the end of each term of enrollment (fall, spring, or summer) on the basis of their cumulative and/or term grade point average (GPA), as well as the number of hours attempted. Normally, students are notified of their status individually by the university shortly after the end of each term Academic standing governs a student's re-enrollment status and determines any conditions associated with re-enrollment or denial of enrollment for subsequent terms.


Academic Advising

Each college on campus has academic advisors in place to help you map out an educational experience that it is both relevant and meaningful. Whatever your goal, your academic advisor will offer guidance and encouragement to help you get the most out of your academic career.

Academic advising helps you consider your coursework in the larger picture of your academic career. Your advisor is available to guide you through decisions about the classes you will take and the major you will pursue. The end goal of the advising process is to help you prepare for a fulfilling career after college, while also helping you develop a well-rounded perspective that will give you the tools you need to continue to succeed after graduation.

You should plan to meet with your academic advisor one or two times per semester to ensure you continue on track.

Meet with your advisor


Academic Probation

If you have been placed on Academic Probation, or if this is a possibility for your future based on your current standing, know that help is available to help you get back on track.

Returning to Good Academic Standing

If you earn less than a 2.0 term GPA (1.8 for students with fewer than 30 hours attempted) for the semester you are placed on academic probation.

You can return to good academic standing with help from the following steps:

  1. Schedule an appointment with an academic coach to create an individualized Success Plan.
  2. Not only is it necessary to make an appointment with your college advisor, but this will also be beneficial to help you to map out an academic plan and define goals.
  3. As you begin anew, your academic coach and college advisor will likely suggest some of the following resources to you. Take a look at these resources, and know you are welcome to take advantage of each, regardless of whether or not you have been referred.

Common Questions and Definitions

Upon initial admission and during your first term of enrollment (unless you are conditionally admitted on academic probation), you are in good standing. You are in, or return to, good academic standing at the end of any term when your cumulative GPA is at or above the required minimum of 2.0.

If your cumulative grade point average at the end of any fall, spring, or summer term is less than a 2.0 with more than three cumulative hours attempted, you will be placed on academic probation.

The semester grade point average you must earn while on probation in order to avoid suspension depends on the cumulative grade hours attempted as outlined in the probation chart below.

Yes, and here's how:

  • First-year freshmen who have less than a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average at the end of their first semester of enrollment are considered at risk.
  • If you are placed on probation as a freshman, then during the first six weeks of your second semester you must, at a minimum, consult with an academic advisor to develop a plan to get off of probation before being eligible to register for third semester courses.

When your cumulative GPA at the end of any fall, spring, or summer term is a 2.0 or above, you will be removed from academic probation.

Probation Chart

Cumulative Hours Attempted (excludes grades of W) Placed on Probation If Cumulative GPA Is: Continued on Probation If Semester GPA Is: Removed From Probation If Cumulative GPA Is:
4-30 hours attempted Less than 2.0 Greater than or equal to 1.8 Greater than or equal to 2.0
Greater than 30 hours attempted Less than 2.0 Greater than or equal to 2.0 Greater than or equal to 2.0

Academic Suspension

If you are academically suspended, please do not let your educational career end here. Know that there are resources available to help you find success during this time.

Academic Suspension Defined

  • Students who are on academic probation and do not earn the minimum required term GPA will be academically suspended.
  • No student may be suspended who has not spent the prior term of enrollment on academic probation.

Timeline for Suspension

  • If placed on academic suspension, you will be on academic leave from the university for one major semester (Spring or Fall) and all contiguous summer and intersessions from the close of the term which resulted in the suspension.
    • Thus, if you are suspended at the end of the spring semester, you would not be eligible to enroll until the next spring semester; a student suspended at the end of the summer semester would not be eligible to enroll until the following spring term; and a student suspended at the end of a fall semester would not be eligible to enroll until the next fall semester.
    • The first enrollment when returning from suspension may not be in an intersession.

Applying for Readmission

If you sit out for one major semester after the term of the suspension, you may apply for readmission to the university.

  • If you do not earn credit from another institution, you may be readmitted on academic probation following suspension.
  • If you earn credit from another institution(s) during or subsequent to the suspension, you must apply to the university for admission as a transfer student and, if readmitted, will be on academic probation following suspension.

Following Readmission

  • If you are readmitted on probation after suspension, you must make a semester grade point average of at least 2.0 for each semester, (fall, spring, or summer) until you are removed from probation. Failure to do so will result in academic dismissal.

Academic Suspension and Your Future

  1. It does not mean the end of your academic career. With dedication and work, you can re-enroll in classes and get back on track.
  2. During suspension, you are encouraged to take the time to seriously consider your academic career and outline goals for how to find success as a student.
  3. A degree is still within reach.

Academic Dismissal

A student who returns to the university after an academic suspension is continued on probation following suspension and must make a semester grade-point average of at least 2.00 for each fall, spring, or summer term until removed from probation. Failure to do so will result in academic dismissal.

Returning to Campus after Academic Dismissal

  1. While the duration of an initial dismissal is indefinite, a student may re-enter the university only after favorable action from the Academic Standards Committee is granted.
    1. Please note that favorable action is unlikely within two years of the initial dismissal.
    2. Self-paced courses taken through the Global Campus at the University of Arkansas or courses taken at another university after academic dismissal may be submitted as evidence of academic competence in a petition to the Academic Standards Committee for readmission.
    3. It is strongly recommended that dismissed students meet with an academic advisor to develop a plan for returning to the university.
  2. Upon re-entering the university after academic suspension following favorable action of the Academic Standards Committee, a returning student will continue on academic probation.
    1. In this circumstance, the student on probation must earn a semester grade point average of at least 2.0 until the cumulative GPA reaches 2.00.
    2. Failure to do so will result in academic dismissal.
  3. At their discretion, individual colleges or programs have the ability to set academic admission and continuation standards for specific programs at higher than university standards, so please keep this in mind if pursuing re-entry.

Counseling Support

As a part of the Pat Walker Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides psychological services to students and university members. If you feel you are dealing with issues that may need additional assistance to help you better solve problems, understand yourself, grow personally, and develop more satisfying relationships with family and friends, then CAPS can help. Services are provided by licensed psychologists, counselors, and social workers, and are accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.

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If you find yourself in an emergency situation, emergency services are available 24 hours a day by calling 479-575-5276.