What does provisional registration mean?

Provisional registration is intended as a second and more serious warning. If you:

  • do not successfully complete at least 12 units of new course work by the end of the end-quarter examination period in any given quarter while on probation (incomplete courses are often a problem); and/or
  • do not complete at least 36 units of new course work in your most recent three quarters of enrollment (again, incomplete courses are often a problem); and/or
  • do not maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

If you are placed on provisional registration, you will receive a letter from Undergraduate Advising and Research regarding your status; this letter will also be sent to your academic adviser or major department. In addition, your provisional registration status will be notated on your unofficial transcript (probation status is not noted on your official University transcript).

What do I have to do?

There are many people and offices at Stanford who are available to help you get back on track to making satisfactory academic progress. These include:

The resources noted above are able to discuss the opportunities and implications of such a decision with you.

You will remain on provisional registration for your next three consecutive quarters of enrollment. If you are away from Stanford on an official leave of absence or another reason for any one of those quarters, your three consecutive quarters of probation will begin again upon your return to Stanford.

In each quarter that you are on provisional registration, you are required to:

  • complete at least 12 units of new course work (incomplete courses are not considered completed) by the end of the examination period; and
  • complete at least 36 units of new course work in your most recent three quarters of enrollment; and
  • maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

In addition, during your first quarter on provisional registration you are required to meet with a professional adviser at Undergraduate Advising and Research to review your academic experiences and map out your academic plans. You may schedule an appointment with a UAR adviser online, or by visiting their office in Sweet Hall, first floor, or by calling (650) 723-2426.

If you complete these requirements, at the end of the three quarters you will be removed from provisional registration and no longer subject to special monitoring of your academic record by the Subcommittee on Academic Standing.

If you are unable to meet the minimum progress requirements for students on probation, you will be suspended.