Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy

What is probation?
This is an "alert" or "early warning" status. It means your academic performance has fallen below the minimum "C". You must do better in the future or you could face dismissal from the University. If you are placed on probation, you will only be allowed to enroll for a maximum of 14 credit hours; this includes community college coursework.

Probation indicates that something is not working and that you should take advantage of services available at Ferris to help you achieve your potential. This may include improving your study habits, academic skills, goal-setting or time-management skills. Or it may mean you have chosen a program that is not right for you.

How do I get on probation?
You will be placed on probation if:

  • Your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0;
  • Your semester GPA is less than 2.0 for two consecutive semesters;
  • You have been admitted on a semester trial.


You will remain on probation until your cumulative GPA is 2.0 or better. You must maintain continuous progress toward achieving a cumulative GPA of 2.0 while on probation or you may be dismissed. (See table in Academic Dismissal section.)

What should I do if I am placed on academic probation?
Many students have been placed on probation early in their college careers and have then gone on to become successful college graduates. The key often lies in the student's ability to diagnose and correct the problems that kept them from achieving their potential.

See your faculty advisor immediately and discuss possible strategies that you might employ.

No matter how motivated you are or how dedicated the faculty may be, there is no substitute for time and work in your classes. All students need quiet study time. Many students find it helpful to form study groups to "talk through" the materials and help each other learn. The point is, find a strategy that works for you and stick with it.

Academic Dismissal

What is academic dismissal?
Academic dismissal means that a person cannot re-enroll at Ferris. If the student has early-registered for the following semester, then his/her schedule is dropped. Students are subject to dismissal under any of these situations:

  • Failure in 50% of their coursework in any semester while on probation;
  • Failure to achieve a semester GPA of 2.0 or better while on probation;
  • Cumulative GPA falls below the minimum listed in this table:
FSU credit hours completed Cumulative GPA minimum
1-20 1.40
21-30 1.60
31-50 1.70
51-67 1.80
68-97 1.90
98 or more 2.00
Note: Course grades of CR, NC, I, IP, W, or AUD are not counted in the GPA.

Can I appeal academic probation or dismissal?
You cannot appeal probationary status. You may appeal a dismissal if you feel there are extenuating circumstances. This is done through a written appeal form available from the dean's office of your academic college.. Your appeal must include written documentation validating the extenuating circumstances (e.g.; a physician's statement in the case of serious illness).

If I have been dismissed, can I ever return?
Yes. You may be readmitted when you have completed twelve (12) semester hours of coursework, applicable to the major or program to which you want to return, from a postsecondary institution. You must earn a minimum grade of "C" or better in each course taken. Students who have been dismissed from Ferris two (2) times are not eligible for readmission to Ferris State University. If you wish to return to Ferris after you have fulfilled the applicable readmission conditions, you may apply for readmission by completing an application. If you are readmitted, you will be on probation until your cumulative GPA reaches 2.0 ("C") level or better. Students must earn a 2.0 GPA or better each semester to avoid another dismissal.

Glossary of Terms

The minimum "C"
In college, a "C" average, is the cut-off point for probation or dismissal from the University. In order to remain at Ferris, you must keep both your cumulative and semester GPA at a "C" or better. Students who do not achieve this grade level are subject to academic probation or dismissal from the University.

The grade point average (GPA)
Your grade point average (GPA) is an average of all your course grades, weighted by the course credit hours. There are two types of grade point averages. Both semester and cumulative GPAs are printed on your grade slip at the end of each semester.

Semester GPA
Your semester GPA is your grade point average for the semester. It is computed by taking your course grade and multiplying it by the number of course credit hours and averaging the results. (See example below.)

A 4.0   C 2.0
A- 3.7 C- 1.7
B+ 3.3 D+ 1.3
B 3.0 D 1.0
B- 2.7 D- 0.7
C+ 2.3 F 0.0

Grade   Credit Hours   Points
A- (3.7) x 4.0 - 14.8
C (2.0) x 5.0 - 10.0
B+ (3.3) x 3.0 - 9.9
A (4.0) x 5.0 - 20.0
    17.0   54.7
54.7/17.0 = 3.21 (GPA)

Cumulative GPA
Your cumulative GPA is figured by using the same process. Add your most recent GPA totals to the previous cumulative totals and divide by the total number of credits you have completed.