Reapplying following a Second Academic Required Withdrawal
In the case of a second Required Withdrawal, a student's lack of satisfactory progress is of significant concern, and a more prolonged period of time away from MIT may be needed. It is important for the student to gain a better perspective on his/her problems and resolve them. In many instances, a former student with two required withdrawals may be better served by considering permanent separation and not returning to MIT. For these reasons, the CAP directly oversees readmission to the Institute after the second Required Withdrawal, with assistance from the Readmission Committee as described below.
Students applying for readmission after a second Required Withdrawal must make an appointment with one of our deans and complete the undergraduate application for readmission. The Readmission Chair will inform the Staff Associate to the CAP of a pending application for a return after a second Required Withdrawal. The Chair of the CAP may also choose to interview the applicant, or may ask another committee member or other member of the Faculty to do so.
Students seeking readmission from a second Required Withdrawal must submit:
1) a Readmission Application;
2) a student-developed academic plan for graduation that addresses completion of the GIR subjects and, in the case of students who have declared a major, the requirements for the major. The plan, and a current MIT transcript with degree audit obtained from the Registrar’s Office (download the PDF Readmission Transcript Request Form from the Registrar's website), should be presented to the faculty member or academic department that will be reviewing the plan for readmission (see #3 below). We encourage students to discuss the plan with the faculty advisor and/or academic department to determine if graduation requirements are being addressed;
3) a letter commenting on the student’s suitability for readmission and the proposed academic plan from the academic department or program to which the student would like to return or in the case of first-year students or undesignated sophomores, a letter from the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP);
4) transcripts of coursework completed at other institutions;
5) letters of reference from employers or faculty of the school attended. Students seeking readmission from a Required Withdrawal may also be asked to submit letters from physicians or clinicians from whom the student received treatment.
A student seeking readmission after a second Required Withdrawal is formally reviewed twice before being readmitted:
1) The Readmission Committee in Student Support Services conducts the first review.
2) If the Readmission Committee recommends readmission, the CAP receives the application for a second full review. Readmission is decided by a vote of the full Committee on Academic Performance.
If the CAP readmits a student, he/she will be provided with a list of recommendations by the Chair of the CAP (in consultation with the Readmission Chair) to help make the transition back to MIT successful.
If the application is denied after the first review, it is not forwarded to the CAP, but the Chair of CAP will be notified of the recommendation and the reasons for the recommendation (and of any special concerns that may have arisen in the course of discussion) and will be asked to approve the denial. Expectations that must be met before consideration of any future Readmission application will be communicated to the student by the Chair of the CAP, in consultation with the Readmission Chair.
Readmission decisions are reconsidered only if substantial new information has become available after the decision has been made. A request for reconsideration documenting the new information should be submitted to Student Support Services and will be reviewed by the Chair of the CAP. The Chair of the CAP has the option of bringing the request to the entire Committee on Academic Performance. The Chair of the CAP will communicate the final decision to the student.