Learning that you have been placed on academic probation or dismissal can be challenging. Advisors in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences are committed to assisting students through this experience. Students on academic probation or dismissal should schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss their current academic status. During this appointment, advisors will discuss academic strategies, goals, and options as related to your academic status.

Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy

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 in the University of Maryland catalog.

The University of Maryland catalog will cover in more detail information regarding:

  • Academic probation
    • students with less than 60 credits
    • students with more than 60 credits
  • Academic dismissal
  • Application for academic reinstatement
  • Faculty Petition Board
  • Readmission vs. reinstatement
    • readmission
    • reinstatement
  • Reinstatement after withdrawal

If you have questions about the policies as stated in the catalog, please make an appointment to meet with a college advisor by calling 301-405-1697.

Probation and Dismissal Procedures

  • All students who are on academic probation are assigned to an academic advisor.  Your college advisor will contact you during the first few weeks of the semester to invite you to come in for an appointment.
  •  Please bring a completed copy of the BSOS Self-Assessment  to your advising meeting.
  • Our advisors will work with you to identify the cause of academic difficulty and create an  Academic Action Plan which will include determining what grades you will need in the current semester to get off probation and referrals to campus resources and tutoring if needed.
  • In addition, you will not be able to make schedule adjustments on TESTUDO until you meet with a college advisor in our office. The advisor direct you to the electronic stamps website for you to request the courses that you would like to add or drop after your meeting.
  • Be sure to schedule your advising appointment well in advance of your registration date during the early registration period.