Academic Probation and Disqualification Policy


Core Values/Guiding Principles

Every student admitted to Cal Poly should have the maximum opportunity to earn a Cal Poly degree. As a university, we should be providing assistance and guidance wherever possible to achieve this goal. When students find themselves in academic difficulty, we should be creating pathways for success, preferably at Cal Poly. Our policies should reflect this premise as much as possible.

An undergraduate student is automatically placed on academic probation when the grade point average drops below 2.0 (C). The grade point average applies to the current term, the Cal Poly cumulative, or the higher education cumulative. All of these GPAs are available for viewing at https://my.calpoly.edu/ . A student grade report will be mailed to only those students on academic probation.

Undergraduate students will be placed on academic disqualification status if their Cal Poly cumulative GPA (CPSLO GPA) or their higher education GPA (Higher Ed GPA) falls below the following academic progress level GPA limits based on the corresponding academic progress levels (degree applicable work completed):

Academic Progress Levels: Academic Progress Level GPA Limits:
Academic Progress Level IV (75.1%-100%): 1.950 Cal Poly Cumulative or Higher Ed GPA
Academic Progress Level III (45.1%-75%): 1.850 Cal Poly Cumulative or Higher Ed GPA
Academic Progress Level II (20.1%-45%): 1.700 Cal Poly Cumulative or Higher Ed GPA
Academic Progress Level I (0%-20%): 1.500 Cal Poly Cumulative or Higher Ed GPA

Student Success Clause

To allow for an adjustment period, first-time freshmen and new transfer students will not be placed in the academic disqualification status until the end of their first academic year, even if their GPA falls below the designated academic progress level GPA limits.

*More information about the Undergraduate Academic Probation and Disqualification Policy can be found here.