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Academic Probation

Students earning a 2.0 term GPA or less will be placed on academic probation. Every student on academic probation in the College of Liberal Arts is required to participate in some type of intervention as a means of providing support to help ensure student success. Required interventions are listed below.

First-Year Freshmen

First year freshmen and transfer students on academic probation for the first time after fall or winter quarter:

Attend a “First Year Success” program or “Transfer Success Program” coordinated through the Mustang Success Center (http://advising.calpoly.edu/academic-probation-support)

All Other Class Levels

All other students on academic probation will meet one-on-one with either an academic advisor or department representative, based on majors noted below. During this meeting, they will review and sign a “Student Success Contract”.

Meet with Department Representative:

  • Art & Design
  • Child Development
  • English
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Theatre Arts

Specified department representative referenced in email notification


Meet with an Academic Advisor in CLA Advising Center:

  • Anthropology/Geography
  • Communication Studies
  • Graphic Communication
  • History
  • Liberal Arts & Engineering Studies
  • Modern Languages & Literatures
  • Sociology

Complete survey referenced in email notification to schedule an appointment with a CLA Advisor, or call the CLA Advising Center directly at 805-756-6200.


Since each student has a unique situation or set of circumstances that hindered their ability to be academically successful, these one-on-one meetings are designed to help provide assistance and resources that is most helpful and appropriate for each individual student. Students that do not participate in the interventions outlined above will have registration hold placed on the next quarter of attendance.

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