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Sometimes, even while making use of available resources, a student may need to take time away from Bryn Mawr to devote more time and energy to dealing with medical or emotional issues. A medical or psychological leave of absence is designed to give a student the time needed to address problems that have been interfering with the ability to thrive at Bryn Mawr, whether academically or socially.
Medical and psychological leaves will sometimes begin in the course of the semester. In this case, the transcript will include enrolled courses but will list a “WD” in place of a final grade. A student who begins a medical or psychological leave of absence in the course of a semester may be eligible for a partial tuition refund.
It can be very difficult for friends when a student suddenly leaves campus. Because medical and psychological leaves involve confidential information, friends may feel frustrated and anxious about how little they are told about the situation. Students are encouraged to seek help dealing with these feelings.
A student on medical or psychological leave must apply for re-enrollment. The application process requires students to answer a set of questions about reasons for leaving the College, activities during leave, and plans for resuming their studies. Students must also ask their health care provider(s) to submit a letter to the Bryn Mawr Health Center that attests to readiness to return to full-time studies. Applications for re-enrollment are due May 1 for return in the fall and Nov. 1 for return in the spring. Please note that medical and psychological leaves of absence generally last one year. Students on leave can apply for re-enrollment.