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Nontraditional readmission is a process for students who have away been away from full-time academic study for at least five years, and who would not otherwise be able to return due to issues of academic eligibility.

The University recognizes that individuals can gain personal and intellectual maturity over a period of time. In such cases, the University may choose to evaluate applicants for readmission on the basis of their current academic promise rather than their earlier academic performance.

Use the form below to submit a non-traditional readmission request. If you have questions about nontraditional readmission you can find our FAQs below or contact Academic Advising through our website advising.unc.edu.

FAQs

You may find the University’s policy on nontraditional readmission in the Undergraduate Admissions section of the UNC Catalog.

The University’s policy for traditional readmission as an undergraduate requires that former University students fulfill certain minimum requirements. These requirements include a specified cumulative grade point average and number of academic hours passed based on their total number of semesters in residence.

Although the traditional policy for readmission is the norm, the University recognizes that individuals can gain personal and intellectual maturity over a period of years. In such cases, the University may choose to evaluate applicants for readmission on the basis of their current academic promise rather than their earlier academic performance.

Under this policy, the University will review applicants who have not been enrolled full time in a formal educational program for at least five years and who by their special life experiences might be considered nontraditional applicants. Students applying for nontraditional readmission will be asked to submit evidence of coursework completed in the last twelve months.

  • Nontraditional readmission is reserved for students whose cumulative grade point average is very low compared with readmission standards, making it difficult for them to restore their academic eligibility to “Eligible‐In Good Standing” through enrollment in summer term or Carolina Courses Online coursework.
  • You should consider carefully whether nontraditional readmission will benefit you.   When nontraditional readmission is granted, the student’s grade‐point average will be set to calculate anew.  Although prior grades will remain on the transcript, they will not affect cumulative grade‐point average.

Students granted nontraditional readmission will retain credit hours for all UNC‐Chapel Hill coursework completed with the grade of C or better (not C‐).  Courses passed with grades of D, D+ or C‐ will be considered to fulfill requirements, but with zero hours credited.

You should carefully read and fill out the online Nontraditional Readmission Student Form. This form addresses your readiness to return to UNC‐Chapel Hill as a full‐time or part‐time student and will require the following:

  • An explanation of the problems you faced in prior years and how you have addressed these issues
  • Identification of specific maturing life experiences (jobs, volunteering, life changes, etc.) that indicate your readiness to resume classroom study at UNC‐Chapel Hill
  • Identification of a realistic intended field of study
  • Evidence of recent successful part‐time classwork, e.g., course term, institution, and grade earned from UNC courses or courses at another institution

You will be able to upload any supporting documentation on the online Nontraditional Readmission Student Form.

The Associate Dean for the Academic Advising Program will review your request and notify you by email of the decision.  If your appeal is approved, all appropriate paperwork will be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar.

Nontraditional Readmission Student Form

  • Approval for nontraditional readmission does not provide approval for returning to Carolina. For additional information about Returning to Carolina, please see https://admissions.unc.edu/apply/readmission/
  • Statements

    Please answer the following questions:
  • Provide a brief explanation of the problems you faced that affected your student success and how you have addressed these issues. What were your biggest challenges in achieving student success, and what have you done to take steps away from these challenges? (you may upload documentation below)
  • Identify specific maturing life experiences that indicate your readiness to resume classroom study at UNC-Chapel Hill. These experiences could be jobs you have had, volunteer opportunities, life changes (big and small), etc.
  • Please provide evidence of recent successful part-time classwork; Institution, Course, & Grade Earned (you may upload documentation below).
  • Identify a realistic intended field of study.
  • Upload documentation that supports your statements above. Some examples are; academic transcripts, letter of recommendation from coworkers/supervisors, medical provider documents, etc.
    Drop files here or
    If you mark yes, we will consider this request your appeal for probation. https://advising.unc.edu/probation-appeals/
  • Please read and check off next to each of the following agreement statements:

  • Please type your full name.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • By clicking Submit you agree that you have read and agree to the above statements and the information that you have provided is true to your knowledge.