Fresh Start Program

The Fresh Start Program is an 8-month, non-credit program that enables eligible undergraduate students who have been Required to Withdraw (RTW) from their Faculty of study to:

  • Develop the skills needed to succeed at university,
  • Complete a limited number of credit courses in the Open Studies Fresh Start Program in the fall and winter terms immediately following being Required to Withdraw,
  • Establish Satisfactory Academic Standing, and
  • Regain eligibility for admission or readmission to a University of Alberta Faculty.

Please note: For the 2019-2020 Fresh Start Program with study beginning in Fall 2019, students must complete the intake registration process by 4:00 p.m., July 26, 2019.

Program Details

  • Program Description

    Students enrolled in the Fresh Start Program must:

    1. Attend an Intake Session during the spring/summer at which a Fresh Start Advisor will review information about Fresh Start Program policies, procedures, requirements, and application forms.
    2. Pay the $500 Fresh Start Program fee.
    3. Successfully complete an online non-credit course entitled "Cognitive Strategies" in the fall and winter terms.
    4. Attend monthly seminars scheduled in the fall and winter terms.
    5. Take a reduced course load of between 18 and 24 in a single academic year consisting of the fall or winter terms.
    6. Achieve a GPA of 2.7 or greater on a minimum of 18 credits or a GPA of 2.0 or greater on a minimum of 24 credits.


    Supplementary instruction or other assistance such as math help, writing instruction, time management, study skills, etc., may be required as assessed by the Faculty from which the student received the RTW, the Fresh Start Program, and/or Academic Success Centre staff.

    Complete program details reviewed in the Intake Session and the Cognitive Strategies course. For more information, review Fresh Start General Admission and Open Studies Fresh Start Program in the University of Alberta Calendar.

  • Program Eligibility

    The Fresh Start Program is open to undergraduate students in participating Faculties who have:

    Been recommended for admission to the Fresh Start Program in their "Required to Withdraw" letter from their Faculty.

    Taken less than 60 credits (including the work completed during the academic year under review).

    A GPA of 1.3 - 1.6 at the end of the fall/winter term.

    Been assigned unsatisfactory standing and are required to withdraw (RTW).

    Not been previously required to withdraw from any post-secondary institution.

    Agreed to comply with the requirements of the program.

    If you previously completed the Fresh Start Program, you may not enrol again.
    You can enrol in the Fresh Start Program one time only. If you are experiencing academic difficulties, please contact our office; Academic Success Centre staff can discuss resources to address your concerns.

  • Participating Faculties

    University of Alberta Faculties that recommend students to the Fresh Start Program include:

    Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences



    Campus Saint-Jean



    Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

    Native Studies



  • Important Notices

    Completion of the Fresh Start Program does not guarantee admission or readmission to any particular Faculty at the University of Alberta. Students must meet Faculty admission/readmission requirements.

    If you were recommended to the Fresh Start Program by the Faculty of Engineering, please note that you will not be readmitted to the Faculty of Engineering and you will need to select another faculty in which to complete your degree.

    Students may enrol in the Fresh Start Program one time only.

    Students registered with Accessibility Resources may qualify for special accommodations. You must indicate that you are registered with Accessibility Resources in your Fresh Start Program intake forms in order to arrange for accommodations in the Program.