Academic Standing

Academic Standing

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A student’s academic standing is determined by the cumulative grade point average. In order to graduate, the student must earn a minimum of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale at the University of Northern Colorado.

  • Students are placed on academic probation, up to the next 24 credit hours, at UNC if the cumulative grade point average (GPA) falls below a 2.0. When the cumulative GPA is raised to 2.0 or higher within the 24 probation credit window, the student will return to good academic standing. 
  • Grades that count toward the 24 probation credit hours include all letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, as well as all Incompletes that have been finished. Grades not counted towards the 24 probation credit hours are I, NC, NR, NG, S, U, W, UW, and CR. 
  • Students on academic probation who do not raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher at the conclusion of the 24 probation credit hours at UNC will be suspended. 
  • While on probation, if the student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 1.0, the student will be automatically suspended. 
  • Please note that Academic Standing Policy is different from the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Even though your academic status allows you to continue enrollment at UNC, this does not guarantee continuation of Financial Aid assistance. Please refer to the Office of Financial Aid website at http://www.unco.edu/ofa/aid/maintaining/index.asp.

Academic Suspension Appeal

Students may immediately appeal their suspension if extenuating circumstances exist. Extenuating circumstances include factors beyond the student’s control (e.g. family emergency, serious illness, death) and must be documented. Appeals due to other circumstances will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Instructions for immediate appeal are available at http://www.unco.edu/asa/academic_advising/scholastic_standards.html.

  • If the appeal is approved, students are given one additional semester to raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0. If the appeal is denied, the student will remain on academic suspension. 
  • After the appeals process is complete, students whose appeals are denied will be removed from their Fall or Spring courses. Students that are enrolled in Summer courses that have already begun prior to the completion of the appeal process, will remain in those courses, but courses that have not started will be dropped. 
  • Summer semester does count as one additional semester to raise their cumulative GPA if the student’s appeal is approved. If the appeal is denied, the student will remain suspended regardless of their cumulative GPA at the completion of their Summer coursework. 
  • Applications and deadlines for appeals are available through the Office of Academic Support and Advising http://www.unco.edu/asa/academic_advising/guides_forms.html 
  • All appeals are reviewed by the University Academic Review Committee. The University Academic Review Committee’s decisions are final. 
  • A second academic suspension is considered a permanent suspension from future enrollment as an Undergraduate student at UNC.

Academic Appeal for Readmission

A student who has been academically suspended may not apply for readmission at the University of Northern Colorado until at least one term, Fall or Spring, has passed.

  • It is recommended that the student complete 12 transferrable credits of academic rigor at another institution to show their potential for future success before applying for readmission through the Office of Academic Support and Advising. 
  • Application and deadlines for readmissions are available through the Office of Academic Support and Advising at http://www.unco.edu/asa/academic_advising/guides_forms.html. The application must be received 60 days prior to the term in which the student wishes to re-enroll at UNC. 
  • All applications for readmission are reviewed by the University Academic Review Committee. The University Academic Review Committee’s decisions are final. 
  • A student who has attended other institutions since suspension from UNC must furnish the Office of the Registrar official transcripts from those institutions. 
  • Re-entry into the institution does not automatically guarantee re-entry to an academic program. 
  • If a readmission appeal is denied a second academic suspension is considered a permanent suspension from future enrollment as an Undergraduate student at UNC.