Understanding academic probation

Academic probation is the college’s official warning that a student needs to improve their academic performance. Students who fall below the required “Cumulative Grade Point Average” will be placed on academic probation. 

  • It is important to be aware that academic probation/suspension is not the same as financial aid probation/suspension. Students who are struggling on academic probation may also be on financial aid probation, but it is possible to be on one, but not the other. 
  • If you are not successful in your first semester on academic probation, you may be placed on academic suspension. Students on academic suspension may not take classes at CCBC for one full year. There is no appeal for academic suspension.

What to do if you're on academic probation

Step 1: Read the fine print!

Step 2: Get help!

Life is complicated, and the reasons people wind up on academic probation are complicated too. The most important thing to do if you are on academic probation is to make sure you get the help you need! CCBC has many resources to help students succeed. Take the time to browse through the information below to see our many resources and tips for our students.
  • Personal Help – Contact our College and Community Outreach Services if you need help with any of the following:
    • Housing
    • Food Insecurity
    • Child Care
    • Clinical Counseling
    • Medical Needs
    • Transportation
  • Academic Help – The links below provide resources for many common problems. You are also welcome to come meet with an academic advisor in person for assistance. 
    • Time Management
    • Note taking
    • Reading tips
    • Motivation
    • Writing
    • Study skills
    • Concentration
    • Action Steps – These are habits all successful college students develop.
      • Attend class
      • When in class participate
      • Ask questions in class
      • Seek help from professors and the Student Success Center
      • Join or form a study group
      • Plan to study at least 2 to 3 hours for every hour you are in class.
      • Limit your class load and work load. Success in college takes time and commitment

Step 3: Plan your next semester!

Seek guidance from academic advisement before registering for further classes.
  • Which classes should you take to get off of academic probation fast? 
  • Which classes are required by your major?
  • Are there other things you need to be aware of? 
Come meet with an advisor to find out!