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 as an average of 12 units passed per quarter calculated at the end of every quarter. The average shall be calculated based on the number of quarters in which the student was enrolled full-time during that period.

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 12 units passed per quarter. Minimum progress is defined as the quotient of the number of units passed during full-time quarters from the initial quarter of matriculation at UC Davis divided by the number of full-time quarters completed at UC Davis. 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.
  • Units passed at another accredited school and transferred to UC Davis, or passed during a summer session at UC Davis shall be counted as units passed during the first full-time quarter of enrollment at UC Davis immediately following completion of the units.
  • Units passed by examination in accordance with policies established by the Davis Division Committee on Courses of Instruction will be counted as units passed during the term in which the examination was taken.
  • Units that are IP (in progress) will be counted as units passed.
  • Units 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).
  • For students that receive approval for concurrent enrollment at another college or university, the units transferred to the student’s UC Davis record will be counted toward their minimum progress requirement.

A student whose degree progress average is less than 12 units shall be placed on academic probation on the basis of inadequate progress for the following quarter. An undergraduate student is in scholastic good standing if not on academic probation or subject to disqualification either on the basis of GPA (Senate Regulation 900A) or on the basis of inadequate progress.

A student who has been on academic probation on the basis of inadequate progress for two consecutive quarters, and whose degree progress average remains below 12 at the end of the second quarter of probation, shall be subject to disqualification on the basis of inadequate progress.

A notation on a full-time student’s transcript that the student either has not made minimum progress or is on probation or subject to disqualification on the basis of inadequate progress shall be removed when the student has satisfied all other requirements for graduation.

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.