Readmission/Resuming Studies

Students should review the information below to see the deadline that is applicable to their situation for non-medical readmission or resuming studies.

Students who were approved for a medical withdrawal must contact the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) and apply for medical clearance to resume studies

The Petition to Re-enter/Resume Studies should be used by students who have:

  • taken a Leave of Absence for two semesters (spring and fall, not summers) or more, independent of their academic standing (automatic grant but advising will be mandatory);
  • withdrawn while on probation and took a Leave of Absence for any number of semesters (automatic grant but advising will be mandatory); or
  • been dropped (this is the only petition that could be either granted or denied and reviewed by a special committee).

Deadlines (Petitions must be submitted by the deadline for each term)

  • Fall - July 15
  • Spring - November 15
  • Summer - April 15
  • For International students, please allow additional time for visa. It may take several months depending on Visa situation.

  • Complete Petition to Re-enter/Resume Studies (it is one single online form for all scenarios, but questions will vary depending on the situation)
  • Students will answer a series of questions to return to their studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, as well as careful planning of coursework with their departmental academic advisor. Submission of this petition is necessary to lift the academic hold on their record.
    • A student who takes a leave of absence for more than one semester might need to carefully plan and adjust their classes upon return and are thus asked to submit the Petition to Resume Studies with a detailed plan.
    • A student who leaves the University during the course of any term is considered a "withdrawal." The reasons for withdrawal may not have been academic but readiness to return can still be a concern. Hence, the student who withdraws while on probation must petition for resuming studies.
    • A student who has been dismissed from the University for academic reasons is on "drop status."  Guidelines for returning to campus are provided for the student in a letter at the end of the semester in which the student was dropped. It is important that the student follow the advice of The Grainger College of Engineering and is prepared to make a convincing case for intent to improve academic standing. Each student will provide detailed narratives about what went wrong and how they addressed the issues that prevented them from being successful, and that led to being dropped. Each student's petition will be evaluated on its own merit.


The Letter of Intent to Resume Studies should be used by students who have:

  • taken a Leave of Absence ('took a break' or did a co-op without registering for ENG 310) for one semester (spring or fall) and are in good academic standing (not on drop status or probation).

Deadlines (Letters of Intent to Resume Studies MUST be submitted by the deadline for each term)

  • Fall - July 15
  • Spring - December 15
  • Summer - April 15
  • For International students, please allow additional time for visa. It may take several months depending on Visa situation.

  • Complete Letter of Intent to Resume Studies (it is one single online form for all scenarios, but questions will vary depending on student situation)
  • Students will answer a few questions in the online form to return to studies at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Submission of this form is necessary to lift the academic hold on their record.