Academic Success

On line Probation Workshop

Hello, I am LUCY.  I would like to share with you some very important information on academic success, academic probation and academic dismissal.  Please carefully read through all the information.  After you finish your review, there will be a quiz to see how much you now know about your academic standing and academic career at Baruch.

Let’s Begin:

Baruch Academic Standards:

Students are required to maintain an acceptable Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) in order to remain in good academic standing at Baruch College (see Probation Criteria below).  Failure to achieve the minimum G.P.A. specified will result in Academic Probation at the end of the Spring Semester regardless of whether the student begins in the fall or in the spring semester.  Academic probation is determined by total number of completed credits.   

Probation Criteria:

You will be placed on Academic Probation at the end of the spring Semester if your cumulative G.P.A. is below:

1.5       with a total of 0-12 credits completed.
1.75     with a total of 13 – 24 credits completed
2.0       with a total of 25 or more credits completed.

Grade Point Average Calculation:

To calculate your G.P.A. you must first look at the G.P.A. sheet to see the points you have earned for each class.  The number of points as you can see from the sheet is determined by the grade you earned and the number of credits the course is equivalent to.  You must add the points and divide by the # of credits.  If you earn an F/WU/FIN grade you must add these credits to your total.

 [Points for all Baruch courses]
[Total Baruch credits (including F’s)]= GPA

Grades Equivalent to an F:

            FIN, WU, FPN, FAB

The G.P.A. is determined strictly by courses taken at Baruch or courses taken on
E-Permit through a 4 year CUNY school.

Periods over which Probation is calculated:

Probation status is determined at the end of the spring semester.  If you enroll in only one semester during an academic year while on probation (either spring or fall semester) that semester’s G.P.A. will determine your dismissal, removal from probation, or continuation on probation.

For example:  If you enter Fall 2009 on academic probation and opt not to enroll in any courses for the fall 2009 semester and return in the spring 2010 semester that semester’s G.P.A. will determine your dismissal, removal from probation, or continuation on probation.

While on Academic Probation:

Fall Spring Overall GPA
Earned 1.6 GPA Did not attend 1.99 – Will be dismissed
Did not attend Earned 2.01GPA 1.99 – will continue on probation but won’t be dismissed
Earned 1.6 GPA

Earned 2.0 GPA

(F replacement)

2.0 – will no longer be on probation
Earned 2.0 GPA Earned 2.0 GPA 1.99  – Will be dismissed

Minimum G.P.A. while on Probation

You must earn a minimum 2.01 G.P.A. for the academic year (fall and spring semesters) with no F's (or F equivalents that have not been removed by use of the (F replacement policy) to avoid dismissal.  However you will remain on academic probation until your cumulative G.P.A. is 2.0 or above.


If your cumulative G.P.A. is below 2.0 and your academic year’s G.P.A. is below 2.01, you will be dismissed.  If you only attend one semester, either spring or fall, that one semester will constitute your academic year’s G.P.A.


If you are dismissed, you may not enroll in courses at Baruch College unless you are REINSTATED.  You will not be allowed to attend school for at least one semester.  In order to return to Baruch College, your appeal for reinstatement must be approved by one of the four Committees on Academic Standing.  

Appeals are submitted to the committee of the respective school if the student has been accepted into their major.  All other appeals are submitted to the Joint Committee on Academic Standing through the Center for Academic Advisement.  Please see an Advisor from the Center for Academic Advisement for more information.  Reinstatement is not guaranteed.

Upon reinstatement you will continue to be on academic probation until you meet the cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of the spring semester. 

Restrictions on college privileges and credits taken while on probation

Credits: While on academic probation you are limited to register for a maximum of four courses or 13 credits per semester during the spring and fall semesters.  Further, students are limited to one course each summer session.

Activities: While on Academic Probation a student is not allowed to hold office in any club or student organization, nor play on any varsity sports teams.

 Stops: PA stops are put in effect during the spring semester.  This stop is placed prior to fall registration, pending spring semester grades.  This stop will not be removed until spring grades are posted and you meet the criteria for remaining enrolled at Baruch College. Once the PA stop is placed on your record you will no longer be allowed to register for summer/fall semester nor change your summer courses.

Summer Courses While on Probation: You are allowed to take summer courses while you are on Probation, IF you register before the PA stop has been placed on your registration (See Registration Holds above).  PA stops are generally put on your registration a week prior to Fall registration.  After the PA stop is placed, no changes to your summer schedule are allowed. (except for dropping courses).

Restrictions on Financial Aid: Financial Aid will be jeopardized by poor grades or academic progress.  See Financial Aid Office for how it applies to your specific situation.

 Rate of Progress Probation:

This applies regardless of GPA if you are taking ENG 2100, ENG 2150,
COM 1010, PSY 1001 for the third time.   This stop will be removed only after you pass the course in question.  Failure to pass this course on the third attempt will result in immediate dismissal.

While on rate of progress probation you are limited to register for a maximum of four courses or 13 credits during the third repetition semester.  Further, students are limited to one course each summer session and winter session.

 Words of advice from the Advisement staff:

  • If it did not work the first time and you don’t make any changes to your approach, don’t expect different results. Take a course 1x and complete it to the best of your ability. This will cost you half the price of repeating it after a W or F grade.
  • Slow and steady wins the race. Too much, too fast = Train Wreck.
  • Academic Success is yours….Gather your tools and make it happen!

 Study habits/study skills/strategies

Skills, Abilities and Talents – How do you approach a specific job.
Habits, Behaviors and Practices – Are you consistent when  tackling an assignment.
Strategies and Approaches- What are your overall plans for achieving your goal(s).
How can you achieve academic success?  Combine strong skills, habits and strategies.

  • When you are doing coursework you must be eager, attentive and engaged. 
    • Eager – Embrace it – Take on the challenge!
    • Attentive – Are you focused – Concentrate on the task at hand.
    • Engaged – Are you present? Be mindful.
  • You should study earlier in the day.  If you are tired, your brain may have turned off.
  • So, you are wide awake and ready to study -  Pick a place that has limited distractions. 
  • You must study in a place that you are focused and remain alert.
  • You must organize your study aids and materials.
  • Study difficult subjects first.
  • You should put your deadline dates in your planner.
  • Pace yourself in your studying – avoid procrastination.
  • Go to the SACC Center! It's free tutoring.


  • List all courses currently registered for this semester.
  • Write down the  grade you want to earn for each course.
  • Calculate how many hours  you need to study to obtain your desired grade.
  • Determine when you will study in a given week to reach the study time necessary.

OK, it is now time to take your quiz. We ask that you pass with a grade of 100% to be cleared for registration and gain access to E-sims.