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Academic Policies for Current Students

Academic Central

The Academic Central website hosts a number of key resources and forms for current students.

Advising Holds

All students must receive advisement each semester before their advisement hold can be removed. All freshmen, sophomores and incoming transfer students will be advised by the College of Engineering academic advisor.

Engineering Progression (effective Fall 2014)

Students must complete the first year progression requirement (see the Academic Advising Report in MyNEVADA) before enrolling in upper-division engineering coursework.
To maintain good standing in the College of Engineering, students must:

  • Complete the critical courses included in the first, second, and third year progression requirements on Academic Advising Reports in MyNEVADA (and marked with an asterisk in the program description in the catalog) with a "C" or better.
    • Students may attempt critical courses a maximum of three times (including withdrawals).
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 in the Engineering grade point average (included on the Academic Advising Report in MyNEVADA).
    • Students whose Engineering grade point average falls below 2.0 are placed on program probation at the end of the fall and spring semesters.
    • Students on program probation will be allowed two regular semesters to recover to at least a 2.0 if their major grade point average improves at the end of each probationary term (summer included). Access to a second regular semester is available only when it is possible for the student to reach a 2.0 by the end of the second semester.

Students who are not eligible to progress from the undeclared engineering program to a specific engineering major after four regular semesters and/or those who do not meet the progression and major grade point average requirements above will be removed from the College of Engineering and will be required to meet with an advisor in the University's General Advising Center to select a new major.

After one year, undergraduate students who have been removed from the College of Engineering may petition to be reinstated on the basis of transcript evidence that they are now capable of meeting the College's progression standards. A petition including a letter to the committee from the petitioner, letters of support from faculty and/or advisors, medical records, transcripts from transfer institutions, etc. must be submitted to the College Advising Office by April 1st to be reinstated for fall and by November 1st to be reinstated for spring.


Students should begin the process of graduation at least three semesters prior to the anticipated graduation term. Each of those semesters, the student and advisor will ensure proper course selection to stay on track.

The graduation application period for each term opens when registration for that term opens. Applications must be submitted in MyNEVADA by:

  • March 1st for May graduation applicants
  • June 1st for August graduation applicants
  • October 1st for December graduation applicants

Grade Replacement Policy

Students may repeat a maximum of 15 lower-division credits (100-200 level) to replace original University of Nevada, Reno grades. The course(s) must be repeated and completed at the University within the next two regular semesters in which the student is enrolled. If the course is not offered within the next two regular semesters, the student must take the course the next time it is offered. The most recent grade earned in the course will be used in the grade-point calculation. Students who wish to utilize the grade replacement policy must file a Grade Replacement Request form with the Office of Admissions and Records.

Probation Information

Undergraduate students are placed on academic probation when a student's cumulative University of Nevada, Reno GPA is below 2.0.

Students who are placed on Academic Probation will receive a letter notifying them of their academic status (First, Second, or Third-Semester probation). Admissions and Records will place a registration/advisement hold on each probationary student's record.

Release from University Probation

Undergraduate students are removed from probation when their University of Nevada cumulative GPA rises above 2.0.

Dismissal (after Probation)

Students who are on Probation for three consecutive regular semesters and fail to raise their cumulative University of Nevada GPA above the Academic Probation threshold (2.0) will be dismissed from the University. View the policy on Academic Central.

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