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College GPA and Warning Status



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College GPA and Warning Status

The College GPA (CGPA) includes the following courses:

  • AE 202
  • ABE 100, ABE 141, ABE 223, ABE 224, ABE 225, ABE 226
  • BIOE 201, BIOE 202, BIOE 205, BIOE 206, BIOE 220
  • CEE 201, CEE 202
  • CHEM 101, CHEM 102, CHEM 103, CHEM 104, CHEM 105,  CHEM 232
  • CS 101, CS 125, CS 126, CS 173, CS 225, CS 233, CS 241
  • ECE 110, ECE 120, ECE 210, ECE 211, ECE 220, ECE 205, ECE 206
  • MATH 115, MATH 220, MATH 221, MATH 231, MATH 241, MATH 225, MATH 285, MATH 286, MATH 441, MATH 442, MATH 415
  • MCB 150
  • ME 170, ME 270, ME 200
  • MSE 182, MSE 201, MSE 206
  • NPRE 247
  • PHYS 100, PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214, PHYS 225
  • SE 101
  • TAM 195, TAM 210, TAM 211, TAM 212, TAM 251, TAM 252

Students are placed on Warning Status when the College GPA is 2.25 or below because a large majority of students with a low CGPA end up on probation or are eventually dropped from the university for poor academic performance. Students on Warning Status are on good academic standing with a cumulative GPA above 2.0 (this is not a probation status).

If notified, students should take necessary corrective action, which typically includes repeating foundational classes right away and/or adjusting the upcoming academic schedule.  Moving on with courses without first addressing deficiencies in foundational coursework propagates lack of understanding in core concepts and usually leads to additional repeated coursework, more time on campus, and possible the need to change majors.

Advice and best practices for your schedule:

  • Take no more than 16 hours and no more than 10 technical hours this semester.
  • Take no more than the same number of technical classes as in the past semester.
    • Consider taking fewer technical classes.
  • In general, repeat any technical/engineering course for which you earned a C- or below. That includes Math, Phys, Chem, and core classes for your major.
  • If you earned a D or below in calculus, consider taking the prior level course right away (perhaps you started in a too advanced class).
  • Discuss with your academic advisor and design a plan that fits your particular situation.
  • Make sure to check prerequisites for all classes you are planning to take
    • Do not take courses concurrently with their prerequisites.

Students on Warning Status have a College Hold placed on their account until action is taken.

Students with CGPA below 2.25 but above 1.99

Students with CGPA below 2.0

Required to do a degree audit and check CGPA

Required to do a degree audit and check CGPA

Required to fill out a Planning Worksheet

Required to fill out a Planning Worksheet

College Hold removed after complete above steps. Strongly encouraged to see an engineering advisor in 206 EH by the 5th day of classes

College Hold removed after complete above steps AND see an engineering advisor in 206 EH by the 5th day of classes

Transfer students with CGPA below 2.25 are all required to see Keri Niehans or Casey Moore.


Probationary status is a warning that improved academic performance is required. If the probation GPA level assigned is not met in the following semester, the student is subject to drop rules. The minimum academic goal of any student should be to keep his or her GPA for any semester above 2.00.

A detailed description of the campus probation regulations appears in part 1, article 3-110 of the Student Code .

The rules are outlined here for convenience:

GPA Situation

Probation Rule

Semester GPA < 2.0 for continuing students with cumulative GPA > 2.0


Beginning freshman with a semester or summer GPA < 2.0

2.00 probation

Cumulative GPA between 1.75 - 1.99 inclusive

2.25 probation

Cumulative GPA < 1.75

2.33 probation

Combined Transfer and 
U of I GPA < 2.0

2.00 probation

In addition, students may be placed on probation if they do not meet Technical GPA Requirements

Academic Success Meeting

Students who are placed on probation may be required to attend the Academic Success Meeting at the start of the Semester. Please see the dates, times and locations for the upcoming Academic Success Meeting.

  • Wednesday, January 22 from 1 - 1:50 PM in MSEB Room 100
  • Thursday, January 23 from 9 - 9:50 AM in MSEB Room 100
  • Thursday, January 23 from 5:30 - 6:20 PM in MSEB Room 100

If the student is are unable to attend the meeting he/she signed up to attend, please email stating which session he/she will be attending instead.

Drop Rules

Students who do not satisfy the terms of their probation, or who meet other drop rules of the University, are subject to being dropped.  The relevant portion of the Student Code states that a student is subject to drop action under any of the following conditions:

  1. Failure to earn at least a GPA of 1.0 in any semester (not including summer session).
  2. Failure to meet the assigned probation level if the cumulative GPA is below 2.0.
  3. Failure to make satisfactory progress toward a degree*.
  4. Failure to meet departmental GPA requirements.

*Satisfactory academic progress is defined by the Student Code and The Grainger College of Engineering as progressing towards fulfilling the graduation requirements of your degree in the Grainger College of Engineering within a reasonable number of semesters with a minimum academic performance. A student whose progress is unsatisfactory is subject to being dropped from the University. Examples of unsatisfactory progress include, but are not limited to:

  • failure to complete a required course with acceptable academic performance after multiple attempts;
  • failure to pass any courses required in the curriculum being pursued in a given semester;
  • failure to attain or maintain specific requirements in the curriculum being pursued (e.g., technical GPA requirements)

Drop rules may be waived in individual cases by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs.  This normally happens only when there is a good reason to believe that the student can be successful if he or she continues with classwork at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. 

Advice -- If you feel that you are in danger of being dropped, discuss your situation with an advisor in your major department before the end of the semester

Readmission after Drop Status or Withdrawal

Students who have been dropped once by The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Grainger College of Engineering can apply for readmission, usually after being away from the University for at least one year.  Students who have been dropped twice may not apply for readmission.

End of Term Academic Review

The Academic Review Committee meets at the end of the term to determine the final academic status of students who meet drop eligibility rules. The academic status of such students is determined after a thorough review of academic history, advising records, documented utilization of available resources offered by the college, and supporting documentation. Students are then notified via email immediately following the review.


  • Final Grades Post (mid May/late December)
  • Academic Review Committee Meeting (2-3 business days after grade posting)
  • Notification of Academic Status (1-2 days after academic review)

Student Narrative Form:

The above timeline is very short. Students who feel that they may be dropped may wish to provide information to the academic review committee prior to the review.  They may do so via the following form: note, this process does not guarantee any specific outcomes, it only provides the committee additional information to review.


Please contact The Grainger College of Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office at if you have questions.

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