Disqualification and Readmission

Students who are on academic probation and receive below a 2.0 term GPA while on academic probation will be disqualified from the University. Students who are disqualified from UCF will immediately lose their active student status and must sit out for two term (summer term does count) in order to be eligible to apply for readmission. While readmission into the University is never a guarantee, students are encouraged to remember that they always have options in moving forward with their academics.

If you have been disqualified, your first step should be to print and follow the Academic Success Checklist. This checklist provides best practices, suggestions, and ideas for self-assessment to identify priorities that are most important when planning your academic future. Remember that you have options, and that there are many paths to completion of undergraduate studies.

One path is to seek readmission to UCF in a future term.  This page goes into detail concerning what is required for readmission, common questions and concerns about readmission, and important application dates, deadlines, and forms.

All questions about the College of Sciences Readmission Application should be directed to COSRead@ucf.edu after reviewing this web page.

What steps do I need to take to apply for Readmission within the College of Sciences?

Before applying for Readmission following a Disqualified or Exclusion status, please take a moment to review the minimum criteria listed below, which must be met in order to be considered for readmission support from the College of Sciences:

  • MUST Complete the University application to determine if you are eligible to apply.  Note that the University and COS applications are term-specific, so if you previously applied and were encouraged to re-apply at a later date, you must complete a new application for the intended term of readmission. Go to the Registrar’s web site for details on the University application: https://registrar.ucf.edu/readmission-application/
  • Completion of an AA degree from a Florida public institution if General Education and Gordon Rule requirements were not previously met at UCF. The AA degree should either be in progress or posted to an applicant’s transcript when submitting an application to the College of Sciences.
  • Completion of the UCF minimum two term academic suspension period.
  • Completion of all lower level courses (1000 and 2000 level) including General Education Program, Gordon Rule, college level foreign language (if required based on major), and Common Program Prerequisite courses of major (see catalog.ucf.edu for program most current Program of Study). These courses should be completed with grades of B (without multiple attempts to do so) or better if completing following disqualification, which will help to provide evidence of success in the major.
  • Courses completed outside of the Florida public institution system will need to be evaluated and may not transfer into your major requirements seamlessly.
  • Strong evidence (demonstrated in coursework completed after disqualification and personal statement) of academic potential in coursework relevant to chosen major.
  • Resolution of previous circumstances contributing to disqualification or exclusion, which should be addressed in the COS application.
  • UCF grade point deficiency must be below 30. For readmission purposes, the grade point deficiency is defined as the number of UCF credit hours needed at B (3.0 GPA) grade to raise the UCF grade point average to 2.0.

The College of Sciences strongly encourages applicants not to apply for or begin readmission in the summer terms. Summer sessions are compressed and do not maximize the probability of success.

If you believe you meet these criteria:

Step 1: If you have not already done so, please complete the appropriate application found on the Registrar’s website (found here), and pay close attention to their deadlines.

Step 2:

Apply for College Support

Please note: Application for College Support is only for students who have been academically dismissed from the University, or if the letter received from the Registrar’s Office indicated that you are required to obtain written favorable recommendation from the College of Sciences.

Readmission applicants who meet these criteria, as determined by the COS Readmission Review Committee, will be given priority in the review process.

Please note that this process does take 2-4 weeks, and possibly longer if additional documentation is requested by the committee. The COSAS Readmission Review Committee meets on a weekly basis during the term only to examine each application and discuss applicants’ eligibility based on the material submitted. Applicants are highly encouraged to explore other academic alternatives while awaiting their decision.

Deadlines for Submissions:

The deadlines for Request for College Support submissions are as follows:

  • Fall Semesters: July 1st
  • Spring Semesters: November 1st
  • Summer Semesters: April 1st

Frequently Asked Questions about Readmission:

What if support from COS is not provided for my readmission?

The COS Readmission Review Committee reviews each application holistically, and minimum criteria as outlined must be met.  However, when criteria are not met and the applicant is denied COS support, we encourage on-going conversations with the advising team and faculty at the new institution (not UCF) to explore all options (including other majors and alternative institutions).  COS readmission support is often denied due to lack of evidence of success in the major.  Students who are readmitted must earn grades of B or better moving forward to come off of academic probation and to avoid being excluded from the University.  It is for this reason that strong evidence of success in the major must be provided.

