Academic Probation Advising

A student is placed on academic probation at the end of any semester or summer session when his or her cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0.

Academic probation is meant to be an early warning system that a student is not making satisfactory progress toward graduation, and may be (but is not automatically) subject to suspension or dismissal at a future date. See Academic Eligibility Criteria.

Advising Probation Students

The Undergraduate Announcements shows academic eligibility standards for continuing enrollment at Clemson. Advisors can inform a student on probation of the options for continuing enrollment:

1. Pass at least 12 credit hours and earn a 2.4 or higher semester GPA.  Duplicate credits do not count as credits passed unless otherwise required to meet an alternative departmental standard.

2. Student achieves the Minimum Cumulative Grade-Point Average (MCGPA) listed below:

Total Attempted Hours* —  MCGPA

16-29  — 1.75
30-59  — 1.85
60-89  — 1.95
90+   — 2.00

*Total Attempted Hours includes all credit hours attempted at Clemson, plus any advanced standing received from transfer credits and credits based upon approved examination programs.  Only grade points earned at Clemson are used to calculate the MCGPA.

3. Student achieves a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or higher. 

Advisors should also be aware of the Academic Forgiveness Policy for courses in which a D or F was earned.  More information about this policy can be found here:

This information should be used to start a discussion of the consequences of academic probation. Quality advising can help a student assess causes for poor performance as well as strategies for improvement. Always ask about financial aid and refer the student to that office in G-01 Sikes Hall for more specific information regarding an individual’s situation.

Notice of Academic Probation

A notice of academic probation is placed on the student’s grade report for each applicable enrollment period. The notice is removed when a student is no longer on probation.

All students on academic probation are mailed grade reports even though the university discontinued mailing grade reports to all students. Grade reports are sent to the student’s home address in the university database. Advisors can confirm the home address with the student by using the “Student Address and Phones” link in iROAR.  For curriculum details, advisors can log into iROAR (, click on the following:  “Faculty Services” > “Student Information Menu” > “DegreeWorks”.  Please see this link for help in accessing the degree audits.