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 1 for spring enrollment
  • March 1 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. Complete the online Re-Enrolling Application
    • Click on Secure Login for Faculty, Staff and Students and enter your User ID number (850#) and PIN.  If you do not know your User ID or PIN, you can retrieve the information on the link located above the User ID block on the same page.
    • Click on Student Services & Financial Aid and then the Re-Enrollment Application

  3. Write a letter 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, showing the courses you plan to take and the term GPA you will strive to meet
    • Draft your plan using your degree audit and academic transcript
    • 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 Maggie Bannon, the CAS Academic Services Coordinator, 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 letter and the academic plan to the Registrar by one of these three methods:
    • By email to
    • By fax to 910.962.3887
    • By mail to Registrar 601 S. College Rd. Wilmington, NC  28405-5618