Academic Eligibility

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Students who meet each of the following three standards will have an academic status of Eligible–In Good Academic Standing and will be eligible to enroll in classroom courses in the following fall or spring semester:

1. Cumulative Grade Point Average: The University monitors each student’s grade point average every term. After the first full-time term at UNC–Chapel Hill, all full-time undergraduates must maintain a 2.000 cumulative UNC–Chapel Hill grade point average. Students enrolled via Part-time Classroom Studies must maintain a 2.000 cumulative UNC–Chapel Hill grade point average after having attempted nine or more credit hours.

2. Academic Semester Credit Hours: Full-time undergraduates must have the following number of academic semester credit hours passed:

  • 9 academic hours to enter a second semester
  • 24 academic hours to enter a third semester (30 hours is recommended)
  • 36 academic hours to enter a fourth semester
  • 51 academic hours to enter a fifth semester (60 hours is recommended)
  • 63 academic hours to enter a sixth semester
  • 78 academic hours to enter a seventh semester (90 hours is recommended)
  • 93 academic hours to enter an eighth semester
  • Special permission of the dean to enter a ninth semester (105 hours is required)
3. Ratio of Attempted-to-Completed Cumulative Credit Hours: Undergraduates must earn a passing grade in at least two-thirds of cumulative attempted credit hours. Hours from individual course withdrawals count as attempted but not completed credit hours.
The first thing a student on academic probation should do is make a commitment to return to good academic standing. If you are on probation during the fall or spring semesters, you must complete the probation intervention. If you are on probation during the summer, you do not need to complete the intervention steps; however, you are strongly encouraged to attend Summer Session at UNC-Chapel Hill. To complete the probation intervention, visit this page.
Students who do not qualify for probation or who do not meet cumulative eligibility standards after a probationary term have an academic status of Ineligible. An academic status of Ineligible means that you may not enroll in spring or fall terms. Ineligible with extraordinary circumstances may submit an appeal.
Raising your Grade-Point Average
If your academic ineligibility is due to an insufficient grade-point average then you must raise your GPA by enrolling in additional UNC-Chapel Hill courses to restore your eligibility.
You may:
  • Attend UNC-Chapel Hill Summer School
  • Enroll in and complete appropriate Carolina Courses Online
Raising Your Cumulative Hours Passed
If your GPA is satisfactory and your ineligibility is due only to an insufficient number of academic credit hours passed (and you are not a transfer student deficient in academic credits earned at UNC-Chapel Hill), you may pursue the options noted above or you may transfer credits from another college, subject to their approval by the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Undergraduate Admissions and your advisor in the Academic Advising Programs. To pursue this option, submit a Course Approval Form to Undergraduate Admissions to verify whether the courses you wish to take at another college will transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill. Then, present the form to your advisor to confirm that the UNC-Chapel Hill credit you would receive is acceptable for your course of study. You must request that the registrar of the other college send an official sealed transcript to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB # 2200, Jackson Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-2200
In order for Admissions to award you transfer credit for the course; credit hours will be awarded only for courses in which you earn a grade of “C minus ” or higher. To avoid cancellation of your registration, your transcript from the other school must be received in time for the credits restoring your eligibility to be posted to your UNC-Chapel Hill transcript. If transfer credits that clear your eligibility are posted after your registration is cancelled but before the fall semester begins, you may re-register for available fall courses.

 

Resolving Temporary Grades
Some students may improve their current standing by converting an AB or IN grade from the previous term to a passing grade. Students to whom this applies must qualify for an exam excuse issued by the Campus Health Service or by one of the deans in the Academic Advising Programs in the College of Arts & Sciences and the General College before an AB grade could be changed with a make-up final exam. To avoid cancellation of your registration, it would also be necessary for the final exam and/or completion of other coursework to be done early enough for the instructor to assess your performance and to report a grade change; however, instructors are not under any obligation to schedule an exam or to grade additional work on short notice if you have not already made such an agreement. If a change of grade restores your eligibility after your registration is canceled but before the fall semester begins, you may re-register for available fall courses.

Note: Students who return to full-time study may also need to apply for readmission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. To determine if this applies to you, please visit this webpage.

