Students are in good academic standing by maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 or higher and completing more than 50% of enrolled units each semester.  Students who do not maintain good standing may lose priority enrollment. If you are on academic or progress probation, you should meet with an academic counselor as soon as possible to develop a game plan to get back on track to meeting your academic or career goals.

Effective Fall 2016, students will also lose eligibility for the
California College Promise Grant (CCPG), formerly known as BOG Fee Waiver,
if placed on two consecutive semesters of Academic or Progress Probation.

For the purpose of these policies, academic achievement is monitored during fall and spring semesters, and summer session.

Academic Probation and Dismissal (based on GPA)

  • Academic Probation: A student who has attempted at least 12 semester credits and has earned a GPA below 2.0 in all units, which were graded on the basis of Cuesta's grading system.

  • Academic Dismissal: A student who earns less than a 2.0 GPA for two consecutive semesters is subject to dismissal.

Semesters are considered consecutive on the basis of the student's pattern of enrollment. Example: A student earning less than a 2.0 in Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 would be subject to academic dismissal even if the student did not attend Cuesta in Spring 2014.

Progress Probation and Dismissal (based on course completion)

  • Progress Probation: A student who has enrolled in a total of 12 semester credits and the percentage of all credits the student has enrolled for which entries of "W," "I,""NP" and "NC" recorded reaches or exceeds fifty percent (51%). 

  • Progress Dismissal:  Student is subject to progress dismissal from the college following the third consecutive semester of progress probation.

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