Students can request to return from dismissal through the COS Undergraduate Academic Affairs office but only after a minimum absence from the university of three calendar years. In addition, they must meet one or more of the following conditions during that time:
- Demonstrate academic success (2.50 GPA or better) in at least 18 credit hours of classes taken during the period of dismissal at a regionally accredited two-or-four-year college or university. Such credits may be considered for transfer back to George Mason University, but there is no guarantee of acceptance of the credits.
- Provide other evidence of a renewed ability to achieve academic success.
- Provide evidence that all degree requirements will be met once an additional 12 or fewer credit hours are complete.
Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee a return to the university. The Office of Admissions and the appropriate school or college dean will make individual decisions in the best academic interests of the student and the university. For students seeking readmission to a new school or college, their new dean will make the decision in consultation with the former dean and the Office of Admissions.
In order to request a return to the university, students must submit a Return from Dismissal form which is available only from the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs along with any relevant documentation to support the three criteria above. Once the approval for the return from dismissal has been granted, students must also re-apply to the University through the Admissions Office.
Additionally, students who have been approved for a return from dismissal (and who have been absent from the university for at least 3 years) are eligible to request academic clemency. Please follow the link below for additional information regarding clemency.
Deadlines for Submitting Requests for Return From Dismissal
- Fall semester: March 1st
- Spring semester: October 1st
It is not recommended that students return from dismissal in order to attend the summer session.