I was Academically Dismissed

If you were academically dismissed from the University, you must apply and be approved for reinstatement before returning. You must submit a completed reinstatement application, including the required essays, transcripts from coursework taken elsewhere since dismissal, and any optional supplemental information that will be helpful to the your application, before the application deadline.

You should also carefully consider whether you are ready to return to the University prior to applying for reinstatement. The Faculty Petition Board often requires students to enroll elsewhere and earn a minimum GPA/credit level before applying again. Many times the board believes it is in the student’s best interest to pursue a degree elsewhere.

If you are reinstated, you must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 by the end of your first semester of reinstatement or you will be academically dismissed again. Visit the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information about the Academic Probation and Dismissal policy.

Please visit your student account to determine if you have any registration blocks. Your application cannot move forward in the review process if you have a judicial or financial block. Contact the Division of Information Technology if your password has expired.

Judicial Blocks

If you have a judicial ineligibility block, or if you answered yes to a question in the Character and Conduct section on the reenrollment application, please visit the Office of Student Conduct website for instructions on obtaining judicial clearance. It is the student's responsibility to initiate this process by completing the Social Clearance form found on the Office of Student Conduct website. Students must attach the necessary documentation for both past disciplinary and past criminal history, as outlined in the Social Clearance form.

Financial Blocks

If you have a financial ineligibility block, please contact the Office of the Bursar to obtain a financial clearance slip. Please submit the original clearance slip from the Office of the Bursar to the following address: 0110 Hornbake Library South, College Park, MD 20742.

The Faculty Petition Board reviews the number of credits you must earn to raise your GPA to a 2.00. If you have not demonstrated the ability to earn the required number of credits with a high enough GPA, you may want to consider taking courses at another institution before applying for reinstatement.

If you have below a 2.00 GPA, please use the GPA calculator to determine how many credits you must earn to raise your GPA.

All degree-seeking students at the University of Maryland are expected to make progress toward earning their degrees. The Student Academic Success-Degree Completion Policy establishes a structured framework and criteria to guide all students to completion of an undergraduate degree within a reasonable period of time. If a reinstated student is not making progress set forth in the policy or has violated the repeat policy, he or she may be required to select a new major before being approved for reinstatement.

Returning to Your Previous Major

The Student Success Office will contact the college offering your desired major to determine your eligibility to return to the major. You may receive notice that you must change your major if you have not met benchmarks or LEP gateway courses or you have violated the repeat policy. These students will not be reenrolled until they have met with an academic advisor from a different major and developed a new graduation/four-year plan.

Changing Your Major

If you need to complete a major change please be aware that this can take several weeks to process; this does not need to be done before you apply, but you may want to start the process as soon as possible. As each major has unique requirements (typically outlined on the department's website) we suggest you start this process early so we can review your application in a timely manner. Please note that approval to change your major does NOT guarantee your ability to return to the University.

Limited Enrollment Programs

If you want to change your major to one of the following programs, the Student Success Office will contact the LEP Admissions office to verify your eligibility. Please note that you will need to meet the LEP requirements and may be required to complete a separate application.

All Other Majors

You can view a list of majors on the UMD website.

If you want to change your major to a program not listed above, you must submit proof that you have permission to change your major. To do so, please have an
academic advisor from your desired college do the following two things:

  1. Send an email to rr-admit@umd.edu granting you permission to change your major.
  2. Add a note to the Student Information System (SIS) granting you permission to change your major.

Transcripts

All applicants must submit official transcripts for any post-secondary institutions of higher education that they have attended since last enrolled at the University. Please submit the transcripts to: Student Success Office, 0110 Hornbake Library, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.

International Students

International students wishing to return to the University of Maryland in F-1 or J-1 status should contact Katrina Knudsen (knudsenk@umd.edu) in the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office for instructions about the required documentation for the creation of an I-20 or DS-2019 document.

Previous Applicants

If you received a previous reenrollment decision requiring you to enroll elsewhere and earn a minimum GPA/credit level before applying again, your application will not move forward in the review process until we have received transcripts showing that you have met the requirements of your previous decision.

