Policies

In this section, a variety of University policies and academic regulations are highlighted to support your academic journey towards graduation. Make sure to familiarize yourself with this information early on in your academic career and prior to applying for reenrollment.

To find complete information pertaining to undergraduate academic programs, including course descriptions and program requirements, and the university's academic, registration and graduation policies and regulations, see the Undergraduate Catalog.

If you cannot find the policy or academic regulation you need in this section, make sure to meet with your academic advisor.

Undergraduate degree-seeking students who have reenrolled at the University of Maryland in pursuit of their initial baccalaureate degree are eligible, after a separation of at least five calendar years from the University (determined by the last day of the last attended semester), for academic clemency. Academic clemency is granted one time only, and subsequent requests will be denied.

Application for academic clemency must be filed with the Office of Undergraduate Studies (or designee) as soon as possible, and before the end of the first semester of the student's return to the University. Clemency will be recorded on the student's record following the completion of the student's first semester of reenrollment. Under clemency, up to 16 attempted credits of D+, D, D-, and F grades from courses previously completed at the University of Maryland will be removed from the calculation of the student's cumulative grade point average (GPA)

Attempted credits and grades for which clemency is granted will:

  1. remain on the student's transcript;
  2. not be used to satisfy degree requirements;
  3. be excluded from the student's cumulative GPA calculation;
  4. remain included in the calculation of Latin Honors; and
  5. adhere to the institution's repeat guidelines and be included in the student's repeat limits.

The granting of clemency is contingent upon the student's satisfactory completion of the initial semester of reenrollment, and will be recorded by the university at that time. If the student's first semester of registration upon reenrollment is canceled, or the student withdraws from the semester, clemency will not be granted (and the student will retain the option of filing for clemency in the future).

Implementation Steps

  1. Student applies for reenrollment.
  2. Faculty petition board reviews application.
  3. SSO confirms major with college or student develops a graduation plan for a new major.
  4. SSO reenrolls student and puts note in ERS that student is eligible for clemency.
  5. Student and advisor meet to register for classes.

    a. Advisor communicates to student that student is eligible for clemency.

    b. Student and advisor determine which courses will be included in the clemency process.

    c. Student and college advisor sign clemency form.

    d. Clemency form sent to registrar's office. Form must be filed once student registers for first semester back, or at the latest, by the end of the first semester.

    e. Once clemency is filed, student cannot change courses for clemency.

  6. Clemency is processed by Office of the Registrar once form is received but GPA will not reflect clemency until calculate is run.

Students who fail to achieve a 2.00 cumulative GPA at the end of their probationary semester may be academically dismissed, depending on their credit level.

Students with 60 credits or more: will be dismissed from the University if their cumulative GPA remains below 2.00 at the end of their probationary semester.

Students with fewer than 60 credits: will be permitted to continue on academic probation if a minimum semester GPA of 2.00 is achieved.

The Registrar will notify the appropriate University offices when students are academically dismissed and will note the dismissal on the student's academic record. The Student Success Office will notify students that registration for the next semester (excluding winter or summer terms) will be canceled. Students who have been academically dismissed and who are reinstated will be dismissed again if a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 is not achieved by the end of the first semester after reinstatement.

Students who have been academically dismissed may apply for immediate reinstatement. By doing so, a decision can be made promptly on your behalf. Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by a faculty board who will consider your past performance and decide on your readiness to continue at the University of Maryland. Please note, approval to reenroll is not guaranteed.

Academic dismissal is usually the consequence of ongoing academic and/or personal issues. Many students need time to improve the situations that led to these difficulties. Please take time to reflect on the circumstances that led to your dismissal. If you wish to apply for reinstatement at the University of Maryland, please consider the following recommendations and complete the appropriate steps:

Meet with your academic advisor to review your current academic record and determine if it is in your best interest to apply for reinstatement.

Submit the reinstatement application and required supporting documentation by the reenrollment deadline.

To access the application, visit: Reenrollment Overview. The submission of the application preserves your semester schedule until a decision has been rendered.

Review frequently asked questions at: FAQs.

Be aware if you are enrolled in a Winter or Summer Term course and your cumulative grade point average rises to above a 2.00 following the session, your dismissal will be voided. Be advised that it is very difficult to raise your cumulative GPA over a 2.00 through the completion of one or two courses.

Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and the Department of Resident Life for more information about the impact of academic dismissal on your contracts with those departments.

Once a decision has been reached, you may view your reinstatement decision online.

Student Academic Success
Degree Completion

Full-time degree seeking students normally are expected to complete the undergraduate program in four years. To help students meet graduation requirements the university will facilitate enhanced student advising through the following measures:

Academic units create 4-year graduation templates that specify the university general education requirements, degree requirements for each major and provide semester-by-semester course schedule models.

Academic units provide graduation progress benchmarks for each academic major. Units establish schedules for regular periodic reviews of student progress, and students who are in danger of falling behind the program benchmarks will be required to consult with an advisor prior to registration.

Students who do not achieve the progress expectations will be permitted to continue in the major only upon the approval of the dean of their college.

