Undergraduate Academic Eligibility is the ability to enroll in courses at the University of Arizona
The 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 StatusesClick or enter to reveal information below
There are five (5) academic statuses related to a student’s eligibility to enroll in courses:
- 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 (link is external) 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
- 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
- If an appeal is granted, a student may enroll in courses but must complete requirements stipulated in the appeal decision, such as taking fewer units, using specific campus resources, and/or creating an academic action plan
Fall 2020 Academic Eligibility AppealsClick or enter to reveal information below
Due to the Revised Academic Eligibility and Grading Policies in Spring 2020, the Fall 2020 semester will be the first where students may earn Ineligible status.
Students who become Ineligible after the Fall 2020 term must appeal to be eligible to remain or enroll in classes at the University. Students whose appeals are approved will be granted another term of Probation status. The submission of an appeal does not guarantee the appeal will be approved.
Students are able to submit an appeal before the end of the Fall 2020 semester, but no appeals will be reviewed until after final grades are posted and the Academic Eligibility process determines a student is at Ineligible status.
The priority deadline for Fall 2020 is January 8, 2021.
Students who do not submit their appeal by this deadline and are enrolled for the Spring 2021 semester will be removed from their classes.
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.
If your request is for your own health reasons, please upload a completed verification of health-related reasons form. Do NOT submit full medical records. The form is available here.
The Office of the Registrar is closed from December 24, 2020 to January 4, 2021 in alignment with the University of Arizona’s winter closure. Please note that all university services (including advising) will not be available until January 4, 2020.
While the university is closed, students may access the Academic Eligibility Appeal Form at any time. Submissions will not be reviewed until the university re-opens in January.
Frequently Asked Questions (last updated 11/6/20)Click or enter to reveal information below
Where/how do I complete the appeal?
The appeal is available online here. Please make sure to review the required documentation prior to beginning.
What should be included with my appeal?
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. Your narrative statements should be approximately 200 words.
In addition to your narrative, you have the option to upload supplemental documentation. Supplemental documentation is optional. If your request is for your own health reasons, please upload a completed verification of health-related reasons form. Do NOT submit full medical records. The form is available here.
I am not sure if I am going to get back into Eligible Status, but I want to submit my appeal before grades are posted. Can I do this/should I do this/should I wait until grades are posted?
Sure! You can submit an appeal prior to the end of the semester, but they will not be reviewed prior to December 28th.
If your grades bring you to Eligible status your appeal will not be reviewed – because you are already at Eligible status!
When will a decision be made/when will I know if I'm able to return/add courses?
Appeals will be reviewed beginning January 4th – if your appeal is submitted by the January 8th deadline you will have an answer by January 11th.
If my appeal is approved what happens?
If your appeal is approved, you will be granted an additional semester of Academic Probation.
If I am granted an appeal and do not reach a 2.0, can I appeal again?
If my appeal is not granted, what are my options?
You would want to connect with your Academic Advisor to discuss your future plans.
When will I need to submit my appeal?
It is recommended you submit your appeal as soon as you are able – the priority deadline is January 8th.
Previous Academic StandingClick or enter to reveal information below
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.
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.