Academic Probation/Drop

Students enrolled in the College of Business are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 to remain in good academic standing. Students who fail to maintain a 2.0 grade point average will be placed on Academic Probation. Students will be dropped from the College (and hence the University) if one or more of the following applies:

  • You are not a first semester freshman and you fail to earn at least a 1.0 (D) GPA average in any academic semester (not including summer session).
  • You fail to meet your established probation level, unless you have earned at least a 2.0 GPA average for the semester and your cumulative average is at least 2.0.
  • You fail to make satisfactory progress toward your degree.
  • You are a non-degree student who fails to complete the conditions of admission or continuation.

Please refer to the chart below for more details on the probation/drop system.

Why you are on Probation To avoid being Dropped Removal from Probation
First Semester Freshman: A beginning Freshman who did not earn at least a 2.0 (C) average in his/her first semester or during summer session is placed on a 2.0 probation for the next semester or summer session for which the student is registered N/A Students on academic probation for failure to maintain the minimum probationary GPA are returned to non-probationary standing upon obtaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) or better*
All Other Students: Semester GPA less than 1.0 (D) , drop rule, no probation (does not include summer session) Not Possible
Cumulative GPA greater than 2.0 BUT Semester GPA less than 2.0 Obtain a GPA of 2.0 or better in next semester
Cumulative GPA between 1.75 and 1.99 AND Semester GPA less than 2.0 Obtain a GPA of 2.25 or better in next semester
Cumulative GPA less than 1.75 AND Semester GPA less than 2.0 Obtain a GPA of 2.33 or better in next semester

Academic Progress

As a matriculated College of Business you must maintain satisfactory academic progress. It is expected that students will graduate in four years or 9 traditional semesters (fall and spring). An inability to make adequate progress toward a degree may result to dismissal from the College of Business and the University.


Students are expected to attend all classes. Each course syllabus will outline the instructor's policy. The College of Business Office of Undergraduate Affairs does not provide excuses for absences or missed academic work such as tests or assignments. Please consult with your instructor regarding course absences.

Credit/No Credit Grading Option

The Credit/No Credit Grading Option (CR/NC) offers Business students the opportunity to complete an Elective course for ungraded credit. An Elective course does not fulfill University requirements, General Education, Business Core, Major or Minor requirements. Students must petition the College to be permitted to change a graded Elective course to the CR/NC option or to change CR/NC back to a Letter Grade. The CR/NC Petition must be approved before this grading option is permitted. Below is a specific list of restrictions that must be met to elect the CR/NC option.

How Do I Request A Course As Credit/No Credit?

To request the Credit/No Credit grading option, students should petition on STARS. STARS is the web-based online request system used by the College of Business. Current Business students using their Net-ID and password, may submit their CR/NC petitions via the Undergraduate website. A decision will be available within 3-5 days. Don't assume that all requests are approved. Check back in STARS to confirm if your request has been approved.

What are the Deadlines for a Credit/No Credit Request and to Change Credit/No Credit Back to a Letter Grade?

Full Semester Course: The deadline to request these options is the 8th week of the semester.

1st 8 Week Semester Course: Generally, the deadline to request CR/NC option for a course occurs at the end of the 4th week of full semester classes. Check with the University calendar at the Office of Admissions and Records website to confirm the last day to request CR/NC or to change back to a Letter Grade for a 1st 8 Week Semester course.

2nd 8 Week Semester Course: Students electing CR/NC option or to change from CR/NC back to a Letter Grade for a 2nd 8 Week course will need to submit a written request. CR/NC forms are available in 1055 BIF. Generally, the deadline to submit a CR/NC request for a 2nd 8 Week Semester course occurs at the end of the 12th week of Full Semester classes.

No changes may be made after any deadlines.

What Are The Restrictions?

  • Business students must be in Good Academic standing to request this option.
  • Students on Probation may not elect this option.
  • A maximum of 18 credit hours using this grade mode may be applied toward degree hours.
  • A maximum of 2 courses per semester are allowed as CR/NC for Full-Time Students.
  • Summer Session students may elect only one course under the CR/NC option.
  • A letter grade of "C-" or higher is needed to earn CR and credit hours. A letter grade of "D+" or lower is converted to NC that does not earn credit hours.
    • Instructors are not informed of those students in their courses who are taking coursework under the CR/NC option and they will report the usual final letter grades at the end of the course. The final grades are automatically converted to either CR or NC.
    • CR/NC courses are not counted toward the cumulative and semester GPAs, but are included as part of the total credit hours.
  • Only elective courses may be taken using this option.
    • University requirements, General Education, Business Core, Major or Minor requirements coursework must be taken for a letter grade.
    • All Accountancy and Finance courses must be taken for a letter grade, including elective Accountancy and Finance courses that are not required for graduation.

