1. How do I know if I am on probation? Disqualified (DQ)?

You will receive a letter from Academic Advising & Retention Services notifying you of your probation/DQ status. However, if your cumulative GPA drops below 2.0 you are considered on academic probation. If your term GPA is below 2.0 when you are on probation, you will be disqualified from the university. You can verify your GPA and academic standing by checking online at

2. I’m on probation, what can I do to get off probation?

Attend a probation/DQ workshop provided by Academic Advising & Retention Services. Underestimating the amount of work and the amount of time required to reach the necessary level of quality expected, and unrealistic personal scheduling are among the main reasons students’ grades suffer. The formula for determining the amount of study hours can be calculated, Units enrolled X 2 = Study Hours. To learn more about retaking courses you did poorly in the first time in order to raise your GPA, please review the Grade Forgiveness Policy.

3. What is Disqualification (DQ)?

Please see the online SJSU catalog  for information regarding disqualification from SJSU. 

4. How do I get reinstated?

Obtain a Petition of Reinstatement. Read and follow the directions carefully.

5. What’s the difference between probation and DQ?

Probation = A warning; DQ = Dismissed from SJSU.

6. Do I have to reapply to SJSU after I have been disqualified?

Yes, it is the school’s policy.

7. Do I have to choose a major?

You should attempt to be reinstated to your former major, but you may also apply for reinstatement as Undeclared.

8. If my semester GPA is below a 2.0 but my SJSU Cumulative GPA is above a 2.0, am I on probation?

No, probation status is determined based on your SJSU Cumulative GPA.