Academic Probation Explained
Good standing requires that a student have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. When a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 their academic status is moved from Good Standing to Probation. When placed on probation, a student needs to assess their academic performance and identify what they need to do to return to good standing.
- Complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) form. The link to this form can be found on the Financial Aid webpage in the 3rd paragraph under the heading “How to Appeal”.
- After completing and submitting the SAP form, a student must meet with an academic advisor for a probation conference and to complete the advisor portion of the SAP form.
Students who have declared a major preference may wish to schedule an appointment with the advisor for that major or they may meet with a Neighborhood advisor in one of the five Neighborhood Engagement Centers to complete their SAP.
- Limit your semester credit load to 12 – 14 credit hours.
- If you need to repeat a course, NOW might be the best time to do that.
See "Repeating a Class" below
- If you failed a course prerequisite or beginning sequence course, do NOT go on and take the next course in the sequence. Wait until you have successfully completed the prerequisite or first course in the sequence – especially when it comes to Math, Chemistry or any of the sciences.
- If you earned less than a 2.0 in a prerequisite or beginning sequence course, you need to evaluate your preparedness for taking the next course in the sequence. If you are not adequately prepared, you could be putting yourself in academic jeopardy.
- Consult the Credit & GPA summary screen in StuInfo for the GPA you will need to earn to return to good standing.
- Meet with an academic advisor to discuss all your academic options and identify resources that can help you improve your grades
- Students at Michigan State University may repeat a maximum of 20 credits.
- Only grades in which a grade less than 2.0 was earned may be repeated.
- If you repeat the equivalent of an MSU course at another institution and transfer it back to MSU, it will count as repeat credit.
- Students may transfer MSU course equivalents from a community college up until they have earned 56 credits. After a student has earned 56 credits (MSU and transfer credits), MSU course equivalents may only be transferred from a 4-year college or university.
- For any class to transfer back to MSU, a minimum grade of 2.0 must be earned in that class.
- When a course is repeated at MSU, cumulative GPA is recalculated using the NEW grade only!
- A 1.0 or 1.5 is considered a passing grade and credit is awarded. Therefore,if a student repeats a class in which they earned a 1.0 or 1.5, the repeat credits will not be added into total credits earned.
- For example, if a 3 credit course is repeated in which a 1.0 or 1.5 was earned, the 3 repeat credits will not be added to a student's total MSU credits earned.Therefore, if a student were enrolled for 12 credits the semester they repeat the 3 credit course, only 9 credits (the new credits) will be added to their cumulative credit total.
- To repeat a course to remove the previous grade (0.0, 1.0, 1.5), it must be the same course number.
EXCEPTION: Any Tier I WRA will repeat any Tier I WRA course.
- Meet with an academic advisor:
- An academic advisor can show you how to calculate your cumulative GPA when you repeat a course.
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