Academic Probation

What is Academic Probation?

A student is on Academic Probation when their CSUS GPA or Cumulative GPA is below a 2.0.  Students on Academic Probation are at risk of being Academically Disqualified.

I am on Academic Probation- what does this mean for me?

A student on Academic Probation has the opportunity to continue pursuing their degree at Sacramento State. The first semester on academic probation serves as a warning. Any student on Academic/Continued Probation will be limited to enrolling in no more than 14 units per semester.

Academic Probation flowchart

I am an Undeclared or Expressed Interest student. What does academic probation mean for me?

If you are interested in an impacted major, GPA and academic standing are crucial for ensuring that you are competitive for being accepted into the major. For more information, visit the Undeclared/Expressed Interest page or meet with the major department.

What can I do to return to good standing?

1. Meet with an Academic Advisor. Academic Advisors will be able to discuss your Academic Standing and develop a personalized academic plan based on your needs.


2. Seek academic tutoring services. There are many academic resources, such as the PARC, that can help you succeed in your courses. See these resources here.


3. Calculate your GPA. This will provide you with an idea of how close you are to returning to good standing! Use the GPA Calculator on the Academic Advising Center Website. Note- if you are repeating courses, see an Academic Advisor to verify your GPA calculations and to make sure that you are taking the University Repeat Policy into consideration.


4. Repeat courses that are a D or below. The second attempt of a course will replace the grade associated with the first attempt. You may repeat up to 16 units to improve your GPA. For more on repeat policies, please review Sac State Academic Policies.


5. Manage your time. Taking too many units or working too many hours can affect academic performance negatively. As a general rule of thumb, work no more than 20 hours a week, and study two hours for each unit taken.

 For more information on Academic Probation, repeating courses, and Academic Disqualification, please review some of the most important Sac State Academic Policies here.

Helpful Resources and Worksheets:

GPA Calculator

My Academic Standing

Term, Sac State, & Cumulative GPA Calculator

Academic Resources

Managing Your Time- Semester Calendar