New Start Program Admission Requirements
The New Start program is offered to students who wish to return to Illinois State who left with less than a 2.0 grade point average (GPA). Students may be considered for readmission through New Start after being away from the University for one full year (for example, a student who last attended the University the spring 2008 term cannot re-enroll through New Start until the fall 2009 term) and only when the requirements of one of the following New Start categories are met: Nontraditional Student, Veteran, or Community College Transfer.
- Non-Traditional Student Option: Former Illinois State students at least 25 years of age may be considered for readmission through this option after being away for one full year. If they have attended any college (including Illinois State) in the three calendar years preceding re-enrollment at Illinois State, they must have achieved at least a 2.5 GPA for that college work. Transfer credit will be evaluated and appropriately awarded.
- Veteran Option: Former Illinois State students who complete at least a one-year tour of duty since leaving Illinois State and who present a discharge for reasons other than dishonorable, and whose first attendance at a college or university after discharge is at Illinois State, may be considered for readmission through this option.
- Community College Transfer Option: Former Illinois State students who earned 60 or fewer hours at Illinois State prior to enrolling at a community college and who subsequently earn at least 24 hours after being away for one full year and earn a currently accepted associate’s degree (A.A. or A.S.) from a community college with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA may be considered for readmission through this option. Transfer credit will be evaluated and appropriately awarded.
Any student seeking consideration for the New Start admission program needs to submit a statement describing their plan to do well academically at Illinois State University as part of the application and review process. See Application Process below for more information.