An undergraduate student who is admitted to a degree program or major and who completes all requirements of the degree, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000 in University of Minnesota coursework, will be allowed to earn a degree. This policy provides pathways to complete a University of Minnesota degree for students who encountered academic difficulty.
When extenuating circumstances are present, students may petition to their college for a retroactive withdrawal. For both full and partial retroactive term withdrawals, documentation is needed of significant extenuating circumstances. For partial term withdrawal, additional compelling reasons are needed to support withdrawing from only part but not all of the courses in the term. A W will be recorded on the transcript to indicate withdrawal from the course(s).
Academic Restoration facilitates student degree completion for students who experienced academic difficulty and are returning to the University as a degree-seeking student. When Academic Restoration is applied, a student’s GPA will exclude D and F grades earned during the time period of one year (including summer); the earned grades remain on the transcript.
Students eligible for Academic Restoration must meet the following criteria:
- be eligible for readmission to their intended college,
- have not taken University of Minnesota classes for a minimum of 5 years,
- intend to complete an undergraduate degree,
- lack a viable path to complete a U of M degree without Academic Restoration,
- and complete a minimum of 12 A-F credits with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Applications for Academic Restoration will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Academic Restoration will not be applied more than once per student.
Reason for Policy
This policy recognizes that students experience extenuating circumstances and that personal growth over time may result in an increasing likelihood of student success.