University College


Academic Appeal Information

It is not the preference of University College to dismiss students and we understand there are many reasons why students are not academically successful. Sometimes it may be beneficial to take time away from school and reflect on the reasons for your academic challenges in order to develop strategies to improve academic performance. However, if you believe that your academic challenges that resulted in a low GPA were due to an extenuating circumstance, you may choose to appeal your academic dismissal. Students can appeal to return by emailing a formal typed letter that includes the following information below.

Please include:

  • Your name, student ID number, UNCW email and phone number at the top of the appeal letter
  • A description of the extenuating circumstances that contributed to your GPA falling below the minimum university eligibility standards.
  • An explanation describing how the circumstances that caused your academic difficulties will changed and allow you to be successful this coming academic term if your appeal is granted.
  • Your academic plan, including courses you plan to take next semester, changes to your academic interest areas if applicable, and ideas for possible career paths.
  • The name of your academic advisor, the date of your last meeting and a brief overview of what you discussed.  Did you speak with your advisor about your academic difficulty?
  • If physical or psychological health issues contributed to your academic challenges, documentation must be included with the appeal. This may include letters from medical providers, verification of hospital visits/stays, or other documented proof of physical or psychology health issues. Please send these documents as attachments to your appeal email. Providing medical documentation does not guarantee that the appeal will be granted.   
  • All appeals MUST be sent as an attached WORD document from your UNCW email account to
  • Please remember to use excellent grammar when writing your appeal letter as this is the only representation of your situation you can provide the appeals committee.
  • Your appeal will be reviewed by a UC Appeal Committee and notification will be sent via email to your UNCW email account.

Please remember that submitting an appeal does not guarantee your eligibility for re-enrollment. Appeal decisions are final.  If your appeal is granted, you will be restricted to 14 credits and you may be required to participate in an academic intervention and retention program.

If you have any additional questions about this process, please contact your academic advisor.