Loyola University Chicago

First and Second Year Advising

Student Academic Services


Defining Academic Probation:

Academic Standing: Probation

Students are considered on Academic Probation if they drop below the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements as defined by the school or college in which they are enrolled. If a student is below the minimum GPA requirement for more than 1 semester, they run the risk of being dropped from their respective school due to poor scholarship.

Different schools and colleges at Loyola have different minimum GPA requirements:

Schools and CollegesMinimum GPA Requirements
College of Arts and Sciences, Quinlan School of Business, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies 2.0 Cumulative GPA
School of Social Work 2.5 Cumulative GPA
School of Education 2.5 Cumulative and 2.8 in major/content area
School of Nursing 2.5 Cumulative by end of First year and must be maintained each semester thereafter

As a University, Loyola's minimum GPA requirement is 2.0. Students who are below the minimum University GPA requirement for more than one consecutive semester run the risk of being dropped from the University due to poor scholarship.

What should a student do if they find out they are on Academic Probation?

Students on academic probation must meet with an academic advisor, or contact their school's Dean's Office before the end of the first week of the semester to set up an Academic Improvement Plan appointment. See below on who to contact:

First-year student and sophomores (students with less than 55 earned credit hours at the beginning of the Academic Calendar Year) who have been placed on academic probation must meet with their academic advisor in First and Second Year Advising before the end of the second week of classes to complete an Academic Improvement Plan. Students can schedule an Academic Improvement Plan appointment by calling 773.508.7714 or stopping by First and Second Year Advising in Sullivan Suite 260.

Juniors and seniors (students with 55+ earned credit hours at the beginning of the Academic Calendar Year) who have been placed on academic probation should contact their respective Dean's Office to complete an Academic Improvement Plan:

Before your Academic Improvement Plan probation students complete the Self-Assessment Sheet to help them determine some of the causes of their academic standing and some potential solutions. Please fill out this Self-Assessment and bring it with you to your academic improvement plan appointment.

During the term, prior to registration week, probation students will need their professors to fill out an Academic Progress Sheet to verify their progress. If they've made satisfactory progress they may have their probation hold lifted so they can register for courses. Please turn in this completed form to your advisor prior to registration.

Resources for Students on Academic Probation

Academic Improvement Plan

The Academic Improvement Plan is a tool for students on academic probation. It is a personal action plan developed by you and your academic advisor and designed to assist you in identifying key resources and developing skills and strategies that will help you improve your cumulative grade point average (GPA) to return to good academic standing. The Academic Improvement Plan includes:

  • An individual academic advising meeting scheduled within two weeks of the start of the semester in which you are on probation. During this meeting, you will work with your academic advisor to determine the factors that contributed to your current academic standing and to determine what academic skill areas you need to focus on for greater success. The advisor and student will develop the Academic Improvement Plan together.
  • Referrals to a series of workshops that will be held each semester and that include topics such as Time Management, Note-Taking Strategies, College Reading Strategies, College Exam Strategies, etc.
  • Access to Tutoring. Students on academic probation will be encouraged to meet with peer tutors to work on content areas in which they need assistance. Students may request tutoring in their content area at the beginning of the semester through week 10; it is a weekly commitment.
  • Additional referrals to individual academic advising appointments, referrals to the Wellness Center, the Career Development Center, the Writing Center or other key campus resources may be included.
  • E-mail reminders about the workshop series and tutoring services to all students on academic probation throughout the semester. Additional academic assistance resources are available at http://www.luc.edu/advising/academic_success_tools.shtml.

Please fill out this Self-Assessment and bring it with you to your Academic Improvement Plan appointment.

Meet with your Professor

Meeting regularly with your professor during their office hours can help on several fronts:

  • It can provide you a forum for you to ask questions that may not have been answered in class.
  • You can use the time to review tests and quizzes with the professor.
  • Communicating regularly about your academic work can help you identify and address problems before they become insurmountable.
  • Building a relationship with your professor can help ease class anxiety.

Academic Success Strategies

Academic work is complex and involves more than just memorization. Looking through some of our Academic Strategies can assist you in identifying the areas where you may be struggling and help you learn new ways to address those areas.

Grade Calculators

These Grade Calculators can help you estimate what cumulative grade point average (GPA) you will have at the end of the term given your current grades, as well as what assignment grades you will need in order to achieve your desired grade in a class.

Services for Student with Disabilities

The Services for Student with Disabilities website can provide you with information on services available to you if you have a disability. The SSWD office can help you if you were wondering how to determine if you have a disability, how to document a diagnosed disability, or if you were seeking accommodations for your disability.

Tutoring Center

At the Tutoring Center website you can make an appointment with a tutor for small group tutoring, or find out the times for walk-in tutoring for math, science and several business courses.

Academic Advising Workshops

First and Second Year Advising offers Workshops every Fall and Spring semester. Our weekly workshops cover an array of topics to help with student success. Topics include time management, note taking strategies, study strategies, financial planning, personal development & goal setting, and registration workshops.

Writing Resources

If you would like to improve your writing skills, check out these Writing Resources. Learn how to meet with a writing tutor and how to write papers for your major. You can also explore American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA) and Chicago formatting guides and learn grammatical and stylistic rules, tips and tricks.

Wellness Center

Not all academic problems start in the classroom. Both mental and physical health and wellness are important to academic success. The Wellness Center has many resources and information to help you stay healthy. Some resources include their counseling staff, medical staff, meditation and relaxation workshops, as well as information on substance abuse and guides on self-care.