Academic Assistance

What Is Probation?

Serves as a warning that poor academic performance or failure to complete requirements in a timely fashion may jeopardize future enrollment status at and graduation from the University of Illinois.

Types of Academic Probation:

Beginning Freshman


Beginning freshman who does not earn at least a 2.00 (C) University GPA in the first semester is placed on a 2.00 probation for the next term

All other students


A student whose cumulative University GPA < 2.00 or who does not earn at least a 2.00 in any semester or summer session is placed on a 2.00 probation for the next term

Code 1B

A student whose cumulative University GPA is 1.75-1.99, inclusive, is placed on a 2.25 probation

Code 1C

A student whose cumulative University GPA < 1.75 is placed on 2.33 probation

Code 1G, 1H, 1P, 1T

College-determined probation levels assigned at grade audit.

Biology Majors

Low Core Grades

If you have received a C- or lower in one or more biology core courses, it is recommended that you meet with an advisor. Previous experience has shown that students who do poorly in a core course tend to struggle with future biology courses.

Low Major GPA

IB majors are required to have a major GPA of 2.00 or better. If your major GPA <2.00 you will be required to meet with an advisor and a hold will be placed on your account until you do.

Ways To Get Help

Seek advice from your Academic Advisor as soon as you know of your academic status or are notified by an advisor. We are here to help you get back on track. The advising staff will discuss with you what went may have gone wrong and help strategize a new plan and help set new and attainable goals.

If you are struggling with a particular class; see the professor or TA during his/her office hours. Even seek help from your fellow students who may have a better grasp of the class and form a study group. Collaboration and perseverance will help you prevail.

Tutoring Services

Integrative Biology Tutoring: The IB Club Integrative Illini offers free peer tutoring for a variety of IB courses. Please email for more information and a list of courses with tutors available.

The MCB Learning Center, located in room 101 Burrill Hall, is available to students for individual or group study sessions. Most MCB Teaching Assistants, and some Instructors, host office hours in the Learning Center. Specific course and instructor hours will be posted at the entrance. Students are allowed to meet with any TA assigned to their specific MCB course, regardless of the discussion they are enrolled in. The room is equipped Macintosh computers for student use and is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM during the fall and spring semester. Closed during campus breaks and summer session. Call 217-244-8877 for additional information.

Strategies for Studying Biology Video: by Brad Mehrtens, Instructor of MCB 150 and MCB Academic Advisor.

Chemistry Learning Center: The Chemistry Learning Center (230 Davenport) offers a variety of services to assist you with your chemistry courses. Free drop-in tutoring is also available during the hours posted on their web site.

Mathematics Tutoring: The Department of Mathematics offers free tutoring.

Physics Tutoring: Fee-based tutoring is available through the Physics Department
(from $8 to $15/hr).

Office of Minority Student Affairs: The Office of Minority Student Affairs offers a variety of services including tutoring, review sessions and supplemental instruction.

Writer’s Workshop: The Writers' Workshop, part of the Center for Writing Studies, provides free writing assistance for University of Illinois students, faculty and staff from all disciplines and levels. Discuss your writing with consultants who are experienced writers and teachers of writing.