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Academic Probation

Many students face academic difficulty at some point in their college careers - you are not alone. Being placed on academic probation or academic disqualification status can feel overwhelming and upsetting. Academic Advisors and Department Chairs are here to support and assist you in devising strategies to get back on track.

Please read the University Advising information on Academic Probation and Disqualification Policies before applying the instructions below.


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. Students that do not complete the requirements outlined below will have a registration hold placed on their next quarter of attendance.

First-Year Students

New first year students on academic probation for the first time after fall or winter quarter: Must participate in the “First Year Success” program coordinated through the Mustang Success Center.

All Other Students

All other students will meet one-on-one with either an academic advisor, peer mentor or department representative, to review and sign a “Student Success Contract”.

Meet with major department representative:

  • Child Development
  • English
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Theatre Arts

Specified department representative is referenced in your academic probation email notification.

Meet with an Academic Advisor in the CLA Advising Center or a Peer Mentor:

  • Art & Design
  • Anthropology/Geography
  • Communication Studies
  • Graphic Communication
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Arts & Engineering Studies
  • Modern Languages & Literatures
  • Sociology
Students should complete the survey referenced in their email notification to specify their availability to meet with an Advisor or Peer Mentor.
Since each student has a unique situation or set of circumstances, these one-on-one meetings are designed to provide assistance and resources that are most helpful and appropriate for each individual student.

Campus Support For Students on AP


Academic Skills Center

Campus Health and Wellbeing

Student Academic Services

Retroactive Withdrawal

If poor grades from a previous quarter were a reflection of extenuating circumstances beyond your control, you may want to talk with an Academic Advisor to evaluate if retroactive withdrawal is right for you. Read about retroactive withdrawal on the Office of the Registrar's website.

Readmission Process

Former students who where academically dismissed and choose to reapply to Cal Poly will have their application and transcripts sent to CLA Associate Dean for Student Success for review before reinstatement can occur. 

Former Student Readmission Process


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