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Reenrollment Overview

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The University expects all degree-seeking students to make satisfactory progress toward earning their degrees by maintaining a cumulative 2.00 GPA or above. However, circumstances sometimes prevent students from maintaining a 2.00 GPA or cause students to take a break from attending the University. Any student who is not continuously enrolled (Fall and Spring semesters) must complete a Reenrollment application. Reenrollment is the process by which these former students return to the University.

Students may apply for Reenrollment to the University of Maryland, if:

  • They were admitted as a degree seeking undergraduate student and
    • Completed their admitted/first semester* (fall or spring semester)
    • Withdrew completely from their admitted/first semester (fall or spring semester)
    • Want to return as degree seeking or non-degree seeking
  • They were admitted as a non-degree seeking undergraduate student, completed at least one fall or spring semester, and want to return as a non-degree seeking student.
  • They graduated as an undergraduate student and want to return either for another undergraduate degree or as a non-degree seeking student.

*For students in Freshman Connection, the Spring semester after Freshman Connection is considered your first semester for the purpose of reenrollment.

Students should apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, if:

  • They were admitted but did not register for their admitted/first semester
  • They were admitted but cancelled registration for their admitted/first semester
  • They were in Freshman Connection but did not attend their Spring semester
  • They were only ever admitted as "Summer Term Only" or  "Winter Term Only" 
  • They were only ever admitted as a Maryland Transfer Advantage Program (MTAP) student
  • They were only ever admitted as a non-degree seeking students and would like to be degree-seeking
  • They were only ever admitted as a graduate student and would like to be admitted as an undergraduate student

Students should contact the Office of Extended Studies, if:

  • They were a Science in the Evening (SIE) student and wish to return to Science in the Evening
  • They were a Hearing and Speech in the Evening (HSIE) student and wish to return to Hearing and Speech in the Evening

Students should contact the Graduate School, if:

  • They were a Graduate student and wish to return as a graduate student

Reenrollment Deadlines

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Prospective Semester: Fall

  • Preferred deadline: April 1
  • Dismissed from current semester: June 5

Prospective Semester: Spring

  • Preferred deadline: Nov. 5
  • Dismissed from current semester: Jan. 7

Reenrollment: Board Review

A student’s reenrollment application will be reviewed by the Faculty Petition Board if:

  • You were academically dismissed at the end of your last fall or spring semester of attendance.
  • You withdrew from your last semester of attendance and have withdrawn from a previous semester.
  • You withdrew from your last semester of attendance and had below a 2.00 GPA.
  • You withdrew from your first semester of attendance.

A student’s reenrollment application will not be reviewed by the Faculty Petition Board if:

  • You left or withdrew from the University with at least a 2.00 GPA and have not withdrawn more than once (excluding summer/winter term).
  • You were on academic probation during your last semester of attendance and one or more semesters have passed since you last registered for courses.

Related Topics

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.

Students whose registration at the University of Maryland, College Park, has lapsed for more than 10 years shall be required to complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at College Park after their return to campus in order to earn a baccalaureate degree. This policy can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Recommendations about courses needed to satisfy the remaining degree requirements will be made at the department level, with approval of the Dean's Office required. The reason for requiring these credits is that many fields change sufficiently in 10 years to require that students take current courses if they are to be awarded a current degree. Exceptions to the requirement for a minimum of 15 credits earned at College Park upon return to the campus can be recommended by the Dean’s for approval in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

University of Maryland graduates who wish to return as degree-seeking undergraduates must declare a new major and may not return to their previous majors. You can find a list of majors by college on the UMD website. Some majors are Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP) and students must meet the LEP requirements and may be required to complete a separate application.

Terminology

  • Withdrawal: Students who are not completing the semester may request withdrawal from all classes at any time between the first and last day of classes for the semester. A withdrawal is available any time between the first and last day of classes. Students must submit a written notice of withdrawal to the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day of classes. Withdrawal becomes effective on the date the form is filed with the Office of the Registrar. A notation of withdrawal and the effective date will be posted to the student’s academic record.  More information can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • Stop Out: Students who complete the semester and do not return for the next semester.  

For a student considering withdrawing, the following steps are recommended: 

  • Speak to their academic advisor:
    • Discuss how withdrawal will affect their progress.  Some programs have very structured courses set up with some courses only offered in Fall, some only offered in Spring. 
    • Discuss what coursework could be taken away (if withdrawal will extend past current semester).  The student can complete the Permission to Enroll process to take courses elsewhere. This will ensure the student knows what will come back to UMD as credit.
  • Speak to the Office of Student Financial Aid:
  • Speak to the Department of Resident Life:
    • Discuss how withdrawal will affect housing, if you are living in university housing.
  • Submit Withdrawal paperwork with the Office of the Registrar:
    • Students may request a withdrawal from all classes at any time between the first and the last day of classes for the semester. 
  • Apply for Reenrollment through the Student Success Office/Reenrollment Office for the semester they wish to return:
    • Reenrollment applications should be submitted as soon as possible after the withdrawal is done.  Reenrollment applications may be submitted after the withdrawal form is submitted but may not be processed until after the withdrawal has been completed. 
    • Spring application will be available around September 15, and should be submitted by November 1 (applications will be accepted through mid January).
    • Fall application will be available around February 15, and should be submitted by April 1 applications will be accepted through mid August).
    • Applications are term based if a student applies and is approved for one term and decides not to attend, there is no penalty, but they will need to apply again for a future term.
    • ***Students may be eligible to be automatically reenrolled if they meet certain criteria. Please read the withdrawal form carefully. 

For a student considering stopping out, the following steps are recommended: 

  • Speak to their academic advisor:
    • Discuss how stopping out will affect their progress.  Some programs have very structured courses set up with some courses only offered in Fall, some only offered in Spring. 
      • Discuss what coursework could be taken away (if withdrawal will extend past current semester).  The student can complete the Permission to Enroll process to take courses elsewhere. This will ensure the student knows what will come back to UMD as credit.
  • Speak to the Office of Student Financial Aid:
  • Speak to the Department of Resident Life:
    • Discuss how withdrawal will affect housing, if you are living in university housing.
  • Submit Cancel paperwork with the Office of the Registrar:
  • Apply for Reenrollment through the Student Success Office/Reenrollment Office for the semester they wish to return:
    • Reenrollment applications should be submitted as soon as possible.
    • Spring application will be available around September 15, and should be submitted by November 1 (applications will be accepted through mid January).
    • Fall application will be available around February 15, and should be submitted by April 1 applications will be accepted through mid August).
    • Applications are term based if a student applies and is approved for one term and decides not to attend, there is no penalty, but they will need to apply again for a future term.
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