Readmission After an Absence
If you have taken time away from the University and plan to resume your studies in a Fall or Spring semester, you will need to apply for readmission by the appropriate deadline in order to be granted access to enroll in courses and login access to your CalCentral.
To enroll in Summer Sessions, readmission is not necessary, but it is valuable to read the FAQ below for more information.
If you do not plan to readmit into UC Berkeley, but wish to add to the degree list, see the "Not enrolled in UC Berkeley during EGT term - Extra steps" FAQ on our Preparing for Graduation page.
If you have been dismissed by the College, there is a separate readmission process. Review the Readmission After Dismissal page.
Preparing for Readmission
Check your record (CalCentral or contact Cal Student Central) and clear all registration holds. e.g., financial, medical, library, student conduct, and academic holds. All holds must be cleared in order for Readmission to be processed.
If you are seeking readmission after a Medical Withdrawal through University Health Services (UHS) - The Tang Center please review the "Medical Withdrawal Hold" section below.
You are required to meet with an L&S College Adviser if:
You left UC Berkeley while on academic probation.
You have withdrawn from a Fall or Spring semester three or more times.
You have 12 or more units of outstanding incomplete grades on your transcript.
You have been dismissed from the University. If you were dismissed read information here.
You have not attended UC Berkeley within the last 5 years.
See Appointments & Advice to make an appointment.
If you intend to receive financial aid, consult with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office before starting the readmission process.
Applying for Readmission
After making sure you are prepared for Readmission (see above), you can apply by submitting the application packet.
All holds must be cleared by the readmission deadline (June 1 for a Fall semester and November 1 for a Spring semester) in order to be approved for readmission.
The application packet requires two pieces:
- It is not necessary to obtain the Dean's signature prior to submitting the application for readmission. The Dean's signature is obtained on your behalf after the College reviews and approves your application.
- Submit this form to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. $70 application fee or an EOP fee waiver
- You have two options for submitting this fee: online or by mail-in check or money order. You can select your preferred option in the Undergraduate Application for Readmission.
- If you choose to pay online, instructions will be sent to you upon receipt of your application.
- If you choose to mail in a check or money order (made out to UC Regents), please mail it along with a copy of the Undergraduate Application for Readmission that you emailed to email@example.com to:
UC Berkeley Office of the Registrar
123 Sproul Hall #5404
Berkeley, CA 94720-5404
- EOP students only:
- The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) offers a complete fee waiver for the $70 readmission application fee for eligible students (not all EOP students are eligible). For more information, please contact the EOP program. If you have this waiver, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your Application for Readmission.
Upon readmission, you will be required to submit an online Statement of Legal Residence through CalCentral. Look for the Statement of Legal Residence item on your CalCentral task list after the Office of the Registrar processes your readmission.
Transfer Coursework While Away
If you attended other institutions during your absence, send your official transcript from each college to UC Berkeley. If the school where you completed your courses offers electronic transcripts, please choose that option. Electronic transcripts are faster, cheaper, and more reliable than paper transcripts. Arrange for the other school/college to send e-transcripts to our Business Operations Office:email@example.com. You can find more information on submitting transcripts on Admissions' Submitting Transcripts to UC Berkeley page.
If the school you attended offers only paper-copy official transcripts, please wait once shelter in place orders have been lifted in the Bay Area before ordering your transcripts to be mailed to UC Berkeley. At that time, you may follow the mail in instructions on the Submitting Transcripts to UC Berkeley page linked above.
Medical Withdrawal Hold
Please work with University Health Services in order to release your Medical Withdrawal Hold. The Withdrawal Committee will review medical documentation and any other available information to determine your readiness to return. You still need to submit a readmission application and $70 check or money order to the College by the appropriate deadline. Please keep in mind that getting a medical clearance can be a lengthy process which can delay the approval of your readmission application by the College. It is recommended to start the process for a Medical Health Clearance early once your health has stabilized and you feel ready to return. The process of approval of a Medical Health Clearance for Readmission can take 30 days or more.
Rescinding an Approved Application
If your application for readmission has been approved but you decide to take additional time away from the University, you will need to apply for readmission again (including paying the $70 fee) for the semester you wish to return.
Limits on Time Away
You can take as much time away from the University as they need. Sometimes students wish to explore other opportunities, have family responsibilities, or must complete compulsory military service in their home country. As long as you have not earned a bachelor’s degree, in good academic standing, have not exceeded your semester and unit ceiling limits, and do not have any restrictions on your readmission that you must satisfy before returning, you can return to UC Berkeley. If you have taken time away, you should reach out to your (intended) major department and College to inquire about any changes in major or College requirements.
Applying for readmission is not required to attend UC Berkeley Summer Session as readmission only applies to Fall or Spring semesters. You can enroll in UC Berkeley Summer Sessions without readmitting by following the instructions for visiting students. However, it's important to note that if you register in Summer Session as a visiting student, you will pay visiting student fees, which are more expensive than continuing student fees. You are eligible to be considered "continuing" if you have been readmitted into Fall semester prior to the start of their Summer Session. Your status as continuing or visiting may also impact financial aid.
For more information about whether you will be categorized as a visiting or continuing student, contact UC Berkeley Summer Sessions.