Probation & Dismissal


Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.00 are placed on academic probation. Those students who enroll in any term in the calendar year, excluding summers, after being placed on probation are expected to raise their cumulative grade point to a 2.00 by the end of that term or face dismissal from the college. For students on academic probation, neither CU-Boulder's summer session (including Maymester) nor enrollment through Boulder evening courses counts as a probationary semester. Students are able to work on raising their GPA using these options without risking dismissal.

Students placed on academic probation who elect to remain out of main campus courses for one full academic year can return to the university with a two-semester window to achieve the required cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above. Students on probation who return after a hiatus of one year are placed on a second probation at the end of the semester in which they return if their cumulative grade point average remains below 2.00 and are dismissed from the university if they do not achieve a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average by the end of the semester following the imposition of the second probation. This is a good option for students who can benefit from some time away from the university and who cannot reasonably raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.00 in one semester.

Scholastic Dismissal

Students who still have a cumulative average below 2.00 after their semester of probation will be dismissed and will not be able to register for University of Colorado daytime courses on any campus during any academic year, August to May. Students dismissed from the college are eligible for readmission when they have achieved a cumulative 2.00 average by virtue of work done during a University of Colorado summer term (any of the three campuses) and/or through the Division of Continuing Education (Boulder evening or Independent Learning courses). Students who choose to enroll in Continuing Education courses to restore their good standing must achieve a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA in all CU courses taken, day and Continuing Education, or maintain a 2.50 term GPA or above in each term in Continuing Education or be dismissed from both day classes and Continuing Education classes. They also may return as transfer students when they have overcome their deficiencies by enrolling at another institution and by achieving an overall 2.00 average in the University of Colorado work plus all work taken elsewhere since dismissal. These transfer grades are used only for the purpose of readmission and do not remain in the University of Colorado cumulative grade-point average. Dismissed students pursuing this latter option have two semesters after readmission to bring their University of Colorado grade point average up to 2.00 or they are dismissed again.

First-year students click here for academic standing information.

Letters and attachments for students on probation or dismissal: