Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal

Important Terms

Cumulative GPA 

Your Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) includes only your UGA grades. You must have a minimum 2.0 Cumulative GPA to be in good standing and to graduate. Grades earned in college level courses taken outside of UGA , including transfer and dual enrollment coursework, will not be counted when your UGA academic standing is computed.

Overall GPA 

The Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated using the grades in all of your college level coursework, including courses taken at UGA as well as courses taken at other institutions.  The Overall GPA is not used to calculate academic standing at UGA.

Good Academic Standing

You are considered to be in good academic standing when your Cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or above.

Probation and Dismissal

Scholastic Probation

Students are placed on Scholastic Probation at the end of the term in which their Cumulative GPA drops below 2.00.

Continued Probation

Students are considered to be on Continued Probation if their Cumulative GPA remains below 2.00 for two or more consecutive terms.

Clearing Probation

Students clear academic probation when their Cumulative GPA rises to a 2.0 or higher.

Academic Dismissal

Students who have not cleared academic probation after two successive terms are academically dismissed from UGA unless they meet ONE of the following conditions

  1. Receive a 2.30 or better on at least SIX completed academic hours (in courses numbered 1000 or higher in which grades of A,B,C,D, or F are given) in fall/spring semesters or at least THREE completed academic hours if attending summer semester. Courses in which grades of W, V, I, S, U, NR, or ER are received do not count toward these hours. Note: The 2.30 term grade point average requirement applies to *all* of the coursework that you have completed during the term.
  2. The UGA cumulative average is above that required for a designated number of total hours attempted. For details, please see the UGA Bulletin.

If the term grade point average is below a 2.30, or if fewer than the minimum hours were attempted, OR if student does not meet the GPA vs. attempted hours requirements in item 2 above, the student will be subject to Academic Dismissal. 

First Dismissal

Upon a first academic dismissal, a student may not re-enroll in the University until a full fall OR spring semester has elapsed. Each student, upon first dismissal, should contact the Franklin College Dean's Office for procedures and standards that will be applied for readmission. See contact information below.

Second Dismissal

After a second academic dismissal, students will be suspended from the University for a minimum of one calendar year. 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 For questions concerning second dismissal, also see the contact information below.

Students who have questions about  Probation or are placed on Academic Dismissal should contact: 

Probation & First Dismissal:  

Jennifer Patrick
Coordinator of Student Academic Services
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences  
312 Old College, 706-542-5745

Second Dismissal:

Dr. Diane H. Miller
Director of Student Academic Services
300A Old College, 706-542-5745

Franklin College Academic Support and Retention Programs (CARE, STEP, TPAS, STAR)

Franklin College Students who are on probation are required to participate in one of four mandatory retention programs, CARE, STEP,TPAS, or STAR.  A student's academic standing and matriculation status (transfer or freshman), will determine the specific program to which he or she is assigned.  Students records are put on hold, and they are unable to register until they meet with their retention counselor each semester.  

Collaborative Academic and Retention Effort (CARE) 

CARE was developed by the Franklin College of Academic Advising and Academic Enhancement to assist first year students who are on probation to get back on track. The academic regulations regarding probation, continued probation, and academic dismissal are reviewed, and a copy of the regulations is given to the student. Students are sent an email to let them know about CARE and give them the website to make an appointment. Prior to meeting with a CARE specialist to discuss their situations, students are required to complete a survey to determine possible causes of their difficulties. During the meeting their strengths and weaknesses are explored, and a plan is developed to address the areas of concern and outline resources to provide the needed supports. A copy of the plan is given to the student. Students are encouraged to meet with their CARE specialist prior to midpoint to review their progress. Future appointments are scheduled as needed. Additionally, students are encouraged to contact their support person as often as needed.


Thomas Edwards 
Academic Advisor II 
The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
706 543-8079 

Keith Allen
Division of Academic Enhancement
706 583-0403

Steps Toward Educational Progress (STEP)

STEP is a program designed to assist students who are on continued academic probation, and therefore are in danger of academic dismissal. Students enrolled in the STEP program will meet with an advisor to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to come up with a personalized plan to help them overcome obstacles to academic success. Students will also receive referrals to a variety of campus resources that may be beneficial to them. The program is mandatory for students who are on continued probation and have not yet earned 60 credit hours, but is available for any Franklin College student on continued probation.

Contact Person:
Zeeshan Bakht
Academic Advisor II
The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences 
706 542-1412 

Steps Toward Academic Recovery (STAR)

STAR is a program created to support students who are returning to UGA following a first or subsequent dismissal from the university and whose grade point average falls within a specific range. The program promotes retention by providing the student with personal attention, professional guidance and academic intervention in an effort to aid them in taking the appropriate steps to enhance academic progress. Students are required to make an appointment with the STAR advisor once each semester until they clear probation (with the exception of summer).

Contact Person:
Jennifer Patrick
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Coordinator of Student Academic Services 
706 542-5745

Transfers Pursuing Academic Success (TPAS)

Transfer Shock” affects many students during their first semester at a new institution. Students who transfer to a large research university such as UGA often have to strengthen their study habits, adjust to new people, and become acquainted with new academic resources. TPAS is a mandatory support program for transfer students who go on probation (earn less than a 2.00 cumulative average) at any time while at UGA. TPAS, a component of the Office of Transfer Academic Services, is located in 130 Memorial Hall.  

Contact Person:
Judy Iakovou
Coordinator of Transfer Academic Services
706 542-6400