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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 
mailto:nvc-library@alamo.edu
Mon - Thur: 7:30am - 6:00pm
Fri: CLOSED
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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 an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher are placed on Academic Probation. Students are notified via their ACES email regarding their academic standing. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss ways to improve their GPA and return to good standing. 


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 every semester. A registration hold is placed on your account, and you may need to submit mid-term progress reports to be eligible to enroll for a following semester. A students' academic standing is evaluated after each semester. In order to continue attending, students must earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher. 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.   Academic Probation status is removed once a student earns both a semester and overall 2.0 GPA.  


What is Continued Academic Probation?

Students on Academic Probation may continue enrollment if they earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher. They will be enrolled under the status of Continued Academic Probation after meeting with their academic advisor. Students on Continued Academic Probation are limited to a maximum course load of 12 credit hours every semester. A registration hold is placed on your account, and you may need to submit mid-term progress reports to be eligible to enroll for a following semester. A student's academic standing is evaluated after each semester. In order to continue attending, students must earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher. 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. Continued Academic Probation status is removed once a student earns both a semester and overall 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. We highly encourage you to complete the Probation Self-Assessment  and bring that with you when you meet with your assigned advisor. Together, you and your advisor will develop a Student Success Action plan to help you get back on track!  Some additional 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).
  • 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. Upon completion of the sit-out period you will need to complete the Academic Dismissal petition process to be able to discuss your enrollment eligibility. 
  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 for fall or spring and must be completed by the deadline indicated on the Dismissal webpage.

Contact Information

Academic Standards Team:

nvc-stusuccess@alamo.edu

(210) 486-4459

Advising Hours

NVC Student Success

Hours of Operation

Spring 2017

Walk-In Services are available: 

Mondays: 8:00am-12:00pm

Thursdays: 1:00pm-6:00pm

General Hours of Operation 

Monday-Wednesday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Thursday: 8:00am-7:00pm

Friday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

First Saturday of the Month:
9:00am-1:00pm

Note: Advising services will be closed March 31st for staff development.

Walk-in Services sign-in opens at 8:00am on Mondays and 1:00pm on Thursdays. The Sign-in line will close when the Advising Services have met the maximum capacity to serve for the day. Walk-in services are available for pre-requisite overrides, quick questions, and student holds, and are limited to 15 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.