Academic Probation Quiz

Question 1

Academic probation occurs when a student’s GPA drops below:

  • A 2.5 GPA
  • A 2.0 GPA
  • A 1.5 GPA
Answer: 2.0 GPA. Most colleges consider “satisfactory academic progress” to be that a student maintains, at a minimum, a 2.0 cumulative GPA. If a student falls below a 2.0, they are usually placed on academic probation.


Question 2

Colleges will allow a student two semesters of academic probation, they cannot be suspended or dismissed before then.

  • True
  • False
False: While most colleges will allow a student to be on academic probation for two consecutive semesters, many schools state that if a student’s GPA falls below a 1.0 for any given semester it can result in immediate academic suspension or dismissal.


Question 3

All colleges require a student placed on academic probation to meet with their Advisor regularly and to schedule classes through them.

  • True
  • False
False: All colleges are different, and some will require students to meet with their Advisor if they are on academic probation. Other colleges do not require this, and their Advising Departments may not even keep a list of which students are on probation.


Question 4

A student can lose his or her financial aid if they remain on academic probation.

  • True
  • False
True: College registrars widely cite “satisfactory academic progress” as a requirement to receive federal financial aid. For private financial aid, like scholarships or institutional grants, the GPA requirement can be as high as a 3.0 or even 3.5 GPA depending on the source.


Question 5

If a student cannot raise their GPA and get off of academic probation, it can result in:

  • Academic suspension for one or two semesters
  • Permanent academic dismissal from the school
  • It depends on the college
Answer: Permanent academic dismissal from the school. All colleges are different, and some will allow a student to return after one or two terms if they are placed on academic suspension. Other schools will not place students on suspension a second time, they will dismiss them from their school permanently if they cannot raise their GPA.