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Readmission Guidelines

Students who were previously enrolled at ECU and discontinued their enrollment for any reason and any length of time,  must apply for readmission.

All readmit students must:

  • Apply via the online application.
  • Pay the $70 nonrefundable application fee at the time of application
  • If any college coursework was attempted since last being enrolled at ECU, official transcripts from each individual college/university attended must be submitted.  The transcript(s) must  indicate that a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher  has been earned.  Transfer credits will be evaluated according to university policy

Note:  Students with departmental "hold tags" on their records (i.e. Cashier, Parking, Judicial, etc.) must contact those specific departments for instructions on having the hold removed.  Readmission applications will not be processed for students with active holds.  

Following Suspension

Students must apply for readmission to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior to the application deadline.  Eligibility to apply for readmission after suspension does not guarantee acceptance, as the university must adhere to enrollment restrictions.

Following an initial suspension of one semester and readmission to the university on academic probation, students who fail to meet their retention standard while on probation will be suspended from the university for two semesters.  Earning at least a 2.5 GPA on a minimum of 12 attempted hours in the current probationary semester or summer terms will enable continued enrollment. 

Following the second suspension and readmission to the university on academic probation, students who fail to meet the required GPA will be suspended from the university for an indefinite period of time, not less than three academic years.  A concession will be made for earning a 2.5 cumulative GPA on a minimum of 12 attempted hours in the current probationary semester or summer school.

Forgiveness Policy 

Former East Carolina University students who have not been enrolled at ECU for a minimum of three consecutive academic years (six semesters, summer sessions excluded) may request readmission under the Forgiveness Policy.  Such requests must be submitted on the application for readmission by the application deadline.

Students who have been enrolled at another regionally accredited college or university since their  last enrollment at East Carolina University must submit official transcripts at the time of application.  A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is required.

East Carolina University GPAs of students readmitted under this policy will not include recalculated previous coursework in which a grade below C was received; credit toward graduation will not be allowed for such coursework.

Students should be aware that all ECU grades, including those earned prior to readmission under the Forgiveness Policy, will be included in calculations for degrees with distinction.

A student may take advantage of readmission under the Forgiveness Policy only one time.  Those readmitted under this policy are on academic probation for the first 19 semester hours of attempted coursework.  At the end of the term in which the nineteenth semester hour is attempted, a minimum cumulative C average must have been earned at East Carolina University on all coursework attempted since readmission.  Failure to meet this stipulation will result in the student being ineligible except for summer school until such time as the C average is obtained.

Students should be aware that readmission under the Forgiveness Policy is an ECU policy that is not recognized in the US Department of Education's calculation of financial aid eligibility.  Students who plan to apply for or to receive financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid.  Cashier accounts must be cleared of any outstanding balance prior to registration for the term of readmission.

Students should also be aware that a substantial tuition surcharge may be applied in accordance with the rules established by the Board of Governors or other appropriate legislative body.

Deadline: Readmit Application for Admissions  

Fall Semester: July 1 

Spring Semester: November 1

Summer 1 & 11 Week Session: May 1

Summer 2 Session: June 1


Admission of applicants residing outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate program or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, if such authorization is required.

Due to recent changes in higher education regulations, ECU will no longer be able to offer online programs or courses for students residing in Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Maryland.  ECU will work with state authorities to allow students in these states who are currently enrolled in an ECU online or certificate program to complete their degree.

For questions specific to the state authorization process, call 252/737-1268 or email