College of Arts & Sciences

Reinstatement Process for Previously Dismissed Students

If a student has been academically dismissed from UNCW and wishes to return, they need to be aware of the earlier deadlines and the extra materials they need to submit.

Earlier Deadlines:

  • October 1st for spring enrollment
  • March 1st for fall (or summer) enrollment
  • The committee will usually not approve a summer return because of the condensed timeline of the terms and the academic requirements that need to be met for continued enrollment

Steps to Take:

  1. Complete the Residency Classification only if you are claiming to be a North Carolina Resident
    • Once you complete the process, you will receive a Residency Certification Number (RCN)
    • You will add the RCN to your Re-Enrollment Application
    • All applications without a RCN will be labeled as out of state for tuition purposes
  2. Create College Foundation of North Carolina account: College Foundation of North Carolina
    • If you have already created an account, you can log on under ‘Returning Users’ and enter the same login that you used for NC or
    • If you have not already created a CFNC account, you can click the ‘New Users’ button to create an account
    • Submit online application through College Foundation of North Carolina as a reenrollment student
    • Submit $80 application fee
    • Submit official transcripts from any 2-year or 4-year college you may have attended while away from UNCW
  3. Write an Academic Personal Statement addressing: 
    • What hindered your previous academic performance
    • Actions taken while away to improve your academic abilities and/or strategies
    • Strategies and resources you will use to return to good academic standing if allowed to return
  4. Develop an Academic Plan (if prompted to, open in Acrobat), showing the courses you plan to take and the term GPA you will strive to meet.
    • Draft your plan using your academic transcript. You will not be able to access your degree audit but you could ask your advisor to email you a copy to work from as well.  
    • If returning to previous major, you will then set up a meeting with your academic advisor or the chair of the department to discuss your plan and possibly make adjustments.
    • If wanting to change your major, contact Carly Wilson:, the CAS Academic Services Advisor, to discuss the new major, look over your plan and possibly make adjustments.
    • Make sure you ask for a meeting well in advance of the application deadline due to busy schedules.  Waiting until the last minute is not a good indicator of your readiness to return and you may not get a meeting.  
  5. By the deadlines shown above, submit the Academic Personal Statement and Academic Plan to the Office of Admissions by one of the methods below: