Academic Status

Understanding academic expectations and consequences.
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Monitoring Academics

As a student, your academic progress is monitored each semester you're enrolled at the university. In order to earn an undergraduate degree from UW-Stout, students must complete their degree requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 - 2.75, depending on the degree program. It is not in the best interest of the student, nor the university, to let them continue their studies indefinitely if they are not achieving at the minimal level.

Contacting the Correct Dean

Academic Deans are affiliated with a specific college or school and assist students with issues or concerns related to their academic experience, grades, instructors, etc. If you seek help in any of these issues, please contact the Academic Dean of your college.


Academic probation is a temporary status due to low academic grades. This policy is in place to warn students that they are not meeting minimal academic standards and that improvement is necessary for continued enrollment in the university. A student is placed on probation if their cumulative GPA is lower than 2.0, conditionally admitted as a transfer or new freshman, or re-admitted after leaving UW-Stout while on probation or when dismissed for academic reasons. For more information on the university's policies, please refer to Registration and Records


Withdrawals (dropping all classes for the term) can be completed anytime during the semester after classes begin, but must be requested before evaluation week begins (fall/spring terms only) or before the class has ended. Withdrawals should be undertaken only after serious consideration and completed using the proper withdrawal procedure. For more information on the withdrawal process, please refer to Registration and Records

Review tuition payment information and refund schedules to make sure appropriate charges and payments are assessed.


Academic dismissal occurs when a student's GPA falls below 1.0 in any term,  their cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 at the end of two successive semesters, or if their probationary status continues beyond one term. Please note that an academic probation status is not a prerequisite for dismissal. If a student is academically dismissed, he/she is ineligible to continue enrollment, and may not be readmitted before the lapse of at least one semester.  If a student is academically dismissed, readmitted, and fails a second time to earn the required grade point average, two years must lapse before they can apply for re-admission.

Important dates for students dismissed after the Spring 2019 semester:


Dismissal Status and Appeal Process

Review specific actions and procedures related to the dismissal process.
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