When students change majors, they are required to present an academic plan to the new major unit that demonstrates their ability to complete their major in a timely manner.

Please see additional information from the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Students with a cumulative GPA under 2.00 will be placed on Academic Probation. All Students must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy major degree requirements, minor requirements, and undergraduate certificate requirements, respectively. Individual department, college, school, or program requirements may exceed this minimum.

As a UMD student on academic probation, you should consider the following recommendations for improving your academic record:

Review the requirements of the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. Students are expected to attain a cumulative 2.00 GPA at the end of any probationary semester. Students who fail to achieve a 2.00 cumulative GPA at the end of their probationary semester may be academically dismissed.

Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your current academic record and the action steps required to be removed from academic probation. This could include adjusting your upcoming semester's course load.

Utilize your professor's office hours and discuss how you can improve your academic performance this semester.

Review free tutoring options.

Visit the Counseling Center to learn more about guided study sessions, and available campus and web resources. 

Use the GPA by GPA Goal Calculator to determine the minimum cumulative GPA you need to earn to be in good academic standing. In determining your goal GPA, please remember to fill in the calculator using all attempted credits and not earned credits.

Meet with your academic advisor to discuss:

  • The possibility of dropping a course prior to the Schedule Adjustment Period (add/drop a course) deadline. Review the Drop Period Policy and the Office of the Registrar's academic deadlines.
  • Registration for the following semester. Registration appointments begin in early November and early April. You will need electronic advising stamps from your college advisor in order to register for classes while on academic probation.
  • Consider registering for a winter or summer course to raise your cumulative GPA. Be advised that it is very difficult to raise your cumulative GPA over a 2.00 through the completion of one or two courses.
  • Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and the Department of Resident Life for more information about the impact of academic dismissal on your contracts with those departments.

Undergraduate academic performance is based on a student's grade point average (GPA). Students are required to maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students with a GPA under 2.00 will be placed on Academic Probation. Students who fail to achieve a 2.00 cumulative GPA at the end of their probationary semester may be academically dismissed, depending on their credit level.

If you feel that you are struggling academically (even if your cumulative GPA is above a 2.00), you should see your academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss the issues that may be affecting your academic performance and to begin planning how to get back on track. It is your responsibility to know your academic status at all times.

Students who have been academically dismissed and would like to return must complete a reenrollment application at: Reenrollment Overview. Your application will be reviewed by an anonymous Faculty Petition Board and a decision will typically be rendered in four to six weeks. If you were dismissed following a fall semester and apply by the appropriate deadline, the review process is accelerated and you will receive a decision prior to the start of the spring semester. The submission of the application preserves your schedule for the following semester until a decision has been rendered.

Academic dismissal is usually the consequence of ongoing academic and/or personal issues. Many students need time to improve the situations that led to these difficulties. The Faculty Petition Board often requires students to enroll elsewhere and earn a minimum GPA and number of credits before applying for reenrollment again. After time away, students return to UMD with stronger confidence. Building on this momentum, most students complete their coursework and attain a degree. In some situations, it is in the student's best interest to pursue a degree elsewhere. Below is a list of possible reenrollment decisions.

Possible Reenrollment Decisions

Student must earn 12 credits in one semester with a minimum 2.50 semester GPA and no D, F, or W grades at a regionally accredited institution other than the University of Maryland. Students need to submit a new reinstatement application with their official transcript sent to the Student Success Office.

Student must earn a total of 24 transferable credits with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and no D, F, or W grades at a regionally accredited institution other than the University of Maryland. Students must earn at least 12 of the 24 credits in one semester with a minimum 2.50 semester GPA. Students need to submit a new reinstatement application with their official transcript sent to the Student Success Office.

Student must remain away for 1 semester. Students need to submit an updated semester academic plan signed by a college advisor with their new reinstatement application. The plan can be attached to the application or submitted to the Student Success Office.

Student must remain away for 2 semesters. Students need to submit an updated semester academic plan signed by a college advisor with their new reinstatement application. The plan can be attached to the application or submitted to the Student Success Office.

Student is allowed to return to UMD.

Student is not allowed to complete degree at UMD.

If you have additional questions about the reinstatement process please read the FAQs.

Students matriculating* to the University of Maryland (including freshmen and students transferring from private institutions and from non-Maryland public institutions) beginning in Fall 2012 are subject to the University's new General Education program requirements, except as provided below:

The University of Maryland, College Park, requires students to complete a minimum of 40 credits of general education. Students transferring to the University who have completed their general education requirements at another Maryland public institution of higher education will be considered to have completed their general education requirements with the exception of an upper-level writing course and any additional credits necessary to complete the minimum number of general education credits.

Students transferring to the University from another Maryland public institution of higher education who have not completed their general education requirements at another Maryland public institution of higher education will be treated as follows:

  • Students who matriculate to college beginning in Fall 2012 and thereafter will be subject to the new General Education program requirements upon transfer to the University of Maryland.
  • Students who matriculate to college prior to Fall 2012 but transfer to the University of Maryland prior to Fall 2016 will be subject to the CORE general education requirements.
  • Students who transfer to the University of Maryland beginning in Fall 2016 and thereafter will be subject to the new General Education program requirements, regardless of the date of their matriculation at another Maryland public institution of higher education following award of the high school diploma.

Students returning or transferring to College Park after a separation from college of five or more continuous years must follow the requirements in effect at the time of re-entry.

Students who matriculate to the University with a bachelor's degree from any regionally accredited college or university will be considered to have satisfied the University's general education requirements, regardless of when the degree was received.

*For purposes of this transfer policy, matriculation means to be admitted to college and enrolled in classes following award of the high school diploma.

Students may repeat no more than 18 credits. If a student completely withdraws from all courses during a semester, those courses are not included in this limit.

Students may not repeat any given course more than twice unless provided an exception from the dean's office. In this case, students must present a plan for successfully completing the course.

Note: Students may not choose the Pass-Fail option when re-registering for a course or re-registering for a course in which a grade of "I" has been noted.

The grade point average will include all attempts; however to help freshmen and transfer students adjust to UMD, the following exceptions allow for the cumulative GPA to be calculated so that only the higher grade is included:

  • When the repeated course was taken within the student's first semester at University of Maryland, College Park, or
  • When the repeated course was taken within the student's first 24 credit hours attempted (including transfer credits) or within the semester during which the student reached the 24th credit hour attempted. Advanced Placement Exam credits do not count toward the 24 credit count.

Students who are dismissed or withdraw from the current semester and wish to return for the upcoming semester should apply for reinstatement before the "Dismissed from Current Semester" deadline listed below.

Students who previously attended the University and have not been enrolled for one or more semesters should apply by the primary deadline.

Prospective Semester: Fall

  • Primary Deadline: April 1
  • Dismissed from Current Semester: June 1

Prospective Semester: Spring

  • Primary Deadline: November 1
  • Dismissed from Current Semester: January 5

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.

Readmission applicants can expect to receive a readmission decision within 10 business days of submitting a complete application and clearing all financial and judicial blocks.

When a decision is made, you will be able to view it online via the application system.

For more information, please review the Reenrollment FAQs.

Students may repeat no more than 18 credits. If a student completely withdraws from all courses during a semester, those courses are not included in this limit.

Students may not repeat any given course more than twice unless provided an exception from the dean's office. In this case, students must present a plan for successfully completing the course.

Note: Students may not choose the Pass-Fail option when re-registering for a course or re-registering for a course in which a grade of "I" has been noted.

The grade point average will include all attempts; however to help freshmen and transfer students adjust to UMD, the following exceptions allow for the cumulative GPA to be calculated so that only the higher grade is included:

  • When the repeated course was taken within the student's first semester at University of Maryland, College Park, or
  • When the repeated course was taken within the student's first 24 credit hours attempted (including transfer credits) or within the semester during which the student reached the 24th credit hour attempted. Advanced Placement Exam credits do not count toward the 24 credit count.

Students admitted to the University of Maryland are expected to make regular and consistent progress toward the completion of their degree. However, the University understands that in exceptional circumstances a student may find it necessary to completely withdraw from all classes. The University considers such an interruption to be very serious as it delays normal progress toward the degree. Students should not withdraw for frivolous reasons or to avoid the consequences of ignoring their academic responsibilities. Any student considering withdrawal is strongly encouraged to meet with his or her academic college advisor before leaving the University. College advisors may be able to recommend alternative strategies for preserving the semester.

Students who withdraw will need to apply for reenrollment. Students who withdraw while on academic probation, or those returning from dismissal or a second semester withdrawal, are always required to petition the Faculty Review Board for approval to return. See readmission and reinstatement application below.

Withdrawal Procedures

Students must submit written notice of withdrawal to the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day of classes. A withdrawal can be processed at any time between the first and last day of classes.

In addition to academic consequences, a withdrawal can have serious effects for students receiving financial assistance, international students, and students in residence halls. It is the student's responsibility to review these potential implications with the appropriate offices listed below before withdrawing:

Student Financial Services Office: 1135 Lee Building; (301) 314-9000
International Student & Scholar Services: 1126 H.J. Patterson Hall; (301) 314-7740
Department of Resident Life: 2100 Annapolis Hall; (301) 314-2100

The effective date of the withdrawal for purposes of any refund is the date that the written withdrawal notice is received by the Office of the Registrar. Notation of withdrawal and the effective date will be posted on the student's academic record. Instructors and college offices will be notified of all withdrawn students.

Reenrollment

Students who have earned a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA with no previous withdrawals and are not in their first semester of attendance may apply for readmission.

Students who are required to petition the Faculty Review Board for reinstatement may submit their petition.

Students with questions or concerns about reinstatement and readmission should contact the Student Success Office via email at rr-admit@umd.edu.

See questions & answers about the policy.

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Students who have earned a minimum 2.00 GPA with no previous withdrawal, are not in their first semester of attendance and plan to return to the University next semester may have their readmission facilitated by the Office of the Registrar during the withdrawal process.

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