What does it mean if I am placed on probation in L&S?

This section explains what it means for an L&S undergraduate student to be placed on academic probation.

What does it mean if I am on probation in L&S?


An L&S undergraduate student is placed on probation if his/her term GPA (or cumulative GPA) is below a 2.000.  The probation system is designed to serve as a warning to students that their academic performance (either in a series of classes or through their GPA) is not strong enough for them to be making acceptable progress toward their undergraduate degree.   The College of Letters & Science strongly encourages students who have been placed on probation to seek advising from their assigned academic advisor for help with schedule planning and to discuss any issues that my have caused poor results in the first place.   More detailed information can be found at probation.
  • A student will clear probation once their cumulative and term GPA are at least a 2.000 on any number of credits and the student's academic record contains no grade(s) of Incomplete (I). 
  • Students who have had at least two (2) consecutive semesters/terms in which they have earned a GPA of less then 2.000 may be dropped form the University.  
  • Students on probation who earn less than a 1.500 and students on strict probation who earn less than a 2.000 will be dropped.  These students will not be allowed to continue with their degree until they have spent one (1) full year away from their formal studies at UW-Madison.
    • One year equates to one full calendar year.  Thus, a student who was dropped after the summer 2017 term must take off fall 2017, spring 2018, and summer 2018.

All undergraduate students in L&S are requirement to have at least a 2.000 cumulative GPA (a "C" average) in order to graduate in L&S.  A student must also earn term GPA of 2.000 each semester or term in order not to be placed on probation.


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Keywords:probation, strict probation, dropped status, below a 2.000 GPA, academic suspension   Doc ID:21179
Owner:Tori R.Group:College of Letters & Science
Created:2011-11-06 16:29 CDTUpdated:2017-07-31 13:30 CDT
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