Step 2: Important Information

An Academic Advising Hold (AA1 hold) has been placed on your academic record, which prevents future registration until you meet with an academic advisor. We encourage you to use the information in this site before scheduling a meeting with your advisor. The Academic Advising Hold will be removed once you meet with your advisor, permitting registration for the upcoming semester only. The Academic Advising Hold will be permanently removed once you return to good academic standing.

To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, financial aid, and participation in university activities, the University at Buffalo regularly reviews the academic records of all undergraduate students. This review addresses the quality of the student’s studies as measured by the student’s course grades. For more information on Academic Standards review go to


  • Any student – freshman or transfer – whose first-semester GPA is less than 2.0 will be on academic warning in his/her second semester of study at the university.


  • Any student with a cumulative UB GPA is 2.0 or greater but his/her most recent two consecutive semester GPAs are less than 2.0.
  • Any student with a cumulative UB GPA is less than 2.0 after two or more semesters of study at UB.


  • A student enrolled at UB for two or more semesters who has a cumulative UB GPA less than 2.0 and a quality point deficit of 20 or greater points will be dismissed from the university regardless of his/her most recent semester GPA.

A student may repeat a given course for the purposes of affecting his or her GPA.   When a course is repeated, the credits and grade earned from the first attempt will no longer count towards degree requirements.   When a course repetition results in a grade of ‘F’, the course may be repeated again, but the credits and grade for every failed course attempt will be included in the GPA.   When a course repetition results in a passing grade, the grade and credits will count towards degree requirements and the course may not be repeated again.     If you are considering repeating a course, read the full repeat policy to determine if it is an ‘impacted’ course.  

Certain courses are designated as controlled enrollment (or ‘impacted’) because enrollment is limited by available seats in lectures or associated sections.
For these courses the unit offering the course may limit or prohibit repeat enrollment in the fall and/or spring semester. Repeat enrollment is defined as: Student previously enrolled in the course at UB or transferred in an equivalent course with a grade of ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ and qualified values thereof, e.g., ‘A-’, ‘D+’; ‘F’, ‘P’, ‘S’, ‘U’, ‘I’, ‘J’, ‘N’, or ‘R’. Limiting repeat enrollment gives priority to students who are registering for the course for the first time.

If you are experiencing extenuating circumstances (such as a personal illness) you should immediately speak with your Academic Advisor to determine if filing an academic withdrawal would be an option. It is an involved process but if approved your grades for the semester in question would be changed to ‘W’s and they would not count in your GPA.

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