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USF 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 18-19

Readmission (Former Students Returning)

A former student returning (FSR) is any degree-seeking undergraduate student who has not earned his/her degree, who has not been enrolled at USF in any of the last three terms, and who wishes to re-enroll in the University. Former students returning must be readmitted to the University. In order to be considered for readmission, a former student should file a new application for admission with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the deadline indicated in the Academic Calendar for the term of requested re-entry. A new application fee is required. (Former College of Education majors must contact the College of Education Advising Office for additional readmission requirements.)

The residency affidavit must be completed and residency status will be reassessed.

To be readmitted, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be eligible to return to the University of South Florida;

  2. Be in good standing and eligible to return to the last institution attended as a degree-seeking student; and

  3. Have achieved a GPA of at least 2.0 as calculated by USF on a 4.0 scale on all college-level academic courses attempted at institution(s) attended since last enrolled at USF.

Students who have attended one or more institutions since their last enrollment must request official transcripts of all work attempted at the other institution(s) be sent to the USF Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Acceptability of transfer credits toward completion of USF degree programs will be determined by the college of the student’s major.

Former students returning who have been readmitted are not required to participate in an orientation program. Students must meet with their academic advisor for course selection.

Transient students and non-degree-seeking students are not considered former students returning. These students who wish to enter as degree-seeking students must file an application with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior to the deadline listed in the Academic Calendar for the requested term of entry. Former USF students who have earned the baccalaureate degree at USF or at another institution and who now wish to return to USF to earn another undergraduate degree must file an undergraduate application for admission with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. A $30 application fee is required. A student may not work on a second undergraduate degree if he/she has been accepted into a graduate program.

NOTE: Prior to registering for classes, all students born after 1956 are required to present documentation of proof of immunity to MEASLES (Rubeola) and RUBELLA (German Measles). It is further required that all students must present proof of immunity to Hepatitis B and Meningitis or decline immunization by signature. Students living in USF Housing must be vaccinated against meningitis (no declination is permitted). (See Immunization Policy.)


USF 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog - Page 43

Academic Renewal

USF recognizes that not every student's academic record is flawless and that many times students get off to such a poor start that their future academic opportunities are limited. USF can offer many of those students a second chance. The University's Academic Renewal policy allows students, who provide evidence that they might now achieve academic success, to renew their pursuit of baccalaureate degrees without the responsibility of having to overcome the entire burden of low grades and low grade-point-averages that reflect academic work attempted in the past. To facilitate this opportunity, students who qualify for Academic Renewal may, with the approval of the Academic Regulations Committee, have portions of their academic record not counted in the determination of their grade point averages (GPAs) for graduation purposes. Their entire academic record, however, will continue to be reflected on their transcripts even though a selected portion will not be counted in their GPAs. Academic Renewal students are admitted with the same terms of academic probation and dismissal as other undergraduate students. Academic Renewal will only be applied to a student's academic record one time at USF.

Academic Renewal I applies to students who were academically dismissed or on formal academic probationary status (institutional cumulative GPA of less than 2.00) with fewer than 60 credits from USF or other institutions of higher education but who otherwise were eligible to return to USF or other institutions of higher education prior to their successful completion of 60 transferable credits. They may be admitted to the University with Academic Renewal I after completing all requirements for the Associate in Arts degree or equivalent (including general education, Gordon Rule and CLAST requirements) at a two-or four-year college. Academic Renewal I students will enter USF as juniors and their USF grade point average will be calculated from that point forward. Such students will be required to earn 60 unduplicated degree credits from USF, with a grade point average of at least 2.00 subsequent to the AA degree, in order to graduate from USF. They also may be excluded from admission to limited access programs. Further, students who exercise the Academic Renewal policy will not be considered for University Honors at graduation unless they meet the criteria using all grades earned.

Academic Renewal II applies to students who were academically dismissed or on formal academic probationary status (institutional cumulative GPA of less than 2.00) with 60 or more earned credits from USF or other institutions of higher education but who otherwise were eligible to return to USF or other institutions of higher education after the successful completion of 60 transferable credits. These students may be admitted to the University with Academic Renewal II if they are able to provide convincing evidence of changes that indicate they might be successful given a new opportunity. Normally, such students will have been engaged in successful non-academic activities such as work or the military for approximately five years or will have demonstrated more recent academic success through completion of an associates' degree or certificate at another institution. Academic Renewal II students will be offered an opportunity to enter USF with all coursework and grades from up to three academic semesters (or equivalent) prior to their academic dismissal or probation from USF or other institutions of higher education to be dropped from consideration in grade-point-average calculations at the University. Determination of which semester(s) may be dropped (up to three) is determined by the student through consultation with the college Academic Regulations Committee representative. Students utilizing the Academic Renewal II policy must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in USF coursework attempted subsequent to Academic Renewal II, in order to graduate. Students who elect to exercise the Academic Renewal policy will not be allowed to use any credit earned during the academic terms from which courses are dropped from grade-point-average consideration toward meeting degree requirements at the University* and they may be excluded from admission to limited access programs. Further, students who exercise the Academic Renewal policy will not be considered for University Honors at graduation unless they meet the criteria using all grades earned.

*Students who engage the Academic Renewal II policy will lose the credit they earned during the terms (up to three) they choose to exclude from GPA calculations. They will not necessarily have to repeat a course completed with a grade of “C” or higher to meet specific course requirements.


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