Resources for Students on Probation

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?

Our Presentation

Our short presentation includes:

  1. How did I get on Probation
  2. Common Issues for Students on Probation
  3. Important Resources & Making a plan
  4. Returning to good academic standing

Common reasons you might be struggling

Research and experience have shown that students get on probation for all kinds of reasons, and there is no one plan that helps all students recover. 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.

Strategies and Resources offered by CAS Advising

In aliition to resources available in the NYU community, CAS Advising has designed more targeted assessments and on-your-own workshops to help you better hone your academic skills. At the top of the page you’ll find several linked documents available to you. We recommend:

  1. Completing the Probation Self-Assessment
    1. This will help you list out what has gone wrong, and process it in a way that frames "what the problem might be"
    2. 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.
  2. 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!

Workshop Topics

  • Goal Setting
  • Sources of Stress
  • Learning Style Inventory
  • Are you a Proactive or Reactive student?
  • Student Motivation Inventory

How can I return to good academic standing?

In general, you should consider:

  1. 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.
  2. Attending the Probation workshop, Fresh Start (Fall semester) or Spring Forward (Spring semester) - Work 1 on 1 with a Learning Assistant from the ULC.
  3. Reviewing and implement the study techniques described in the ULC skills workshops.
  4. Building into your weekly schedule time for walk-in tutoring at the ULC or UHall. Find a tutor through your academic department if offered.
  5. Talking with your instructor(s) during their Office Hours.
  6. 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 aliitional 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. Grades correspond with “Quality Points”, which are alied together and divided by the total number of credits you’ve completed. This scale can be seen here.

The Registrar has a one sheet instructional page on calculating your GPA that you’ll find here.

To calculate what your cumulative GPA will be at the end of a new semester:

  1. Calculate your current GPA by performing the simple calculation of Total Quality Points / Total Quality Hours. This information is found both on your Academics tab in the Student Center on Albert, as well as your Transcript.
  2. Ali the new "Quality Hours" for the upcoming semester to the bottom of the equation (likely 16 aliitional hours), and ali the prospective "Quality Points" to the top of the fraction.