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.  

Good standing

  • Students with a quarterly and cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher.


  • Students with a quarterly GPA below 2.00 and a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  • Students after their first quarter at WCC with both a quarterly and cumulative GPA below 2.00.

Students on warning will return to good academic standing when they achieve both a quarterly and cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.


  • Students with both a quarterly and cumulative GPA below 2.00 after a minimum of two consecutive quarters.
  • Students remain on academic probation when their quarterly GPA is 2.0 or above and their cumulative GPA is below 2.00.

Students return to good academic standing when they achieve both a quarterly and cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.


  • Students with a quarterly GPA below 2.0 in a quarter subsequent to being on academic probation.

Suspended students may enroll in one class up to five credits after meeting with an advisor.  Students wishing to take more than five credits may petition through advising and career services.  To return to good standing, students must achieve both a quarterly and cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.  

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.

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