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Fresh Start

Section Title:Academic
Policy Number:300-LL
Policy Name:Fresh Start
Approval Authority:Provost/VP for Teaching, Learning & Growth
Responsible Executive:Provost/VP for Teaching, Learning & Growth
Responsible Unit:Office of the Provost
Date Adopted:June 2013
Date Revised:February 2018


This policy provides the opportunity for a fresh Ramapo cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) for students returning to the institution after a break of 24 consecutive months.

Reason for Policy

To support the academic success of returning Ramapo undergraduate students, the Fresh Start policy offers them the same clean GPA accorded to students who transfer to RCNJ from other institutions.

To Whom Does The Policy Apply

The Ramapo College Fresh Start policy applies only to former RCNJ students pursuing a first undergraduate degree who have been away from RCNJ for a minimum of 24 consecutive months.

Related Documents


Undergraduate Residency Requirement Policy (300-F)

Graduation with Distinction for Baccalaureate Degree Recipients (300-P)


Office of the Provost – 201-684-7532

Enrollment Management – 201-684-7309




Students who have been away from Ramapo for at least 24 consecutive months must re-apply through the Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions. At that time, a student may also apply for a Fresh Start.


    1. The Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions will process and approve Fresh Start approval forms once the Dean of the School that the student intends to enroll in has signed the application in approval of readmission.
    2. Students who have been dismissed from RCNJ for academic reasons are not eligible for either re-admission or Fresh Start.
    3. Students who have been dismissed from RCNJ for judicial or other non-academic reasons are not eligible for either re-admission or Fresh Start.
    4. Fresh Start is neither automatic nor guaranteed.

II.     If re-admission under Fresh Start is granted, students begin with a cumulative G.P.A. of 0.00 after which all the rules of academic standing for the College will apply. Similar to transfer credits, any credits earned prior to re-enrollment under Fresh Start will count towards RCNJ pre-requisites and graduation requirements. Specifically, students’ previous RCNJ grades would be adjusted as follows:

    1. Grades of P and C or better would reflect credit only, not quality points.
    2. Grades of F will be eliminated from GPA calculations.
    3. Grades from all coursework will remain on the transcript.

III.     Students who apply for Fresh Start must complete at least 48 additional credits at Ramapo to fulfill degree requirements.

  1. Fresh Start is applied immediately upon re-admission, and is applied to all course work
    earned prior to the semester of re-admission.
  2. Students can only apply for one Fresh Start opportunity during the course of completion of the first baccalaureate degree.
  3. Invocation of Fresh Start does not preclude students from using other available course-specific grade replacement options for work taken subsequent to re-enrollment.

VII.     Forgiveness is only available for credits earned at RCNJ.

VIII.    Students re-admitted under Fresh Start are responsible for obtaining information about and
understanding their individual financial aid eligibility.

IX.      Once invoked, Fresh Start is a non-reversible process.