Academic Probation FAQ

  • What is Academic Probation?
    Academic Probation is a warning to students when their grade point average (GPA) is too low. Students are placed on Academic Probation if their GPA falls below a 2.0 (either their overall GPA or HSU GPA). The purpose of Academic Probation is to alert you that you are in danger of being disqualified from the university.
  • How long do I have to get off of Academic Probation?
    Provided that their HSU GPA remains above the disqualification threshold, students on Academic Probation must return to good standing (at or above a 2.00 GPA) within two semesters to avoid disqualification. See GPA levels that result in disqualification below.
  • Why do I have a hold?
    An Academic Probation (AP) hold is placed on your account to let you know that you must take immediate action to prevent academic disqualification. It is also a means to ensure that you are aware of the campus resources available to assist you in being academically successful. You will have an AP hold on your account if your cumulative or overall GPA is less than 2.0.
  • What do I need to do if I am on Academic Probation?
    If you have an AP hold, you will need to complete an online academic probation tutorial. Even if your class schedule is already set for the semester, you'll benefit from completing the tutorial as soon as possible. The tutorial will provide an explanation of the university's academic guidelines and offer concrete course scheduling strategies for the semester. During the tutorial you will also learn more about campus resources and services so that you can get back in good standing as soon as possible. The purpose of the tutorial is to make pertinent information easily accessible to you, thereby allowing you to make well-informed decisions concerning your academic career.

    After completing the tutorial, your major advisor will be sent an email informing him or her about your academic standing, the courses you intend on taking, and other information that you provide. We strongly recommend that you make an appointment with your advisor to review your class schedule and discuss strategies to ensure a successful semester. We also recommend that you meet with a staff member from the Learning Center early in the semester to help you achieve the goals that you set for yourself.
  • How long will the Online AP Tutorial take?
    The online tutorial will take approximately 35 minutes.
  • How long will it take for my hold to be released once I complete the online tutorial?
    Typically, your AP hold will be released by the end of the next business day. However, for the month of July, holds are released only before summer session academic deadlines. If you have an urgent need to remove your AP hold during the month of July, please call Travis Brunner at 707-826-6245.
  • What do I do if I completed the tutorial but I still can't make changes to my registration?
    First make sure that you received an email containing your academic success plan from If you did not receive this email, you may not have finished the tutorial, or you may have completed the tutorial in "preview mode." You may need to restart the tutorial and ensure that the "preview mode" box is not checked.

    If you have received an emailed academic success plan and a full business day has passed, check to see if you have any other holds preventing you from making changes. Other holds that can prevent you from changing your registration are the Advising Hold and the Cashier's Financial Hold. If you have no other registration holds, contact the Learning Center as soon as possible.
  • Have I been dropped from my classes due to the AP hold?
    No, your schedule is exactly as it was before the hold was placed. The hold only prevents you from making changes to your current class schedule. We advise you to take steps to release your hold early since you may need to make unexpected changes.
  • When do I need to complete the AP tutorial?
    Most academic strategies that lead to good academic standing require you to adjust your class schedule or to begin planning by the first week of classes. The AP tutorial will help you learn effective strategies to get you back into good standing. If you wait until the end of the semester it may be too late, and you may be disqualified.
  • I want to withdraw from HSU this semester--How can I withdraw if I have a hold?
    If you wish to withdraw from the semester (and it is not past the withdrawal deadline), you can either fill out the Withdrawal Form in the Registrar's Office or scan/fax/mail a signed letter stating that you wish to withdraw. The AP hold does not prevent you from withdrawing from the semester. You can contact the Office of the Registrar to notify them in the following ways:

    Fax: 707-826-6194
    Address: Humboldt State University, Office of the Registrar, 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521
  • What is Academic Disqualification?
    Academic disqualification occurs when the GPA of a student who is already on probation falls below the minimum level allowed or when a student has not achieved good standing within two semesters. When disqualified, a student is no longer enrolled at the university and and must take a minimum of one semester off before reapplying and petitioning for reinstatement to the university. A disqualified student can contact the Office of the Registrar or the Academic & Career Advising Center to discuss guidelines for petitioning for reinstatement.
    More information about disqualification and the process to petition for reinstatement can be found on the Disqualification & Reinstatement web site.
  • What are the GPA levels that result in academic disqualification?
    The current guidelines for Academic Probation and Disqualification are available on the Office of the Registrar's website.
  • How do I calculate my GPA?
    The Learning Center's GPA calculator can help you calculate your semester GPA, HSU GPA, and Overall GPA. You will need your academic transcript to calculate cumulative GPAs such as HSU and Overall.
  • How can the Learning Center help me?
    • You can meet with Learning Center staff to learn study strategies for specific courses.
    • You can get free tutoring at the Tutorial Lab for help with difficult, high-demand courses.
    • By enrolling in Supplemental Instruction when taking gateway science classes, you will learn course-specific strategies to help you in the sciences.
    • You can make an appointment with a peer consultant in the Writing Studio for writing assistance in any class.
    • You can drop in for free math tutoring at the Math Tutoring Lab.
    • Free, drop-in tutoring for intro science courses is available in the Science Tutoring Lab.
    • For time management strategies, review our helpful handouts online or meet with one of our Learning Lab tutors.
  • How can a meeting with an academic advisor help me?
    • You can learn about strategies for academic success.
    • You can learn about campus resources for academic support.
    • You can get help with creating an academic plan to ensure that you're making timely progress toward graduation.
    • If you’re undecided about your major, or not sure your major is the right fit, you can get guidance on what other majors are available.
    • You can have your hold removed before it is time to register for next semester's classes.
    • You can learn about how to get the most out of your college experience by engaging with the campus community.
    • You can learn about university policies and procedures.
    • You can work on defining and developing your academic, professional, and personal goals.
    • You can learn about the importance of engaging in career-related learning experiences, like volunteering and internships.
  • What are some strategies for academic success?
    • Consider limiting your course load to 12-13 academic units while on academic probation.
    • Balance major classes with GE & elective classes.
    • Exercise the 2:1 ratio for studying. Study two hours for every one hour that you are in class. Science and math students should expect to study three hours for every hour in class.
    • Meet with professors during their office hours.
    • Maintain regular contact with your advisor.
    • Add academic and class deadlines in your planner, Google calendar or Semester-on-a-page.
    • Participate in weekly study groups.
    • Contact the Office of the Registrar regarding academic information.
    • Seek advice about repeating courses at the Office of the Registrar, the Academic and Career Advising Center or at the Learning Center.