Undergraduates seeking readmission to The University of Arizona after an absence of at least three years and who have not completed an Undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona may apply for the Second Start Readmission Program. If accepted by the college and the University, students are also accepted into the Second Start Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. There must be a three-year absence from the university after that complete withdrawal term for the student to be eligible for Second Start.
Regular grades are A, B, C, D, and E. Classes with grades of S, P, F, W, O, and WC do not count toward the 12 completed units needed to qualify for Second Start since they have no GPA value.
Undergraduate students who have not completed an undergraduate degree at The University of Arizona must be returning to the university after an absence of at least three years. If accepted by the college and the University, students are also accepted into the Second Start Program.
Students must complete 12 or more regularly graded units of A, B, C, D, or E in the first 12 months after their return to UA, with a GPA of 2.500 or better.
If an Incomplete grade is received, the Office of Registrar will evaluate the worst-case scenario. An E grade will be assumed for the incomplete and the GPA will be calculated. If the resulting GPA is over 2.500, the student will have met the criteria for Second Start.
If the resulting GPA is less than 2.500, the record will be evaluated again after the final grade is posted.
Repeated courses, which are not earning credit, will count toward the 12 units needed because they are completed units.
All units completed will be used to calculate the GPA.
Ex: The student completed five classes (15 units) with grades of C, C, B, A, E in her first term back so she earned a GPA of 2.200. She does not qualify for Second Start. Without the grade of E, this student's GPA would have been 2.750.
Students have 12 months to meet the criteria for Second Start. The term of enactment is not moved forward; students do not get to restart the 12-month clock.
No. Second Start may be granted only once in a student's career.
No. General Petitions requesting a shorter absence for Second Start will not be reviewed.
Completed units are the total number of units the student finishes in the term. Earned units are the total number of units the students successfully completes in the term. Completed units are evaluated for the 12 units required.
Ex: If the student attempted four classes (12 units) and received grades of A, B, B, and E, then the student earned only 9 units, but the student completed 12 units. This record will be evaluated for the 2.500 GPA required.
Ex: If the student attempted four classes and received grades of A, C, B, and W, then the student earned 9 units. The student also completed only 9 units. This record will not be evaluated for the 2.500 GPA required until the end of the next term, if the student has completed 12 units by that time.
The record will be evaluated at the end of the student's first major term back. If the student completed 12 units that term, then the GPA will be evaluated for the minimum 2.500 required. If the student did not complete 12 units that term, then the record will be evaluated again after the next major term.
All units earned beginning with the first term back are included in the 30 units required to meet the residency requirement after Second Start is enacted.