Returning from Emergency, Academic, Medical and Psychological Leave
You will need to file a re-enrollment application if:
- you took an emergency, academic, medical or psychological leave of absence,
- you took a personal leave that has extended beyond two semesters, or
- you withdrew or were withdrawn for any other reason, including having transferred to another institution.
Note that students on personal leave file this form instead.
We have two re-enrollment cycles, one for students applying for the fall semester with a deadline of May 1 and another for those applying for the spring semester with a deadline of Nov. 1.
Applications and supporting materials are processed in the Undergraduate Dean’s Office and reviewed by a re-enrollment committee that includes representatives of the Dean’s Office, the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Residential Life, the medical and counseling staff of the Health Center. By the deadline, students must do the following.
- Submit the Re-Enrollment Application (PDF | Word) with a short (2-4 page) explanation of why they left the College, what they did during their time away, and why they feel ready to return. Because every student’s situation is different, the committee evaluates each application on a case-by-case basis. The committee looks for honest, self-reflective responses, evidence of substantive work, and indications that students are ready to return
- If medical or psychological issues were factors in taking the leave, arrange to have each of their care providers submit a Re-Enrollment Assessment Form (PDF | Word) with a full description of the diagnosis and the treatment the student received. Providers are also asked to comment on the student’s readiness to return to a residential academic community and to engage in a rigorous course of study, and to indicate the supports the student would need upon return.
- Send a transcript if they took classes elsewhere during their time away. If courses are in progress or if an official transcript is not yet available, an unofficial transcript may be sufficient for the re-enrollment process. The Registrar’s Office will need an official transcript in order to award transfer credit.
- Clear their financial balances of any outstanding charges.
- Contact Financial Aid (if applicable) about applying for aid for the upcoming semester.
After reviewing the application, the committee might ask for additional information. Students can expect to hear decisions by Dec. 1 and June 15.
Students who have been approved to return will be asked to do the following.
- confirm within two weeks their intention to re-enroll,
- talk with their deans (and major advisors, when appropriate) about their academic plans,
- preregister for courses during a special preregistration period arranged by the Registrar’s Office.
- submit housing preference forms,
- make plans to arrive on campus as soon as the dorms open in order to get settled,
- work with the Financial Aid Office to submit all required materials (students on aid only),
- contact the International Student and Scholar Adviser to discuss their immigration status (international students only), and
- contact the Access Services Coordinator (students requesting accommodations only).
Re-enrolling students arrive on campus as soon as dormitories open in order to take time to get settled. They must be present by 11 a.m. on the Sunday before classes begin in order to meet with their deans to create a structure of supports for the semester and to attend a reorientation program offered by students who had returned from leave in previous semesters. Students returning from emergency, academic, medical leaves will be expected to work closely with their deans and to engage fully in any recommended follow-up plans throughout the semester.