Some students find that taking classes at community college or just a few years off helps them come back to UNC stronger.
With Fresh Start letter grades "C-," "D+," "D," "D-" or "F" (excluding first semester back courses) will remain on the transcript but will no longer be used in the calculation of UNC GPA. These courses will no longer count for graduation, either. These programs offer you a fresh start, meaning you may need to retake classes to fill your LAC, major, or minor requirements.
If a fresh start makes sense for your graduation plan, speak with your advisor about the program options:
Fresh Start for Freshman
Fresh Start for Freshmen is for students who have completed fewer than 30 earned credits towards graduation at UNC with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0. An eligible student must:
- Enroll at another institution.
- Complete a minimum of 24 transferable credit hours with a 2.5 minimum grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale or an equivalent score on a different scale). You must complete these credits before returning to UNC.
- Grades of "C-" or higher from other institutions are eligible for transfer to UNC.
- Grades earned at another institution do not affect UNC GPA: GPA does not transfer.
- You must send an official transcript to the UNC Registrar's Office for evaluation.
- Upon returning to UNC, complete a minimum of 12 credits in a single semester, in the first semester back to UNC, with a minimum GPA of 2.50.
Fresh Start for Returning Students
Fresh Start for Returning Students is for students who have not attended UNC for a minimum of three years, and who have earned grades of "C-" or lower.
To qualify, the most recent UNC grades must be three or more calendar years older than the last completed semester at UNC.
For example, enrollment from spring 2019 and previous would be eligible for Fresh Start after completion of spring 2022. You could take classes starting in fall 2022.
- If planning to transfer to another institution, be aware that many schools recalculate a student's GPA to account for all classes taken at previous institutions.
- Transfer credits will be accepted following the normal admission criteria.
- Fresh Start guarantees readmission to UNC if a student had been academically suspended once. A readmission appeal is not required.
- Students who have been academically suspended from UNC twice are not eligible for Fresh Start. A second academic suspension is a permanent suspension from future enrollment at UNC.
- Once Fresh Start is applied to an academic record it cannot be removed.
- The rules of Fresh Start may be applied only once to a student's transcript.