Academic Services


Who is My Advisor?

  • Advising by Last Name

Navigating a Pathway to Academic Success

  • Academic Probation & Disqualification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • PACE Academic Success Plan
  • Tips for Success

Career & Graduate School Planning Tools

  • Check a Road Map
  • Develop a Plan
  • Start to Take Action!

Who is My Advisor?

All PACE students are assigned an academic advisor based on student last name.  Your advisor will guide you through your academic career and together; you will develop a plan of study based on your prior preparation and objectives. It is important to know who your advisor is and to seek their advice each semester.

Note: Students with a declared major also have a major advisor.





Garrett Soriano


Araceli Garcia


Jessica Bettencourt



To learn more about your assigned advisor or to contact your advisor, visit our Meet The Team page.

Navigating a Pathway to Academic Success


What is academic probation?

A student is subject to academic probation if at any time the cumulative grade point average in all college-level work attempted or cumulative grade point average at CSU Stanislaus falls below 2.0. Academic records are reviewed at the close of each semester to verify GPA and determine academic standing.

What is considered “good standing”?

At the undergraduate level, good standing means that the student has a cumulative and CSU Stanislaus GPA of 2.0 or higher.

How can I return to “good standing”?

A student will be removed from academic probation when the cumulative grade point average in all college-level work attempted and the cumulative grade point average at CSU Stanislaus is 2.0 or higher.

How does academic probation affect my financial aid?

Federal regulations require that students who receive financial aid meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards toward the completion of their degree. See the Financial Aid page for details.

How does academic probation affect my veteran educational benefits?

Any veteran who remains on academic probation beyond two consecutive semesters without a significant improvement in academic standing will be ineligible for veterans educational benefits and will be reported to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

How many semesters can a student be on academic probation?

Students can remain on academic probation for multiple semesters as long as their GPA does not fall below the disqualification level based on units earned.

See the University Catalog for details.


What is academic disqualification?

An undergraduate student who begins the semester on academic probation is subject to academic disqualification at the end of the semester when the student’s cumulative grade point average in all college-level work attempted or cumulative grade point average at CSU Stanislaus falls below the specific minimum disqualification level in relation to his/her class level. See the Academic Standing Chart below. 


Class Level

Acceptable Completed Semester Units

Good Standing

(CSU Stanislaus and Cumulative GPA)


(CSU Stanislaus or Cumulative GPA)


(CSU Stanislaus or Cumulative GPA)


0 – 29 units

2.00 or above

1.50 – 1.99 GPA

1.49 GPA or below


30 – 59 units

2.00 or above

1.70 – 1.99 GPA

1.69 GPA or below


60 - 89 units

2.00 or above

1.85 – 1.99 GPA

1.84 GPA or below


90+ units

2.00 or above

1.95 – 1.99 GPA

1.94 GPA or below


What happens when you are disqualified?

Students who have been disqualified from CSU Stanislaus will not be allowed to attend regular CSU Stanislaus classes.

A student disqualified at the end of fall semester is eligible to attend winter term. In such cases the effective date of disqualification shall be the last day of the winter term. A student disqualified at the end of a spring semester is eligible to attend summer term. In such cases the effective date of disqualification shall be the last day of the summer term.

How can I be reinstated to CSU Stanislaus after being disqualified?

Students who are disqualified may be considered for reinstatement by submission of a Reinstatement Petition to the Advising Resource Center. However, reinstatement generally is not approved for the semester immediately following disqualification. Advising Center decisions may be petitioned to the University Appeals Committee.

A reinstated student who has not been enrolled at the University for one year or who has matriculated at another institution since last attending CSU Stanislaus must also apply for readmission at the Enrollment Services Office to resume enrollment.

Students whose reinstatement petitions are approved will be readmitted on probation only, regardless of the grade point average earned at any other institution.

See the University Catalog for details.


How can I determine my academic status?

To determine your academic status, you should refer to your transcript and calculate your grade point average (GPA).

How do I calculate my GPA?

To calculate your grade point average (GPA), divide your total grade points by your total number of graded units attempted. Only courses graded A, B, C, D, F, IC, and WU are included in the calculation. Courses with the administrative symbols AU, CR, I, NC, RD, RP, and W are not included in the calculation. Use this formula:

GPA = Total Grade Points                                                     
           Total Graded Units Attempted


How do I calculate grade points?

