Students may apply for Academic Second Chance twice during their academic career. Each application applies to only one semester (summer semester includes all three summer sessions), and each application must meet the following conditions:

  1. If the student has earned a degree, the semester considered for Academic Second Chance must have been completed after the degree was earned;
  2. The semester considered for Academic Second Chance must have been completed at least one year before application;
  3. The student must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA for at least 24 consecutive semester hours at The W immediately before application. If a student has previously applied for Academic Second Chance, the student may not count any of the 24 hours used in the first application towards the second application. In other words, each application stands on its own, and the student must meet the requirements of each application separately.

Application for Academic Second Chance must be filed with the Office of the Registrar, after grades are posted at the end of a semester, and the opportunity to submit a request will expire five working days prior to the published registration date for the semester in which the student intends to enroll. A student may obtain an application for Academic Second Chance from the Office of the Registrar. The Registrar will verify that the above conditions have been met and will forward the request to the student’s academic advisor. The student must obtain the approval of his/her advisor, the appropriate Department Chair/Program Director and Dean. The appropriate offices and individuals will review and process the application as quickly as possible, but students should allow at least one week for review and processing of an application before any action will be reflected on the Student’s academic record.

If an application is approved, all courses and grades for the semester will remain on the student’s transcript; however, the courses for that one semester will not be included in the student’s grade point average and may never be used toward graduation at Mississippi University for Women. Nevertheless, the grades may be used by professional programs to determine admission. In addition, the student must repeat any required courses taken during the nullified semester. Once the Academic Second Chance is entered on the student’s transcript, the action is irreversible.

Academic Second Chance applies to courses taken at The W or transferring institutions. In addition, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure that he/she meets scholarship and/or financial aid guidelines.

Note: Under Veterans’ Administration rules and federal financial aid rules and regulations, students will not be eligible for reversal of fees under the Academic Second Chance policy for any term in which they received benefits.