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Reenrollment FAQs

Contact an academic advisor directly to discuss course selection, registration, major options, and preparing to apply for reinstatement in the future. Send questions about your decision, deadlines, or the application to the Student Success Office via email to: rr-admit@umd.edu.

Reenrollment Process

You will have to apply for reenrollment because you were either dismissed from the previous semester or you did not attend classes for at least one semester.

  • Completed applications will be forwarded in the process.  
  • Reinstatement applications are forwarded to the Faculty Petition Board for their use in making reinstatement decisions. At least two faculty members independently consider your application. 
  • Please note that incomplete applications (failure to complete the two application essays, missing transcripts, or a financial or judicial block on your record) may not move forward until the missing information is received. Application cannot be finalized until all blocks are cleared and the student is approved for a major.

Students may submit an application after the deadline. Applications submitted too close to the start of the semester may not be able to be reviewed, so it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible.

You should meet with an academic advisor in your college or department to discuss your readiness to return to the University of Maryland for the following semester. The Faculty Petition Board does not meet with students but they have access to the application and all accompanying supplemental documentation. Make sure that pertinent information about the issues that affected your academic performance is included in your application package.

You should apply for reenrollment to the University. If you just wish to take a few courses, you should indicate on the application that you wish to be non-degree seeking. However, if you wish to earn a degree, you must select a new major (you may not return to your previous major). Before you will be approved for reenrollment, you will need to develop a graduation plan for your new major. Contact the academic college of your new major to talk with an academic advisor. Please ask your advisor to email confirmation of your major change to rr-admit@umd.edu.


Application

You will be notified via email when your decision is ready; and the decision will be available to you in the application system.

Please note that the review process timeline is extended for students who have a financial block, judicial block, or need to change their major.

  • Meet with your academic advisor to make any necessary adjustments to your schedule. You are responsible for cancelling your registration, housing, dining, and telecommunications services by the appropriate deadline if you choose not to return to the University.
  • Clear any registration blocks on your account.

The Board looks at a number of items when reviewing your record.

  • Semester GPAs
  • Cumulative GPA 
  • GPA Calculation: Credits needed to bring the cumulative GPA to a 2.00 or above 
  • Repeated credits 
  • Degree progress

Based on these items the Board may decide that the student needs to take some time off or complete some credits at another institution before returning to UMD, or the Board may decide that it is not in the best interest of the student to continue their education at UMD.

Students may appeal the decision.  Applicants should only appeal a decision if: 

  • They have new information that you did not include in your original reenrollment application, or 
  • Their academic record has changed since you submitted your original reenrollment application.

Your reinstatement decision is not affected by your interest in attending the University on a part-time basis.

If you were dismissed and return as a part-time student, you may be dismissed again if the number of credits you take are not enough to bring your cumulative GPA above a 2.00.  If this happens you will need to go through the reenrollment process again.  The Board will be able to see that you were a part-time student and will factor that into their decision.


Major change: Department vs. College

Before a reenrollment application can be approved the student must be approved for a major.  Students may not return to a major for which they have already earned a degree.

If you were a double major and only earned a degree in one major and wish to return for the second major, the system will see that as needing a major change. The Student Success Office will need verification from your college that you are approved to return to your previous double major.

Some students may be asked to change their majors upon reentry to the University.

Departments (majors) on campus are part of a college.  Most colleges have department advisors and college advisors.  Students often work more closely with their department or major advisors.  Some decisions can only be made at the college level and may require that the student meets with a college advisor.  Example: Art History is a department in the College of Arts and Humanities.  Computer Science is a department in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.

Some colleges do not have separate departments and have only one advising office. Example: Architecture


International students

If you are intending to return to the University of Maryland while in F-1 or J-1 status, you may be required to submit additional paperwork in order to be issued an I-20 or DS-2019. Please e-mail Katrina Knudsen in the International Student and Scholar Services Office (knudsenk@umd.edu) for a list of the documentation you will be required to submit if you are returning in F-1 or J-1 status. It is recommended that you contact Katrina as soon as your reenrollment/reinstatement application has been submitted.


Probation/Dismissal

Consider if you are ready to return to the University right away. You may wish to discuss this with your academic advisor. If you wish to apply for reinstatement, submit the reinstatement application and all required documentation by the appropriate deadline. Make sure that your application essays are well thought out and explain why you believe you will be successful if you were to return.

Contact the instructor of the course to address your grade issue and contact the Office of the Registrar to address the transcript issue. Submit a reenrollment application and all required documentation by the appropriate deadline. Your application will be cancelled if the new grade or adjustment to the transcript removes the dismissal from your record.

Not right away. You will not automatically lose your schedule because you have been academically dismissed. However, your schedule will be cancelled if you are not reinstated by the date listed in your dismissal email/letter. Submit the reinstatement application by the deadline to preserve your schedule until a reinstatement decision is rendered. It is your responsibility to cancel your registration if you are reinstated but decide not to return.

If you were academically dismissed from the most recent semester and have applied for reinstatement, then you can adjust your schedule before receiving a decision. However, you must work with an academic advisor in your college to receive permission to adjust your schedule.


Faculty Petition Board

The Board is composed of tenured faculty members. They examine many factors in evaluating an application including grade point average, progress towards degree requirements, credit totals, previous academic dismissals, and the ability to complete a degree at the University of Maryland.


Registration

Students reenrolled for the fall semester may also register for summer term, and students reenrolled for the spring semester can also register for winter term.

Students who have been academically dismissed from the most recent semester must apply for reinstatement before registering for winter or summer courses. All other students must be approved for reenrolled before registering for winter or summer courses. Winter and summer grades may be considered by the Faculty Petition Board; however, it is often necessary to release decisions prior to the availability of the grades. Winter or summer grades may also serve as the basis for an appeal if they have a significant effect on your cumulative GPA, but do not raise it to a 2.00.

Students who were dismissed at the end of a Fall or Spring semester and raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.00 or higher in winter or summer session will have their dismissal deferred which means they will be placed back on academic probation for the following semester. Students will need electronic advising stamps from their college advisor before registering for classes. Students who do not have a cumulative 2.00 GPA at the end of their probationary semester will be academically dismissed again.

You are not eligible to register until you are officially reenrolled to the University of Maryland. If you are readmitted, you may also have to resolve registration blocks before registering.

If you were academically dismissed from the most recent semester and have applied for reinstatement, then you can adjust your schedule before receiving a decision. However, you must work with an academic advisor in your college to receive permission to adjust your schedule.


Bills/Financial/Housing

The Faculty Petition Board will not review an application for reinstatement until proof of payment is received. To provide proof of payment, please obtain and mail an original clearance slip from the Office of the Bursar to the following address: 0110 Hornbake Library South, College Park, MD 20742.

Your schedule may be cancelled for failure to maintain your payment schedule and late payment fees may be assessed if payments are not received on time. Contact the Bursars Office, Dining Services, and Department of Resident Life directly to discuss the possibility of delaying the payment of charges until your reinstatement decision is rendered. Refunds are available for students whose reinstatement applications are denied.

The Residence Hall and Dining Services Agreements may be cancelled if you do not apply for reinstatement or are denied reinstatement. Contact the Department of Resident Life and Dining Services for more specific information.


Additional Information

Contact an academic advisor directly to discuss course selection, registration, major options, and preparing to apply for reinstatement in the future. Send questions about your decision, deadlines, or the application to the Student Success Office via email to: rr-admit@umd.edu.

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