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Mandatory Advising Program (MAP)

Frequently Asked Questions


Why do I have a Mandatory Advising status (MAP)?

Students who earned a SFSU and/or OVERALL GPA of 1.99 or below after their first semester, are placed on Academic Probation and have a Mandatory Advising status (MAP).


Once on MAP, how do I remove this status?

Students must receive advising from their major department to clear their MAP status for the following semester.


Will I be able to attend classes the following semester if I obtain departmental advising and the SFSU Academic Standing petition is submitted to the Registrar's Office?

Yes. Your MAP status will be removed once your Academic Standing Petition is processed by the Registrar's Office so you can enroll in classes.

Note: Academic Standing petitions only remove your MAP status for the upcoming semester. You must submit a new petition each semester if you are on academic probation and require mandatory advising.


Will removal of my MAP Status also change my Academic Status and will I be removed from Probation?

No. A status of MAP (Mandatory Advising for Probation Students) indicates that you are on academic probation because of your grades and require advising. To be removed from academic probation, you will need to earn good grades. To calculate how to be removed from probation, use the Grade point deficit calculator (2.0 GP) for undergraduate students and Undergraduate GPA calculator for probation students.


Can my major department deny reinstatement for MAP status?

No. Mandatory advising is to ensure students are on the correct path towards academic success. As long as the student has met with their department advisor and your Academic Standing Petition is submitted to the Registrar's Office by the deadline, your MAP status will be removed and you can enroll in classes.


What if I don't petition for MAP reinstatement?

Students who fail to comply with the MAP reinstatement process will have an Administrative Academic Probation hold placed on their record for the following semester. They will not be able to register for classes.


Can I still submit a petition for MAP reinstatement if the deadline has passed?

Yes. Students are allowed to petition for late MAP reinstatement; however you will need to follow your major department's policy on late reinstatements.


Can I remove my MAP status by getting grade changes or by submitting withdrawal petitions?

Yes. Students need to contact the Registrar's Office to remove their Mandatory Advising status by getting grade changes or retroactive withdrawals so they can enroll in the following semester.

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