Whatcom Community College supports all students in their efforts toward improving their education. We know students may face challenges and obstacles preventing them from performing their best. When this happens to you, as difficult as it might be, you should not be discouraged. We have seen many students persevere, overcoming difficult courses or quarters, and successfully graduate, transfer to a university, and find better jobs.

Here you can find ways to improve your academic plan and strategies for a successful quarter.  We detail information on the Academic Progress Policy. It's not always easy to interpret policy, so please contact us with questions.  We are here to assist you in every way possible.

Opportunities for next quarter

Your success matters to us, so we have a few suggestions to improve your strategy: 

  1. On the first day of class, team up with the smartest students. Join them for study groups, partner on notes, and actively become a part of the team.  
  2. Meet your professor. Early in the quarter, you want to introduce yourself and tell them what you hope to learn in the class. Review the syllabus beforehand to learn about the professor’s interests or address questions you might have about dates.
  3. Make a list of your study habits and strategies. Find resources for improvements, such as the Learning Center.  

Academic Progress Reviews 

There are two types of academic reviews each quarter, one for registration purposes and the other for students receiving Financial Aid.  


Academic Progress Policy (APP) - Academic  Warning, Probation, Suspension
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) - Financial  Warning, Termination


Admissions & Registration performs the APP review.  The Financial Aid office performs the SAP review.  These separate reviews follow different guidelines and status may not be the same under each review category.

Grades and credit completion rates are monitored at the end of each quarter.  Designed to assist students in meeting academic standards to facilitate successful completion of degree programs, the process requires academic advising for students with quarterly and cumulative GPAs below 2.0.  

Warning and probation status

All students start on good academic standing.  Students who complete courses with a 2.0 GPA or higher remain in good standing.  We encourage students in warning to meet with an advisor to determine next steps and avoid probation status.  Students on probation are required to meet with an advisor, must register in person, and are limited to 12 credits maximum.  

Students move from good standing to warning or warning to probation status when at least one of the following conditions occur: 

  • quarterly GPA is below 2.00; or 
  • cumulative GPA is below 2.00; or 
  • completion of less than 50% of credits attempted. 

Students return to good academic standing when they 

  • complete 50% or more of the credits you attempt; and 
  • earn a quarterly GPA of 2.0 or higher; and
  • improve cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher.

Suspension status

Students move from probation to suspension status when at least one of the following conditions occur:

  • quarterly GPA was below 2.00 or 
  • completion of less than 50% of the credits attempted.

Suspended students are required to withdraw from all enrolled courses.  Students on academic suspension may petition for reinstatement in future quarters.  Please contact Entry & Advising for more information.  

Conditional status

Students who successfully petition are reinstated as "Conditional" for three quarters or longer, if needed, to bring their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher.

Conditional students will be re-suspended if at least one of the following conditions occur:

  • quarterly GPA was below 2.00 or
  • completion of less than 50% of the credits attempted

If re-suspended, students will be administratively withdrawn from any enrolled courses and will need to petition again to be academically reinstated.

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