Students fail courses and are dismissed from school every year. Some students may re-apply and be re-admitted to school after failing out if they meet certain requirements. Life-changing events like serious illness, accidents, family problems and other personal issues cause students to fail courses. Students may meet with admissions counselors, attend public colleges with open enrollment or apply for academic renewal to get back into school after failing out.

Step 1

Meet with an admissions counselor at the school and appeal your dismissal from the college.
Meet with an admissions counselor at the school and appeal your dismissal from the college.

Meet with an admissions counselor at the school and appeal your dismissal from the college. Depending on your circumstances, the school may consider your application for re-admission. Personal reasons such as poor health, hospitalization, death in your family or another life-changing event will be taken into account when the admissions office is deciding whether to re-admit you to the school.

Step 2

Enroll in a college with open enrollment for a semester.
Enroll in a college with open enrollment for a semester.

Enroll in a college with open enrollment for a semester. Most state schools and other public education colleges have open enrollment that allows anyone with minimum requirements to enroll in college. Minimum requirements for open enrollment schools are a high school diploma or a GED and payment of fees. Your successful completion of a semester at an open enrollment school may tip the scales in your favor when you attempt to be re-admitted to the school where you failed. Failure at an open enrollment school does not generally prohibit a student from enrolling in courses at the same school the next semester. You may decide to continue your education at the public school with open enrollment.

Step 3

A student who successfully applies for academic renewal will have failing grades removed from their grade point average
A student who successfully applies for academic renewal will have failing grades removed from their grade point average

Apply for academic renewal. A student who successfully applies for academic renewal will have failing grades removed from their grade point average. The student's transcript will be noted that the student received an academic renewal. Academic renewal may be available to former students whose grade point average was below 2.0 and a designated number of years has passed since the student was last enrolled in college. Some schools require that the student be out of school for as long as four or five years to be eligible for academic renewal.