You receive grade points for every course unit you complete. CSU Stanislaus offers a plus/minus grading system, but not all instructors use it.


Points Per Unit


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To calculate grade points, multiply the number of course units by the number of grade points for the grade you earned. Refer to the chart above and your transcript. Use this formula:

Number of Course Units X Number of Grade Point

Example: if you earned a B+ in a 3-unit class, your grade point total for that class will be:

3 units X 3.3 grade points = 9.9 grade points

A GPA calculator is a recommended tool to improve accuracy.


What’s the most effective way to return to good standing?

Grade forgiveness is the most effective and efficient way to return to good standing.

What is grade forgiveness?

Grade forgiveness allows you to re-take a class and “forgive” the original grade. The original grade remains on your transcript, but does not get calculated into your GPA. The following limits apply:

  • The grading option for the original grade and the repeat grade must be the same.
  • Only courses with a grade of  “C” or lower may be repeated.

These limits apply only to undergraduate students and to units completed at CSU Stanislaus.

Course forgiveness is not automatic. You must file a Notification of Repeated Course form at the Enrollment Services Office immediately after the course is repeated.

How many courses can I take with grade forgiveness?

You may repeat up to 16 semester units with grade forgiveness.  Note that you may repeat an individual course for grade forgiveness no more than two times and grade forgiveness shall not be applicable to courses for which the original grade was the result of a finding of academic dishonesty.

You may repeat up to an additional 12 semester-units, i.e., units in addition to the 16 semester-units for which grade replacement is permitted.  In such instances the repeat grade will not replace the original grade; instead both grades shall be calculated into your overall grade point average.

What if I earn a lower grade using course forgiveness?

The second grade you earn in the course counts, even if it is lower than your original grade.

What is Credit/No Credit?

Any student may chose to be graded on a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) basis in any course approved with a Credit/No Credit grading option.

Several rules apply:

  • In no case shall more than one-third of the required upper-division or graduate units or courses in a degree program be graded CR.
  • No more than 24 CSU Stanislaus CR semester units, including winter and summer term courses, but excluding credit from challenge examinations, may be applied toward a baccalaureate degree.
  • Upper-division courses graded CR/NC taken at this or another institution may not be used to satisfy requirements for the student’s major except for those courses identified as graded exclusively on a CR/NC basis.
  • The only courses with a CR/NC option which may be repeated are those in which the student previously received a grade of “No Credit.” If a course previously taken for a grade is repeated for a grade of “credit,” only the original grade will be used in computation of the grade point average.

You must elect the Credit/No Credit grading option on a Registration Options form by the Enrollment Census Date of the term unless the instructor agrees to establish a later date and verifies this agreement by signing the student’s Registration Options form requesting the grade option change. For undergraduate students, the CR grade is earned for C– work or better as judged by the instructor concerned. CR and NC grades will have no effect on grade point average.

Note: Students planning to attend graduate or professional schools should be aware that CR may be counted as a C and NC as an F by some graduate admissions officers.

See the University Catalog for details.

PACE Academic Success Plan


Nobody sets out to earn bad grades, but sometimes it happens and you end up on academic probation. The best way to deal with this is to reflect on your experiences, habits, assumptions and obstacles to academic success and find possible solutions. Take responsibility and know that you have the power to make the needed changes to avoid similar situations in the future. Academic trouble is an opportunity for growth and development. Take control! 

Only you can control your future. – Dr. Seuss

Take charge of your future decisions that will affect your academic goals. Click on the video below for tips and suggestions.



The Academic Success Plan helps PACE students regain academic success by improving their overall academic performance and meeting the university’s standards for “Good Standing.”  Students participate in specialized advising sessions with their advisor. These sessions help students get to the root of their academic challenges while providing them with a support system that nourishes their potential.  

The Academic Success Plan entails signing an Academic Probation Agreement, meeting with your advisor 4 times during the semester, and completing several assignments.

  1. Academic Probation Agreement Meeting
  1. Study Plan Meeting
  1. Midterm Grade Meeting
  1. Final Meeting

Failure to meet with your advisor or follow through with the Academic Probation Agreement requirements and assignments will result in a hold being placed on your student record. This will prevent you from making any changes to your student account.

