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Return to the University

If you plan to return to the University after taking time away, there are specific steps to follow before you can register for classes.

Please be aware of the following:

  • Any holds in place prior to your leave will remain in effect upon your return. For example, if you were on academic probation prior to your time away, you would return to the University on probation.
  • Your college, school, or center office will determine your eligibility to return, your status in your degree program, and confirm the degree requirements in effect upon your return.
  • If you have any questions on this process, please contact your college, school, or center office.

Deadlines to apply to return

  • If you are an undergraduate, you must submit an application to return to a University college no later than three weeks before the start of the term for which you plan to enroll. We encourage you to plan ahead and submit you application before to the start of registration for the intended term of return. View upcoming registration dates.
  • If you plan to return to a University school (like the School of Nursing or Dentistry) or center (like the Center for Allied Health), special circumstances may require an exception to these deadlines. You may need to submit your application more than three weeks before the start of the term. Please contact the school or center office for specific application deadlines.
  • You may apply to return up to one semester before your intended return, excluding summer terms. For example, if you want to return for the fall semester, you may submit your application at the beginning of the previous spring semester.

Financial aid, residency, and reciprocity

When returning to the University, you may need to take additional steps to receive financial aid or to update your residency status for in-state or out-of-state tuition billing. Find information about financial aid and cost of attendance, or contact us with questions.

Find detailed information about residency and reciprocity on the downloadable Residency, Reciprocity, and Tuition Exemption brochure. The Office of the Registrar will do an automatic review of your residency status when you submit an application to return to the University. During that review, they may contact you with a request for additional residency information.

If you are a resident of a reciprocity state/province (Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba), you may need to re-apply for residency. Do this through your home state/province to receive in-state tuition rates at the University of Minnesota. Additional information may be found through the Office of Admissions reciprocity website.

Steps to return

The process of returning to the University may be different depending on your status. Choose the situation that applies to you for more information.

To return to your studies after an approved leave of absence, follow the steps below. Note that you will return to the college, school, or center of your last enrollment. If you want to change to a new college, school, or center, contact your intended college, school, or center to learn about transferring into that program.

  1. Complete the Return to the University for Undergraduate Programs. Do this at least three weeks before the start of the term for which you plan to register.
  2. Submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions if you completed coursework at another institution during your absence.
  3. Meet with an advisor if you are asked to do so. You may be required to take additional steps as your college, school, or center. The Office of Admissions will determine your eligibility and status of return.
  4. Your application will be forwarded to the appropriate college, school, or center for review and readmission decision, which may take up to three weeks. If your application requires an additional review for conduct, it may take longer.
  5. If you are an international student, please also visit the International Student and Scholar Services website and follow the instructions listed.

If you were not granted a formal leave of absence and did not register for more than one semester (excluding summer), you were placed on inactive status. If you wish to resume coursework after being inactive, follow the steps below. Note that you will return to the college, school, or center of your last enrollment. If you want to change to a new college, school, or center contact your intended college, school, or center to learn more about the transfer admission process.

  1. Complete the Return to the University for Undergraduate Programs. Do this at least three weeks before the start of the term for which you plan to register.
  2. Submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions if you completed coursework at another institution during your absence.
  3. Meet with an advisor if you are asked to do so. You may be required to take additional steps as your college, school, or center. The Office of Admissions will determine your eligibility and status of return.
  4. Your application will be forwarded to the appropriate college, school, or center for review and readmission decision, which may take up to three weeks. If your application requires an additional review for conduct, it may take longer.

If you were placed on academic suspension and wish to continue your studies at the University, work with your college, school, or center, and/or academic advisor. The reinstatement process varies by each college, school, and center. Readmission to the University is not automatic. It depends on the reason for your suspension and subsequent adjustments you’ve made.

If you want to take classes to continue your education, you can register as a non-degree student without being admitted to a new degree program.

If you plan to complete prerequisite courses to be eligible for admission to a degree-seeking program, you may be able to apply for a limited amount of financial aid. Use the Prerequisite Coursework Certification form.

To complete another undergraduate program after you have finished your degree, contact the college, school, or center that offers the program. They will provide you with the steps to apply for admission or to enroll.

If you were previously an active graduate or professional student and are currently on inactive status, you will need to seek readmission. Visit the Graduate School to learn about the readmission process, or read about the readmission policy.

Important Dates

Academics

Tue, Oct 26, 2021 Fall second 7-week session begins
Wed, Dec 22, 2021 End of fall semester
Tue, Jan 18, 2022 Spring full semester and first 7-week sessions begin