Students will be placed on academic probation if their cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. Normally, a student is expected to attain a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of any probationary semester. Students who fail to achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of their probationary semester may be academically dismissed, depending on their credit level as detailed below.
- Students who have earned 60 credits or more will be dismissed from the University in the event their cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 at the end of their probationary semester. Students who are on probation and attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of a winter or summer term will not be subject to dismissal in the subsequent semester.
- Students who are on academic probation and have earned fewer than 60 credits will be permitted to continue on academic probation if a minimum semester GPA of 2.0 is achieved in each semester of probation.
- Full-time students must complete 9 or more credits in each semester of probation. A completed credit is defined as credit for any course in which a student receives a grade of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-. F, P, or S.
- Students who meet this requirement will be permitted to continue on probation until the close of the semester (excluding winter and summer terms) in which they attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
- However, students who are on probation will be dismissed if they have not achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of the semester in which they complete 60 credits.
- Students who are on probation and attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of a winter or summer term will not be subject to dismissal in the subsequent semester.
Maryland Engineering students with a cumulative GPA below a 2.0 can take a maximum of 15 credits during fall and spring terms while on academic probation. The policy also limits summer enrollment to 6 credits per summer session and 4 credits in winter.
If you wish to exceed the 15 credit limit, you may submit an Exception to Policy: Other by selecting “Permission to Exceed 15 Credits on Academic Probation.” Note, there is no guarantee that any exception will be granted and no exceptions will be granted to take more than 4 credits in the winter.
Students will be notified if their course registration needs to be adjusted to 15 or below credits for the upcoming term. If the student's schedule is not adjusted by the end of schedule adjustment, Undergradaute Advising & Academic Support will drop a course from the student's record.
Additionally, students on academic probation are required to complete C.A.R.E. More details are provided below.
When a student's cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0, they are placed on academic probation and will receive communication from the Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support Office informing them of their probation status. Engineering students on academic probation must complete the Creating Academic Responsibility in Engineering (C.A.R.E.) Program.
Purpose: The purpose of the C.A.R.E. Program is to provide students with the tools and resources needed to achieve and/or maintain good academic standing.
Awareness: Students should have the opportunity to learn different study skills that will assist them in bringing up their grades and overall GPA
Goal Setting: Students will set three S.M.A.R.T. goals at the beginning of the term and strive to reach each goal by the end of the term
Time Management: Students will create a time management plan to assist them in successfully managing their time throughout the semester
All students on academic probation need to make room in their class schedule to attend five in-person sessions called Creating Academic Responsibility in Engineering (C.A.R.E.). These sessions will take place the first five weeks of classes. Students are expected to attend all five sessions. Topics covered include:
1) What it means to be on academic probation
2) Plan for Success
3) Time Management
4) Goal Setting
5) Skill Development
In order to complete the C.A.R.E. Program these are the steps that students will need to complete:
- Take C.A.R.E. Quiz
- Take Pre-Self Assessment
- Write Journal #1: Academic Experience
- Complete Time Management Activity
- Meet with an Academic Peer Coach & Create an Action Plan
- Take Skill Development Quiz
- Make a Mandatory Advising Appointment with C.A.R.E. Coordinator
- Take Post-Self Assessment
- Write Journal #2: Area of Improvement
If you are on academic probation, please visit the C.A.R.E. Canvas site for more detailed information.
Utilizing campus resources is vital to your academic success. Whether you need tutoring, counseling, medical/wellness resources, etc. our campus has what you need to succeed. Use the websites below to find the office(s) that can assist you:
Clark School Resources:
Student Affairs & Academic Success Programs
Students who have earned 60 or more credits will be dismissed if their cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters (excluding winter and summer terms). Students who attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the preceding winter or summer term will not be subject to dismissal.
Students who have earned fewer than 60 credits will be dismissed following any probationary semester in which they fail to attain a minimum 2.0 semester GPA and complete the requisite credits detailed under Academic Probation. Students who attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the preceding winter or summer term will not be subject to dismissal.
Students who have been academically dismissed and who are reinstated will be academically dismissed again if a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is not achieved by the end of the first semester after reinstatement. Reinstated students will not be allowed to add or drop courses, or to register during any semester without the approval of an academic advisor in their college, unless a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is achieved.
Students dismissed from the University of Maryland will be referred to the Student Success Office. The Student Success Office (www.studentsuccess.umd.edu) provides services to assist students in completing their undergraduate degrees. For additional information on student policies, student resources and the re-enrollment process & deadlines, visit the Student Success Office website.