Academic Standing and F-1 Status

Your academic standing at SF State could affect your F-1 status.  It is important for you to maintain good academic standing while studying full-time at SF State. 

To remain in good academic standing, Undergraduate students must maintain an SF STATE cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) and COMBINED cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average) or better. Graduate students must maintain an SF STATE cumulative GPA and COMBINED cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. See SF State Grading Policy and Systems at the Academic Bulletin website.  

Students will be placed on Academic Probation or Subject to Disqualification status when they are not in good academic standing.  Many departments place a “Mandatory Advising” or “Department Advising” registration hold on students with low GPA, and you must speak with your Academic Advisor in order to clear these registration holds.

If you are struggling with the courses, ask for help right away - do not wait until the last minute! Speak to an instructor, teaching assistant, and Academic Advisor.  Learning Assistance Center (LAC) and Campus Academic Resource Program (CARP) provide free tutoring services.  Contact them for help.

International students are considered in valid F-1 status while on Academic Probation or Subject to Disqualification as long as they are maintaining full-time enrollment. However, students will lose F-1 benefits such as on-campus employment until they regain full-time in good academic standing.

Academic Disqualification and Immigration Consequences:

Undergraduate Students on Academic Probation or Subject to Disqualification status for more than two semesters may be disqualified from the SF State. See Academic Probation on the Advising Hub.

Graduate students should read the Probation and Mandatory Advising information on Graduate Studies’ website.

If an international student is academically disqualified from SF State, he or she is no longer eligible to maintain F-1 status at SF State for the upcoming semester. The student must find another school to attend in the U.S. and receive a transfer I-20 from that school, or return to his or her home country.  Please make sure to speak to both your Academic Advisor and International Student Advisor at OIP to discuss your options.  See Transferring to Another School.