Re-Enrollment

Re-enrollment allows a former Penn State degree candidate who has interrupted continuous enrollment to resume degree candidacy. If a student was previously dropped from degree status due to poor scholarship, reinstatement is also needed prior to submitting a request for re-enrollment. For students who had a GPA below 2.00 and who have not been enrolled for a period of four years or more years, academic renewal may be an option.

Re-enrollment

Re-enrollment is based upon University Policy 58-00 which allows former degree candidates to resume degree candidacy. Students are eligible for re-enrollment if they are in good standing (GPA of 2.00 or higher) and:

  • Withdrew from the University while in good standing
  • Interrupted continuous degree enrollment during the fall or spring semester
  • Cancel a leave of absence
  • Return for graduation

Students who left in good standing and who are re-enrolling into their previous major (providing the major is not controlled and is currently offered) will be approved to re-enroll. Students in pre-major status and those who were enrolled in a controlled major and students wanting to re-enroll into a discontinued major should contact the Smeal College Advising Center at 814-863-1947 to discuss their eligibility and options.

Re-enrollment Process

  1. Complete the Re-enrollment Form and return it to the University Registrar's Office or at the campus you plan to enroll.
  2. A $20.00 re-enrollment fee is required to initiate the request.
  3. The University Registrar's Office notifies students of the decision regarding re-enrollment.

For detailed information regarding the Re-enrollment process, visit the University Registrar's Web site.

Re-enrollment For Graduation

If you are planning to graduate during the current semester and need to re-enroll, you must contact the Smeal College AIRRAS Office located in 203 Business Building (814-865-3475) at least one month before the end of classes to be certain you have fulfilled all requirements and can be added to the graduation list.

Reinstatement

Smeal College students who have been dropped from the University for unsatisfactory scholarship (poor grades) and who wish to return to degree status must request reinstatement to degree candidacy (University Policy 54-80) if the following two conditions have been met:

  • Reduced their grade-point deficiency to zero thus having a Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher (Smeal College requirement)
  • Have reviewed with their adviser the entrance-to-major requirements, minimum GPA, and semester enrollment standards needed for enrolling or re-enrolling into a Smeal College major.

Reinstatement Process

  1. Complete a Reinstatement Form and return it to the University Registrar's Office or at the campus you plan to enroll.
  2. A $35.00 reinstatement fee is required to initiate the request.
  3. The University Registrar's Office notifies students of the decision regarding reinstatement.

Academic Renewal

Academic renewal (University Policy 58-60) provides an opportunity for former students to resume their academic career without being penalized by their past academic record. As a result of Academic Renewal, the following outcomes apply:

  • Cumulative GPA starts over
  • Prior academic records remains unchanged on the official student transcript. A notation will be included that academic renewal was granted.
  • Total credits completed will be recalculated to include only courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • The number of Late Drop credits will be reset to 16 credits.

Eligibility Criteria for Academic Renewal in the Smeal College of Business

  • Minimum period of four years without enrolling in any Penn State credit courses.
  • Previous Cumulative GPA was less than a 2.00.
  • Students are eligible for enrolling in a Smeal College major based upon entrance-to-major requirements, minimum GPA, and semester enrollment standards.

Academic Renewal Process

  1. Complete an Academic Renewal Form and return it to the University Registrar's Office or at the campus you plan to enroll.
  2. Previous degree candidates apply for academic renewal before applying for re-enrollment.
  3. Previous nondegree-conditional students apply for academic renewal before requesting reinstatement.
  4. The University Registrar's Office notifies students of the decision regarding academic renewal.