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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4513
Mon - Thu: 7:30am - 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am - 4 pm
Sat: 8:30am - 2:30pm

You may not be aware that academic probation is part of a process that could have serious consequences. You could be in jeopardy of being dismissed from college on Academic Dismissal if your situation does not improve. Dismissal for scholastic reasons may also severely restrict your choices of universities and programs in the future. If you are on financial aid, veteran’s assistance, or a family health insurance policy, you run the risk of losing the assistance unless you take steps to improve your academic standing.

What is Academic Probation?

  • Students who begin any semester term in Good Academic Standing but fail to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are placed on Academic Probation. Students are notified via their ACES email to inform them that they have been placed on Academic Probation and should schedule an appointment to meet with their academic advisor as soon as possible. 

What happens if I am placed on Academic Probation?

Students may re-enroll for one semester after meeting with their Academic Advisor. Once on probation, students are limited to a maximum course load of 12 credit hours. A registration hold is placed on your account, and you may need to submit mid-term progress reports if your advisor asks you to. 

  • Student status is evaluated after each semester. Students must earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher to remain enrolled while on Academic Probation. If students on Academic Probation fail to earn a 2.0 or higher, they will be placed on Academic Dismissal. See Academic Dismissal for more information. 

It is the Advising Services team's sincere desire to help you be successful. We highly encourage you to complete the Probation Self - Assessment that is emailed to you and bring that assessment with you when you meet with your academic advisor. Together, you will develop a plan to help you get back in Good Academic Standing.

What is Continued Academic Probation?

  • After the first (1) semester term of Academic Probation Status, students may re-enroll at the Alamo Colleges on a Continued Academic Probation status after meeting with their academic advisor.
  • Students eligibility for enrollment may be limited to less than 12 credit hours based on the advisor's recommendation. 
  • Student status is evaluated after each completed semester/session. Students must meet minimum academic (2.0 GPA) standards for each subsequent semester term until the student has a cumulative GPA of 2.0. If students on Continued Academic Probation fail to earn a 2.0 or higher, they will be placed on Academic Dismissal. See Academic Dismissal for more information. 
  • The Continued Academic Probation status is removed when students earn both a term and cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Is there anyone that can help me while I am on Academic Probation?

It is our sincere desire to assist you in reaching your educational goal. Some areas of assistance we strongly recommend that you utilize are:

  • Speak with your instructor(s) during their posted office hours or before/ after class. Make sure you understand the course expectations and requirements.
  • Tutoring Labs located at each respective department(s).
  • Complete the Probation Self - Assessment and work with your advisor to develop an action plan.
  • Academic Advising for assistance in developing a plan to improve your academic standing; Meeting with your Academic Advisor regularly ensures that you stay on the correct path.
    You advisor will also be able to help you with career and major exploration.
  • The Access Office for disability-related services.

We strongly recommend that you utilize these resources as soon as possible to develop a positive plan of action. All resources are free!

What happens if I am not academically successful while on Academic Probation/ Continued Academic Probation?

If at the end of the semester your semester GPA is not at least a 2.0, you will be placed on Academic Dismissal. If placed on Academic Dismissal you will have the following options:

  1. Sit out for at least one semester
  2. If you do not wish to sit out, you may be considered for enrollment in the following semester by submitting an Academic Dismissal Petition for review by an advisor. Advising sessions for Dismissals begin on the first day of registration and must be completed by the deadline indicated on the Dismissal webpage.

Contact Information

Academic Standards Team:

(210) 486-4460

Advising Hours

NVC Student Success 
Attention students, Thursday, May 26th Advising will have limited services available until 10:00am. No walk-in advising will be available from 8:00am-10:00am.

Hours of Operation

Summer 2016

Walk-In Advising is available: 

Mondays 8am-12pm

Thursdays  1pm-7pm 

Alamo Colleges are closed Fridays through Sundays beginning Monday, May 30th until Sunday, July 31st 

Walk-in Advising sign-in opens at 8:00 am on Mondays and 1:00 pm on Thursdays. The Sign-in line will close when the Advising Services have met the maximum capacity to serve for the day.  Walk-in advising is available for limited services (pre-requisite overrides, quick questions, student holds and an overview of your degree plan) and are limited to 20 minutes. It is not guaranteed that you will be able to speak with your assigned advisor during a walk-in session due to availability.   

Currently enrolled students should schedule an advising appointment with their assigned advisor for assistance.  To meet with your assigned advisor, please schedule an appointment by utilizing the link sent to you by your advisor via your ACES email. 

Appointments are not available the same day, they must be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Appointments are available Monday - Thursday when scheduled in advance with your assigned advisor.

The Advising Services office may be reached by phone at (210) 486-4100. Please be able to provide your full name, and banner ID when requesting specific information. There may be longer waiting times during peak times such as registration.   

Our online advisor is also available for quick advising support at a distance during the hours of operation.