In order to graduate from The College of Arts & Sciences, students need a 2.0 or higher grade point average (GPA). This includes earning both a 2.0 in the average of all Major classes (Major GPA), and a cumulative 2.0 in all academic coursework. Those who are not making satisfactory progress toward that goal for whatever reason—illness, poor study skills, family difficulties, etc.—are placed on academic probation.
Why am I on Probation?
The simple answer to this questions is that you:
Achieve less than a 2.0 GPA in your last semester
You were on Probation prior to last semester and have not completed 16 consecutive credits with a C or better.
How did I get here?
Research and experience have shown that students face academic difficulty for all kinds of reasons. Common obstacles include family/relationship concerns, poor time management, poor study skills, emotional/psychological difficulties, illness, lack of major and career focus, course difficulty, lack of motivation, etc.
Below is a short presentation that may answer some questions regarding why you may be on probation, including how did I get on probation, common issues for students on probation, important resources, making a plan and how to return to good academic standing.
What comes next?
There is no one plan that helps all students recover. However, CAS Advising is here to work with students to build a clear plan to help them their fullest academic potential. CAS Advising recommends that you:
- Look at the reasons for why you encountered academic difficulty
- Consider using our Self-Assessment before meeting with your Advisor or a Learning Assistant at the ULC.
- Consider other resources, even something as simple as writing down what went wrong. A narrative description can help you understand how you are feeling and could help you when you meet with your Advisor.
- Develop effective academic and personal planning strategies to remain healthy, happy, and successful at NYU
- This page has a number of resources and activities aimed at building academic planning skills. Every student’s academic and personal background is different, but self-assessment and skill building is crucial for every student. Below we discuss further some of the reasons student’s struggle and some of the resources here at NYU that will help you overcome those issues.
- Trying out one of the workshops centered on other academic skills. These are personal and private assessments aimed at helping you better understand your own strengths and weaknesses. These are great to pair with other NYU resources, as well as to discuss with your Advisor!
In addition to resources available in the NYU community, CAS Advising has designed more targeted assessments to help you better hone your academic skills. We recommend that all students complete the Academic Self-Assessment and share this completed document with their advisor.
This will help you list out what has gone wrong, and process it in a way that frames what the problem might be. This document can be sent directly to your Advisor through the in-form button at the bottom of the assessment. This means you can share your results and have a more productive meeting at the beginning of the semester.
How can I return to good academic standing?
In general, you should consider:
- Adjusting your schedule (postpone difficult courses, reduce their course load, drop a course and either receive a W or enroll in a more suitable course, consider a semester Leave of Absence). Speak with your CAS Academic Advisor for guidance.
- Attending the Probation workshop, Fresh Start (Fall semester) or Spring Forward (Spring semester) - Work 1 on 1 with a Learning Assistant from the ULC.
- Reviewing and implementing the study techniques described in the ULC skills workshops.
- Building into your weekly schedule time for walk-in tutoring at the ULC or UHall. Find a tutor through your academic department if offered.
- Talking with your instructor(s) during their Office Hours.
- Talk with the Information and Learning Assistants at the ULC who can explain how to use resources such as professors' office hours, the university libraries, University Counseling Services, the Academic Advising Center, and The Moses Center for Students with Disabilities.
How will probation affect my financial aid?
Students on Academic Probation should read the information about Aid offered by our University Financial Aid Office.
Financial aid guidelines for eligibility
Students are expected to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress each academic year. This means:
Students must complete an average of 32 credit points per academic year (fall, spring, and summer semesters) with grades of A, B, C, D, or P and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
Students who are not making satisfactory academic progress may be eligible to receive financial aid for a single additional semester, but only if normal progress can be restored within that semester. Progress requirements will not be waived more than once under most circumstances.
You should speak with a financial aid counselor if you are unsure of your eligibility for aid based on your probation status. You can also contact the Dean of Students Office on the 9th floor of the Silver Center.
Is there any way for students to predict what their GPAs will be at the end of their probationary semester?
Many students who get on probation have common questions about measuring their performance.
"What grades do I need to get off probation?"
"What if I get a B or C next semester?"
"How can I find out what GPA I need next semester?"
These are all questions related to your Grade Point Average. You’ll find many different measures of a class grade on your transcript and in Albert. The Registrar has a one sheet instructional page on calculating your GPA that you’ll find here. To calculate your semester GPA, please use the GPA calculator here.