The University’s Academic Renewal policy allows students previously dismissed from the university, or former students returning with a USF GPA below 2.00, 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. To facilitate this opportunity, students who qualify for Academic Renewal may, with the approval of the ARC, have portions of their academic record excluded from calculation of their grade point averages (GPAs). The entire academic record, however, will continue to be reflected on their transcripts, even though a selected portion will not be counted in their GPAs. Students approved for Academic Renewal 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.  Students returning to the University under Academic Renewal may incur excess hours and associated monetary penalty.

Academic Renewal I (ARI)

Students who have been academically dismissed, or former students returning with a USF GPA below 2.00, may petition the ARC to return to the University under ARI. A student may be re-admitted to USFSM under ARI, after completing all requirements for the Associate of Arts degree or equivalent (including general education and the State Communication and Computation Requirements formerly known as Gordon Rule) at a two-year or four-year college. ARI students will enter USFSM as an upper-division student, and their USF grade point average will be calculated from that point forward. While ARI is required for students who have earned less than 60 credit hours, it is not restricted to those students.  In order to graduate following re-admission under ARI, all campus and major residency and degree requirements must be met.  Students who are admitted under ARI may be excluded from admission to limited-access programs and will not be considered for University Honors at graduation unless they meet the criteria using all grades earned.

Academic Renewal II (ARII)

ARII is available to students who were academically dismissed, or former students returning with a USF GPA below 2.00, and have 60 or more earned credits from the USF System or other institutions of higher education.   These students may be re-admitted to USFSM under ARII after a break in USF enrollment for a full academic year (fall, spring, summer).  Students may choose to complete major prerequisites at a non-USF institution during this time, but are not required to do so.  Students who choose to take courses at a non-USF institution should meet with the academic advisor of their intended USFSM major prior to enrolling in courses elsewhere.  In order to be considered for readmission under ARII, the student must submit a request to the ARC who will make the final decision regarding readmission.  Following readmission under ARII, the student will have their USF GPA calculated from that point forward.  In order to graduate, following readmission under ARII, all campus and major residency and degree requirements must be met.  Students readmitted under ARII may be excluded from admission to limited access programs and will not be considered for University Honors at graduation unless they meet the criteria using all grades earned.