The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, expects all students who enroll to make progress toward graduation. To graduate from UT Knoxville, a student must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. The university reviews students' academic records at the end of each term to determine academic standing. The catalog contains additional requirements for specific programs.

Good Academic Standing

A student is in good academic standing when both the student's term and cumulative GPAs are 2.0 or higher or, if after two consecutive terms, the student's cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher and at least one term GPA is also 2.0 or higher.


Academic Probation

A student will be placed on Academic Probation when (1) his/her cumulative GPA falls below the minimum acceptable level of 2.0 for one semester or (2) the semester GPA falls below the minimum acceptable level of 2.0 two consecutive terms of enrollment. During the semester that a student is placed on Academic Probation, and any other semesters in Academic Probation, a student must participate in a special directive advising program to help the student address concerns that are impacting his/her academic performance, and to outline a plan for achieving academic success. This model of early intervention is designed to help students regroup and position themselves for academic success. Students on Academic Probation status during a term will automatically be dismissed at the end of that term if both:
  • the cumulative GPA is below a 2.0, and
  • the term GPA is below a 2.0.
  • For first-time, first-year, and transfer students, the summer term prior to their first fall term will not be included in the dismissal decision.
A student will no longer be on academic probation when his or her cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or higher and the term grade point average is 2.0 or higher. This policy is in place in recognition of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's minimum grade point average of 2.0 for graduation.
**Herbert students placed on academic probation will be required to meet both with their advisor and the Director of Advising.

Academic Dismissal

Academic dismissal is the end result of a pattern of receiving grades that are below the university's standards for good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or better).
Students who have been academically dismissed are not eligible to enroll in classes, either full-time or part-time at the University of Tennessee (including on-line courses). Academically dismissed students are not permitted to live in university housing and no longer have the privileges provided through the UT student identification card (VolCard). Academically dismissed students must remain away from the university for a mandatory absence and should use the period of dismissal to reflect on and address the factors that led to poor performance.
  • First Academic Dismissal
    A student dismissed for the first time may not be readmitted until after a full semester (not including summer) has elapsed.
  • Second Academic Dismissal
    A student dismissed for the second time may be readmitted after one calendar year has elapsed and after completing a minimum of 12 semester credits of academic course work with at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average from accredited institution(s) of higher education. Students who have been dismissed twice are required to meet with the Undergraduate Council Appeals Committee. Students may be readmitted only when they present evidence that they are capable of performing at the level required to meet university academic standards and completing all degree requirements within a reasonable length of time.
  • Third Academic Dismissal
    After a third dismissal, a student is ineligible to attend the university and may not apply for readmission.
Students who have been academically dismissed and who are readmitted will be dismissed again if they fail to earn a 2.0 minimum term GPA at the end of the first semester after readmission and every term thereafter until the cumulative GPA reaches a 2.0.
For further information on readmission after academic dismissal, see Readmission to the University under the Admission to the University section of this catalog.XXX


Academic Second Opportunity

Academic Second Opportunity is designed to assist the student who was not successful in progressing toward a degree during a previous attendance at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, but is now performing satisfactory work. Granting it is an acknowledgment by the university that the student's earlier work is not consistent with his or her academic potential but that the work earned since return is. This policy is not intended to allow students to progress directly into a major. Exceptions to progression standards must be made at the college level.
An undergraduate student may petition for Academic Second Opportunity upon meeting the following requirements.
  • The student has re-enrolled following an absence from UT Knoxville of at least three full calendar years.
  • The student's previous academic record at the university was unsatisfactory (normally, below a C average).
  • Since readmission, the student has completed 15 or more graded hours, earning a 2.5 GPA or above.
Decisions on granting Academic Second Opportunity are made by committee. If the student's petition is approved, all previous academic work and grades will remain on the permanent record, but the grades for such work will not be used in computing the grade point average or in determining academic standing. Previous credits earned with a grade of C or better will continue to meet major, distribution, and graduation requirements.
To graduate, a student granted Academic Second Opportunity must complete at least 30 hours at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, following readmission. To meet minimum qualifications for graduation with honors, the student must earn at least 60 semester hours of letter grades (A-F) following readmission. Academic Second Opportunity may be granted only once. If hours earned during the previous attendance have already been applied toward the completion of an awarded degree from a four-year institution, Academic Second Opportunity will not be granted. Registration at another college or university since the previous UT Knoxville enrollment will not prevent a student from qualifying.
Petition must be made no later than the academic term prior to the one when the degree will be granted. Students should consult the Office of the University Registrar's website ( for instructions and Academic Second Opportunity petition form. To initiate the petitioning process, students should meet with designated advisors in their colleges.