Academic Probation FAQs

What is Probation?

Students who have less than a 2.0 cumulative grade point average are considered “At Risk of Failing.” There are 3 levels of “At Risk” students at Bucks: Academic Warning, Academic Probation, and Suspension. Academic Probation is the second, and more severe of the 3 levels. If you are on Probation fortwo consecutive semesters, you are in danger of being suspended.

What does this mean?

  • It means that your cumulative (overall) g.p.a. is less than 2.0 and that you have received poor or failing grades in some courses.

I did ok this semester. Why am I on probation?

  • All of the courses you’ve taken at Bucks are included in your cumulative g.p.a. Therefore, you may have done well this semester, but poorly in past semesters. Or, you did well in other semesters, but not so well this semester.

Can I still attend next semester?

  • Yes, you can, but you will be limited to a maximum of 7 credits.

Why am I limited to 7 credits? 

  • The faculty, staff, and administration at Bucks want you to be successful in your studies.
  • Your grades indicate that you are having trouble in one or more areas and we want to help you correct the problem to avoid the possibility of being suspended.

What should I do?

  • Meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss your course selection.
    • An Academic Advisor can help you choose the appropriate courses for you.
    • If you are already registered, the Academic Advisor will review your schedule and recommend changes, if necessary.
    • If you are registered for more than 7 credits, the Academic Advisor will help you adjust your schedule.
    • HINT: The quickest way to improve your g.p.a. is to repeat the courses in which you earned less than a final grade of “C”.

When should I adjust my schedule?

  • Please note that students on Academic Probation must have all voluntary schedule adjustments completed by June 29, 2017.
  • You may adjust your schedule through Self-Service Student Planning at any time.
  • You may also contact Susan Darrah, Academic Success Coordinator, at 215-968-8172 or for assistance.
  • You may also adjust your schedule at any scheduled walk-in registration events. For information on walk-in registration events, please visit

I’m registered for more than 7 credits. What if I don’t adjust my schedule? 

  • Members of the Academic Performance Committee will review your semester schedule after January 12, 2017.
  • They have the authority to drop (but not add) courses from your schedule. If they drop any courses, you will receive email notification.
  • HINT:  It’s in your best interest to meet with an Advisor and decide on schedule changes yourself, before it’s done for you.

Can I talk to somebody to see if I can take more than 7 credits in the upcoming semester?

  • Yes, members of the Academic Performance Committee hold appeal hearings at specific times and locations. Please click on the Appeal for More than 7 Credits form for specific times and dates.
  • You may appeal to take more than 7 credits but only the Academic Performance Committee has the authority to give you permission.
  • You may not meet with anyone other than the Academic Performance Committee on this matter.
  • The Appeal form cites both acceptable and unacceptable reasons for appeal. To view the Appeal form, please visit
  • Prior to meeting with the Academic Performance Committee, students who wish to appeal the 7 credit limit must attend a General Information Session.
  • Please click on the Academic Policies General Information Flyer button for more information. 

I’m on Financial Aid. What about that?

  • Students must make satisfactory academic progress to receive Financial Aid.  Satisfactory Academic Progress is determined by the number of credits you attempted (withdrawals count), the number of credits you completed, and your g.p.a.
  • HINT: This is all the more reason to address any problems or issues with your studies immediately, before you find yourself on Probation.

If I do well this upcoming semester, can I then register for more than 7 credits the following semester?

  • Yes, but not until we receive your final grades for the semester and see that your g.p.a is 2.0 or higher.
    • Students who register for the next semester during Current Student Registration will be limited to 7 credits.
    • You may add additional credits if your Academic Standing improves and you are no longer on Probation.

When can I add additional courses?

  • During any scheduled registration period after final grades are posted.
  • Please meet with an Advisor to choose your courses wisely. We do not want you to add courses and find yourself on Suspension at the end of the new semester.