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Academic Probation/Suspension

What is academic probation?

The catalog states that, Academic probation is "an emphatic warning that the quality of the student’s work has not met Texas State’s minimum academic standards and that the quality must improve during the probationary semester in order for the student to continue at Texas State. A student will be placed on academic probation at the end of the fall or spring semester in which the Texas State GPA is less than 2.00. A student will be removed from academic probation at the end of any long semester or summer term if the Texas State GPA is 2.00 or higher".

In other words, if your Texas State GPA falls below a 2.0 (during any long semester), you'll be placed on academic probation.


How do you get off of probation? And what is suspension?

According to the catalog, "students placed on academic probation are given two probationary semesters (fall or spring terms) to raise their Texas State GPA to 2.00. For example, if a student is placed on academic probation because the Texas State GPA has fallen to 1.85, then at the end of the two following probationary semesters the Texas State GPA must be 2.00 or higher, or the student will be placed on first academic suspension. Grades earned in developmental coursework, in which neither hours nor grades are calculated toward the GPA, will not affect a student’s academic standing".

In other words, you have two long semesters (fall and spring) to be on probation. Summer sessions do not count towards your probation status. At the end of your second semester on probation, one of two things can happen:

• If your Texas State GPA is a 2.0 or higher, then you are no longer on probation.
• If at the end of your second semester of probation, your Texas State GPA  is not 2.0 or higher you will be placed on first academic suspension.

Academic Suspension

For more information about Academic Suspension visit the online version of the undergraduate catalog here: undergraduate catalog 

Where can you find your Texas State GPA?

There are two places where you can find your Texas State GPA:

  • Your degree audit on self-service banner
  • Your transcript (which is available on self-service banner)

How do I calculate my GPA?

            From the catalog:  " Texas State utilizes the four-point system. The GPA is the total number of grade points earned divided by the number of semester hours attempted. Semester grade symbols have the following values:

"A" = 4 points;

"B" = 3 points;

"C" = 2 points;

"D" = 1 point;

"F" = 0 points.

"U"= 0 points

"N" = 0 points

Neither hours nor grades are calculated for "I", "CR", "PR", or "W". To maintain an average of "C", grade points divided by semester hours attempted must equal at least 2.00.   The Texas State GPA for all work attempted at Texas State is used to determine whether a student is meeting minimum academic standards."

In other words, your Texas State GPA is calculated using just the hours you've attempted and the grades that you've earned at Texas State.  


How do you find out what grades you need to earn this semester to get off of probation?

  Here is a GPA Calculator


Should I repeat a course to help raise my GPA?

From the catalog:   "When a course is repeated more than once, the second grade (first repeat) and all subsequent grades (repeats) are included in computing the Texas State hours attempted, grade points earned and GPA. "W" and "I" grades are excluded. A course taken at Texas State must be repeated at Texas State to be counted as a repeat. A course taken for transfer credit must be repeated as transfer credit to count as a repeat.

The first time that a course is repeated, fall 1991 or after, it will be calculated as if it were the first repeat of the course. Any additional repetitions will be counted as second or greater repeats. If the last grade in a repeated course is lower than an earlier grade, the last grade is used to determine whether the course fulfills university requirements."

So, it often makes sense for students to repeat courses, but we recommend you meet with your Advisor ( link to advisor contact info) to see what courses you should repeat. There are some financial penalties for repeating courses, so please be sure to speak to your advisor about these when deciding whether or not to repeat a course.


How do you get your Probation Advising Hold lifted?

Students from the College of Applied Arts with Probation Advising Holds must participate in the PASS Program in order for their advising hold to be released.


What is the PASS program?

Partners in Academic Student Success (PASS) is an initiative of the College of Applied Arts Advising Center designed to assist students on academic probation and suspension. Students on probation are required to attend one Advising Center Probation Orientation Session and three PASS Workshops offered by different student service offices throughout campus. These workshops are designed to aid students in identifying factors contributing to their current academic status and to provide students with the appropriate tools to reach their academic goals.

Students on probation who participate in the PASS program are more likely to show academic progress than students who do not. We are grateful for the contributions of our PASS partner offices in our efforts to help our students attain academic success:

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