Academic Probation at Purdue University

Students are placed on academic probation (also referred to as probation) at the end of the semester if their final course grades are very poor (see the table below titled Semester and Graduation Indices that Result in a Student Being Placed on Probation). You will remain on probation throughout the next spring or fall semester that you are at Purdue, regardless of whether you take a semester or more off of school, take summer classes at Purdue, or transfer in credit from another institution. You get off probation by completing a fall or a spring semester at Purdue and improving your semester grade point average and your cumulative grade point average (http://www.purdue.edu/odos/counseling/academicprobation.php).

Probation is Purdue’s way of telling you that you need to improve your performance academically or you will not be allowed to continue your studies at Purdue. Being placed on probation should be used as a wake-up call and cause you to think about your short- and long-term goals (such as your choice of major, possible careers or lifestyle desired), study habits, and commitment to a college education.


How can I tell if I am on probation?

If you are on probation, you will get an email from the Office of the Registrar sent on behalf of the Office of the Dean of Students. In addition, you can check your academic standing on your transcript on myPurdue. To do this, go to the Academic tab on myPurdue. On the far left, under Quick Links, there is a link to your Online Transcript. On your transcript, you will be able to see your courses and grades by semester. For each completed semester, your Academic Standing is listed underneath your College and Major and above your courses and grades. 

  • If you have Probation listed next to Academic Standing for Fall 2010, you are on probation for Spring 2011, or the next fall or spring semester that you attend Purdue.
  • If you have Continued Good Standing listed next to Academic Standing for Fall 2010, you are not on probation for the Spring 2011 semester, or the next fall or spring semester that you attend Purdue.

Why was I put on probation?

Purdue put you on probation because you did poorly academically, based on either a low semester grade point average (semester index) or a low cumulative grade point average (graduation index), as shown in the table below. The bar for probation rises as a student progresses through Purdue. Students with a classification of 1 (less than 15 hours of total earned credit) who have either a semester or a graduation index of less than 1.5 are placed on probation.


Semester and Graduation Indices that Result in a Student Being Placed on Probation

Credits
Classification
Semester Index Less Than
Graduation Index Less Than
0-14
1
1.5
1.5
15-29
2
1.5
1.6
30-44
3
1.6
1.7
45-59
4
1.6
1.8
60-74
5
1.7
1.9
75-89
6
1.7
2.0
90-104
7
1.7
2.0
105+
8 and up
1.7
2.0

Classification is determined by the number of total earned credit hours at the end of the semester (not including the next semester’s courses), including transfer credit, credit from exams, and departmental credit.


How do I get off probation?

To get off probation, you must complete a fall or spring semester at Purdue and at the end of that semester both your semester grade point average (GPA) and your cumulative GPA must be above the limits set for probation. For example, a student with 20 hours of total earned credit (a typical second semester student) who has a semester and graduation grade point average of 1.6 would not be on probation for the following semester, while the same student with a semester and graduation GPA of 1.49 would be.

One way to get off probation is to retake all the courses in which you did poorly and earn a better grade in each. The second grade will replace the original grade in GPA and Engineering Admission Index (EAI) calculations. However, your transcript will show all the courses and all the grades you have earned.


What happens if I am on probation and don’t do any better?

It depends on how poorly you perform. You will be dropped (or not allowed to enroll at Purdue due to academic ineligibility) if you are on probation and:

  • Fail six or more credit hours or
  • Your graduation index falls below a certain level (see the table below).
 
Cumulative Grade Point Averages that Result in a Student on Probation Being Dropped
 
Credits
Classification
Graduation Index Less Than
0-14
1
1.3
15-29
2
1.4
29-44
3
1.5
45-59
4
1.6
60-74
5
1.7
75-89
6
1.8
90-104
7
1.9
105+
8 and up
2.0

If you do poorly enough to qualify for another semester of probation, but not so poorly that you are dropped, you will remain on probation for another semester (see table above entitled Semester and Graduation Indices that Result in a Student Being Placed on Probation).


What happens if I am dropped?

Please remember: only students who have been on probation for at least a semester can be dropped.

After being dropped, you cannot take classes on any Purdue campus until you have been away from Purdue for at least the following fall or spring semester and have applied for re-admission. Readmission is not automatic and is not guaranteed (http://www.purdue.edu/odos/services/readmission.php).

Students in the First-Year Engineering Program who are interested in re-admission will be required to submit documentation of their time away from Purdue which shows evidence of overcoming the situation which led to them being dropped. Evidence will include work experience with a recommendation from a supervisor or employer; taking at least 12 credit hours of courses with C or better grades from another accredited institution with a recommendation from an instructor; documented military experience with a recommendation from a superior; or documented medical, family, personal or other extenuating circumstances.


How can I do better?

If you are on probation, you should try to figure out why you aren’t doing well. Are you studying enough? Do you seek out help when you don’t understand a concept or can’t do a homework problem? Are you uninterested in your classes? Or are the classes too difficult? Some students decide after a semester or two in the First-Year Engineering Program that their talents, inclinations and interests lie elsewhere and begin the process of changing their major. Other students realize that becoming an engineer is important enough to them that they make dramatic changes in their approach to schoolwork.  Many students, including those who go on to graduate with engineering degrees, have had a rocky semester academically. It is your response to a bad course or an awful semester that can ultimately determine your major, your success at Purdue and your career path.

The Academic Success Center (ASC) (http://www.purdue.edu/studentsuccess/academic/) can help you work on time management, study skills, taking notes, reading speed and fluency, and studying for exams. Their professional staff is available for free consultations on a walk-in basis. In addition, the ASC has a library of videos and handouts available. For those students seeking a for-credit course, the ASC runs a number of full-term and half-term courses (http://www.purdue.edu/studentsuccess/academic/creditclasses/index.html) that allow the student to delve into this material in more depth. These courses do not, however, count for credit in the College of Engineering.


How many credit hours can I take while on probation?

Students on probation are limited to 15 credit hours, in order to allow sufficient time to devote to each course. Many students attempt to recover from a poor semester by taking an extremely heavy schedule and not having adequate time to devote to each class, so that none of the classes go well. At fifteen credit hours, most students have enough time to attend class, study hard, improve their performance, and stay in school. 


Is there a limit to the number of semesters I can be on probation?

No. However, you can only remain in the FYE Program for four semesters. 


What happens if I am put on probation at the end of the spring semester and take summer classes at Purdue to replace poor grades. Am I still on probation in the fall?

Yes! You cannot get off probation until you complete a fall or spring semester at Purdue. This means that even if you take summer school courses and raise your graduation and semester indices, you still are on probation until you complete a fall or a spring semester at Purdue.

 

Related Link: http://www.purdue.edu/odos/services/avoidingacademicprobation.php