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You Should Know...

University studies can represent an often daunting frontier of new experiences, challenges, and responsibilities. Ultimately, success is in your hands. The Academic Advising Center wants you to do well, and so we offer the following information to help you get a solid start here at UH:


Academic Advising:
Our Responsibilities & Your Responsibilities

The University of Houston is committed to quality academic advising for all students. The academic advising mission is to assist students in the attainment of their educational goals. The faculty, administration and staff share a responsibility to provide accurate information and effective advice.

The Undergraduate Scholars at UH Academic Advising Center (formerly USD) is responsible for acting as an information and referral center to provide advisors and undergraduate students with timely and accurate core curriculum and Texas Success Initiative (TSI) information. In addition, the Academic Advising Center provides advice to and support for students interested in pre-health and pre-law professional programs.

Students are advised that they are responsible for knowing and fulfilling all university, college and major requirements for graduation. In order to meet that goal, students should:

  • Attend New Student Orientation prior to their first term of enrollment to receive a thorough and comprehensive overview of UH student support services, placement, prerequisite and core curriculum information, meet with their college/department advisors, and register for their courses;
  • Meet with an advisor in the appropriate college/major upon entrance to a major;
  • Confer with an advisor on a regular basis about core progress and major options if the student is initially undecided about a major;
  • Seek advising when in academic difficulty (e.g., below a 2.0 GPA, doing poorly in a critical core or major-specific required course, etc.);
  • Maintain their own personal academic records, including the catalog of their year of admission to UH and major, transcripts, transfer evaluations, add/drop forms, fee bills and other university documents.

Students who at any time are confused about academic requirements or their progress toward a degree are encouraged and expected to meet with an advisor.

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What Your "Academic Status" May Mean

If during the course of your studies your Grade Point Average (GPA) should fall below 2.0 ( a grade of average, or "C") you would be considered to be at academic risk. All students should be aware of the following terms, which each relate to a student's "Academic Status":

Academic Status:

Academic Status designates the student's situation with regard to grade point average. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above are considered to be in good academic standing; students with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 are placed on academic probation and are subject to academic suspension. However, first-semester freshmen whose GPA is less than 2.0 are placed on academic notice instead of probation.

Academic Notice:
An academic warning given to freshmen whose first-semester grade point average (GPA) is less than 2.0, or C.

Academic Probation:
The academic status given to students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 (except for first semester freshmen, see above).

Academic Suspension:
A period of enforced non-attendance at UH as a result of low grades. A student is put on academic suspension if, while on academic probation, his or her grade point average is below 2.0 for any single semester. First-time suspension is for one semester, counting the summer session; second suspensions are for one calendar year. After a third suspension, the student is ineligible to return to the University of Houston.

Good Academic Standing:
Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above.

Grade Points: The value assigned each grade that may be given for a course. On this scale, "A" = 4 points, "A-" = 3.67, "B+" = 3.33, "B" = 3, "B-" = 2.67, "C+" = 2.33, "C" = 2, "C-" = 1.67, "D+" = 1.33, "D" = 1, "D-" = .67, and "F" = 0. Grades of "S", "U", "I", and "W" carry no grade points and do not affect a student's grade point average.

Grade Point Average (GPA): A measure of the quality of academic work. To figure the grade point average for a semester, multiply the number of credit hours for each course by the grade points allocated for each grade earned. Then divide that number by the total number of credit hours.

See also: The Undergraduate Studies Catalog: Academic Notice, Academic Probation, and Suspension; Readmission from Academic Suspension

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Academic Requirements for Readmission from Suspension

Once you have been suspended, you will be required to meet certain standards and obligations in order to regain the status of a student in good academic standing. You should meet with an advisor in the Undergraduate Scholars Academic Advising Center to discuss the readmission-from-suspension process.

Effective for Fall 2011, students reapplying from suspension will need to apply as a former student at Students will need to meet re-entry requirements and deadlines, as well as pay $50 readmission fee.

Readmission is neither automatic nor guaranteed. Please be aware that the Undergraduate Scholars Academic Advising Center can only readmit students
with less than 30 credit hours

Dates and Deadlines

Dates and Deadlines
Semester of Enrollment Deadline to Submit Application
and All Credentials
Spring 2013 Term November 1, 2012
Summer 2013 Term May 1, 2013
Fall 2013 Term June 1, 2013

See also: The Undergraduate Studies Catalog: Academic Notice, Academic Probation, and Suspension; Readmission from Academic Suspension

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If You Have Questions...

Please! Make a point to contact an advisor if you have any questions about how any of this information impacts you or your specific circumstances.

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