Probation, Dismissal, & Readmission

Students at Southwestern receive multiple probationary warnings before being dismissed. No matter where you are in your academic journey, know that our academic counselors  are here to support you! Let us know how we can help.

Types of Probation & Dismissal

Probation and dismissal can take a couple of different forms. Both levels one and two of probation, as well as dismissal, fall into one of two categories:

  1. Academic: Relates to grade point average
  2. Progress: Relates to completion of courses

Regardless of your academic status, our counselors can assist in helping you navigate through your time here at Southwestern College. To set up a counseling appointment, visit our counseling page  to live chat with our staff, or leave a voicemail at 619-482-6361.

Heading: Probationary Steps


Level 1 Probation


Level One Probation indicates the following: 

Academic Probation: GPA under 2.0
Progress Probation: 

  • Enrolled in at least 12 semester units; and
  • At least 40% of courses recorded “W”, “I”, “NC”, “NP”, or “F”

Once you’re on probation, follow these steps:

  1. Make an appointment to attend the Academic Success Seminar using the link in your email.
  2. Visit our counseling page to live chat with our staff, or leave a voicemail at 619-482-6361

Level 2 Probation


Level Two probation indicates improved academic progress, but overall academic performance under the threshold needed for probation removal. 

While you may attend classes for the upcoming term, you may be ineligible for Enrollment Priority and/or California College Promise Grant.

Take the following steps to help avoid dismissal:

  1. Sign up for an Academic Success Seminar by using the link in your email.
  2. Check your SWC email regularly for information regarding your Financial Aid and Priority Enrollment status.

Dismissal & Readmission Steps

If you are on probation and you have not improved your academic standing for two consecutive semesters for either one or both of the following standards, you will be on dismissal status:

  • Academic Dismissal: A student who is on academic probation shall be subject to dismissal if the student has earned a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 in all units attempted or the most two recent consecutive semesters.
  • Progress Dismissal: A student who has been placed on progress probation shall be subject to dismissal if the percentage of units in the subsequent semester of recorded grades of A, B, C, D, Cr, and P on the student’s transcript falls below 60%.

Once you are dismissed, you are required to sit out for up to two semesters. You do have the right to appeal your dismissal. However, until your petition is approved, you will be unable to enroll in classes. If you want to appeal, please contact our counseling staff on the counseling page.