Undergraduate Academic Eligibility is the ability to enroll in courses at the University of Arizona
The Undergraduate Academic Eligibility Policy is designed to help undergraduates stay on track for degree completion at the University of Arizona and is calculated for all undergraduate students at the end of each fall and spring semester.
The five academic statuses determine eligibility to enroll in courses at the University; however, they do not determine eligibility to enroll in specific programs, schools, or colleges. Students who are not in Eligible status who earn grades in winter or summer term or have revisions to their academic record that updates their cumulative GPA to 2.00 or higher will return to Eligible status.
The resources below are designed to support students to navigate through the Academic Eligibility status and appeal process. Students are encouraged to speak with their advisor to answer any questions.
Academic Eligibility Appeals
The priority deadline for Fall 2022 appeals is January 6, 2023.
Students who do not submit their appeal by this deadline and are enrolled for the Spring 2023 semester will be removed from future coursework. Students may still appeal after this deadline and if approved be eligible to enroll in classes but must meet all published deadlines for class enrollment.
Students are encouraged to meet with their Academic Advisor to review the appeal process.
Academic Eligibility Statuses
- All new undergraduate students begin with a status of Eligible (i.e., good academic standing)
- Students must earn and maintain a 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA to continue in Eligible status
- Students with a status of Eligible may enroll in courses
- Review status occurs when a student earns a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above (i.e., good academic standing), but has a semester GPA of less than a 2.00
- Students with a status of Academic Review will be contacted by their college or school to determine if they need assistance to improve their GPA
- Warning status occurs when an undergraduate who was previously Eligible does not earn a 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA
- Students with a status of Academic Warning may enroll in courses, however, they will be contacted by their college or school and required to complete an intervention
- Students who begin a semester/term with a status of Academic Warning and earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above at the end of the semester/term will return to Eligible status
- Probation status occurs when a student who begins a semester/term on Academic Warning does not earn a 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA at the end of the semester/term
- Students with a status of Academic Probation may enroll in courses, however, they will be required to participate in an intervention developed in partnership with each college or school and the University’s Student Success & Retention Innovation program
- Students who begin a semester/term with a status of Academic Probation and earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above at the end of the semester/term will return to Eligible status
- Students who are assigned probation and who do not enroll in the next regular term (fall/spring) will be discontinued as they are not eligible for Back2UA. Students who do not enroll in the next regular term (fall/spring) will need to reapply to the university
- Ineligible status occurs when an undergraduate student who begins a semester/term on Academic Probation does not earn a 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA at the end of the semester/term
- Students with a status of Ineligible may not enroll in courses; however, they may submit an appeal (usually for extenuating circumstances) requesting an additional semester/term of Academic Probation status
An undergraduate student’s eligibility to enroll in courses does not ensure Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid purposes. Students who receive financial aid should consult directly with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid.
For more information please connect with your Academic Advisor.
Previous Academic Standing
Students who stopped taking classes or last earned grades at the University prior to Fall 2019 will have an Academic Standing which is different than the current Academic Eligibility policy. A student who left the University with a cumulative GPA below 2.0, will not be in Good Academic Standing or Academic Eligible status. If they wish to return to the University to complete courses, they will need to reapply. Readmission is not guaranteed. If they are readmitted, they will follow the path and requirements of a student who is at the Academic Warning status. Students should review the Readmission to the University policy.
Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 05/02/22)
The processes for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for Financial Aid, and appealing an Ineligible status are different. The information submitted to the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid for the SAP appeal will not be available to the committee reviewing Academic Eligibility Appeals. Students who have been assigned a status of Ineligible will need to file an Academic Eligibility Appeal if they wish to pursue future enrollment at the university.
No, we do not require additional documentation and it will not be accepted. Please make sure to answer the questions in your appeal fully with detail to aid the decision making process.
Students are reviewed holistically taking into account your academic profile (units of B to 2.0, GPA trend, academic remedies available, etc.) and your appeal submission (overall quality of responses, detailed plan for gaining Eligible status, resource engagement, etc.).
Sure! You can submit an appeal prior to the end of the semester; review of Fall 2022 appeals will begin in January 2023.
If your grades bring you to Eligible status your appeal will not be reviewed –your status will return to Eligible!
Yes. You will be reevaluated based on your progress and circumstances in your additional probation semester.
This appeal is for an additional semester of enrollment at the university however you may be required to move to a new college/major. You will be contacted by an academic advisor for next steps.
If your appeal is approved, you will be granted an additional semester of Academic Probation. Decisions will be emailed to your CatMail.
You will not be able to enroll in University of Arizona courses and any future enrolled courses may be administratively dropped. You are encouraged to connect with your Academic Advisor to discuss your future plans.
If you are on Academic Review, Academic Warning or Academic Probation, this will not affect your immigration status. If you become Ineligible and your appeal is not granted, you will not be able to enroll in courses, which will jeopardize your immigration status. You must meet with an International Student Advisor to discuss your future plans.
You should be prepared to provide a narrative explanation within the appeal. The narrative will outline the reason(s) for your appeal, the resources or services used so far, and the plan for success if the appeal is approved. Keeping in mind that becoming Ineligible is the result of 3 consecutive semesters under a 2.0 cumulative GPA, you should provide insight into the circumstances or challenges you have faced over those semesters, and then also describe how they may have changed (worsened or improved) during the last semester.
Appeals will be reviewed beginning January 3, 2023 – if your appeal is submitted by the January 6 deadline you will have an answer prior to the start of the Spring 2023 term.
The priority deadline for Fall 2022 appeals is January 6, 2023. Future enrolled courses will be dropped on January 7, so it is important to get your appeal submitted by January 6. The Fall 2022 appeal form is available here.