Rules and Regulations for Academic Probation and Suspension

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The following policy applies to undergraduate students based on their undergraduate grade point averages (GPA).*

Good standing

A student who has both a cumulative Missouri State and a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of at least 2.00 is considered to be in good standing. Students not in good standing will be placed on academic probation or suspension.


Any student with a cumulative Missouri State or a combined GPA of less than 2.00 is on probation unless placed on academic suspension (see below). 

The purpose of academic probation is to remind students that the quality of their cumulative academic work is unsatisfactory. Students on probation must have an advisor release prior to registering for classes. Additionally, students on probation may be ineligible for participation in organizations or activities and may be ineligible for financial aid. Students on probation are encouraged to take advantage of the resources offered by the University to ensure their academic success.


A student who enters a semester on academic probation and fails to earn a semester GPA of 2.00 or higher will be suspended unless s/he has both a cumulative MSU GPA and a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.00 or higher at the end of the semester. Additionally, a student who earns a semester GPA less than 1.00 and, as a result, has a Missouri State or combined GPA of less than 2.00, will be suspended unless the dean of the college of the student’s major determines that there are circumstances which warrant an exception. Individual deans establish the process by which such exceptions will be considered.

After an initial suspension, students must remain out for at least one full semester (not including summer) to be eligible for reinstatement. Students who have been suspended two or more times must remain out for at least one full year prior to being eligible for reinstatement.


Reinstatement procedures are determined by the deans and the Office of Admissions. Information regarding the procedure is available from the Office of Admissions. Reinstatement is not an automatic process. Students must be approved for reinstatement by the dean of the college under which they plan to return.

*Students whose last semester of attendance was prior to fall 2010 should refer to the catalog in effect for that semester.

Other Academic Rules and Regulations

Along with understanding academic status and grade point averages, students need to understand some other important academic rules and regulations. Once you understand these rules and regulations navigating the University and finding your way to academic success can be a lot less confusing. Below are additional academic policies and regulations that provide valuable information.

Repeat policy

Drop and Add or Change of Schedule

Withdrawal from classes

Undergraduate Catalog - Academic Policies and Procedures

Another important piece of information for you to have is how to look up important deadlines each semester. From the website of the Office of the Registrar, you can find important dates and deadlines, also known as the academic calendar. There is a common pattern for each semester and deadlines you should know.

Drop schedule deadlines

You can view a personalized refund schedule and drop deadlines for your class schedule (or a trial schedule) through My Missouri State. The Refund Schedules page has directions on how to access this information.

Tips for Success from Academic Advisors

Advice for students on Academic Probation

  • Repeat courses in which you earned a D or F
  • Create a realistic balance of coursework, study time and other obligations (like work!)
  • Consider taking a slightly lower number of hours (12 - 14) until you are back in Good Academic Standing
  • Talk with a Financial Aid counselor about how your academic status may affect your financial aid
  • Polish up your study habits
  • Make sure your class attendance is stellar