Academic Probation FAQs (More than 34 credits)

What is “Satisfactory Academic Progress?”

All students are expected to make progress toward a degree to continue at MCC.  Your academic standing and “satisfactory academic progress” is determined by the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) required to meet academic standards based on your credit count of courses successfully completed at MCC.


Why am I on Academic Probation?

You were placed on Academic Probation according to the policy described below: 


Credits Hours

Toward GPA*

Good Standing

Cumulative GPA


Academic Warning Cumulative GPA

Academic Probation

Cumulative GPA

Fewer than 17 credits


Below 2.0


17-34 credits


1.8 or greater and below 2.0

Below 1.80

More than 34   credits



Below 2.0

*Credits Hours toward GPA include all letter grades (“A” through “F”)


What happens now that I am on Academic Probation?

It is very important for you to take steps to be more successful in your coursework.  Once you are on Academic Probation, you have your next two enrolled semesters to raise your cGPA above 2.0. If you fail to make that academic progress, you will be suspended from Middlesex for one semester.  If this is your second semester in a row being on Academic Probation, you will need to raise your CGPA to a 2.0 or better at the end of your next semester to avoid being temporarily suspended.


What should I do now that I am on Academic Probation?

First and foremost, meet with an academic advisor.  They will help you develop a plan for academic success.  Additionall, you may have already successfully completed an intervention course, but if not, you may consider enrolling in PSY 125-The Psychology of Success or IDS 110: The Choices We Make for the next semester, each of these classes have been specifically designed to assist students who have experienced academic difficulty.

Finally, the college has also designed a free online Academic Probation Workshop to help you learn more about college policies impacting students on Academic Probation.  You will identify factors interfering with your academic progress, review strategies to meet satisfactory academic progress and receive information about resources for students experiencing academic difficulty.

The workshop is available on the Middlesex Community College Website at:



Does being on Academic Probation impact my course selection? 

Maybe.  If you have already selected your courses for this coming semester, you should meet with an advisor to discuss possible changes to your schedule. Retaking classes you have previously been unsuccessful in is a very good strategy to help raise your GPA.  Only the highest grade is used to calculate your GPA.  Make an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss your options and plan for your academic success.

If you have not selected your courses for the coming semester yet, meet with your advisor or call 1-800-818-3434 to schedule an appointment to attend an advising and registration session. 

Last Modified: 9/18/19