Academic Probation and Dismissal

Academic Probation

A student will be placed on academic probation whenever any one of the following conditions is met.

  1. The student's cumulative grade point average (CGPA) falls below 2.00.
  2. The student's semester grade point average (GPA) for two consecutive semesters is less than 2.00
  3. The student is on semester trial, as defined by the Dean's Office.

The number of credit hours enrolled by any student on probation will be determined by the student's advisor; however, any student who is on academic probation normally should not enroll for more than 14 semester hours of credit, nor fewer than 12 semester hours of credit.

Academic Dismissal

A student may be academically dismissed when any one of the following conditions is met:

  1. Failure in 50 percent or more of the course work (credit hours) for which the student is enrolled in any semester.
  2. The student's Dean's Office determines that academic performance at the end of a probationary semester does not warrant the student's continuation.
  3. A student's cumulative grade point average (CGPA) falls below the minimum level indicated below.
FSU Semester hours Graded FSU Minimum Cumulative GPA FSU Semester hour Grades FSU Minimum Cumulative GPA
0 - 20.9 1.40 51 - 67.9  1.80
21 - 30.9 1.60 68 - 97.9  1.90
31 - 50.9  1.70 98 and above 1.99

Academic Dismissal Appeal

Students who are dismissed from the University for academic reasons, but believe there are extenuating circumstances that warrant consideration, may appeal the dismissal in writing to their Dean's Office.

Readmission to the University After Dismissal

Students dismissed because of low grade point averages (GPA) may be readmitted when one of the following conditions is met:

  1. the student completes 12 semester hours of college level (100 level or above) coursework, applicable to the major/program to which he or she wants to return, from a postsecondary institution and earns a C or better in each course taken; or
  2. in cases in which there are extenuating circumstances, the student receives special written approval for readmission from his or her academic dean; or
  3. in cases in which the student has not attended Ferris State University for an extended period of time (e.g. more than 2 years), he or she receives special written approval for readmission from his or her academic dean.

All applications for readmission should be made to the Office of Enrollment Services. Appropriate documentation of coursework taken at another institution and/or dean’s approval of readmission must be provided.

If the student fails to achieve the 2.0 GPA that is required for unconditional retention during the first semester of re-enrollment (trial semester), the student will again be dismissed. Students may be eligible for readmission up to three times after academic dismissal.

Courses taken at another institution in which the student earns a C or above can be transferred and used as repeat credit for Ferris State University courses, thus improving the student’s GPA at Ferris. The original Ferris course and grade will remain on the student’s transcript, but will not count toward the student’s Ferris GPA. Credit hours earned during any period of dismissal can be applied to the minimum semester hours required for graduation.