Maintaining good academic progress generally requires full-time study (minimum of 12 credit hours per term), good standing as judged by meeting minimum averages in cumulative GPA and major GPA, and timely completion of major and graduation requirements throughout program completion. Unless students have received specific approval to the contrary from iSchool Undergraduate Affairs, they are required to be full-time candidates for degree completion.
Normal degree progress typically requires 31 earned credit hours per academic year, or an average of 15-16 credit hours per semester, and completion in 8 semesters (without summer study)
Various terms are used to designate undergraduates and their enrollment status.
The following criteria are used when referring to undergraduate students by class. Typically, they apply only for students who began their college careers at the University of Illinois.
|Class||Earned credit hours|
|First-year/freshman||0 - 29|
|Sophomore||30 - 59|
|Junior||60 - 89|
Official academic status as an iSchool degree student is denoted by one of three categories.
|Good Standing||Eligible to enroll without conditions|
|Probation||Eligible to enroll with conditions|
|Drop||Not eligible to enroll|
Key progress indicators
Academic progress is reviewed on a semester-by-semester basis in a process called "grade audit" and at midpoints before graduation in order to assess timely completion of requirements. Students are monitored for GPAs, credit hours per term, and earned credit hours per semesters enrolled. The following areas also are important in gauging academic progress to degree.
- Progress in the major
Students must make regular progress via appropriate course enrollments and performance levels to confirm continued viability in an academic program. This means that a student must complete degree requirements appropriate to the selected academic major.
- Progress in specific graduation requirements
Unless exempt, students must complete the Composition I requirement during freshman year. Students also are advised to complete the Non-Primary Language Requirement during their first two years to make sure that graduation in eight semesters is feasible. Students who have not completed this language requirement by the time they have completed 60 degree hours will be required to complete an appropriate course each semester thereafter until they have fulfilled the requirement.
- 10-semester limit on enrollment
The iSchool limits the time undergraduate students may be enrolled for the purpose of completing a degree to 10 semesters.
If at any time, it is determined that a student is not making sufficient progress toward degree completion, the student generally will be placed on academic probation and/or advised of specific progress deficiencies. Students who do not accept or meet the conditions of their advising agreements, or do not make academic progress, may lose their eligibility to continue enrollment in the iSchool.
Students are considered in good standing if they have met minimum performance criteria—as judged by cumulative GPA and major GPA—and are progressing toward timely completion of degree requirements.
Students may access their posted grades online, generally one week after the end of finals. An academic status will be displayed (good standing, probation, or drop). These computer-assigned standings are not final until the college has reviewed academic standing for all students.
A college hold will be placed on students who are on probation or drop status. Students who are unsure about their academic status should contact the iSchool Student Affairs Office as soon as possible following academic review.
Academic probationary status serves as a warning that poor academic performance or failure to complete requirements in a timely fashion may jeopardize future enrollment status at and graduation from the University of Illinois.
Probation levels identify a specific GPA that students are expected to earn in their next semester of enrollment on a minimum of 12 graded credit hours. Students who are often placed on academic probation may be required to enter into an advising agreement that stipulates specific requirements for the next term of enrollment.
If students achieve the GPA level required by their probation, but their cumulative and/or major GPA(s) remains below 2.50 and they are not deficient in meeting other academic eligibility and progress requirements, they will be approved to continue on probationary status, until such time as they have achieved good standing.
Students who are on probationary status may not elect the credit/no credit grading option for any course. Academic probationary status may not be cleared by attendance at another institution. Transfer work that averages below a C+ level may result in a student being placed on academic probation in the iSchool, if the combined (university and transfer) GPA does not reflect at least a 2.50 standing. The probation rules are listed in the Student Code.
A student may be placed on (or similarly, removed from) probationary status at any time that the iSchool judges that the student's scholastic record warrants such action.
iSchool academic standing policy
The iSchool may place students on Academic Drop status using the following criteria:
- Student has two or more semesters below a 2.0 GPA and an University of Illinois GPA below 2.00.
- Student has two or more semesters below 1.0 GPA.
- Students with no Spring or Fall GPA, due to the revised CR/NC policy for that term, who have a Fall GPA below a 2.0 will be considered for Academic Drop status if their Spring term resulted in a majority of "NC" notations for their courses.
- Students with no GPA or below a 2.00 Fall GPA, due to the revised CR/NC policy for that term, who have a Spring GPA below a 2.0 will be considered for Academic Drop status if their Spring term resulted in a majority of "NZ" notations for their courses.
- Students with multiple "No Credit" or "Covid No Pass" designations for Fall and/or Spring terms, such that if those designations were original "F" grades that would put their GPA below 2.0 or 1.0, will be reviewed for Academic Drop status using the above criteria.
- Students meeting more than one of the above criteria are at a higher risk of being placed on Academic Drop status.
iSchool students who meet criteria for Academic Drop status or who are placed on Academic Drop status after the term may have the opportunity to petition the college for reinstatement.
- Students may still be required to have a mandatory "stop out" of the next term and be placed on "must-petition" status for re-entry for the upcoming term.
- Students who have clear extenuating circumstances that caused their poor academic result for the term may be eligible for retroactive withdrawal of the entire term, provided they discuss with the college immediately following academic status updates and submit a petition.
- Students approved for retroactive withdrawal for semester(s) may still be required to have a mandatory "stop out" of the next term and may be placed on "must-petition" status for re-entry for an upcoming term.
- iSchool students who were placed on Academic Drop status but have a clear path to graduation during the next term may be retained, following an approved petition which outlines a clear path to completion.
Appealing an academic drop status
Students who are dropped for academic deficiencies are able to view their drop status in their student record. The drop rules may be waived when, in the judgment of the college, the student's scholastic record warrants such action. Only written statements of appeal are accepted, and students should contact iSchool Undergraduate Affairs as soon as possible following academic status updates. Decisions are final, and there is no appeal beyond Undergraduate Affairs. Personal interviews are generally not available, but may be initiated by the Undergraduate Affairs under highly unusual circumstances.
Students who have been dropped and re-enter in the preceding semester, or whose academic records show deficiencies so severe as to create a doubt of degree completion, may be placed on "special drop" status and are not permitted to appeal. Some students are furthermore denied additional consideration for re-entry.
To determine if you are eligible for an appeal and discuss the process, please email Undergraduate Affairs as soon as possible following the end of the semester. If it is determined that you are able to appeal, you may be asked to provide documentation and commentary on why your appeal should be considered, and additional items may be required (such as a petition to retroactively withdraw from the previous semester). The college reviews appeals during a limited time following the academic appeal process as follows. Appeals at other times are heard strictly at the discretion of Undergraduate Affairs.
- Fall: June 15
- Spring: November 15
- Summer: April 15
International students should allow additional time for their visas. It may take several months depending on the situation.