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Probation and Reinstatement Information

As a student, it is important to understand how probation may impact your future academic choices. Make sure to be familiar with probation, dismissal, and reinstatement procedures and policies.


For students to remain in good academic standing with the university, they must maintain a minimum Boise State University cumulative grade-point-average, which is based on the number of credits they have completed. The number of credits includes both transfer and Boise State University credits. The table below indicates the requirements. Be sure to understand that probation status is only based on Boise State’s cumulative GPA, however, both Boise State and transfer credits determine the number of credits completed.

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 he/she is placed on probation and will receive a letter from the Registrar’s Office. At the end of the student’s next semester at Boise State, the university reviews the student’s record and takes one of the following actions:
  • The student is removed from probation (if the cumulative Boise State GPA is at or above the minimum specified in the table above
  • The student’s probation is continued (if the cumulative 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 cumulative Boise State GPA is below the minimum specified in the table above and the student’s semester GPA is below 2.0)


Students who are placed on academic probation and do not meet the semester grade-point-average of 2.0 or higher will be dismissed from the university. The first time, they are dismissed for one semester. A second dismissal will be for a full year.  A third dismissal will be final.


When students are re-instated to the university after a dismissal, they are admitted under a probationary admission status. They are required to receive at least a 2.0 grade-point-average in their first semester. Students who do not receive at least a 2.0 will be dismissed again for a full year. Students who are out for a single semester due to a dismissal must reapply to the university through the application process.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office, 1st Floor, SUB, 208.426.1156. Once a student is reinstated, they must maintain contact with their academic advisor  prior to being able to register for the next semester.


If students wish to appeal their academic dismissal, they can pick up an appeal form in the Registrar’s Office, Administration Building, Room 110 or download the form here. However, students must understand that extreme extenuating circumstances must exist for the appeal to be approved and they must be able to show documentation of the circumstances. Students will need to develop an appropriate plan of study with an advisor, using this Form.


To prepare for your appeal appointment, please do the following prior to your appointment

  • Complete appeal form
    1. Financial Aid –
    2. Reinstatement –
  • Letter – One page typed, single or double spaced
    1. Include date and student ID number
    2. State what you are asking for
    3. Describe your extenuating circumstances and how this affected your progress\
    4. Explain how the situation has been resolved
    5. Finish with a brief statement of your academic goals/plans
    6. Sign letter at the bottom
  • Documentation – The circumstances in your letter need to be supported by documentation
    1. Doctor or hospital bills
    2. Death certificate or obituary
    3. Police Report
    4. Letter from doctor, counselor, or lawyer on official letterhead

Having these materials ready prior to your appointment will make the appeal process much faster and prevent extra appointments. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing