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What is Academic Probation?

Students at Virginia Tech are expected to maintain their grades in good academic standing. Good academic standing is defined by a student whose cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) is at or above 2.0. If a student falls below a 2.0 they may be placed in one of several categories each with their own requirements and expectations. The Virginia Tech Academic eligibility policies may be found here.    

Students may reach academic probation due to many factors

A student whose cumulative GPA drops below 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation. While on academic probation the student will be limited to 16 credits per semester and must follow the academic probation requirements of their college. Students can remain on probation for more than one semester and students returning from suspension will be placed on probation automatically for their first semester back at Virginia Tech.

  • University Studies students are expected to meet with the probationary advisor at least 4 times over the course of the semester. We also expect the student to attend the academic recovery course  (LAHS 1014). The student will also be required to complete an academic success agreement with their advisor
  • It is expected that a student on Academic probation will work closely with their primary advisor to discuss the causes of their poor performance and plan for the semester. It is also recommended that students reach out to different University resources that can help them to succeed:Student Success Center, The Writing Center, or Career and Professional Development
  • At the end of the semester, if the student's cumulative GPA is below 2.0 and semester GPA is below 2.5 then the student will be moved to academic suspension (see Academic Suspension). 
  • At the end of the semester, if the student is still below a cumulative GPA of 2.0 but has a semester GPA of 2.5 or above they will remain in academic probation. Once a student’s cumulative GPA is at or above 2.0 they will be removed from academic probation and will be returned to good academic standing.