However, you should still complete a reinstatement application before the appropriate deadline. We will place your application on hold until we receive your transcripts and your application will not be considered late.

Before completing the online application, please review the following instructions.

Application Type

When completing the application, you will be asked to select an application type.

Reinstatement After Dismissal

If you were academically dismissed at the conclusion of the most recent semester, select "Reinstatement after dismissal."

Reinstatement After Previous Dismissal

If one or more semesters have passed since you were academically dismissed, select "Reinstatement after previous dismissal."

To Apply

  1. Students will be required to use their directory ID and password to log into the readmission/reinstatement application.
  2. Students who do not have an active directory ID and password must contact the Division of Information Technology helpdesk at 301-405-1500 or visit:
    (new user) https://identity.umd.edu/id/newuser or (former student) https://identity.umd.edu/id/formerstudent to set up their credentials.

Written Statement

Reinstatement applicants must submit a written statement as a part of the reinstatement application. The written statement must include answers to the questions listed below.

  1. What issues contributed to your academic dismissal from your last semester at the University of Maryland?
  2. What steps have you taken to resolve these issues?

Tips for Writing Your Written Statement

The written statement serves as your opportunity to present the Faculty Petition Board with information that will be included in the review of your application.

  • - Be direct and honest
  • - Provide specifics without including lengthy details
  • - Proofread carefully
  • - Be patient for a response

Written Statement Checklist

We recommend using the following checklist when writing or reviewing your written statement.

  1. My statement reflects that I have carefully considered whether or not I am ready to return.

    Both academic dismissal and withdrawal are usually the consequence of ongoing academic and/or personal issues. Many students need time to improve the situations that led to these difficulties. This especially applies to fall dismissals because of the short period between fall and spring semesters.

  2. My statement is honest and realistic.

    Demonstrate that you are sincere in both your analysis of your difficulties and your desire to return.

  3. My statement shows that I take responsibility for my role in my dismissal or withdrawal.

    There are many reasons that lead to dismissal or the decision to withdraw. While your situation may be unique and complex, the Faculty Petition Board has read a wide range of explanations and appreciates a direct statement that shows maturity and humility. If you are not in good academic standing, it is important that you explain why and outline how you will become a more successful student.

  4. My statement is an appropriate length.

    Provide enough information to answer the questions, but don’t be long-winded. The best written statements are concise and get to the point. Each question is answered in at least a paragraph or two, but not longer than one page.

  5. Where necessary, my statement has specific details.

    For example, if you were dismissed because you did not put enough effort into your classes, it is not sufficient to write, “I’ll try harder and study more.” Provide details about what steps you have taken or intend to take to remedy the situation that led to your dismissal. If you withdrew for personal reasons, please be brief in describing your situation and why you believe you are now in a better position to return to your education.

  6. My statement shows that I am familiar with the dismissal/withdrawal policies of the University of Maryland and that I understand I am asking for an exception to University policy.

    Read available information on dismissal or withdrawal. Dismissal students should use the GPA calculator to determine what semester grades are necessary to raise their cumulative GPA to at least a 2.00.

  7. My statement does not make assumptions or demands.

    Do not assume that you will be reinstated because you have been in the past, or because you believe you provided a good enough reason for your difficulties. We understand that you are eager to get a response, but please try to be patient. You should anticipate that the Faculty Petition Board reviews many applications and it takes time to make an appropriate decision.

  8. I did not copy and paste a previous written statement.

    The best statements demonstrate progress and are specific to your situation at the time of writing.

  9. My statement has been proofread.

    Be careful to avoid spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors.

Decision Timeline

Reinstatement applicants can expect to receive a reinstatement decision within
4 to 6 weeks of submitting a complete application and clearing all financial and judicial blocks. When a decision is made, you will receive an email.

Questions About Your Application

If you have questions about completing the application or your application status, please email us at rr-admit@umd.edu