Academic Renewal, UndergraduatePrevious policy-for reference only. If you have accessed this policy via a bookmark, please return to the Academic Catalog Policy Page and re-select this policy to get the current active version.
If you have been absent from the university for at least 36 consecutive months and wish to re-enroll, you may be eligible for academic renewal.
Academic renewal is a policy that allows such undergraduates to re-enroll at Northern Arizona University with a recalculated cumulative grade point average (GPA). This policy provides an opportunity for students to make a fresh start with their academic endeavors.
You may request academic renewal only once, and only for your first undergraduate degree at NAU. Once an Academic Renewal is processed, it creates a permanent change to your record and may not be reversed.
Through the academic renewal policy, you may request that up to four terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer) be excluded from your cumulative GPA calculation. Grades and credits for courses in which you earned a grade of D or F during these terms are excluded. Courses in which you earned a grade of C or better within these terms will not be excluded and will be calculated into GPA and total units completed. If any of the disregarded courses are required for graduation, you will have to retake these courses.
To request academic renewal
- You must apply and be readmitted to Northern Arizona University; and
- You must enroll in and receive a grade in at least one NAU course, after which
- You may then petition the Registrar’s Office for Academic Renewal.
If academic renewal is granted, your permanent record will be suitably annotated to indicate that excluded work taken during the disregarded terms is not applicable toward graduation. However, all work will remain on your permanent record to reflect your accurate academic history.
You must fulfill all graduation residency requirements after your academic renewal has been granted.
Northern Arizona University uses your renewal cumulative GPA to determine your academic status at Northern Arizona University and your eligibility for graduation. Please be aware that other institutions may not recognize your NAU Academic Renewal, should you later decide to transfer your NAU credits to another College or University.
Financial Implications: A petition fee may be charged to your student account once your Petition for Academic Renewal has been processed.