Please note: Each college has its own processes regarding Academic Probation and Dismissal. The information on this page applies to students in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences ONLY. If you are not a Franklin College student, please contact the Student Services Office in your college for the applicable probation and dismissal information.

Scholastic Probation

Students are placed on scholastic probation at the end of the term in which their cumulative GPA drops below 2.0. Students who fail to clear scholastic probation by raising their GPA above 2.0 after one semester will be placed on continued probation.

Continued Probation

Students are placed on continued probation if their cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 for two or more consecutive semesters.

  • Students on continued probation must earn a 2.3 semester GPA or better on at least SIX completed academic hours (in courses numbered 1000 or higher in which grades of A,B,C,D, or F are given) in Fall/Spring semesters or at least THREE completed academic hours in Summer semester.
  • Courses in which grades of W, V, I, S, U, NR, or ER are received do not count toward these hours.
  • The 2.3 term grade point average requirement applies to *all* coursework completed during the term, whether you enroll in the minimum required hours (6 for fall/spring and 3 for summer) or a greater number of credit hours.
  • If a student on continued probation fails to meet the above criteria, the student will be placed on first dismissal.

Clearing Probation

Students clear academic probation when their cumulative GPA rises to a 2.0 or higher.

First Dismissal

You may not return to UGA until you have completed the following steps:

  • You must make a readmission appointment no later than ten business days prior to the semester you wish to return by calling 706-542-0035 or by emailing Jennifer Patrick at
  • You must contact your Academic Advisor to be advised and cleared to register prior to your return.
  • Students who have not been enrolled at UGA for at least one calendar year must complete a Former UGA Undergraduate Application through Athena.  Please refer to the information and instructions found on the Registrar’s website: This application must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the semester you wish to return.

Students placed on 1st dismissal at the end of Spring or Summer semester must remain on suspension through Fall semester and may be readmitted for the subsequent Spring term. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE READMITTED DURING DROP-ADD WEEK. If you have questions concerning probation or dismissal, or to make a readmission appointment, contact:

Jennifer Patrick
Coordinator of Student Academic Services
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
350 Brooks Hall 706-542-0035

Second Dismissal

After a second academic dismissal, students will be suspended from the University for a minimum of one calendar year. At the end of the suspension, permission to return to the University can be granted only by appealing to the University Educational Affairs Committee. For more information, see the Academic Honesty website. For questions concerning second dismissal, contact

Dr. Diane H. Miller
Director of Student Academic Services
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
346 Brooks Hall 706-542-0035

Important Terms

Cumulative GPA 

Your cumulative grade point average (GPA) includes only your UGA grades. You must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to be in good standing and to graduate. Grades earned in college level courses taken outside of UGA, including transfer and dual enrollment coursework, will not be counted when your UGA academic standing is computed.

Overall GPA 

The overall grade point average (GPA) is calculated using the grades in all of your college level coursework, including courses taken at UGA as well as courses taken at other institutions. The overall GPA is not used to determine academic standing at UGA.

Good Academic Standing

You are considered to be in good academic standing when your cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or above.

Franklin College Academic Counseling and Retention Programs 

The mission of the Retention Programs in Franklin College is to help students take steps toward academic progress.  Using a holistic approach, including personalized academic counseling that is reinforced through campus-wide resource connections, we are committed to student success leading to graduation and beyond the arch.

Academic Coaching Program (Division of Academic Enhancement)

Academic Coaches in the Division of Academic Enhancement help students achieve success in courses through sustained, outcomes-driven interactions. Coaches from faculty and staff backgrounds draw on research, extensive experience, and training to assist UGA students. Participation in the Academic Coaching Program is mandatory for students on Scholastic Probation in Franklin College.  Students will be contacted by the Coordinator of Academic Coaching, Keith Allen, with information about how to participate. Students are strongly encouraged to begin meeting with an academic coach as soon as possible.  Learn more on their webpage. For more information, please contact Keith Allen in the Division of Academic Enhancement via email at or call 706-542-7575.

Academic Counseling for Students on Continued Probation

Academic Counseling is designed to assist students who are on continued academic probation, and therefore are in danger of academic dismissal. Students will meet with an advisor to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to develop a personalized plan to overcome obstacles to academic success. Students also receive referrals to a variety of campus resources that may be beneficial to them. The program is mandatory for students who are on continued probation.

Zeeshan Bakht
Academic Advisor II
301 Brooks Hall 706 542-1412 

Bobby Pelts
Academic Advisor II
405 Biological Sciences 706-542-1556

Academic Counseling for Transfer Students

“Transfer shock” affects many transfer students during their first semester at a new institution. Students who transfer to a large research university such as UGA often have to strengthen their study habits, adjust to new people and larger class sizes, and familiarize themselves with new academic resources. Transfer students whose cumulative (UGA) GPA falls below a 2.0 are required to participate in academic counseling with the Coordinator of the Office of Transfer Academic Services.

Katherine Field
Coordinator of Transfer Academic Services 
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
350 Brooks Hall 706-542-6400

Academic Counseling for Students Returning from Academic Dismissal

Academic Counseling supports students who are returning to UGA following a first or subsequent dismissal from the university. The program promotes retention by providing individualized recommendations and professional guidance to help students take the appropriate steps to enhance academic progress. Students are required to make an appointment once each semester (with the exception of summer) until they clear probation.

Jennifer Patrick
Coordinator of Student Academic Services 
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences 
350 Brooks Hall 706-542-0035


updated 1.02.2020