Undergraduate students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 and an average GPA of at least 2.0 in their major(s) and minor(s) to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Academic standing for the fall or spring semester is calculated on the basis of semester grades only. Summer and winter classes do not change the academic status as assigned at the end of a preceding semester.
Students whose academic performance fails to meet these conditions at the end of the fall or spring semester may be subject to academic warning, academic probation, terminal probation, continuing terminal probation or academic dismissal.
Please refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin’s section on Academic Retention Standards for additional information, including definitions of these terms.
Additionally, all students are held to UAlbany’s Standards of Academic Integrity. We encourage you to explore UAlbany's resources and guidance for maintaining academic integrity.
Students with grade changes that affect their academic standing should submit the Reporting a Grade Change for an Updated Academic Standing Form after they see the updated grade posted on their record.
The form cannot be processed until the new grade has been posted and the form cannot be used to request a grade change.
Note: It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Office of Undergraduate Education of a grade change, as the office is not notified otherwise.
Academic Recovery Program
We understand that life doesn’t stop just because you’re in college and things happen that can affect your academic performance. We’re here to help you overcome those academic difficulties and navigate a path to success.
The Academic Recovery Program (ARP) provides personalized, collaborative academic support to students who are in probationary academic standing — helping you return to and stay in good academic standing.
Only students currently on Academic Probation whose cumulative GPA has fallen below 2.0 may participate in the Academic Recovery Program, which is available in person or online.
Please email [email protected] with any questions.
If you’re on Academic Warning or Academic Probation, we recommend you immediately meet with your academic advisor(s) to discuss your situation and whether you should participate in the Academic Recovery Program
You should stay in contact with your advisor about your academic progress throughout the semester. You must earn at least a 2.0 semester GPA to continue taking classes and raise your cumulative GPA.
To sign up, you must complete the Academic Recovery Program Application.
If you’re admitted to the program, you must complete the Academic Recovery Contract & Academic Plan. Then, you’ll be assigned an Academic Recovery Advocate.
You’ll meet with your advocate and academic advisor(s) to discuss your academic standing, how you’ll improve your grades and the program’s expectations.
During the program, you will be expected to:
Meet weekly with your advocate to discuss your academic strengths and weaknesses and to identify strategies and options
Receive individual and/or small group tutoring to better understand and apply your coursework
Attend workshops on time management, study skills, organization and other topics
You will also be enrolled in an academic skills course to improve your academic confidence, motivation and goal setting.
“After being dismissed and away from the University for two years, I was readmitted for the Spring 2020 semester. Participating in the Academic Recovery Program (ARP) was a part of my readmission conditions. In the beginning, I felt it was very unnecessary and a complete waste of my time. Luckily, I was paired with a great ARP Advocate that contributed to my academic success this past semester. I expressed to my ARP Advocate that I had issues with time management. He shared different strategies with me to improve my time management skills and was also a huge support system for me, which motivated me to do more than what I thought was just enough. I can honestly say that I’ve learned great habits and still speak with my ARP Advocate on a weekly basis.”
“The Academic Recovery Program was a wonderful resource made available to me. During my time within the Academic Recovery Program, I was able to effectively set goals and plan ahead with my Academic Recovery Program Advocate. As a student who struggles with time management and organization, weekly meetings with my ARP Advocate allowed me to efficiently complete work, while being prepared for upcoming assignments and unforeseen events. My ARP Advocate also helped me grow as a person. Although academics were the foundation of our relationship, he helped me grow socially, professionally, personally and emotionally. Although I am not longer in the program, he constantly checks on me, and we FaceTime on a weekly basis.”
“My experience as a student in the Academic Recovery Program was great. When I started at the University, I had a hard time transitioning to college life and I ended up flunking two semesters back-to-back. By myself I was able to slightly raise my GPA and, alone, it would have taken me too long to get everything together in time to avoid being academically dismissed. With the help of ARP Advocate, not only was I able to raise my GPA from the 1.0 into the 2.0, but I earned a 3.35 GPA for the semester. The type of support I was given made me feel as if I did not have to struggle alone. In addition, the program helped me become more confident in my academic performance through utilizing the skills my ARP Advocate and I developed together.”
“As a transfer student, my transition from a smaller institution to a larger institution was very difficult. The big lecture classes and the campus environment was a major shock for me, which led to a poor academic performance in my first semester. However, the Academic Recovery Program helped make my transition much easier. My academic advisor really helped improve my academic performance because of our weekly meetings and academic goals. I became more organized with my classes because she gave me a planner, which helped me keep track of everything. Ever since I have been a part of the Academic Recovery Program, my overall GPA improves every semester. I am glad I was a part of this program because, without it, my college experience would have been very difficult.”
Academic Dismissal Appeals
Students facing academic dismissal may petition the Committee on Academic Standing to be reinstated to the University in the upcoming semester.
Your appeal must be supported by documentation you provide, including a letter from you, letters from staff on your behalf and any evidence that speaks to your current situation.
Appeals are determined on a case-by-case basis. Please use this guidance as you develop your appeal: