A student will be placed on academic probation under the following criteria:
- Based on low grade point average (GPA): A student who has attempted at least 12 semester units, as recorded on their official
San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) transcript, is placed on academic
probation if the student has earned below a cumulative 2.0 (C) GPA.
- Based on lack of satisfactory progress: A student who has enrolled in at least 12 semester units, as recorded on their
official SMCCCD transcript, is placed on academic probation when the percentage
of all units recorded as W, I, NP and NC reaches or exceeds 50 percent. (See Calendar
for deadline dates for withdrawal.)
A student may be placed on academic probation under either or both criteria.
Note: Units recorded as Excused Withdraw (EW) are excluded in academic probation.
A student on academic probation is highly recommended to meet with a Meta Major or Special Program counselor to support their return to standing and through transfer and/or graduation.
A student on academic probation is also highly recommended to attend a Student Success
Removal from Probation
A student on academic probation on the basis of GPA is removed from probation when
GPA is 2.0 (C) or higher.
A student on academic probation on the basis of failure to maintain satisfactory progress
is removed from academic probation when the percentage of units completed is 51 percent
A student on probationary status shall be subject to dismissal if in two subsequent
semesters either or both of the following criteria are applicable:
- The student’s cumulative GPA is less than 1.75 in all units attempted.
- The cumulative total of units in which the student has been enrolled for which entries
of W, I, NP and NC have been recorded reaches or exceeds 50 percent.
Note: Units recorded as Excused Withdraw (EW) are excluded in dismissal.
A student on dismissal status must meet with a Counselor to be reinstated to SMCCCD
and allowed to enroll in classes. Students on dismissal status are required to meet
with a Meta Major or Special Program Counselor every semester to support their return
to good academic standing and through transfer and/or graduation.
As part of the reinstatement process, students on dismissal status are also required
to attend a Student Success Workshop. *
* Student Success Workshops are designed for students to learn more about their academic
standing, engage with campus resources, and hear motivational stories from students
who persevered through academic probation and transferred to a four-year university.