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Readmission Following a Failed Decision
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First Failed Decision in Arts

Students must first complete an Application for Undergraduate Readmission form.

Students who receive a Failed academic standing at the end of their first or second term of study should consult with their academic advisor. Normally these students will first complete the Foundation Term or absent themselves for two terms. If their academic advisor recommends it, students may petition for exemption from the Foundation Term.

A student who has received a Failed decision is eligible to apply for readmission after an absence of two terms (with the exception of first-year students who may be eligible for the Foundation Term). 

If a student is granted readmission

  • all previous University of Waterloo course attempts and grades will remain recorded on the student's transcript.
    • the student's cumulative overall and Arts (or major) averages will be cleared, that is, grades achieved in all previous course work will not count in cumulative averages.
    • previous course work, where it is applied to degree requirements, is considered transfer credit and subject to transfer credit regulations.
  • it is the student's responsibility to inform themselves of their transferred credits by meeting with an academic advisor, reading the transfer credit letter issued to them upon readmission, and viewing their unofficial transcript in Quest. 

Students whose cumulative averages have been cleared must observe the following requirements upon readmission:

  • cumulative and Arts (or major) averages for the degree will be based on courses taken following readmission and clearing.
  • for a three-year degree, complete a minimum of 7.5 additional academic course units (15 courses).
  • for a four-year degree, complete a minimum of ten additional academic course units (20 courses).
  • complete a minimum of half of the courses required in the major.
    • for three-year Liberal Studies, at least four academic course units (eight courses) must be University of Waterloo Arts courses.
    • for four-year Liberal Studies, at least 6.5 academic course units (13 courses) must be University of Waterloo Arts courses.


  1. Students contemplating readmission after receiving a Failed decision are strongly encouraged to consult an academic advisor prior to application.
  2. Students contemplating readmission should take into consideration course selection dates when determining when to re-apply as course availability may be affected.

Second Failed Decision in Arts

In the event a student receives a second Failed academic standing in Arts, an application for readmission will normally not be considered until a period of at least five years has elapsed. In such instances, readmission is not guaranteed.


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