Academic Renewal

University of Georgia degree-seeking, undergraduate students who have been readmitted after a period of absence of at least five calendar years from UGA are eligible to petition for Academic Renewal. If approved, Academic Renewal will initiate a new grade point average that will be used in the determination of a student's academic standing. This policy allows University of Georgia degree-seeking students who earlier had experienced academic difficulty (probation, continued probation, or dismissal) to make a fresh start and have one final opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree.

Students who wish to apply for Academic Renewal must submit a written petition and Application for Academic Renewal to the Educational Affairs committee through the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, 114 New College, Athens, GA 30602.


The following procedures should be applied for students seeking academic renewal:

  1. All previously attempted coursework continues to be recorded on the student's official transcript.
    1. A Renewal GPA is begun when the student resumes taking coursework following approval for Academic Renewal.
    2. The Academic Renewal GPA will be used for determining academic standing and eligibility for graduation
      1. To earn a degree, a student must meet the institution's residency requirements after acquiring Academic Renewal status.
      2. At least 50% of work toward a degree must be completed after the granting of Academic Renewal status for a student to be eligible for honors at graduation.
    3. Academic credit for previously completed coursework, including transfer coursework, will be retained only for courses in which a grade of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+ C, S, or K has been earned.
      1. Retained grades are not calculated in a Renewal GPA. Such credit is considered in the same context as transfer credit, credit by examination, and courses with grades of "S."
      2. Courses with grades of C-, D, or F must be repeated at the University of Georgia if they are required in the student's degree program. Further, all remaining courses for the current degree objective must be completed at the University of Georgia, i.e., no transient credit will be accepted.
      3. Applicability of retained credit to degree requirements will be determined by the degree requirements in effect at the time Academic Renewal status is conferred on the student. Specific institutional program regulations must also be met.
  2. A student can be granted Academic Renewal status only one time.
  3. Any currently enrolled student who has experienced an uninterrupted five year (or longer) period of nonattendance from the University of Georgia may apply for an Academic Renewal GPA.
    1. The Academic Renewal GPA will include all coursework taken since re-enrollment.
  4. Transfer Credit Procedures
    1. Dismissed students: a student who has been dismissed from the University of Georgia and has attended one or more USG institutions during the period of dismissal is not eligible for Academic Renewal.
    2. Non- dismissed students: a student who has not been dismissed from the University of Georgia but who has been absent for five years or more and who has attended a school other than that institution may choose only one of the following options:
      1. The student may return to the University of Georgia subject to all relevant transfer and re-entry policies. No renewal GPA is calculated, and transfer credit will be granted for applicable courses taken during the absence.
      2. The student may apply for Academic Renewal. If Academic Renewal status is approved, no transfer credit will be granted for coursework completed during the absence.
  5. Any scholastic dismissals that occurred in the past shall remain recorded on the student's permanent record. If a dismissal (either first or second) is on the record and the student encounters subsequent academic difficulty after having been granted Academic Renewal, the next dismissal subjects the student to permanent exclusion.
  6. If a student does not request Academic Renewal status at the time of re-enrollment after a five year or greater period of absence, the student may do so within three semesters of re-enrollment or within one calendar year, whichever comes first.
  7. The Renewal GPA begins with the semester following re-enrollment.
  8. Re-entry into any program is not automatic.
  9. If a student is denied Academic Renewal and subsequently does not re-enroll, he/she may resubmit an Academic Renewal application after no fewer than three semesters have passed since the initial petition.
  10. The granting of Academic Renewal does not supersede financial aid policies regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  11. The granting of Academic Renewal does not supersede the admissions requirements of certain programs, e.g., teacher education and nursing, which require a specific minimum grade point average based upon all coursework.