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Academic probation, dismissal, and reinstatement are important statuses that will influence your future academic choices. Familiarize yourself with the processes below.

Academic Probation

There are two grade-point-average (GPA) calculations to understand: (1) cumulative GPA and (2) Boise State GPA. The cumulative GPA accounts for all transfer and Boise State credits attempted and earned. The Boise State GPA only accounts for credits attempted and earned at Boise State University. Academic probation status is based on the Boise State GPA. However, both Boise State and transfer credits determine the number of credits completed. The table below details the requirements.

Cumulative Credits Earned
26 or more
Minimum Boise State GPA

Academic standing is determined at the end of each semester. If a student fails to maintain the minimum Boise State GPA shown in the table above, they will be placed on probation and will receive a notification letter from the Registrar’s Office. At the end of the student’s next semester at Boise State, the Registrar’s Office will review the student’s record and take one of the following actions:

  • The student is removed from probation (if the Boise State GPA is at or above the minimum specified in the table above)
  • The student’s probation is continued (if the Boise State GPA is below the minimum specified in the above table but the semester GPA is 2.0 or higher)
  • The student is dismissed from the university (if the Boise State GPA is below the minimum specified in the table above and the student’s semester GPA is below 2.0)

Academic Dismissal

Students who are placed on academic probation and do not earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher in the following semester will be dismissed from the university.

  • The first dismissal results in sitting out for one semester.
  • Any subsequent dismissal will result in the student sitting out for a full year.
  • Students are considered permanently dismissed after the third academic dismissal, but may still appeal for special consideration.

Academic Reinstatement

Reinstatement process:

  • Students who have been dismissed for at least one semester must reapply for admission as a former Boise State student. Students will need to use a different email address than they used when they initially applied.
  • All students readmitted following dismissal must complete a Reinstatement Questionnaire and the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI).  Students will receive an email from with the instructions to complete these two requirements.
  • After completion of the Reinstatement Questionnaire and the LASSI the Advising and Academic Support Center (AASC) will contact the student to schedule an appointment with a Reinstatement Advisor.
  • In the reinstatement advising appointment the reinstatement advisor will discuss the next steps, resources, and work with the student develop a student success plan.


Academic and Financial Aid Appeals

To prepare for your academic appeal for reinstatement appointment, please complete the following:

1. Appeal Form

2. Letter – One page typed, single or double spaced

  • Include date and student ID number
  • State what you are requesting (ex: academic reinstatement)
  • Describe any extenuating circumstances and how they affected your progress
  • Explain how the circumstances have been resolved
  • Conclude with a brief statement of your academic goals and plans
  • Sign letter at the bottom

3. Documentation – You must provide documentation of any circumstances cited in your letter

  • Doctor or hospital bills
  • Death certificate or obituary
  • Police Report
  • Letter from doctor, counselor, or lawyer on official letterhead


Contact the Advising and Academic Support Center

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