Probation and Dismissal

Scholastic Standing Review

After the fall and spring semesters (not after summer or winter sessions), the Committee on Student Scholastic Standing reviews and may take action on the record of every student whose semester GPA, cumulative GPA, or major GPA is 2.0 or lower.  These students may be placed on Warning, Probation or may be Dismissed from the School of Engineering. Students will be notified in writing of their academic standing. Low academic performance can also impact your eligibility for financial aid.

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Students are placed on probation when they have earned less than 2.0 in the cumulative GPA or major GPA. Students are notified in writing of probationary status and the conditions of probation before the start of the next term. Students who have pending grade changes may appeal the Probation status in writing to your advising dean in the SoE.  

While on academic probation, students must consult with their advisors regularly, curtail extracurricular activities (including employment), and attend class regularly. Removal from probation depends on academic performance in the upcoming term, including grades and progress in the major.  In order to be removed from academic probation, we are generally looking for a semester GPA, cumulative GPA, and major GPA of 2.0+ along with no D’s, F’s, or W’s in engineering related courses. That does not mean that you cannot drop a class.  It is always better to drop a class than to fail it.  

Students on academic probation are required to complete at least 9cr of courses relevant to their major, earning letter grades of C's or higher (excluding pass/nocr). For an engineering major, this means STEM courses required for the major, and no more than 15cr in total: Guidelines for selecting courses. Options for what happens next:

  • Removal from Probation: To be removed from probation, students are required to bring both the cumulative GPA AND major GPA above 2.0, and earn C's or higher in the STEM courses.
  • Probation Continued: If, at the end of the semester, either the cumulative or major GPA is still below 2.0, but the term GPA is 2.3 or higher (including no D/F/W/NC in STEM courses), you would still be on probation for another semester.
  • Dismissal: If the student earns D/F/W in STEM courses, this can result in dismissal. See a dean or advisor if you are struggling in your courses to discuss options.
  • Dismissal: If either the cumulative GPA or major GPA is below 2.0 AND the term GPA is below 2.3, the result in dismissal.


SoE Scholastic Standing Committee will notify the dismissed students via their Rutgers email address and by US Mail to their home address on file. When students are dismissed, they will be removed from the Rutgers directory. Their courses for the following semester will be removed. Housing and financial aid may also be cancelled. Students may be dismissed after 1 semester on probation if ANY of the following occur:

  • the cumulative GPA is less than 2.0, or 
  • the major GPA is less than 2.0,
  • lack of improvement during the probationary term, or
  • lack of progress in the engineering curriculum.


  • Students can be dismissed without any prior probation if they have completed 1 semester of non-engineering coursework. See Non-engineering Dismissal below.
  • Students who either withdraw from or perform poorly in STEM courses, but are able to salvage their cumulative GPA and/or major GPA by repeating courses (E-credit), withdrawing from STEM courses, or by performing very well in non-STEM courses can be dismissed for lack of progress in the engineering curriculum.

Options for Dismissed Students

Apply for Readmission

  • Dismissal After the Fall Semester: If a student gets dismissed after fall, and wants to continue engineering, they must take a mandatory spring semester off. Students must complete 12cr minimum (including 9cr STEM) between spring and summer, with no more than 8cr in the summer, with a 3.0 GPA, and with a certain cumulative GPA at the time of readmission.  Please note that readmission into your original engineering major is not guaranteed (low major GPA and related academic deficiencies are considered).  See Readmission for more details.
  • Dismissal After the Spring Semester: If a student gets dismissed after spring, they can apply for readmission based on summer (6-8cr at RU),  or by going to community college (12cr+ between summer and fall). With either route, a 3.0 GPA is required along with a certain cumulative GPA upon readmission. See Readmission for more details.
  • Dismissed and want to transfer out of the SoE: If a student is dismissed and wants to transfer out and has a certain cumulative GPA (see below) and can reasonably reach a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in 15cr, they can be approved to do one terminal semester of non-engineering courses in preparation for a transfer out. This is a terminal semester, with no readmission back into SoE. Performing poorly in summer classes can nullify this option. See Readmission for more details.
  • Cumulative GPA Requirement for Readmission: 1.600 cumulative GPA if it is based on 1 – 30 credits in the GPA; 1.800 cumulative GPA if it is based on 31 – 60 credits in the GPA; 2.000 cumulative GPA if it is based on more than 60 cr in the GPA. Major GPA must be at least 1.900.

Appeal with Extenuating Circumstances

  • Students with unforeseen, verifiable extenuating circumstances can appeal the decision after receiving the Dismissal Notice. Instructions on how and where to submit the appeal will be included on the Dismissal Notice. Appeals should not be sent to individual deans or advisors. Verifiable extenuating circumstances often include recent physical or mental illness, recent illness/death in family, pending grade changes, or other unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Appeal letters (typed, not handwritten) should summarize the extenuating circumstances, include documentation, and provide a realistic plan to overcome the circumstances. 

Transfer to Another Institution

  • If you are not eligible for readmission, or if you choose not to return to RU, you can apply to another institution to finish your degree, where you will start with a fresh GPA.
  • International Students who are dismissed have to be admitted immediately for the next semester into a community college or other institution, otherwise, they have to return to their home country immediately. 

Non-Engineering Program

The School of Engineering allows students to take one semester of non-engineering coursework (major code: 001) in preparation for a transfer out of SoE. A student will be dismissed from SoE after completing one more semester of non-engineering coursework, with or without being on academic probation in the previous semester. If the cumulative GPA is below 2.0, but the semester GPA is above 2.3, the student can contact their advising dean and apply for a 2nd non-engineering semester to improve the cumulative GPA. In all other cases, the student will not be allowed to continue at Rutgers in the next term and would need to go through the readmission process.