UC Blue Ash College

Academic Fresh Start


The purpose of the “Academic Fresh Start” policy is to provide a student who performed poorly upon his or her initial enrollment at University of Cincinnati the opportunity for a fresh UC cumulative grade point average. 


A University of Cincinnati undergraduate student who has been readmitted to the University after an absence of at least three (3) years may petition the Dean of the student’s College to have his or her former courses treated in accordance with the College’s advanced standing policy. The student’s University of Cincinnati transcript must be free of enrollment in any division of UC for three (3) consecutive years since the end of the final previous term of enrollment. The student must also have a minimum of 30 credit hours left to complete the degree program before graduation. The Academic Fresh Start is not automatic and is not guaranteed.

The Academic Fresh Start Application will be reviewed and may be conditionally approved upon readmission to the university, but must be submitted within one (1) year of readmission. A request for the Academic Fresh Start applies only to courses taken at University of Cincinnati prior to that readmission. Conditional approval requires that the student will meet a minimum academic requirement of a 2.0 or higher term GPA in addition to any additional requirements as determined by the College (i.e. grade of ”C” or better). If the requirements are met as of the end of the conditional term, the Academic Fresh Start will receive final approval and be applied to the student’s academic record. Academic Fresh Start will not be reviewed or approved prior to the student’s completion of one (1) academic semester and twelve (12) credit hours. Academic units may impose additional criteria, such as requiring a plan of study.

Upon final approval of the Academic Fresh Start, the student’s University grade point averages will be initiated from the date of reentry. The Academic Fresh Start option may be effected only once during a student’s academic career.

Note: approval of Academic Fresh Start will be recorded on the transcript. Students should be aware that the previous academic record will appear on the transcript and that graduate and professional schools, as well as potential employers, may average all academic recordstogether


To see the full details on the program and apply, download the application below:


Contact Information

Academic Affairs - Greg Metz
Muntz Hall | Room 140
Phone: 513-745-5670
Email: metzgy@ucmail.uc.edu