About the Academic Success Program

During your time at UNCA, you will be in “Good Academic Standing” as long as your cumulative and term GPA is at or above a 2.0.

Occasionally, you might experience personal or academic hardships that result in a lower GPA. In these instances, you will be on “Academic Warning” and placed into the Academic Success Program (ASP).

ASP is a multi-tiered system designed to help your GPA recover and maintain your progress toward academic success.

You can be placed on Academic Warning if:

  • Your semester GPA drops below a 2.0
  • Your cumulative GPA drops below a 2.0
  • Your completion ratio (the number of your earned hours divided by the number of your attempted hours), either for the semester or cumulative, is less than 67%.

Students who successfully complete ASP have better academic outcomes than their peers who do not.

Note: If you are placed on Academic Warning, your registration will be limited to 15 credit hours. Any student on Academic Warning must meet all of the following requirements to get back into Good Academic Standing:

  • Earn a 2.25 semester GPA
  • Successfully complete at least 70% of your semester classes
  • Complete all requirements of designated ASP tier

To learn more about UNCA Academic Standing policies, please visit the Registrar’s website or the course catalog.

Depending on the context of your academic situation, you will be placed into one of the following tiers while on Academic Warning:


Tier 1

  • You will be required to enroll in and complete LA 171 in the subsequent major semester (Fall or Spring). LA 171 is a one-credit class that meets once a week. The course covers techniques for becoming a more proficient learner. Successful completion of this course is key to getting back to Good Academic Standing.
  • End Goal: High level of support, facilitated growth as a student/study habits, guide towards confidence/competence, reflection, intrinsic motivation.

Tier 2

  • You are required to enroll in and complete LA 171 in the subsequent major semester (Fall or Spring). The Tier 2 LA 171 class will be an independent study-style course that will require you to identify your academic needs and attend workshops during the semester to address those needs.
  • You will also be required to attend meetings with an assigned ASP advisor to discuss your progress.
  • End Goal: Medium level of support, options to learn what you self-identity as needing help with, ownership over growth, improved tool box/coping skills.

Tier 3

  • You are required to meet with your assigned ASP advisor at the beginning of the semester and a minimum of twice more throughout the semester.
  • End Goal: Ownership over development, support offered, help getting back on track

FAQs about ASP:

  • Can I take more than 15 hours? If you feel you are capable of achieving the required 2.25 GPA while taking more than 15 credit hours, please fill out this form. We will review your case and make a determination.
  • Can I move into a different tier? You are welcome to ask! Please use this form to make your case. We will review your case and make a determination.
  • How will this affect my financial aid? Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for any questions regarding your scholarships or loans. Their contact information can be found here.