Academic Probation FAQ

At Ball State University, students are required to maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher. Students are placed on Academic Probation when their cumulative GPA drops below 2.0.  

Students may remain in classes while on Academic Probation. However, they are encouraged to meet regularly with their Academic Advisor and a Student Success Coach as well as utilize campus academic resources to achieve their academic goals.  

There is not an appeal process for Academic Probation. 

Students can remain on Academic Probation until their cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) reaches 2.0 or higher. Until that time, students must maintain a term GPA of: 

  • 2.0 or higher for students with 29 or less earned credit hours 

  • 2.1 or higher for students with 30 or more earned credit hours 

The University College Success Scholars program is designed to help students develop the necessary skills and tools to achieve academic success in future semesters. As part of the UCSS program, students are asked to do the following: 

  • Complete a survey to reflect on their academic experience, articulate their strengths and perceived obstacles to college success in order to inform their academic advisor on how to support them in the upcoming term.  

  • Meet with their academic advisor once during the second week of classes to create an academic success plan for the upcoming term. It is imperative that students make this first appointment as an academic hold is placed on their account if an appointment is not made by the first day of the second week of the semester. 

  • 2.0 or higher term GPA for students with 29 or less earned credit hours 

  • 2.1 or higher term GPA for students with 30 or more earned credit hours 

If students have any questions, they should contact their academic advisor directly. 

The UCSS program is not required for students on Academic Probation, but it is strongly encouraged. However, students should make the first appointment with their academic advisor to avoid having the academic hold placed on their student record.

Once a student earns a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher, their Academic Standing will be changed from Probation to Good Standing.  

Please note that Academic Standing changes are only made one time a semester. If a student notices that their cumulative GPA has reached the required before the end of the semester (due to part of term grades), their standing will be updated at the end of the semester. 

The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal for Financial Aid Eligibility process is separate from Academic Probation. However, it is imperative that you complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal form for Financial Aid and submit all required documentation to in order to have your Financial Aid eligibility reviewed.  

Students may remain in University Housing while on Academic Probation. 

If a student does not earn the required term Grade Point Average: 

  • 2.0 or higher for students with 29 or less earned credit hours 

  • 2.1 or higher for students with 30 or more earned credit hours 

They will be moved to Academic Disqualification at the end of the semester.

Yes. When students step away from the university their Grade Point Average (GPA) is frozen from the time they left. Upon their return, the student will start with the GPA they had when they left. 

Furthermore, when students transfer classes into Ball State from other colleges and universities, the credit hours transfer in, not the grade the student earned. Therefore, the student’s Ball State GPA is not affected by the transfer credits.