Before you meet with an advisor
Students are rarely allowed to return into University Exploration. As part of their time away from Ohio State, students are expected to choose an attainable major. Reinstatement petitions should be discussed with the advising office for the major that you intend to complete. An advisor will explain the process, and give you tips for preparing an effective petition.
It is very helpful if you can come prepared with the following documentation:
- A statement based on the guidelines and/or questions presented to you by the college you are petitioning; ask for the email address of the advisor you are scheduled to meet with, so you can inquire about this information
- Unofficial transcript from another university/college if you took courses during your time away
- Any other supporting documentation you feel will help your case (for example, a letter from an instructor, medical professional, and/or employer, etc.)
The published university deadlines for submitting a reinstatement are:
- Autumn Semester June 1*
- Spring Semester October 1*
- Summer Term February 1*
*or the first business day following, if these dates fall on a weekend
Students who have been away from the university for at least five years may want to petition to use Fresh Start. While all the courses you have taken will remain on your transcript, only courses in which you received a C- or higher will be counted for credit toward your degree. Other course work will not be counted for credit, towards any requirement, or toward graduation. You will return to Ohio State with a recalculated cumulative GPA of 0.00. You must complete a minimum of two terms and 30 credit hours after using the Fresh Start Rule before you can be eligible to graduate.
Points to remember:
- Fresh Start only adjusts your academic record; your previous coursework may still impact your financial aid eligibility
- If you are considering applying to graduate or professional schools, or even to other undergraduate programs at Ohio State, their admission processes may look at all of your grades and recalculate the original grade(s) into your total.