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Undergraduates must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and a quantitative unit requirement for satisfactory academic progress. In addition, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for conferral of a baccalaureate degree.

Undergraduates normally are expected to plan their academic programs so that they can complete 180 units in four years (twelve quarters), including the requirements for a major and the General Education (Ways/GERs), Writing and Rhetoric, and Language Requirements. Satisfactory academic progress is, on average, 45 units per academic year for four years leading to at least 180 units, a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0, and a baccalaureate degree.

While undergraduates are expected to register for a minimum of 12 units, they are required to earn at least 9 units each quarter (by the end of the final exam period) and at least 36 units in their most recent three quarters of Stanford enrollment (by the end of the third final exam period). In addition, students are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Transfer work completed at other institutions is not considered in this calculation.

A student earning fewer than 9 units per quarter or fewer than 36 units in three quarters, or earning less than a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, is placed on academic probation. (For students with disabilities taking a reduced course load, contact the Office of Accessible Education for additional information.) Additionally, a student may be placed directly on provisional registration or academic suspension (both further defined in this section) without first being placed on academic probation if the student had a prior probation status. Students on academic probation or provisional registration status are required to earn a minimum of 12 units of new course work per quarter (by the end of the final quarter examination period for each quarter) in each quarter for three quarters of consecutive enrollment (excluding Summer, and achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 to attain a satisfactory academic progress status. The C-USP Subcommittee on Academic Progress may stipulate otherwise by acting upon a request for fewer units (i.e. reduced course load).


Full-time enrollment is considered to be enrollment in a minimum of 12 units of course work per quarter at Stanford. Under extenuating circumstances, students may submit a request to the C-USP Subcommittee on Academic Progress to take fewer units. As a general proposition, work necessary to complete units from previous quarters does not count toward the 12 units necessary for full-time enrollment in the current quarter. All students registering for fewer than 12 units should consider the effects of that registration on their degree progress, visas, residency requirements, varsity athlete status, and their eligibility for financial aid and awards as well as eligibility for or deferment of student loans.

All undergraduates validly registered at Stanford are considered to be in good standing for the purposes of enrollment certification and athletic participation.

Units are granted for courses completed with grades 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' 'D,' 'Satisfactory' ('CR' or 'S'), and 'L.' Courses graded 'N' are counted provisionally as units earned, provided the student enrolls in the continuing segment of that course the following quarter. When the course is completed satisfactorily, the student receives the units for which he or she enrolled. No units are granted for a course in which the student receives an 'I' or a 'GNR' ('GNR' replaced the '*' effective Autumn Quarter 2009-10) until the course is completed satisfactorily and the final grade reported. No units are granted for a course in which the student receives a 'W'. See the Grading System policy section.

Students who receive all 'W's as the result of a Leave of Absence (either voluntary or involuntary) are subject to Academic Progress policies.

The C-USP Subcommittee on Academic Progress, in its discretion, is empowered to place conditions on students with an academic progress status (e.g., academic probation, provisional registration, etc.) with regard to enrollment and participation in programs and activities. In addition, students on academic probation require approval in advance from Academic AdvisingResidential Education, and the Overseas Studies Program office or Stanford in Washington Program office or Stanford in New York or Stanford at Sea in order to participate in Stanford's Overseas Studies Program or Stanford in Washington Program or Stanford in New York or Stanford at Sea; while students on other statuses (e.g., provisional registration, etc.) are ineligible to participate in these programs.

Degree Progress standards for coterminal students are described in the coterminal bachelor's and master's degrees section of the Bulletin. 

Students receiving federal student aid funds must maintain satisfactory academic progress standards that may be more strict than those outlined here. See the Financial Aid Office website for details.

Academic Probation

A student who fails to earn at least 36 units of work (by the end of the third final exam period) in his or her most recent three quarters of enrollment at the University (excluding Summer), or who fails to earn by the end of the final examination period at least 9 quarter units of work in his or her most recent quarter of enrollment at the University (excluding Summer), or who has a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0, may be placed on academic probation.

A student shall be removed from academic probation if, in each of three subsequent quarters of consecutive enrollment at the University (excluding Summer*, see above), he or she earns a minimum of 12 units of new course work by the end of the final examination period and achieves and maintains a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. A student may also be removed from academic probation at the discretion of the C-USP Subcommittee on Academic Progress or its designees as a result of a review of individual records.

