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Academic Probation

 Per Ardua Ad Astra — Through Adversity to the Stars

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It is not uncommon for intelligent and ambitious students to experience some form of academic difficulty during their college career. The challenge is overcoming them. At UC Merced, there are a variety of resources available on campus to help you. They include the Calvin E. Bright Success Center tutoring, STEM Center tutoring, Counseling, Center for Career & Professional Advancement, H. Rajender Reddy Health Center and Disability Services. However, ultimately, it is your responsibility to maintain a satisfactory GPA. It is recommended that you do the following:

  • Know what courses you should be taking or retaking (see UC Merced's repeat policy).
  • Know what grades you need this semester to bring both your semester and cumulative GPAs to 2.0 or higher.
  • Consider all of your options. They include: adjusting your course load, cutting back or eliminating your extracurricular activities and/or work hours, and taking time off from school.
  • Set a daily study schedule and routine.
  • Know the add, drop, and withdrawal deadlines.
  • Make use of faculty office hours, Bright Success Center tutoring, and STEM Center tutoring.
  • Check your UC Merced Email regularly as email is often the only way many of the important information is distributed.
  • Academic Standing Policy

An undergraduate student is placed on academic probation (AP) if one of the followings occurs:

  • The student's semester grade point average is less than 2.0, or
  • The student's cumulative University of California grade point average is less than 2.0.

An undergraduate student is subject to academic dismissal from the university if one of the followings occurs:

  • The student has been on academic probation for two or more semesters and the student's cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0, or
  • The student's semester grade point average is less than 1.5 and the student’s cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0.

Reinstatement Information

Reinstatement is the act of restoring active-student status to former students who have:

  • Formally withdrawn from the University
  • Had a lapse of their student status for failure to pay fees, failure to satisfy the entry-level writing requirement, failure to enroll in future semesters, or failure to graduate
  • Left the university in academic difficulty (academic probation, special probation, subject to disqualification, or academically dismissed).*

Undergraduate students who wish to return to the University of California, Merced must file an application for reinstatement with the Office of the Registrar. Please note deadlines are:

  • Fall application period is Nov. — deadline is May 1
  • Spring application period is May — deadline is Nov. 1

There are minimum academic requirements for UC Merced and for the School of Natural Sciences to fulfill to be eligible for reinstatement. Fulfilling reinstatement conditions does not guarantee reinstatement. It only ensures that your petition will be considered.


Academic Forms and Agreements:

Final Academic Reflection Form (print/fill out) academic_support_final_reflection_fall_2017.pdf



UC Merced Email Notification Policy

UC Merced Policy on the Use of Email for Official Communications with Students establishes email as a method for official communications from UC Merced to graduate, professional, and undergraduate students ( School of Natural Sciences uses email as an official means to communicate with students on many important matters. Email is often the only way many of the important information is distributed. Please check your UC Merced email regularly. All students are responsible for knowing, and when relevant, acting on all contents we send you via email.