Academic Progress

The following information is intended to offer clarification of certain university academic policies related to Academic Progress. Detailed information about Academic Progress can be found at Stanford Bulletin: Academic Progress

Academic Probation

Students will be placed on Academic Probation in any of the following situations:

  • If their cumulative GPA drops below 2.0
  • If they earn fewer than 9 units of credit in a single quarter
  • If they earn fewer than 36 units in three consecutive quarters
  • Stanford Bulletin: Probation

Removal from Academic Probation

Students are removed from Academic Probation by doing the following for three consecutive quarters:

Provisional Registration

Removal from Provisional Registration

Students are removed from Provisional Registration by doing the following for three consecutive quarters:


  • Students are suspended when they fail to earn 12 units of new course work per quarter or maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 while on Provisional Registration.
  • In some cases, students have been suspended directly from Academic Probation.
  • Typically the first suspension is for one year; subsequent suspensions may be for up to three years.
  • Stanford Bulletin: Suspension

NOTE: A student may be placed directly on Provisional Registration or suspended without first being placed on Probation if the student has had a prior Probation status.

Reconsiderations or Grievances

Any student who wishes reconsideration of a decision relating to academic policy, or who wishes to submit a grievance relating to a matter of academic policy, should contact Academic Advising to discuss the situation with an Academic Advisor.

For more information:

Requests for Exceptions to Academic Policy

Stanford Bulletin: Academic Grievance Procedures