58-00 Re-enrollment as a Degree Candidate


58-20 Persons to Whom Policy is Applicable

The University recognizes that a student’s progress toward an undergraduate degree may be interrupted for a variety of reasons. This policy applies only to former degree candidates and allows individuals in the following situations to request permission for the resumption of status as a degree candidate:

  1. A student who has withdrawn as a degree candidate from the University in accordance with the policies and procedures for withdrawal in Section 56-30;
  2. A degree candidate who has interrupted continuous enrollment by not enrolling in credit courses for one semester, except:
    • A degree candidate who is not enrolled in courses during the summer session;
    • A degree candidate who is on academic leave of absence and returns to the University under Section 56-70;
    • A degree candidate who is identified as an adult learner and is enrolled in a program that permits a break in otherwise continuous fall/spring enrollments for adult learners.
  3. A degree candidate who voluntarily changed to a non-degree student;
  4. A student who wishes to return for a semester other than the one approved for a leave of absence in accordance with Section 56-70;
  5. A student who has been dismissed or suspended from the University for nonacademic reasons and who has been cleared for re-enrollment by the director of the Office of Student Conduct;
  6. A student who has received a baccalaureate or an associate degree from the University and wishes to pursue a second undergraduate degree;

Note:¬†Under certain circumstances, it may not be possible for a person who requests re-enrollment as a degree candidate to be re-enrolled into the degree program in which the person was previously enrolled. These circumstances include, but are not limited to, changes in the candidate’s academic credentials and the candidate’s previous degree program, including termination of that degree program.

K-1 Re-enrollment as a Degree Candidate Procedure

Revised: 4/26/05
Revised Editorially: 7/6/11

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58-50 Conditions for Re-enrollment as a Degree Candidate

Re-enrollment is a two-step process. The University approves re-enrollment; the college approves enrollment into an academic program.

Action for approval or denial of a request for re-enrollment is covered under one of the following cases:

  1. If the student is requesting re-enrollment:
    1. into the same program in which the student was previously enrolled, and;
    2. the student was not last enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies or in a common year designation, and;
    3. that program is not approved for administrative enrollment control, and;
    4. when last enrolled the student’s cumulative grade point average was 2.00 or higher, depending on program requirements*
      then the re-enrollment request is immediately approved. The Registrar will inform the student and the dean of the college of the re-enrollment decision.

    Colleges may request the Registrar’s Office to automatically place a registration hold after the re-enrollment request has been approved to insure that proper advising occurs. A registration hold will prevent the student from registering for courses but will not impede the re-enrollment process.

    If the student has enrolled at another college or university since last enrolling at Penn State, the Registrar will approve the re-enrollment request, but will automatically place a registration hold for a review by the dean of the college if so requested by the college.

  2. If the student is requesting re-enrollment:
    1. into a different program than the one in which the student was previously enrolled, or;
    2. the student was last enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies or in a common year designation, or;
    3. that program is approved for administrative enrollment control, or;
    4. when last enrolled the student’s cumulative grade point average was less than 2.00 or higher, depending on program requirements*
      then the re-enrollment request requires review of the dean of the college or director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies. After final determination by the dean or director, the Registrar is notified of the re-enrollment decision and the Registrar notifies the student.
  3. If a student is not approved to re-enroll into the requested program, the student may apply for re-enrollment into a different program. This subsequent request is considered under condition (2) above.

* For example, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Penn State require a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 for all Teacher Certification Programs offered at the University.

K-1 Re-enrollment as a Degree Candidate Procedure

Revised: 4/26/05
Revised: 12/7/07

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58-60 Academic Renewal

A previous associate or baccalaureate degree candidate seeking re-enrollment as a degree candidate according to Section 58-50 or a non-degree student seeking re-enrollment to the University may request the Registrar to approve Academic Renewal. To be approved:

  • The student must have had an absence of at least four-years during which they were not enrolled in any Penn State credit courses, and
  • The student’s previous cumulative average was below 2.00.

If Academic Renewal is granted:

  • The student’s cumulative average will start over at 0.00.
  • All prior courses and grades remain unchanged on the student’s academic record.
  • The notation of Academic Renewal will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
  • Courses passed with a grade of “C” or better during the earlier enrollment and approved by the dean of the college may be used to fulfill graduation requirements.
  • The number of late drop credits available to the student will be reset to the number provided by policy 34-89.

K-2 Academic Renewal Procedure

Initial Legislation: 4/3/84
Revised: 5/5/75
Revised:10/14/75
Revised:11/11/75
Revised: 4/25/95
Revised: 4/23/96
Revised: 4/26/05
Revised: 4/29/14

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