Probation or Drop Status

Students are considered in good standing if they have met minimum performance criteria—as judged by the cumulative GPA and major GPA—and they are progressing toward a timely completion of their degree requirements.

Academic Probation

Academic probationary status serves as a warning that poor academic performance or failure to complete requirements in a timely fashion may jeopardize future enrollment status at and graduation from the University of Illinois. Probation levels identify a specific grade-point average which students are expected to earn in their next semester of enrollment on a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. 

If students achieve a GPA level required by their probation, but their cumulative GPA remains below 2.00 and they are not deficient in meeting other academic eligibility and progress requirements, they will be approved to continue on probationary status, until such time as they have achieved good standing.

As long as students are on probationary status, they may not elect the credit/no credit grading option for any course. Academic probationary status may not be cleared by attendance at another institution. The probation rules are listed below. Students may also refer to the Student Code.

A student may be placed on (or similarly, removed from) a probationary status at any time that the College of Business judges that the student’s scholastic record warrants such action.

Rules For Probation

Beginning Freshman

  • Code1 A beginning freshman who does not earn at least a 2.00 (C) University GPA in the first semester is placed on a 2.00 probation for the next term in which that student is registered.

Students Other Than Beginning Freshmen

  • Code1A A student whose cumulative University GPA is 2.00 or better and who does not earn at least a 2.00 average in any semester or summer session is placed on a 2.00 probation for the next term in which the student is registered.
  • Code 1B A student whose cumulative University GPA is 1.75-1.99, inclusive, is placed on a 2.25 probation.
  • Code 1C A student whose cumulative University GPA is less than 1.75 is placed on 2.33 probation.
  • Code 1G, 1H, 1P, 1T College-determined probation levels assigned at academic progress review.

Academic Drop

Drop rules are based on University semester GPA, University cumulative GPA, or combined all-University cumulative GPA and transfer GPA (used only if the transfer average is below 2.00). The applicable GPA will depend on the student’s current status and whether the student has completed work elsewhere. These drop rules may be waived when the College of Business judges that the student’s scholastic record warrants such action.

  • Code 17 A student who fails to earn at least a 1.0 (D) University GPA in any academic semester (not including summer session) will be dropped.
  • Code 17 A student on probation who fails to meet his or her established probation level will be dropped, unless he or she has achieved at least a 2.00 or better University GPA for that semester, and his or her cumulative GPA is at least a 2.00.
  • Code 18 A student who fails to make satisfactory progress toward a degree or who fails to complete the conditions of admission or continuation will be dropped.

Only students dropped under Code 17 may appeal a Drop Status (see below).

Appealing an Academic Drop Status

Students who are dropped from the college for academic deficiencies are informed of this action in a formal letter from the college. Students who are eligible to appeal this drop status (Code 17) will be explicitly informed of this option and given information about the process and deadline.

Students who have been dropped and re-enter in the preceding semester, or whose academic records show deficiencies so severe as to create a doubt of degree completion, are placed on “special drop” status (Code 18) and are not permitted to appeal. Some students are furthermore denied any additional consideration for re-entry to the College of Business.