Academic Standing

There are qualitative and quantitative components to Academic Standing (called Academic Status on UC Davis transcripts under a certain quarter or term) which could lead to probation and dismissal.

Probation and Dismissal

A student may be placed on academic probation or become subject to disqualification for failure to meet either qualitative or quantitative standards of scholarship, below (DD Reg A552). 

Students should contact the dean’s office of their college if they need academic advising about academic standing or if they need academic advising about probation and dismissal.

The following provisions apply to all undergraduates. Graduate and professional students with scholarship deficiencies are subject to action at the discretion of their respective deans.

Scholastic Deficiencies

A student will be placed on probation or subject to disqualification for failure to meet qualitative or quantitative standards of scholarship.

Qualitative Standards

The qualitative standards of scholarship, as defined by Senate Regulation 900A, require that a student maintain a C average (2.000) or better for all work undertaken in the university and for the work undertaken in any one quarter.

A student will be placed on probation for qualitative reasons if, at the end of any quarter, the student's grade point average (GPA) is:

  • Less than 2.000, but not less than 1.500, for the quarter
    or
  • Less than 2.000 for all courses taken within the University of California

A student will be subject to disqualification for qualitative reasons if, at the end of any quarter,

  • The student's grade point average is less than 1.500 for the quarter,
    or
  • The student's grade point average is less than 1.500 for all courses taken within the University of California,
    or
  • The student has attempted more than 16 units graded I (Incomplete),
    or
  • The student has spent two consecutive quarters on academic probation.

In the case of probation or subject to disqualification for qualitative reasons, the official transcript will state that the student is not in good academic standing. Once a student has met the qualitative standards of scholarship, or has satisfied all requirements for graduation, the notation will be removed from the transcript.

Quantitative Standards

The quantitative standards, referred to as minimum progress requirements, define scholarship in terms of the number of units that you must satisfactorily complete. It is expected that a student will earn the 180-unit minimum degree requirement within 12 quarters (four years).

Expected progress is defined as 15 units passed per quarter.

Minimum progress is defined as 13 units per quarter or at least 39 units per academic year.

Because occasions arise which prevent students from achieving expected progress towards the degree, the campus has established minimum progress requirements, to which students must adhere. To meet minimum progress, a full-time regular undergraduate is required to maintain an average of at least 13 units passed over all quarters of enrollment. Minimum progress is calculated at the end of every spring quarter for the preceding three quarters (fall, winter, spring) comprising the academic year. Quarters during that period for which a student was officially approved for part-time status are omitted from the minimum progress calculation.

The following courses may be counted toward unit minimum progress:

  • Required non-credit courses, e.g., Mathematics B, will be evaluated according to the "Carnegie unit" rule and counted as units passed, although these courses shall not be applied toward the satisfaction of baccalaureate degree requirements.
  • Repeated courses passed to improve D or F grades up to a maximum of 16 units.
  • Courses passed in Summer Sessions at UC Davis or at another accredited school and transferred to UC Davis will be counted as units passed (applied to the next full-time quarter of enrollment immediately following the summer session).
  • Courses passed by examination in accordance with policies established by the Divisional Committee on Courses (applied to quarter in which exam is taken).
  • Courses that are IP (in progress) will be counted as units passed.
  • Courses graded I will be counted as units passed when replaced by a passing grade (applied to the quarter in which the I grade is received).

A student will be placed on probation for quantitative reasons if, at the end of any Spring Quarter, the minimum progress calculation for the preceding academic year shows that the student passed an average of less than 13 units but greater than or equal to 12 units per quarter.

A student will be subject to disqualification for quantitative reasons if, at the end of any Spring Quarter, the minimum progress calculation for the preceding academic year shows that the student passed an average of less than 12 units per quarter.

For every student who is subject to academic disqualification for quantitative reasons at the end of Spring Quarter, a "degree progress average" will be calculated at the close of the next full-time quarter of enrollment at UC Davis. The degree progress average is defined as the quotient of the number of units passed during all full-time quarters from the initial quarter of matriculation at UC Davis divided by the number of full-time quarters completed at UC Davis.

A student whose degree progress average is less than 13 units shall be "subject to disqualification for quantitative reasons." A student whose degree progress average is 13 or more units shall not be "subject to disqualification for quantitative reasons."

The degree progress average shall be calculated each subsequent full-time quarter of enrollment as long as the student is "subject to disqualification for quantitative reasons." A student who is "subject to disqualification for quantitative reasons" at the end of two consecutive full-time quarters of enrollment shall be disqualified from the university.

In the case of dismissal for quantitative reasons, the official transcript will state that the student is not in good academic standing." Once a student has met the quantitative standards of scholarship, or has satisfied all requirements for graduation, the notation will be removed from the transcript.

Part-Time Status. Quarters during a period for which a student was officially approved for Part-Time Status are omitted from the minimum progress calculation.

Minimum Progress Waiver. Students with a documented disability may be eligible for a minimum progress waiver. Students apply for such a waiver through the Student Disability Center. Approval of the waiver omits only the specified term(s) from the calculation of quantitative standing.