Important To Note When Considering The CR/NC Option:

  • Employers prefer any business coursework to be completed as graded credit rather than a CR.
  • Many Graduate and Professional schools will calculate Admission GPA based on the last sixty hours of undergraduate work and assign a low grade value to CR courses. They may also convert a NC into a failing grade since they do not know whether the actual grade was a "D" or "F".
  • Student Athletes electing the CR/NC option need to exercise caution if they are to satisfy Big Ten and NCAA academic regulations. Please check with your Athletic Counselor before electing CR/NC.
  • Seniors: any courses awarded NC (a grade of "C-" or lower) will NOT be counted towards the 124 Hour Graduation requirement and can delay your graduation until the hour requirement is fulfilled.

Disciplinary Action

Business students are expected to familiarize themselves and to comply with the rules of conduct and academic regulations found in the Student Code. For more information on the Student Code, visit the following website at www.admin.uiuc.edu/policy/code. Business students are also to comply with the established practices of the University and the College of Business. Failure to abide by the Student Code and the established practices of the University and the College of Business may result in the referral to the Discipline Committee and/or appropriate legal actions by the University. The committee may levy a range of penalties, including expulsion from the University. If, pursuant to such rules, regulations, or practices, the withdrawal of a student is required before the end of the term for which tuition has been paid, a refund will be made according to the standard schedule of refunds.

Emergencies and Absences

In the event of an emergency such as serous illnesses, hospitalization, accidents, deaths or other major crises which will necessitate you being absent from your classes, please notify the Emergency Dean. An Emergency Dean is always available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. The Emergency Dean Service is staffed by the Office of the Dean of Students during University office hours and by on-call Student Affairs professionals at all other times. For more information, please visit the website of the Emergency Dean at: http://www.odos.illinois.edu/emergency; or dial 217-333-0050.

Final Examinations

Final Examinations may be held in locations different than used for semester instruction. Check your syllabus or contact your instructor for the location, date and time of your Final Exam.

Regular Final Examinations are given at the end of each semester. Examination dates are provided at http://www.fms.illinois.edu/FinalExams/ and on the Course Information Suite Webpage at http://courses.illinois.edu/cis/index.html.

Undergraduate students must obtain the approval of the dean of their college to defer a Final Examination. Undergraduate students who must miss a scheduled examination should report this fact to the Dean of their college as soon as possible and before the examination period. For satisfactory reasons, students may be "Excused" by the dean of their college and examined later by their instructor. Absence from a Final Examination for any other cause is reported as a final grade of "Absent" (ABS) in the course and counts as a failure.

Exam Conflicts

A student having more than two consecutive examinations: No student should be required to take more than two consecutive Final Examinations. In a semester, this means that a student taking a Final Examination at 8:00 a.m. and another at 1:30 p.m. on the same day cannot be required to take an examination that same evening. However, the student could be required to take an examination beginning at 8:00 a.m. the next day. Similarly, a student having a Final Examination at 7:00 p.m. one day and another at 8:00 a.m. the next day cannot be required to take an examination at 1:30 p.m. that second day.

Any student having more than two consecutive Final Examinations is entitled to rescheduling as follows if he or she takes the following action no later than the last day of classes:

The student must investigate whether a Conflict Examination is being held at another time for any of the examinations involved.

Instructional staff members are urged to announce any Conflict Final Examinations by the last day of classes.

If a Conflict Examination has been scheduled for any of the courses, the student must take one or more of these Conflict Examinations. If Conflict Examinations are offered for more than one course, the student must take the conflict for the course that has the largest number of students.

If no Conflict Examinations have been scheduled, the student must contact the instructor of the course having the largest number of students. The contact must be made no later than the last day of classes, and that instructor must provide a Makeup Examination.

The University's Final Examinations Policies are provided at http://admin.illinois.edu/policy/code/article3_part2_3-201.html.

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