Can I apply at a later date if I take steps to meet all of the above listed criteria?

Yes, however, the applicants’ academic history (such as excessive withdrawals and course retakes along with repetitive poor grades in major-related coursework) does weigh heavily in the Readmission Review Committees decision when reviewing the application.

I took two or more consecutive (not including summer) semesters off (non-enrollment) and I was in good academic standing (2.0 or higher UCF GPA) when I was last enrolled at UCF. Now I’m ready to return, but don’t know where to start.

Start by completing the Readmission Application form available online at http://registrar.ucf.edu/readmission-application. COS support is not needed in this case.

I took two or more consecutive (not including summer) semesters off (non-enrollment) and I was on Academic Probation (UCF cumulative GPA below 2.0) when I was last enrolled at UCF. Now I’m ready to return, but don’t know where to start.

If you took two or more semesters off while on academic probation and wish to readmit, you may do so by completing the appropriate application through the Registrar’s Office http://registrar.ucf.edu/readmission-application. Please remember that you will be readmitted on academic probation and will be urged to seek advisement from your College (contact COSAS at cosread@ucf.edu). For additional information, refer to our section on Academic Probation here.

I disqualified 5 or more years ago when last enrolled at UCF and I’m ready to return to finish my degree. What should I do?

Applicants who have not been enrolled for at least 5 or more years at UCF and whose quality point deficiency is greater than 30 points may qualify for the Academic Amnesty Program. You will need to complete the Academic Amnesty Program application, which you can obtain through https://registrar.ucf.edu/question/academic-amnesty-application/ and must return the application to COSread@ucf.edu by the deadline for the term of readmission (summer 4/1; fall 7/1; spring 11/1). Applicants should consider the following before applying for Academic Amnesty:

  • Strong academic potential in relevant coursework at another postsecondary institute since last enrolled at UCF (transcripts should not reflect excessive withdrawals or excessive course retakes). These courses should be related to completion of an AA and common program prerequisites. All lower level courses needed for the major you are pursuing MUST be completed prior to applying (see http://catalog.ucf.edu/ for most current undergraduate Program of Study by major).
  • Completion of an AA from another Florida public institute since last enrolled at UCF, if general education credits were not previously earned at UCF.
  • Courses completed outside of the Florida public institution system will need to be evaluated and may not transfer into your major requirements seamlessly.

Once you have submitted the Amnesty application packet through COS, we will contact you for a meeting to review your application. Support for Academic Amnesty applicants is extremely rare.

How do I calculate my Grade Point Deficiency?

Your Grade Point Deficiency is the number of grade points that are needed to bring your UCF GPA up to a 2.0. For each credit hour you attempt, you earn a certain number of grade points per hour based on the grade you received:

4.00 = A
3.75 = A-
3.25 = B+
3.00 = B
2.75 = B-
2.25 = C+

2.00 = C
1.75 = C-
1.25 = D+
1.00 = D
0.75 = D-
0.00 = F

For each class taken at UCF, multiply the number of credit hours it was worth by the value of the grade that was earned, then add them all together. This is the number of GPA grade points that you’ve earned. Subtract from this 2 times the total number of credit hours attempted. If this number is positive, then your GPA should be above a 2.0. If it is negative, than it is known as your Grade Point Deficiency, or your Quality Points Down. It is the amount of credit hours worth of ‘B’ letter grade you must earn to raise your UCF GPA to a 2.0.

Let’s say, for example, that a student has earned to following grades at UCF:

B- (3 hours), C (3 hours), F (3 hours), D (3 hours), C- (3 hours), C (3 hours), F (3 hours), and F (3 hours)

Now, to calculate the number of GPA grade points:

(2.75 * 3) + (2 * 3) + (0 * 3) + (1 * 3) + (1.75 * 3) + (2 * 3) + (0 * 3) + (0 * 3) = 28.5

Finally, calculate the Grade Point Deficiency:

28.5 – (2 * 24 credit hours) = 28.5 – 48 = -19.5

The student above has earned a 1.1875 UCF GPA (GPA points divided by credit hours attempted), and their Grade Point Deficiency is 19.5 points down.