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If you are in academic difficulty, your college will post an Academic Notice for you in the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) under the Academic Notices tab. Be sure your UC San Diego email account is active and that you check it daily.

This site is designed to provide information and answer questions you may have about your academic standing at UC San Diego.


A student's Academic Status is determined after grades are processed at the end of each term and according to Academic Senate Regulation 515.B.

A student will be in one of three academic status categories for the term:

  • Good Standing
    The student's term and cumulative grade point average (GPA) are 2.0 or higher.

  • Academic Probation
    The student's term GPA is at least 1.5 but less than 2.0 or the cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 and the student is not Subject to Disqualification.

  • Subject to Disqualification
    The student's term GPA is less than 1.5 or the student completed two successive terms on Academic Probation and the cumulative GPA is below 2.0.


If your academic status for the term is either Academic Probation or Subject to Disqualification:

  • Check your UC San Diego email account for a message from your college's Academic Advising Office. The email will indicate that an academic notice has been posted to the VAC.
  • Go to the VAC to review and follow the terms of your academic notice.
  • Contact your college's Academic Advising Office if you have not received an email or an academic notice has not been posted in the VAC within three weeks after grades are final.


Will my academic status show up on my official transcript?

No, unless you are academically disqualified from the University.

How do I get back into good academic standing?

You must earn a term and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

What does it mean to be Subject to Disqualification?

Subject to disqualification means your quarter and cumulative GPA have not met the academic standards set forth by the University (see Academic Senate Regulation 515.B). Your academic record will be reviewed by your college and your continued registration will be at the discretion of your college provost. Notification is made as quickly as possible through the VAC.

What does it mean to be academically disqualified?

Academic disqualification means you are prohibited from further enrollment in classes at any University of California campus, UC San Diego Summer Session, and UC San Diego Concurrent Enrollment. The disqualification appears on your official transcript.

If I am academically disqualified from the University, what can I do to appeal this decision?

If you have been academically disqualified, you may have an opportunity to appeal the disqualification. Your academic notice will address this in detail.

My cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. Why am I in academic difficulty?

To be in good standing, your term and cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or higher.

I am a student athlete. If I am on academic probation or subject to disqualification, will my athlete status be in jeopardy?

Good academic standing is defined by the University as being eligible for continued enrollment. In order to participate in extracurricular activities at the University, students must remain in "good academic standing". For purposes of participation in intercollegiate athletics at UC San Diego, the University, its athletic conference(s) and the NCAA have additional academic requirements beyond remaining in "good academic standing". Specifically, the University requires student-athletes to maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative UC-GPA to be eligible to compete. In addition to needing to remain in "good academic standing" at all times, each student-athlete’s academic record is evaluated at the end of each quarter to verify GPA and other applicable academic eligibility requirements. Eligibility evaluations are completed by the University Registrar’s Office in conjunction with the Intercollegiate Athletics Department each quarter.

If I am academically disqualified, will I be dropped from my classes or do I have to withdraw from my classes?

If you are academically disqualified, you will be dropped from all of your classes.

I am an international student who has been academically disqualified. What steps do I take next?

Contact an International Student Advisor immediately by calling 858-534-3730 or emailing

I live on campus and have been academically disqualified. Who should I contact?

You must contact the Resident Life Office where you are housed.

How will my academic standing affect my financial aid?

How will my academic standing affect my Veterans Benefits?

Please contact the Certifying Veterans Benefits official in the Office of the Registrar.

I am expecting a change of grade for one of my courses. What should I do?

Notify your college Academic Advising office through the VAC immediately.

Where can I find a list of university-wide resources to help me achieve academic success?

Academic Success: Campus Resources provides links to the colleges, departments, libraries, and many other campus support services and tools.