Re-admission for Returning Students - The University of Tulsa

Re-admission for Returning Students

Undergraduate students that have not maintained continuous enrollment and seek to return as an undergraduate degree-seeking student must apply for readmission to The University of Tulsa.

To apply for re-admission at the undergraduate level, visit the Application for Returning Students.

Additional information and eligibility criteria considered after the application is submitted is provided below.

Re-admission/re-enrollment in the Graduate School or College of Law is managed by those divisions separately and also detailed below.

  • Eligibility to Automatically Qualify for Re-Admission - Undergraduate

    Students must meet ALL of the following conditions based on responses on the Application for Returning Students to automatically qualify for re-enrollment at the undergraduate level:

    • Missed no more than three consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer) or graduated with an undergraduate degree in the previous semester;
    • Left the university without having been dismissed, expelled, or suspended;
    • Had not previously completely withdrawn from the university;
    • Was previously an undergraduate degree seeking student at time of last enrollment at TU;
    • No outstanding financial balances with the university;
    • Has not attended any additional institutions since last attending TU; and
    • Has not been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a felony since last attending TU.

    Students that meet ALL of these conditions may qualify to continue their former degree requirements as outlined in their original Academic Bulletin year, depending on the status of the program and the associated classes, or start a new program under a new Academic Bulletin year.  Students must meet with a professional advisor in the Center for Academic Advising before enrolling.  They will then be eligible to register with their class during priority registration and/or during open registration for the next available term.

    Failing to meet one of the criteria listed above does not automatically mark a student as ineligible for readmission but will require a student apply for readmission through the Office of the Registrar.

    NOTE: International students returning on a F-1 or J-1 visa will need to arrange for immigration clearance from the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) before registration can be completed, even if all of the other conditions listed above are met. To check on immigration status, contact CGE at  iss@utulsa.edu.

  • Re-Admission Requests Requiring Additional Information/Review - Undergraduate

    Students who have not maintained continuous enrollment at TU will require additional review by the Office of the Registrar if they fall under one or more of the following categories, after completing the Application for Returning Students. Applying for readmission based on the categories below does not guarantee that a student will be cleared for enrollment.

    • Was absent from the University for more than three consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer) and was previously degree seeking.
    • Graduated with an undergraduate degree and were not enrolled in the previous term.
    • Attended a college/university since last attending TU and was previously degree seeking at TU.
      • All students who have attended other institutions during their absence from the University must submit official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar.
    • Completely withdrew from the university and was previously degree seeking.
    • Was dismissed, expelled, or suspended from TU during or after the most recent semester of enrollment.
      • Students dismissed/expelled for disciplinary reasons (including academic misconduct) are not eligible for readmission unless their written dismissal notice specifically indicates otherwise.
      • A student dismissed for academic reasons cannot under normal circumstances be readmitted to the University of Tulsa until one calendar year has elapsed since the last term in which the student was registered.
      • Students that have been academically dismissed must apply for readmission through the Office of the Registrar, who consults with the collegiate dean involved in the dismissal for decisions regarding readmission. Students that have been academically dismissed must always be approved to return by their original college before they can change colleges/majors.
      • A student suspended for disciplinary reasons, or expelled with express permission to reapply for readmission, will require permission from the Dean of Students before readmission can be considered.
      • Credits earned at another college or university during the dismissal/suspension period may not be applied towards a degree at TU unless approved by the readmitting academic dean.
    • Has been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a felony since last attending TU.
      • Additional documentation will be required (e.g., court documents or police records relating to the reported felony) and student will be required to submit to a criminal background check. Once those additional items are submitted, the student’s readmission request will be reviewed by the Special Admission Committee.
      • The Special Admission Committee will review the submitted documentation and determine if there are any conditions of readmission that need to be applied if the student is cleared to enroll

    The Office of the Registrar may request additional information not solicited in the application based on information in the student’s record and/or provided in the application. Information that may be requested includes but is not limited to:

    • Transfer institution transcripts
    • Court documents related to possible felony arrests/charges/convictions
    • Criminal background check (if felony reported)
    • Past academic status decisions from previous collegiate dean or Office of Student Affairs

    Following review of the readmission application and any associated documents/dean communications, Office of the Registrar will notify student and Center for Academic Advising via email of decision, possible readmission conditions, and next steps.

    Any students reapplying for admission to the university must meet degree requirements as outlined in the Academic Bulletin in effect at their reenrollment for the next available term to be eligible for readmission, unless an exception is approved by the College the student chooses to enroll in after readmission.

    If a student does not enroll for originally requested term, enrollment in a future term will require submission of a new readmission application.

    Readmission approval determines eligibility to enroll in courses at TU; however, it does not determine eligibility to enroll in specific programs, schools, or colleges.  Standards/requirements for specific programs, schools, and colleges are determined by each program, school, or college.

    An undergraduate student’s eligibility to enroll in courses also does not ensure satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes.  Students who receive or wish to be evaluated for financial aid should consult directly with the Office of Financial Aid to discuss eligibility.

  • Changing from Non-Degree Seeking to Degree Seeking (Any Academic Level)

    Students who have previously attended the University in an undergraduate non-degree seeking or concurrent enrollment status, or who were previously students at the Graduate or Law academic levels, must apply for admission to a degree seeking undergraduate program through the Freshman or Transfer admission applications in the Office of Admission, if now seeking an undergraduate degree.  These students will be held to the Academic Bulletin year active during their freshman or transfer admission application.

    Directions on applying through the Office of Admission are available at https://admission.utulsa.edu/apply/.

  • Applying to Return as a Graduate Student (Master's or Doctoral Level)

    Managed by The Graduate School

    Students that were previously enrolled in a graduate program will need to contact the Graduate School directly to see if they qualify to reenroll. 

    For more information on applying for readmission at the graduate level, contact grad@utulsa.edu.  

    Typically a graduate degree must be completed within six years.  This policy remains in effect even if a student is absent or not enrolled during several semesters.  A student who allows the time limit to expire will have to apply through the Graduate School for readmission and must meet the new requirements for the degree as stipulated by the program at the time of readmission.  

    Graduate work more than six years old must be validated by the department for currentness in the discipline.  In addition, the student’s knowledge resulting from this graduate work must be determined to be current and the student deemed competent by examinations, or by other means of evaluation at the discretion of the major program. 

    When all work toward the degree is out-of-date, it is possible to validate six of the out-of-date hours to be applied toward future work on the degree. All petitions for extension must be recommended by the student’s faculty advisor and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. 

    A more stringent statute of limitations may be imposed under the particular requirements of individual programs. 

     

  • Applying to Return as a Law Student

    Managed by The College of Law

    For general questions about reenrolling at the College of Law, go to Contact – College of Law (utulsa.edu).

    If interruption of studies is called for because of disruptive circumstances, such as serious or extended illness, serious family problems, military service, and the like, a student may be readmitted, as follows:  

    • A student who withdraws after having completed at least one term, and who is in good standing at the time of withdrawal, may re-enroll in the College of Law. If such withdrawal is during the spring term of the student’s first year of study, the student may re-enroll only in a subsequent spring term, to preserve the sequencing of courses. In any event, the period of interruption may not exceed three years, and the conduct of the student during the period of absence shall be subject to the Honor Code. 
    • A student who withdraws after having completed at least one term, but before completing 18 credit hours, and whose GPA is below 2.0 at the time of withdrawal, may re-enroll without petitioning the Academic Status and Student Affairs Committee. If such student withdraws during the spring term of the student’s first year of study, the student may re-enroll only in a subsequent spring term, to preserve the sequencing of courses. In any event, the period of interruption may not exceed three years, and the conduct of the student during the period of absence shall be subject to the Honor Code. 
    • A student who withdraws during the term in which he or she was readmitted on academic probation may re-enroll for subsequent term with the approval of a dean in consultation with the Academic Status and Student Affairs Committee. The total period of interruption, including the period from the time the student was academically dismissed until the student was readmitted on probation, may not exceed three years, and the conduct of the student during the period of absence shall be subject to the Honor Code. 23 
    • A student who withdraws after his or her first term of study at this College of Law or any other law school may make application to the Admissions Committee to start anew only if the period of interruption exceeds three years. 
    • A student who withdraws during his or her first term at the College of Law is eligible to apply for readmission in a subsequent academic year. 
    • The Admissions Committee may admit a student who was in good standing who has interrupted his or her study for a period of more than three years, but no academic credit will be given for courses taken prior to the interruption of study. 
    • The Admissions Committee may admit a student who has been academically disqualified at another law school only upon an affirmative showing that the student has the capacity to complete the College of Law’s program of study and be admitted to the bar. Such showing must include:
        •  1) a demonstration of exceptional circumstances such as serious or extended illness, or serious family problems such as illness or domestic discord; and
        •  2) a demonstration that the student has thoroughly analyzed the cause of his or her academic problems and has taken remedial steps. The applicant must satisfy all other College of Law admission requirements. No academic credit will be given for courses taken prior to the interruption of study or disqualification.