If you will be leaving the University due to academic ineligibility, view this helpful document designed to help facilitate your successful return to campus.

Ineligible with extraordinary circumstances may submit an appeal.

Students who do not meet cumulative eligibility standards after the spring semester will have an academic status of “Ineligible (Pending).” These students have the opportunity to restore their eligibility over the summer. If eligibility is not restored over the summer, the student will be Ineligible for the fall semester.
Raising your Grade-Point Average
If your academic standing is Ineligible (Pending) due to an insufficient grade-point average then you must raise your GPA by enrolling in additional UNC-Chapel Hill courses to restore your eligibility. You may:
• Attend UNC-Chapel Hill Summer School
• Enroll in and complete appropriate Carolina Courses Online
Raising Your Cumulative Hours Passed
If your GPA is satisfactory and your academic standing is Ineligible (Pending) due only to an insufficient number of academic credit hours passed (and you are not a transfer student deficient in academic credits earned at UNC-Chapel Hill), you may pursue the options noted above or you may transfer credits from another college, subject to their approval by the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Undergraduate Admissions and your advisor in the Academic Advising Programs.To pursue this option, submit a Course Approval Form to Undergraduate Admissions to verify whether the courses you wish to take at another college will transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill. Then, present the form to your advisor to confirm that the UNC-Chapel Hill credit you would receive is acceptable for your course of study. You must request that the registrar of the other college send an official sealed transcript to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB # 2200, Jackson Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-2200

In order for Admissions to award you transfer credit for the course; credit hours will be awarded only for courses in which you earn a grade of “C minus ” or higher. To avoid cancellation of your registration, your transcript from the other school must be received in time for the credits restoring your eligibility to be posted to your UNC-Chapel Hill transcript. If transfer credits that clear your eligibility are posted after your registration is cancelled but before the fall semester begins, you may re-register for available fall courses.

Resolving Temporary Grades
Some students may improve their current standing by converting an AB or IN grade from the previous term to a passing grade. Students to whom this applies must qualify for an exam excuse issued by the Campus Health Service or by one of the deans in the Academic Advising Programs in the College of Arts & Sciences and the General College before an AB grade could be changed with a make-up final exam. To avoid cancellation of your registration, it would also be necessary for the final exam and/or completion of other coursework to be done early enough for the instructor to assess your performance and to report a grade change; however, instructors are not under any obligation to schedule an exam or to grade additional work on short notice if you have not already made such an agreement. If a change of grade restores your eligibility after your registration is cancelled but before the fall semester begins, you may re-register for available fall courses.

No. You must pass 9 credit hours in the preceding semester to qualify for probation. If you did not meet the standards for Good Standing and you did not pass 9 credit hours in the preceding semester, you will be Ineligible.
If you do not qualify for a semester of probation, you will be Ineligible and must restore your academic standing (see What do I do if I am Ineligible?).
If you did not qualify for a semester of probation but you would like to request a semester of probation you must appeal for probation.
Students are granted one semester of probation.
In the rarest of cases, a student who has already completed a semester on probation but did not return to good academic standing, may be granted one semester of continued probation through the appeals process. Continued Probation will only be granted if the appealing student took full advantage of the probation intervention program and University resources and came very close to returning to good academic standing (students appealing for continued probation should have at least a 1.900 cumulative GPA).
Students requesting continued probation should have done everything requested of students on probation during their probationary semester:
  • completing the Self-Assessment
  • completing the online Student Success Seminar
  • completing the Probation Contract
  • completing the End of Semester Assessment
  • meeting with their academic advisors
  • and utilizing university resources such as the Learning Center

Whether or not a student completed these steps and/or took additional measures to resolve their probationary status such as participating in Bounce Back, will be taken into consideration when determining whether or not to grant continued probation.
Students will not be granted continued probation if they cannot return to good academic standing in one semester or if the student’s academic performance is getting worse rather than better.

Students appealing for continued probation should have at least a 1.900 cumulative GPA. All students on continued probation will be required to meet with a member of the Undergraduate Retention team and complete an individualized performance contract.

If you did not qualify for a semester of probation and you would like to request a semester of probation, you must appeal for probation.
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