Probation Requirements

Students on academic probation should complete all requirements as listed below as part of the Academic Success Program.


1. Meet with an advisor from your POD (over the phone or in-person) for a summer consultation prior to the start of the fall semester.  To schedule, use the POD online calendars.  


2. Attend an Academic Success Workshop during the first two weeks of class.  Register for the workshop online here. (Note: Workshops begin August 31 so click arrow on right side of screen to see openings.)


3. Attend individual appointments with an Academic Success Coach.  Schedule on our Academic Success Coaching Calendar.


4. Follow a personalized Academic Success Plan to be developed at your first individual meeting. You will be expected to complete assignments from your Academic Success Coach in the time frame set forth.


5. Submit a Mid-Semester Report to be signed by each of your faculty this Fall 2017 semester to the Academic Success Coaching team by Friday, October 13, 2017.  You may bring to an appointment prior to Friday, October 13 or submit to the front desk of Phillips 107.  


6. Attend at least one Student Success Workshop hosted by the Student Support & Family Engagement office: 

  • Career Skillbuilding: October 4, 7-8pm, Marvin Center 309
  • Conquering Your Semester: GW Libraries and Your Academic Success, November 8, 7-8pm, Gelman Library 302
  • Mindfulness and Stress Management: December 6, 7-8pm, Marvin Center 309




All students on academic probation will receive a Registration Hold to temporarily prevent course registration.  To get this hold lifted, see your POD with a completed Registration Hold Agreement.  You may print the form, complete it, and bring it with you when you see your POD.  Or you may complete the form in the Advising Office.  If you plan to complete in the Advising Office, be sure to come with your list of planned Spring 2018 classes.  


If you have any questions about these requirements, please email  You may also schedule an appointment with an Academic Success Coach at any time by visiting the Academic Success Coaching online calendar.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q- What is the difference between Financial Aid Warning/Probation and Academic Probation?


A- A student is placed on Financial Aid Warning/Probation if he/she is not making Satisfactory Academic Progress, as defined by the federal government.  Academic Probation means a student has not met the minimum GPA requirements to be in good academic standing, as defined by the University Regulations.  The terms under which a student makes Satisfactory Academic Progress and the terms under which a student stays in good academic standing differ.  To understand the differences and consequences, please refer to the following:  Satisfactory Academic Progress (Financial Aid Office) 


Q- Why am I limited to 13 credit hours while on probation?

A- Without exception, students on probation are limited to 13 credit hours in order to promote academic success.  Carrying this lighter load allows students more time to devote to each course with the goal of allowing them to achieve an overall higher semester GPA.

Q- I took a summer course and now my cumulative GPA is above a 2.0.  Can I get off of probation now? 

A- We evaluate Academic Standing at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters only, so you will remain on Probation for the Fall.  If after your Fall grades post, your semester and cumulative GPA are both above a 2.0, you will return to good academic standing.

Q- I had a grade from Spring 2017 (or earlier) change and now my cumulative and Spring 2017 GPAs are over 2.0.  Can I get off of probation now?

A- If both of your cumulative and Spring 2017 semester GPAs are over 2.0, you are eligible to return to good academic standing.  Please email with your full name and GWID and we'll evaluate your standing.  

Q- What tutoring support is available to me through GW?

A- We have support mechanism in place that we hope you'll utilize.  If you would like face-to-face tutoring, STEMworks provides free peer-to-peer learning services.  While they specialize in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics), they also provide support for non-STEM classese.  Complete the online request form through their website.  Online tutoring is also available 24/7 through Smarthinking.  For the GW username/password, visit the website.  Lastly, other campus resources are available through certain departments, so review the website to see if such support meets your needs.