Academic Standards are grade point average (GPA) requirements and academic standings for undergraduate students. Based on a student’s GPA, these academic standings are set and managed by the Academic Advising Center. When a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0, there are specific and strategic interventions that a student must complete in order to maintain enrollment at the university. Our advisors are here to help at any point in a student’s journey towards academic success and degree completion.
A student who earns a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher in at least 12 graded hours during any one term, including summer, shall be placed on the Dean's List. The Dean’s List designation is posted on the transcript and an email is sent to the student.
In order to remain in the status of good academic standing at the university, each enrolled undergraduate student is required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Any student whose cumulative GPA falls below that minimum level shall be subject to the status changes as described below (academic warning, academic probation, academic suspension, or academic dismissal).
A student who has a term GPA below 2.0 but a cumulative GPA 2.0 or above will be on Low List standing. The student does not have a hold placed on their registration but is encouraged to meet with an advisor.
A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 from good standing shall be placed on academic warning and have a hold placed on their account preventing course registration. To clear this hold, the student must complete the academic success workshop, which includes a workbook and a quiz. Detailed instructions on how to complete the workshop are emailed to the student's university email account after grades are posted.
A student who goes back to academic warning and who has already completed the academic success workshop must now meet with an Academic Advising Center advisor. In order to remove the registration hold, please contact the Academic Advising Center to schedule a second warning appointment with an advisor.
A student already on academic warning whose cumulative GPA and most recent term GPA are below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation. A registration hold is placed on the student's record until they meet with their department advisor AND an Academic Advising Center advisor.
Prior to meeting with an Academic Advising Center advisor:
1) Print the form to take to both of your advising appointments, (click here for the form)
2) Make an appointment with your major program advisor, and
3) Meet with them to discuss your department requirements and have them fill out the major form.
4) Once you have met with your department advisor, schedule and keep an appointment with an Academic Advising Center advisor.
If you are undecided, you will need to meet twice with an advisor in the Academic Advising Center. Call our office if you have any questions of who you are required to meet with. Please contact the Academic Advising Center to learn more about the specific requirements a student will need to complete in order to remove their registration hold.
A student whose cumulative GPA and semester GPA have been below a 2.0 for three semesters while on
probation (click here for flow chart) is subject to academic suspension. A registration hold will be placed on the student's
record and will prevent the student from registering for courses at the university
during the academic suspension period. If the student is registered for the following
semester, their courses will be dropped.
The academic suspension period will be for a minimum of three (3) semesters. If after completing the suspension period the student wishes to return to the University of Utah, the student must meet with an Academic Advising Center advisor to appeal their suspension. Please contact the Academic Advising Center if you have any questions regarding suspension or the appeal process for reinstatement.
A student whose cumulative GPA and semester GPA have been below a 2.0 during academic probation, after returning from suspension, is subject to academic dismissal. A registration hold will be placed on the student's record and will prevent the student from registering for courses at the University. If the student is registered for the following semester, their courses will be dropped.
A student who has been dismissed from the university must sit out for a minimum of three (3) semesters and can only appeal for readmittance to the university if they are eligible for academic renewal. Please contact the Academic Advising Center if you have any questions regarding dismissal, academic renewal, or the appeal process for reinstatement.
Academic Standards FAQ