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FGCU Main Campus
McTarnaghan Hall Suite 229

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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
(800) 590-3428(FGCU)

Main Office
McTarnaghan Hall 229
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
(239) 590-7875
(239) 590-7862 {fax}

South Village Office
Eagle Hall 4001 (4th floor)
Hours: Mon-Thur 8 AM - 7 PM &
  Fri 8 AM - 5 PM
(239) 745-4300
(239) 745-4336 {fax}

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*email response time may be up to 1-2 business days.

Students on Academic Notice, Warning, Probation


As a student on academic warning, academic probation or probation after suspension, you will have a hold on your registration restricting you from web registering for classes via Gulfline.  First Time in College (freshmen) students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation status are required to meet with the Center for Academic Achievement and First Year Advising in order to register for the following semester.

Registration changes for spring 2017 may not be made until the following requirements are met: 

In order to gain clearance to register for courses through an academic advisor, you must first complete the Academic Hold Information & Registration Requirements Module in CANVAS with a score of 100%.  This includes the following components: 

  • Personal Intake Information
  • Academic Standing Policy and Campus Resources (can be taken multiple times as needed)
  • Academic Hold Assessment (can be taken multiple times as needed)
  • Individualized Academic Plan
  • Academic Hold Information & Registration Requirements Module Feedback 

 Log in to CANVAS to begin

Once the CANVAS Academic Hold Information & Registration Requirements Module is completed, you must be cleared to meet with First Year Advising by the Center for Academic Achievement.  After this clearance has been granted, you can consult with an academic advisor to discuss future class registration.

IMPORTANT NOTE: First Time in College (freshmen) students admitted in fall 2015 or later who are placed on Academic Warning or Academic Probation after the fall semester are required to enroll in Effective Learning (SLS 1501) during the spring 2017 semester.  

  • Effective Learning is a 3 credit elective course that focuses on the development of strategies for college success.  This course will help students to individually assess their “learning style” and how it can be applied to such skills as time management, studying, and note-taking.  Students will learn how to implement several strategies for success, as well as get connected to FGCU campus resources. 

After completing the steps above, you can contact First Year Advising via email at to enroll in Effective Learning for spring 2017.     


Academic Planning: Tips for improving your GPA

Choose your classes wisely. As a student on academic standing, you will work with an advisor to schedule your classes.  Keep in mind that your course choices are extremely important because your grades in those courses will determine your future at the university. Your goal is to earn the highest grades possible to raise your cumulative GPA to above 2.0 to clear yourself from Academic Warning.   Keep the following suggestions in mind:

  • If you are not a morning person and you will likely skip morning classes, don’t sign up for an 8:00 am class.

  • If you struggle with longer courses taught twice a week, schedule classes that meet three times per week for an hour.   

  • If you struggle with courses in particular subject areas like the natural sciences, consider taking a semester off from science and enroll in courses in which you are more confident. 

  • After a bad semester, you may be tempted to enroll in more classes in an effort to make up credits.  Be careful not to overload yourself!  It is wiser to take fewer courses and do well in them than it is to take a larger course load and do poorly.  If you do not need to be full time for financial aid or insurance eligibility, consider taking fewer credits. 

Meet with your academic advisor and the CAA as soon as possible so that you have a wider range of course options.  Remember, you will not be able to register unless you are also in compliance with CAA's retention program, so complete the required module in CANVAS as soon as possible so you can work with the CAA and First Year Advising. 

You will also not be permitted to register if you have additional holds (other than the Academic Standing Hold).  You are advised to view and resolve active holds as soon as possible.  

Be aware of important deadlines You have the week of add/drop to attend class, review syllabi and make sure you are comfortable with the instructor, subject matter, and course content.  If you have concerns about your potential for success in any of your courses, consider making schedule changes with your advisor before the end of the first week of classes.  As a last resort, you may withdraw from a course with no academic penalty and no refund prior to the posted deadline.  Consult the official academic calendar for posted deadlines.  

Use Grade Forgiveness.  If you have taken an FGCU course and received a grade of C- or lower, you may repeat the course in a future semester at FGCU for grade forgiveness.  The old grade will be removed from your GPA and the new grade will be applied to your grade point average, providing the quickest way to improve your GPA.  You will need to submit a Grade Forgiveness form to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline noted on the academic calendar for the semester you retake the course.  It would be wise to consult with an academic advisor about whether you should apply grade forgiveness for a given course.  

Frequently Asked Questions:

I have met with the CAA and my advisor, why do I still have a hold on my registration?

The hold will remain on your student record until your cumulative GPA reaches at least a 2.00.  Although your semester GPA may have been a 2.00, your cumulative GPA must rise to at least a 2.00 before the hold will be removed.    

I took a course for grade forgiveness and it wasn’t factored into my GPA yet, why not?

If you did not turn in a grade forgiveness form to the Registrar’s Office (1st floor McTarnaghan Hall), grade forgiveness was not applied.  If you turned in the form after the deadline for the semester, the grade forgiveness will not be applied until the end of the following semester after grades are posted.  

I only earned 6 credits last semester because I failed several courses.  Should I enroll full time this semester? 

It is normal to feel like you want to “catch up” after having a rough semester.  However, if a full load was problematic for you last semester it is likely be difficult again.  Concentrate on quality, not quantity.  Enrolling in fewer courses and achieving better grades will be more beneficial then taking on too much and doing poorly.  If you are a bright futures recipient, make sure you know how many courses you need to complete (and what GPA you must earn) to maintain your scholarship.   

I am working 20-30 hours per week.  What is a realistic load of classes?

Only you can determine what the right load is for you, however if you are working more than 20 hours a week, you should consider lessening your course load to accommodate for the time your job takes out of your weekly schedule.  

Should I change my major?

If you are asking this question, this is probably something you should investigate.  Your past performance in courses can be a good indicator about whether your major is the best fit with your academic interests and abilities.  For example, if you are a Biology major and you have trouble with science courses, then this might indicate a need to re-examine your major choice.  Use the resources on campus to explore other major options that may be a better fit with your interests, abilities and values.  However, don’t discount a major just because it requires a certain course you may find challenging.  All majors include courses that are going to require a great deal of time and effort, in addition to those that you find more appealing!    

I am an undecided major and was bored with my classes last semester.  Any suggestions?

Students often find it difficult to stay focused and motivated in their courses when they don’t have a vision for the future.  It is perfectly fine to be undecided in your major, but perhaps this is a sign that you should begin to do some strucutred major and career exploration.  Use the exploration resources available to research majors and take some introductory classes in areas that interest you.  This can help motivate you and fuel future goal setting.  

I attend class, spend a lot of time studying and do all my homework and I still can't seem to earn decent grades.  What can I do??

Academic success isn't always about how much time you spend studying; it's also important to study the right way.  Consider working with the Center for Academic Achievement and your advisor to learn how to tailor your academic approach to the type of course you are taking and the manner in which you learn best.