2013-2014 Walden University Student Handbook (December 2013) 
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2013-2014 Walden University Student Handbook (December 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Academic Renewal

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Undergraduate students who have been academically dismissed or withdrawn from Walden University with a low GPA may ultimately desire to resume their studies at Walden. The Undergraduate Academic Renewal Policy recognizes that students may experience hardships and change that had a negative effect on their academic experience. This policy was created for those students who rediscover their potential and wish to resume their education.

The academic renewal policy allows students to select up to two consecutive academic terms and have all the courses from those terms—including any courses with passing grades—removed from their GPA calculation.

Academic Renewal Policies

If academic renewal is granted for a student, the following policies apply:

  • Students will lose all credits and grades for all of the courses in the selected term(s), not just failed courses.
  • None of the courses in the selected term(s) will count for GPA calculation, degree requirements or graduation requirements.
  • These courses are not removed from the academic record; students’ transcripts will continue to reflect the actual courses and grades. A notation on the transcript will indicate that academic renewal has been granted.

It must be clear to the university that particular academic course failure was due to circumstances affecting the entire term(s) in which the courses were taken.

Qualifying for Academic Renewal

To qualify for academic renewal, students must meet the following conditions:

  1. Students must have completed the coursework in the terms selected for academic renewal at least 2 years prior to the term(s) in which they submit the request for academic renewal.
  2. Students must apply for academic renewal when they seek readmission to Walden.
  3. Students must discuss with the Academic Advising Team if this is an appropriate choice.
  4. Following the term(s) for which academic renewal is sought and before being granted academic renewal, students must successfully complete three courses with a minimum GPA of 2.50 as a non-degree student at the university and be in all other respects in good standing as a Walden student. 
  5. Excluding the coursework in the selected terms for which academic renewal is sought, students must have successfully completed at least 67 percent of the cumulative courses in which they have enrolled.
  6. The term(s) for which academic renewal is sought must be consecutive.

As noted above, all courses—including any courses with passing grades within those terms— will be included in this policy. In addition, students may only be granted academic renewal one time; this policy is not eligible for appeal.

Approval for academic renewal is determined by meeting the above conditions. If conditions are met, students will be admitted to a degree-seeking program.

Additional Information

Additional information about academic renewal includes the following:

Financial Aid

  • Students enrolled as non-degree students cannot be awarded financial aid.
  • Courses subject to academic renewal will still be considered when determining satisfactory academic progress course completion rate for financial aid purposes.


  • Walden’s academic renewal policy does not mean that receiving transfer institutions will honor this adjustment. The Walden University graduate schools and colleges, however, will honor the academic renewal adjustment in determining admission.