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Frequently Asked Questions - Academic Probation


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  • Academic probation is a warn­ing that the quality of your work has not met Texas State’s minimum academic standards. There are many reasons that this might be true. PACE Academic Advising wants to work with you in addressing whatever issues you faced during your Fall semester.

  • A student will be placed on academic probation at the end of the fall or spring semester in which the Texas State GPA is below 2.00.

    Probation only looks at the GPA of classes taken at Texas State. Therefore, transfer credit does not assist a student in returning to good academic standing. This includes summer classes taken at community colleges.

  • PACE students have all of their spring and the following fall semester to return to good academic standing. If they do, they will be taken off of academic probation. If they do not, they will be placed on academic suspension.

    The first suspension is for one semester. After this, the student can return to Texas State. If they have not returned to good academic standing after the allotted time, they are suspended for two years. After the two years, they may return again. If the student is not off of probation at the end of the third attempt period, they will be permanently suspended. All suspensions can be appealed if the student experienced exceptional circumstances.

  • Yes. To remain admitted to McCoy, a student has one long semester to return to good academic standing rather than two. If the student is still on Academic Probation at the end of the first probation semester, they are removed from their business major and are made Exploratory Professional, our pre-business program. The student will then need to reapply to McCoy later.

    While a student will only have one semester on probation to maintain their status in McCoy, they will still have both long semesters to return to good academic standing before being placed on academic suspension. Additionally, being Exploratory Professional does not affect a student’s ability to take business classes.

  • Texas State allows students to take a class three times. When a course is taken more than once from Texas State, the second grade (first repeat) and all subsequent grades (repeats) are included in computing the Texas State hours attempted, grade points earned and GPA.

    More information can be found here.

  • You may continue to change your schedule as long as the registration system is open. The registration system closes on 12/21 and reopens on 1/2. PACE Academic Advising has a page dedicated to assisting students with registration issues while we are not in the office.

  • A W counts as an attempt at a course, but does not count toward your GPA. It also does not count toward Financial Aid hours. You are allowed six undergraduate Ws at Texas State.

    Therefore, dropping the first attempt at a class with a W will mean that your next attempt––even if it is the first time you complete the class with a grade––will still count as the second (and grade-replacing) attempt. Receiving a W for the second attempt at a class will replace the original grade. However, if you need to retake the course again, which will incur a repeat fee.

    More information can be found here.

  • Financial Aid is different for every student. PACE Academic Advising strongly recommends that you contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship office for information pertaining to your specific situation.

  • To withdraw for the semester, please see the form on the Office of the Registrar’s website. Withdrawing before the 12th class day (2/6) will mean you will receive a refund and no Ws on your transcript. After the 12th class day, dropping a class will mean you will receive a W (which means the class will count as an attempt) and you will not receive a refund.

    For information on dropping after final day for Ws, please see the Office of the Registrar or your advisor.

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