What Happens if you Fail Freshman Year of College?

Freshman year can be a huge adjustment for college students and some don’t do well. So, you failed freshman year of college, now what’s next?

Let’s go over the basics

Usually, colleges will allow you to return after doing poorly for one year. Typically they have a probation system for such a situation. This system is meant to give students time to raise their grades before being put on academic suspension. 

So, if you fail freshman year, you’re college will probably put you on academic probation as a first step. Then if you fail your third semester you’ll likely be suspended. This is the general rule of thumb but always look up your own school’s policies.

What to do

Don’t Give Up

The worst thing you can do is think you can’t do better. You can change any situation when you put your mind to it. While yes, this situation is tough, stressful, and frustrating, it doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed. Don’t drop out and don’t stop trying. 

Ask yourself what happened?

Why were you unable to keep up with your grades? Was there a family emergency? Were you having a difficult time adjusting to college? Was your mental health suffering? Did you not like what you’re studying? Spend some time really thinking about it. 

By understanding how these issues came about, it is easier for you to deal with them. You can see what went wrong and how to change it. Every student is different, so each reason why one might fail is different. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution to failing freshman year. It’s about finding the solution right for you.

Get ready for sophomore year

Since you had a rough freshmen year, you really have to make the most of sophomore year, especially the first semester. 

Create a list of goals you have for the upcoming semester. Make sure you get everything you need and create a schedule best suited for you. Really hold yourself accountable and make the right changes.

Ask for help

This is the most important step. You can’t solve everything by yourself. Keeping your struggle to yourself will only make it more difficult to succeed in your sophomore year. 

Your college wants you to succeed. Reach out to guidance counselors, professors, and academic services. Reach out to your friends and family. Tutors, therapists, coaches, physicians, are all people that can help you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. 

This is not the end of the world and this doesn’t mean your grades will never improve. Reflect on the year and see what went wrong and what you can do to change your situation the next year. Always reach out to the school and people you trust to help you in this process. You got this!