College of Engineering Academic Standing

Undergraduate students in the College of Engineering are subject to UTSA's Academic Standing policy in addition to policies specific to the College of Engineering.

Minimum Grade Requirements

Students who fail to maintain the minimum required grade point average of 2.0 in all work attempted at UTSA will be placed on:

  1. Academic warning
  2. Academic probation, or
  3. Academic dismissal as appropriate

Failing to Meet Minimum Grade Requirements

Academic Warning

First-time undergraduates at UTSA, including transfer students, who were admitted in good standing and earn a semester grade point average between 1.0 and 1.99 during their first semester at UTSA are placed on academic warning.

At the end of their second semester of registration at UTSA, the academic standing of students on academic warning will be changed to good standing if their overall UTSA grade point average rises to at least 2.0. If their overall UTSA grade point average remains below 2.0, their academic standing will be changed to academic probation.

First time undergraduates at UTSA, including transfer students, who were admitted in good standing and have a semester grade point average below 1.0 during their first semester are placed on academic probation and bypass the academic warning status completely.

Students on academic warning must be advised prior to registration to help ensure their academic success. Freshmen who have declared majors are advised in the Colleges' Freshman Advising Center (CFAC). Students who have earned 30 or more semester credit hours and have declared majors are advised in the advising center of the college of their major. Students who are undecided are advised in the Tomás Rivera Center (TRC).

In the College of Engineering, all students who have earned 30 or more semester credit hours, including students on academic warning, are advised by a faculty advisor.


Academic Probation

Students in good standing whose overall UTSA grade point average falls below 2.0 (other than first-time undergraduates who meet the criteria for academic warning) are placed on academic probation. Academic probation will be cleared when a student achieves a 2.0 overall UTSA grade point average.

Students on academic probation whose semester grade point average is below 2.0 will be placed on academic dismissal, even if their overall UTSA grade point average is above 2.0.


Academic Dismissal and Reinstatement Policy and Procedures

There are three types of academic dismissal, each of which is described below. If students believe there are nonacademic extenuating circumstances that contributed to their inability to do well academically, they may appeal their first dismissal by completing the Petition for Undergraduate Reinstatement form. Once the form is completed and submitted to the Undergraduate Admissions Office, a committee will review the appeal. Students will be notified of the committee's decision once the review has been finalized.

First Academic Dismissal

Students, other than those classified as provisional students, who are placed on academic dismissal for the first time will be reinstated if they so choose after not attending UTSA for the next regular semester (Fall, Spring, or entire Summer Semester).

Students seeking reinstatement must apply for admission with the Admissions Office by:

  • July 1 for Fall Semester
  • December 1 for the Spring Semester
  • May 1 for the Summer Semester

Students on academic dismissal from UTSA may attend other institutions and transfer appropriate coursework completed to UTSA, but grades earned cannot count toward or be used to improve their UTSA grade point average. If a student does enroll at another institution, an admission decision will be made upon receipt of an official transcript that reflects grades on coursework taken at that institution during the period of dismissal from UTSA.

Typically, a student subject to dismissal will be dismissed; however, each UTSA college has an appeals procedure administered by the college. College of Engineering students who wish to appeal a dismissal should complete the Petition for Undergraduate Reinstatement form. In unusual circumstances, a student may be allowed to continue subject to conditions prescribed by the Dean.

The College of Engineering approves appeals only for the first academic dismissal. Students who appeal must show strong evidence that their dismissal was caused by nonacademic extenuating circumstances.

Subsequent Academic Dismissal

Students placed on academic dismissal for a second or subsequent time may be reinstated after not attending UTSA for one calendar year with the approval of the reinstatement committee in the college of the student's major.

Reinstatement decisions for students without a declared major are determined by the reinstatement committee based in the Tomás Rivera Center (TRC). Each of these committees reports to a college Dean or Dean of Undergraduate Studies who has final authority for determinations of reinstatements.

Students seeking reinstatement must apply for admission to the Admissions Office to be considered by the appropriate reinstatement committee. The reinstatement committee's decision, and any conditions of the decision, will be communicated to the applicant by the reinstatement committee.

The College of Engineering will not reinstate any student who is placed on Academic Dismissal for the second time.

Provisional Academic Dismissal

Provisionally admitted students who are placed on academic dismissal must attend another college or university and complete a minimum of 12 semester credits of transferable college coursework with a minimum 2.0 grade point average to qualify for reinstatement to UTSA.

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Reinstatement Procedures

If the reinstatement committee in the college of the student's major or the reinstatement committee based in the Tomás Rivera Center (TRC) (for students without a declared major) approves the Petition for Reinstatement, the Office of Admissions will process the application for admission for the requested semester of enrollment.

If the petition for reinstatement is disapproved, a student may not file another petition until the following semester. Appeal of a denial for reinstatement may be made to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies within two weeks after notice of the denial is postmarked. The decision of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies is final.

All students who are reinstated from academic dismissal are placed on academic probation and must maintain a minimum semester 2.0 grade point average every semester until they reach a UTSA cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Students who have been reinstated following an academic dismissal must be advised prior to registration. At that time, the student and the advisor will develop a remedial plan specifying expectations the student will be required to meet during the semester. Students who fail to follow the requirements set by the Dean or University Reinstatement Committee will be subject to academic dismissal.

The College of Engineering Reinstatement Committee may conditionally approve the application for reinstatement. Typically, students are asked to pass certain number of required courses with final grades of C or better in all courses. In addition, grades of I or W are not accepted as part of the condition.

The reinstated students must be advised by their faculty advisors before registration. The student and the faculty advisor will develop a remedial plan specifying expectations the student will be required to meet during the semester. Students who fail to follow the requirements will be dismissed from the college permanently.

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Advising for Reinstated Students

Each advising center sees students concerning all matters of their academic status, such as progress toward degree completion, graduation status, academic probation, academic dismissal and changing majors.

Students on academic probation who are reinstated after academic dismissal or with a Texas Success Initiative (TSI) deficiency are required to be advised and holds are placed on their registration records to ensure that the student meets with an advisor. Students may also be required to meet with an advisor to obtain approval to register for restricted courses.

Freshmen (fewer than 30 earned semester credit hours) who have declared majors are advised in the Colleges' Freshman Advising Center (CFAC). Freshmen and continuing students who are undecided and those who are provisional are advised in the Tomás Rivera Center (TRC).

Students who have earned 30 or more semester credit hours and have declared majors are advised through the college advising centers of their major(s).

Students may also need to consult with the Honors College, Athletics program, advisors in colleges which offer secondary certifications or if seeking a major/minor outside their primary major, advisors within that college.

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