Returning to Rensselaer

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Rensselaer to continue your studies. In order to facilitate a smooth transition back, please read the Guide to Returning below. If you do not intend to take courses but need your accounts active to graduate, please contact Student Success.

Our goal is to help all students who leave have a successful return to Rensselaer. We are committed to a thoughtful and thorough review of your materials and working with you upon return. We to do everything we can to help you return, however your return is at the discretion of Rensselaer and not guaranteed. 

Any student who feels they may need accommodations in this process, documents in alternate formats or any other assistance are welcome to contact us directly. We will work with you to ensure you are able to fully participate in the process.

Guide to Returning to Rensselaer


To be eligible to return, you must be sure your accounts are clear, and that you have met any requirements of your leave. If you would like to discuss your return with or have questions about the process please schedule a meeting with us.

Applications Deadlines

The Summer return request deadline is April 1. 
Notification date estimated: May 1.

The Fall return request deadline is June 1. 
Notification date estimated: July 1.

The Spring return request deadline is November 1. 
Notification date estimated: December 1.

Students on a financial leave of absence are to arrange pre-payment by the dates above and so should begin the process earlier.

Required Information for Return

Transcripts, a letter from your academic advisor, and health forms are all required as part of the return process.


Short and direct answers to frequently asked questions about applying and returning to campus.


Follow these steps to to request to return.

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