Tips for Success


  1. Go to all classes and submit assignments on time. This may seem obvious, but it may be tempting to catch up on sleep, finish up the paper that's due today, etc. There is no substitution for the information you gain in class.
  2. Be on time and pay attention. Sometimes you can’t help but be a few minutes late to a class, but you should still do your best to arrive to class on time. Professors notice students who are consistently late, and not in the good way. Once you’re there, do your best to pay attention, even when you’re operating on a half night’s sleep or have other things on your mind. Those simple efforts matter when you’re on the brink of a higher mark come grading time.
  3. Ask questions. Your instructors are there to help, so don’t be shy about asking questions in class. There are no dumb questions concerning subject matter. If you don't know or don't understand something, chances are several of your classmates don't either. Learning to ask questions is a skill. Develop it!
  4. Participate. Come to class prepared. If there were readings assigned that day, arrive with talking points. The professor should know your name as early on in the course as possible.
  5.  Read the syllabus. The syllabus for your class may be the most important document you receive from your professor. It will include information like how to reach your instructor, when you’re expected to turn things in, prepare for tests etc. If you ask your instructor a question that could be answered with “It’s on the syllabus,” you may not be making the best impression.
  6. Establish a study routine and stick with it. The general rule of thumb is to plan to study at least 2-3 hours each week for every unit of class. Maintain regular study hours and establish study environments in order to be productive throughout the entire semester.
  7. Find a study buddy in each class. If you miss a class, the easiest way to catch up is to consult with someone who’s also in that class. Find a reliable friend in each class you have that you can contact in case of any missed classes.
  8. Budget time. Have a social life, but plan your study time properly. Do not begin to study for a test or write a paper the night before either is due. Read syllabi early for dates when course assignments are due and note them on semester, monthly and weekly calendars.
  9. Visit your instructor during office hours. You should take advantage of his or her office hours, not only to ask questions on material you may not have completely understood in class, but to show the professor that you’re interested in their course and willing to put in that extra effort. Professors evaluate your work, supply references for future career options or graduate school, and help guide your intellectual development. Most faculty are very approachable; don't let titles of "professor" or "doctor"' frighten you. Those titles are their achievement, and these are the people who will help you attain the goals you have set for yourself.
  10.  Find the note-taking strategy that works for you. Ask five different college students what the best way to take notes is, and you’ll probably get five different answers. You may already know what works for you, and you’ll carry the strategies you used in high school over to college. Or you may want to experiment with new techniques. When it comes to taking notes, take some time to figure out what works for you and what makes you feel more confident when you’re sitting down to study for tests or complete your assignments.
  11.  Safeguard your physical and mental well-being. When exhausted, rest. Eat proper food and know when to relax. Plan exercise into your schedule. No one is going to thank you for working yourself into a frazzle or getting ill, let alone for staying up all night. It is amazing how many students demand their independence and simply do not know how to take care of themselves.
  12.  Realize that being a student is a full-time job. You can't work hard only one day a week and earn acceptable grades. Look at college life as a full-time career for the present. Focus on good academic habits, social skills, and balancing priorities. Now is the time to develop skills that will be expected after graduation in your selected career.
  13.  Locate and use all university services. The university wants you to succeed and will help you by means of all its services. These range from the tutoring services to personal counseling. Let the university serve you. You are paying for these services anyway, in the form of tuition and fees.
  14.  Form study groups. Discussing information with classmates gets your mind working in new ways. Limit study groups to 3-5 people.  
  15.  Be patient with yourself. You will make errors or mistakes during your college career. Be assured that you are not doomed. When you realize, or even think, you have goofed, set out to correct it.


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UC Campuses - Select campus from “Graduate Studies” and then search for graduate programs

General Program/School Search Resources - Searchable information on graduate and professional programs

Graduate School Rankings: U.S. News & World Report - Provides ranking for 12,000 graduate programs

Peterson’s Guides to Graduate and Professional School - Searchable directory that links to program websites at colleges and universities

Princeton Review Grad Program Search - Searchable information on programs and questions to ask when choosing a program

Personal Statement Resources

Purdue Online Writing Lab - information about writing personal statements

Professional School Resources

Association of American Medical Colleges - Overviews the medical admissions process and offers a directory of medical school programs

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) - Provides law school admissions information

Student Doctor Network - Educational community for students/doctors spanning all health professions

American Physical Therapy Association – Information on Physical Therapy career, grad school pre-requisites, and accredited programs

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