Academic Probation Support

What does Academic Probation mean?

Good Academic Standing requires that a student have a minimum Cumulative and CSUF GPA of 2.0. When a student’s Cumulative and/or CSUF GPA falls below 2.0 their academic status is moved from Good Academic Standing to Academic Probation.


A student who has been placed on probation must take these (3) steps:

STEP 1:  Complete the Mandatory Online Academic Probation Tutorial.

Click on this tutorial linkOpens in new window , and complete the appropriate one for you.

  • After the online tutorial, you will be prompted to complete the Probation Quiz. You must complete the quiz in order to participate in step 2.


*If you are on Continued Probation, please refer to your CSUF email with instructions regarding STEP 2: Schedule an Appointment with a Retention Specialist*


STEP 2:  Attend ONE In-Person Academic Success Academy Information Session

Please use the link (that will be emailed to you) to RSVP to one of the Mandatory Information Sessions

  • You will receive information about the probation process and about the “Probation Advising Required” Hold that will be placed on your account later in the Fall 2019 semester


Academic Success Academy: Information Session Dates:


Monday, July 8     8:30am-10:30am

Wednesday, July 10    11:30am-1:30pm

Monday, July 22    4:00pm-6:00pm

Friday, July 26     2:00pm- 4:00pm

Monday, July 29   9:30am-11:30am

Tuesday, July 30  5:00pm-7:00pm


STEP 3:  Complete your H&SS Academic Success Academy Contract

  • Further Instructions will be provided at the H&SS Academic Success Academy: Information Session
  • Please check your CSUF email for updates


In compliance with University Policy 300.002, a REGISTRATION HOLD will be placed on all Cal State Fullerton students on academic probation. Academic Advising registration holds (Service Indicators) are placed on student's accounts during the semester following their probation or disqualification status. Probation holds will affect a student's ability to register for classes. Holds must be removed by the student's Major Department or the college representative responsible for probation advising.

Probation is serious. It is official acknowledgement that the student is in jeopardy of being dismissed if the difficulty persists. It is not necessarily meant to be punitive, but rather to serve as a wake-up call that the student needs to make some changes. Students on academic probation are expected to take steps to improve their situation.


What is Academic Disqualification?

An undergraduate student who begins the semester on academic probation is subject to academic disqualification at the end of the semester when the student's Cumulative and/or CSUF GPA falls below the specific minimum disqualification level for his/her class standing. 

A student can remain on academic probation for multiple semesters as long as his/her GPA does not fall below the disqualification level in relation to his/her class level. See the chart below:


Class Level

Unit Earned

GPA Level


0 – 29 units



30 – 59 units



60 – 89 units



90 or more units


Title 5, CA Code of Regulations, Section 41300; CSU Executive Order 1038


  • Limit your semester units to 13 maximum.
  • The fastest way to raise your grade point average is to successfully repeat courses in which you earned C-, or lower, WU or IC to receive Grade Forgiveness. You can use Grade ForgivenessOpens in new window to repeat and replace the grade in your GPA up to a maximum of 16 units at CSUF. 
  • Meet with both your Retention Specialist and Major Advisor to discuss all your academic options and identify resources that can help you improve your grades.
  • Remember to balance your course load so you don’t take more than two high difficulty courses at a time.
  • Attend Every Class, if something arises be sure to communicate with your professor about your situation


Helpful Tools

Regain Academic SuccessOpens in new window

Academic Disqualification TutorialOpens in new window

GPA CalculatorOpens in new window


Contact Info

H&SS Student Success Center

Location: H-112

Phone: 657-278-2594


Natalie Oliva- Retention Specialist

Location: H-112