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Academic Standing

Academic Standing is one measure of a student's academic achievement. It helps determine his/her eligibility to continue studies and qualify for graduation.

Academic Standing FAQs

For more information about academic standing such as how it is determined, why it is important and what you can do to improve your standing, please visit the FAQ Page.

Good Standing Requirements

Students are expected to meet requirements to remain in good academic standing. All students enrolled for 6 or more credits are reviewed each term following completion of the 14-week session.

The official grade point average is based on cumulative UWO grades* and is used for determination of academic standing.

*Coursework and grades transferred to UW Oshkosh prior to Fall 2007 are included in the official GPA.

To remain in good standing, students must:

    1. Maintain a minimum 2.00 official cumulative grade point average.
    2. Earn a minimum of 1.00 term grade point average.

Academic Standing Levels (Not in Good Standing)

Academic StandingCause of the StandingActions Needed For Good Standing
Probation 1 Cumulative GPA drops below a 2.00 for 1 term Student must raise Cumulative GPA to 2.00 or above within 2 terms.
Probation 2 Cumulative GPA drops below a 2.00 for 2 consecutive terms Student must raise Cumulative GPA to 2.00 or above in next term.
Probation 3 After suspension appeal is approved Student must raise Cumulative GPA to 2.00 or above AND Term GPA to 1.00 or above in next term.
Suspension 1 Term GPA drops below a 1.00 for 1 term To continue in school the next spring or fall term, the student must appeal. If the appeal is approved, the student will be put on Probation 3. If the appeal is denied or the student does not appeal, the student cannot appeal to re-enter the University for one semester and one summer.
Suspension 2 Cumulative GPA drops below a 2.00 for 3 consecutive terms To continue in school the next spring or fall term, the student must appeal. If the appeal is approved, the student will be put on Probation 3. If the appeal is denied or the student does not appeal, the student cannot appeal to re-enter the University for one semester and one summer.
Suspension 5 Failed to obtain a Good Standing after re/entered from suspension To continue in school the next spring or fall term, the student must appeal. If the appeal is approved, the student will be put on Probation 3. If the appeal is denied or the student does not appeal, the student cannot appeal to re-enter the University for one semester and one summer.
Suspension 6 Failed to obtain a Good Standing after suspension appeal approved. To continue in school the next spring or fall term, the student must appeal. If the appeal is approved, the student will be put on Probation 3. If the appeal is denied or the student does not appeal, the student cannot appeal to re-enter the University for one semester and one summer.

Probation and Suspension Policies

Students are placed on probation or suspension following the 14-week session when they fail to satisfy the Good Standing Requirements. However, if, by the end of the 17th week of a term, additional course work has been completed and/or a grade(s) has been changed which improves the student's academic record, the status will be reviewed and adjusted appropriately. Academic probation or suspension status is determined through a review process by a council composed of an appointee from each of the colleges. Read Academic Standing Policies in the University Undergraduate Bulletin

Notification of Probation/Suspension Status 

Each student who has been placed on probation or suspension will be notified by email from the Registrar's Office. The email will provide information about options available to the student including appealing the suspension.

Suspension Appeals

University suspension may be appealed if the student believes there are circumstances that warrant an appeal. Normally, such circumstances would involve situations external to the student which prevented the achievement of minimum academic standards.

The Suspension Appeal and supporting documents (e.g. medical records, etc.) must be submitted on or before the established appeal deadline to the appropriate University designee specified in the email notification. The suspension appeal decision is final.

If a student's appeal is approved, the student will have one term to achieve "Good Standing." If a student's appeal is denied, he/she will not be allowed to take classes at the university for one term AND one summer.

Re-entry to the University after Suspension

If a student's appeal is denied or a student has chosen not to appeal their suspension, he/she still have the opportunity to be re-admitted to the university after one term and one summer session. The steps of the re-entry process can be found on this page on the Admissions website. In order to be formally considered for re-entry, a student must provide evidence that the problems leading to suspension have been resolved and that he/she is now prepared to be successful. Requests for re-entry should only be made when one or more of the following have been accomplished:

  1. UW Oshkosh "Incomplete" grades have been completed, resulting in an academic record, which meets the required grade point standards and the academic standards of the University.
  2. Courses completed at another college or university (or through correspondence work), with acceptable grades and academic progress, are documented on an official transcript submitted with the re-entry application. Note: transfer courses will not affect the UW Oshkosh official grade point.
  3. Progress has been made toward resolving personal concerns, which previously had hampered academic achievement. Written confirmation by the appropriate professional must be submitted with the re-entry application (Example: medical statement).

More information is available on the Academic Standing FAQ.

For additional information contact: The Registrar's Office, Phone: 920-424-3007, Dempsey Hall 130, or email

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