Provisional Registration

A student who, while on academic probation, fails in any quarter of registration (excluding Summer*, see above) to earn a minimum of 12 units of new course work by the end of the final examination period or fails to achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0, may be placed on provisional registration status. In addition, and on occasion, a student may also be placed directly on provisional registration without first being placed on academic probation if the student has had a prior probation status.

A student shall be removed from provisional registration if, in each of three subsequent quarters of enrollment at the University (excluding Summer*, see above), he or she earns a minimum of 12 units of new course work by the end of the final examination period and achieves and maintains a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. A student may also be removed from provisional registration at the discretion of the C-USP Subcommittee on Academic Progress or its designees as a result of a review of individual records.

Academic Suspension

A student who, while on provisional registration, fails in any quarter of registration (excluding Summer*, see above) to earn a minimum of 12 units of new course work by the end of the final examination period or fails to achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0, may be placed on academic suspension. In addition, and on occasion, a student may also be placed on academic suspension directly from academic probation; or may be placed on academic suspension without first being placed on academic probation or provisional registration if the student has had a prior probation status.

While students placed on academic suspension for the first time are suspended for one year, students placed on academic suspension a subsequent time may be suspended for up to three years.

Students suspended for one year are not eligible to enroll for four quarters (including Summer Quarter) following the quarter in which the academic suspension was issued. Students suspended for up to three years are not eligible to enroll for up to twelve quarters (including Summer Quarter) following the quarter in which the academic suspension was issued.

As well, until re-enrollment, students who are suspended are ineligible for the privileges associated with registration, privileges that include living in University housing, participating in voluntary student organizations, and involvement in any activity for which enrollment is a requirement.

The C-USP Subcommittee on Academic Progress or its designees, in its discretion, may impose conditions of the academic suspension, and/or to a return from the academic suspension.

Reconsideration of Academic Suspension

Students who receive an academic suspension and believe they have information that presents relevant and compelling material previously unknown to the subcommittee or its designees, such that reconsideration for immediate continuation of their studies without a break in enrollment is suitable, should meet with an adviser from the office of Academic Advising in VPUE to discuss their circumstances. Students with such relevant circumstances may submit a Request for Reconsideration of Academic Suspension.  Granting such requests is at the discretion of the subcommittee or its designees, and may be based on factors or considerations regarded as relevant including the demonstrated or perceived likelihood for immediate academic success. Requests for reconsideration submitted after the deadline are not accepted. A student may also grieve an academic suspension under the Student Academic Grievance Procedure.

Students are expected to complete their academic suspension in full. An academic suspension may not be substituted, in part or in whole, by a Leave of Absence.

Returning from Suspension

Students are required to submit a properly endorsed application for reinstatement to request re-enrollment after the suspension period has been completed. Instructions, including deadlines for requesting to return, should be obtained from the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, via the office of Academic Advising, Sweet Hall. The C-USP Subcommittee on Academic Progress, or those designated by the subcommittee, acts upon all requests concerning academic progress and its statuses, including a Request to Return and Register after completion of the academic suspension. The subcommittee or its designees may determine whether the application for reinstatement to return will be approved or not, and/or the conditions a student must meet in order to return. Request to Return and Register decisions are at the discretion of the University and may be based on activities while away from campus, the perceived potential for successful completion of the program, as well as any other factors or considerations regarded as relevant to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education or the subcommittee or its designees.

Students who return from an academic suspension are given the academic progress status "provisional registration", and must adhere to and comply with the policies above and elsewhere related to that status upon their return. Questions concerning academic progress or requests to return should be directed to the office of Academic Advising, Sweet Hall.

Students returning from academic suspension should also contact appropriate campus offices, such as Housing and Financial Aid, regarding those offices' deadlines and procedures.

Notification (Academic Progress)

Written notification that a student is on academic probation, provisional registration, or academic suspension is sent to the student, to the student's academic adviser(s), and to other relevant university offices and individuals as soon as possible after the close of the quarter. Students also receive written notification of the outcome of their Request for Reconsideration of Academic Suspension, or their Request to Return and Register after completion of their academic suspension. Current student status, such as whether a student is enrolled or not, is considered Directory Information for the purposes of FERPA at Stanford, and Stanford may provide either parent(s) or guardian(s) written notification of a change in student status. Provided that a student consents, or the student is a dependent for income tax purposes, Stanford may also provide either parent(s) or guardian(s) written notification that the student is on academic probation, provisional registration, academic suspension, or Leave of Absence (either voluntary or involuntary). Other FERPA exceptions may also apply.