Readmission After Dismissal


If you have been dismissed from the College of Letters and Science (L&S), and want to apply for readmission, you will need to fulfill the terms of your readmission in order to be eligible to readmit into UC Berkeley. Readmission is not required for enrollment in UC Berkeley Summer Sessions, though approval from L&S is required in order to receive grade points towards your UC GPA. Read the FAQ below for more information.

For students who have been dismissed, but do not need to readmit into a semester at UC Berkeley in order to graduate, see "Readmission After Dismissal for Graduation Purposes Only" below.

If you have not been dismissed and want to resume your studies in L&S after withdrawing or being absent for one or more semesters, review the Readmission (after an absence) page.


Deadlines for submitting packets are:

  • June 1st for Fall Semester readmission 
  • November 1st for Spring Semester readmission

In order to be on time for your Phase I registration appointment, it is strongly recommended to submit your request well before the deadlines. See "Submitting your request" below for more details. 

Readmission after Dismissal

General Guidelines

To be eligible to apply for Readmission after Dismissal, you must: 

  • Meet with an L&S College Adviser to discuss your terms for readmission after dismissal

  • Enroll as a full-time student (at least 12 units) elsewhere for two semesters or three quarters. Classes are often taken at a California Community College, but UC Berkeley Summer Session and UC Berkeley Extension may be options. You will need to meet with an L&S College Adviser to outline an academic plan for your terms away. Earn grades of B or better in each of the courses taken after dismissal 

  • Satisfy the Reading and Composition requirement while away, if you have not done so already

  • Any other additional requirements stipulated by L&S

Once you have completed your first term elsewhere, you should make an appointment with an L&S College Adviser to prepare for an appointment with an L&S Assistant Dean.  

In an Assistant Dean meeting, you will need to report your grades from your first term and for classes you are currently enrolled in. The Assistant Dean will ask you to describe the challenges that led to your academic difficulties and explain how you are resolving them. The Assistant Dean will determine if your case is ready to be submitted to the Deans' Conference, which is the committee that will make the final decision on your readmission. 

If you have applied to the Deans' Conference twice, you must receive support from a L&S College Adviser to forward your case for committee review. 

Submitting your request

Students must review and submit the items required in the Deans' Conference Checklist along with the Readmission application to This should include any documentation you wish to provide. 

Deadlines for submitting packets are June 1st for Fall Semester readmission and November 1st for Spring Semester readmission. In order to be on time for your Phase I registration appointment, it is strongly recommended to submit your request well before the deadlines. Review the Office of the Registrar’s website for information about Phase I and Phase II enrollment periods. 

During the readmission after dismissal windows (October-December, May-July), requests will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis. 

Students do not attend the Deans' Conference meeting. 

Readmission After Dismissal for Graduation Purposes Only

It is possible to graduate while on dismissal status, but only if all remaining degree requirements (i.e. UC, L&S, and major requirements) can be fulfilled without further course work at Berkeley in a Fall or Spring semester. In this case, the readmission request is only for the purpose of reinstating current student status in order to graduate. Outstanding requirements may be completed with courses from a community college, UC Berkeley Summer Sessions, or UC Extension XB or XBW courses. Note that senior residence cannot be met through UC Extension.​ 

If you wish to pursue this type of request, meet with a L&S College Adviser and your Undergraduate Major Adviser (UMA) to check your academic progress to make sure that remaining requirements can be completed outside of Fall or Spring semester at Berkeley. If you have completed all requirements or are enrolled in your final courses, you are ready to submit your request. 

Submitting Your Request for Graduation Purposes Only 

  • Check the Graduation webpage for deadlines to add to the degree list. 

  • Write a letter addressed to Deans' Conference requesting approval for readmission for graduation purposes only. 

  • If you are completing transfer work, submit transcripts to UC Berkeley as soon as final grades are posted. More instructions on how to do that are found on the UC Berkeley Admissions website here.