Probation and Dismissal

Academic Review

After the fall and spring semesters (not after summer), the Committee on Student Scholastic Standing, composed of elected faculty and representatives of the deans in the School of Engineering, 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. For students who are not performing at an acceptable level (Standards of Academic Progress-SAP), this may affect your financial aid, and may require an academic plan.

Students may view their grades at any time using the same log-in credentials to access RU email.

Academic Warning

Students are placed on Warning when the cumulative GPA and major GPA are above 2.0, but the term GPA is below 2.0. Students must make substantial improvement in the next semester or will be in danger of Academic Probation.  

Academic Probation

Students are placed on probation when the academic record and/or circumstances indicate that the student is in danger of being dismissed unless substantial improvement is shown. Students who, for the first time, have earned less than 2.0 in the cumulative GPA or major GPA are placed on academic probation. Students are notified in writing of probationary status and the conditions of probation before the start of the next term. Students may view their grades at any time using the same log-in credentials to access RU email. Students who have pending grade changes may appeal the Probation status in writing to a dean in the Office of Academic Services.  

While on academic probation, students must consult with their advisers regularly, curtail extracurricular activities (including employment), and attend class regularly. Removal from probation depends on academic performance in the following term, including grades and progress in the major.  Once on probation, in order to be removed from it, 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.  If you drop a class (or get F or D), there is a good chance you will remain on probation for another semester. 

Students on academic probation are required to complete at least 9cr of courses relevant to their major (C's or higher). For an engineering major, this means STEM courses required for the major. Additionally, students are required to bring their cumulative and major gpas above 2.0 in one semester. If at the end of the semester the cumulative or major gpa is still below 2.0, but the term gpa is 2.3 or higher, they will get another term of probation. If students do not earn the cumulative and major gpas above 2.0 OR the term gpa above 2.3, they will be dismissed.


Being Dismissed is a serious situation that students should not take lightly*. Students whose academic performance has deteriorated to the point of dismissal present a myriad reasons for their poor performance. The dismissal policy is not in place to punish students, but rather to help guide the student to a pathway for academic success.​ Students success is a benefit to the student and to the school. Students can be dismissed without any prior probation or warning if the semester gpa is low. Students may be dismissed after 1 semester on probation and if ANY of the following occur: 

  1. the cumulative GPA is less than 2.0, or 
  2. the major GPA is less than 2.0, or 
  3. there has been more than 1 semester of non-engineering coursework (see Non-engineering Dismissal below).

Students may view their grades at any time using the same log-in credentials to access RU email. Students are notified in writing of academic dismissal.  

There are 3 options to earning a degree: apply for readmission (if applicable), appeal (based on extenuating circumstances), finish a degree at another institution outside of RU. Sample Dismissal letter.

  1. Readmission: Students who have not been dismissed and readmitted in the past* have the option of applying for readmission. Coursework outside of Rutgers and/or Rutgers Summer Session courses must be completed in order to be eligible for *readmission. Please note that readmission into your original engineering major is not guaranteed (low major GPA and related academic deficiences are considered). *If you have been dismissed and readmitted in the past, your option to earning a degree is outside of RU (sample 2nd dismissal letter). 
  2. Appeal: Students with legitimate extenuating circumstances can appeal the dismissal immediately after receiveing the dismissal notice. Legitimate extenuating circumstances often include documented physical or mental illness, documented illness/death in family, pending grade changes, or other extenuating circumstances. Appeal letters (typed, not handwritten) should summarize the extenuating circumstances, include documentation, and provide a realistic plan to overcome the circumstances. 
  3. Apply to another school: 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.

*NOTE: Dismissal is official and effective in early June. Fall courses will be dropped. Housing and FA may also be cancelled. Summer Readmission is NOT a grace period. Summer readmission is a chance to earn your place back into the university for the fall semester.

Non-Engineering Dismissal

The School of Engineering allows students to take one semester of non-engineering coursework in preparation for a transfer out of SOE. A student can be dismissed from SOE after completing 1 or more semesters of non-engineering coursework. If the cumulative gpa is below 2.0, but the semester GPA is above 2.3, the student can apply for a 2nd non-engineering semester (by seeing Dean Prendergast) in order to continue working on the cumulative GPA. In all other cases, the student will not be allowed to continue studies at Rutgers University in the next term and would need to go through the readmission processStudents may view their grades at any time using the same log-in credentials to access RU email.