Fresh Start Program

Updated: June 3, 2021

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.

Students who have been recommended to the 2021-2022 Fresh Start Program by their Faculties may

PLEASE NOTE: For the 2021-2022 Fresh Start Program with study beginning in Fall 2021, students must complete all parts of the registration process, including the admission application form, by 4:00 p.m. (Mountain time) on Friday, July 30, 2021.

Based on restrictions enacted by the Government of Alberta with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fresh Start Program registration is currently available to students only through remote delivery. We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may impact students' abilities to participate in or complete components of the registration process. In such instances, we aim to be flexible in order to facilitate students' registrations and will provide options and/or assist students in completing their registrations as possible.

Program Details

Program Description

Students enrolled in the Fresh Start Program must:

  • Complete the online registration program that details important information about the Fresh Start Program curriculum, procedures and requirements, and in which you will complete required registration forms.
  • Pay the $500 Fresh Start Program fee.
  • Successfully complete an online non-credit course entitled "Cognitive Strategies" in the fall and winter terms.
  • Attend monthly seminars scheduled in the fall and winter terms.
  • Take a reduced course load of between 18 and 24 in a single academic year consisting of the fall or winter terms.
  • 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 at; 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
  • Arts
  • Augustana
  • Campus Saint-Jean
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
  • Native Studies
  • Nursing
  • Science
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.



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