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Academic Suspension

Undergraduate students unable to meet the standards shown below are suspended from the University of South Carolina for one fall or spring semester and the contiguous summer (approximately eight months).

Probation and Suspension Standards

Total Institutional GPA Hours Placed on Probation Continue on Probation
(avoid suspension)
Removed from Probation
12-35  below 2.00 Total Institutional GPA 1.500 or Total Institutional GPA 2.00 or higher Total Institutional GPA
36-71 below 2.00 Total Institutional GPA 1.800 or Total Institutional GPA 2.00 or higher Total Institutional GPA
72+ below 2.00 Total Institutional GPA only with semester reprieve* or by college petition 2.00 or Total Institutional GPA

* SEMESTER REPRIEVE: Regardless of the Total Institutional GPA, a student may continue on probation and avoid suspension if the semester point average is 2.50 or greater

Undergraduate students have the right to appeal their suspension to the petitions committee of the college or school in which they were enrolled when suspended.


While on Suspension

You are not alone! If you are not ready to discuss your experience or future plans with someone close to you,  Academic Coaches in the University Advising Center may be useful in helping you process this experience and can help you develop future plans.

When you find out about your suspension, please take some time to reflect on this experience. Ask yourself:

  • What were some obstacles I encountered?
  • Where do I want to go from here?
  • Can I overcome these obstacles in the future if I return to USC?
  • What will I do during my suspension period?

After some reflection, find someone close who can help you process your experience and can support you in making your own important decisions about your future.  Be honest, but realistic about your goals and plans for the future.

Stay engaged! Find a job or some activities within your community that keep you active. Such activities might focus on service, academic, and/or work-related experiences. Think about what career goals you may have for the future and seek out activities that will give you greater insight into your chosen career field. The Career Center may be a helpful resource! Throughout your suspension, reflect on your experiences by asking yourself some of the following questions:

  • Have my engagement opportunities provided me further insight or assurance of my life goals?
  • What qualifications and/or skills will I need to reach my goals?
  • Will I need to return to USC to earn a degree in order to advance towards my life goals?
  • What have I missed about USC? What am I looking forward to enjoying again at USC?

Please make sure you are still periodically checking your USC e-mail account.

If it is your first time being suspended and you are suspended after the spring semester, your suspension period is the following summer and fall semesters. If you are suspended after the fall semester, your suspension period is the following spring and summer semesters.

The duration of a second suspension, or indefinite suspension, is a minimum of two years.

According to the Undergraduate Academic Bulletin, while serving suspension a student may not be admitted to, or continue in, any academic program of the University. Credit earned at any other institution while a student is on suspension from the University may not be applied toward a degree from USC, unless approved by the Standards and Petitions Committee of the college to which the student is readmitted. Prior approvals for transient study will be revoked for suspended students.


Apply for Readmission

After you have served your suspension period, you may choose to reapply for admission at UofSC. If you have less than a 2.0 GPA, readmission to the program in which you were previously enrolled is not automatic. It is likely that you will need to petition to an academic department for readmission. The admissions office will let you know after reviewing your application and will send you the necessary paperwork.

It is very important that you pay close attention to the due dates for the readmission application. If you are reapplying for admission for the fall semester, your application is due by July 1. If you are reapplying for admission for the spring semester, your application is due by November 1. If you wish to return to USC, you will need to decide which major you intend to pursue upon readmission. You can speak to an admissions counselor to learn more about the academic options available at USC. You may also need to think about reapplying for financial aid.

Learn more about USC’s readmission process from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or call them at 803-777-7700 to speak with an admissions counselor.


Returning to USC

If you are readmitted, you will be placed on academic probation. In order to avoid a second suspension, you must achieve a 2.5 GPA each semester until your cumulative USC GPA reaches above the level at which suspension would occur. Please refer to the academic standards policies for more information. You will also be required to schedule and attend an appointment with an Academic Success Coach in the University Advising Center.

If readmitted, you will be required to schedule and attend an academic success coaching appointment within the first six weeks of the semester. If you do not attend your appointment within the first six weeks of the semester, an Academic Recovery Hold will be placed on your course registration for the following semester, and you will not be able to register for classes. During your appointment, your academic coach will help you create a plan, set goals, and identify resources to help you achieve success inside and outside the classroom. Make an Appointment online »

Upon re-enrollment, you will be able to schedule for courses.  At this point, however, it may be difficult to schedule courses, since many you might need to take may already be filled.  At this time you should speak with an academic advisor to make sure that the classes you enroll in will count towards your major and are courses that will best suit you during your first semester back.  Also, if you have been away from USC for longer than eight months, program requirements may have changed. Please refer to the Undergraduate Academic Bulletin for the most up to date requirements.

To apply for federal financial aid at USC Columbia, you must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is available each year on January 1st; you will use the FAFSA for the fall, spring, and summer semesters of the following academic year. Speak with the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

If you will be receiving federal funding and you have over sixty credit hours, you must have a USC cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.  If you do not have the university satisfactory GPA, in order to receive your financial aid, you must complete an appeal through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. 

To be eligible to receive any federal and/or state need-based financial aid, undergraduate students must adhere to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarship’s (OSFAS) Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress. This policy also includes Private Education Loans. The intent of this policy is to ensure that undergraduate students who are receiving federal and state financial aid for their education are making measurable progress toward completion of a degree in a reasonable period of time. Undergraduate students, in order to complete an undergraduate degree within the prescribed time allowed, would need to enroll for at least 15 credit hours per semester (fall and spring) not to exceed a total of 180 hours, and successfully earn (pass) 67 percent of all hours attempted. A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative USC GPA is also required.

You can find more information on satisfactory academic progress from the Office of student Financial Aid and Scholarships.  You will also need to have an appointment with an Academic Success Coach in the University Advising Center as part of your appeal.

Additionally, the Office of the Bursar can address any questions or concerns you have regarding tuition and fees.


Connecting with Campus Resources

There are lots of resources on campus that can help you be successful!

If you were previously registered with the Student Disability Resource Center, please contact them again to make sure your documentation is still on file. If you were not previously registered but have a documented learning, mental, emotional, or physical disorder, registering with their office will be very beneficial. You can contact the SDRC at 803-777-6142.

The Student Success Center offers peer tutoring and supplemental instruction for a variety of classes. 

There are lots of ways to get involved on campus! Research shows that students who are more involved on campus perform better academically. Visit the Student Organizations website to learn more about opportunities for involvement on campus.

If you have questions about on campus housing, please visit the University Housing website.

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