Fresh Start Programs for Freshmen and Returning Students

Fresh Start Programs for Freshmen and Returning Students

The Fresh Start Programs were created to provide a second chance or “fresh start” for students with poor academic standing. Students who apply and meet the requirements of the program are given the opportunity to recalculate their cumulative GPA without grades of "C-", "D+", "D", “D-” and “F".

The Fresh Start Program for Freshmen is for students who have completed fewer than 30 credits towards graduation with a cumulative GPA of less than a 2.0. An eligible student must:

  • Complete 24 credit hours with a 2.5 minimum grade point average at another institution (based on a 4.0 scale or an equivalent score on a different scale). All 24 credits hours must transfer to the University of Northern Colorado.
  • Complete an application for the Fresh Start Program. Applications are available through the Office of Academic Support and Advising.
  • Upon returning to UNC, complete 12 credits in a single semester with a minimum GPA of 2.50.

After completing outlined requirements, student’s cumulative GPA will be re-calculated, without the grades of "C-", "D+", "D", "D-" and “F’s”. All UNC credits will be used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA to determine graduation with honors.

To be eligible for the Fresh Start Program for Returning Students, a student must:

  • Not have attended UNC for a minimum of five years.
  • Complete an application for the Fresh Start Program. Applications are available through the Office of Academic Support and Advising www.unco.edu/asa.

The student’s cumulative GPA will be re-calculated, without the grades of "C-", "D+", "D", "D-" and “F’s”. All UNC credits will be used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA to determine graduation with honors. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Support and Advising.