Academic ProbationStudents in Weinberg College can be placed on probation for any of the following reasons:
- Earning two or more grades below C in any quarter.
- Having a cumulative GPA below 2.00 on all work attempted at Northwestern University (applicable for sophomores, juniors, and seniors).
- Failing in each of two consecutive quarters to complete at least three one-unit courses or the equivalent. Or, after six quarters of residence, failing to earn an average of three course units for each quarter of residence because of dropped courses, F or N grades, or uncompleted courses.
- Failing to maintain a C average in the major field of study.
The assignment of probation is notice that progress toward the degree is unsatisfactory. It is not noted on the student's official transcript and does not jeopardize eligibility to participate in extra-curricular activities.
Responding to academic probation
If you receive notice that you are on academic probation, be sure to set up a meeting with your College Adviser by calling 847-491-8916. You and your adviser can explore reasons for your unsatisfactory performance and discuss what you might do differently in order to raise your performance level.
Removal from probation
Many students are removed from academic probation after just one quarter.
To qualify for removal from probation:
- You normally must complete each of at least three courses for a grade of C or higher, and
- Your cumulative GPA must be at least 2.00.
Grades of X, Y, and N are, in the absence of extenuating circumstances, all counted as F's in calculation of the GPA. In addition, students cannot be removed from probation at the end of a quarter in which they have earned an F in any course.
Dismissal from Northwestern
If you are on probation and you do not correct the academic deficiency within the period of probation—usually the subsequent quarter—you may be dismissed from the University. Dismissal is generally for a full year. Students who have occupied themselves constructively during that year can request re-entry to Weinberg College. For more information, see a College Adviser.Back to top