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Fresh Start Program Participation Criteria

Fresh Start criteria vary from program to program; meeting the minimum stated cumulative GPA (CGPA) does not guarantee approval to Fresh Start. Required to Withdraw (RTW) students will be assessed on an individual basis; their complete academic record, and Fresh Start Supplementary Form, will be reviewed and considered as part of the assessment process.

For assistance, please contact your RTW Academic Program Contact. To find your program, choose from the faculty list below: 

Faculty of Arts
Program Criteria
All Faculty of Arts programs
Fresh Start – Reinstatement:

First Year Students:
  • RTW students will be assessed on an individual basis by the program department. Departmental assessment will consider previous academic performance in required program courses and Table I electives, as well as personal circumstances that may have affected academic performance in the semester(s) that resulted in the RTW standing. Students should indicate any changes in their personal circumstances and/or steps that they have taken that would improve their chance of academic success upon reinstatement. Normally, students must have a CGPA of at least 1.0 to be considered.

Second and Subsequent Year Students:
  • RTW students will be assessed on an individual basis by the program department. Departmental assessment will consider previous academic performance in program courses, as well as personal circumstances that may have affected academic performance in the semester(s) that resulted in the RTW standing. Students should indicate any changes in their personal circumstances and/or steps that they have taken that would improve their chance of academic success upon reinstatement. Normally, students must have a CGPA of at least 1.0 to be considered.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers are NOT accepted for Criminology, Psychology and Undeclared Arts.  For all other Arts programs, Fresh Start transfers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Faculty of Communication and Design
Program Criteria
Creative Industries Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students who have a CGPA of 1.50 to 1.66 will be considered. RTW students with a CGPA below 1.50 should consult the program's Academic Coordinator for options.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
Fashion Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students who have a CGPA of 1.33 to 1.67 are eligible for consideration. RTW students with a CGPA below 1.33 may consult the program administrator for options.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Portfolio submission is required.
Graphic Communications Management Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students who have a CGPA of 1.33 or higher will be considered. There may be additional non-course requirements (eg. seminars, workshops, etc.).

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers with a CGPA of 1.33 or higher will be considered on case by case basis.
Image Arts Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students must have a CGPA of at least 1.50 to be eligible for consideration.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Portfolio submission is required.
Interior Design Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students who have a CGPA of 1.50 to 1.66 are eligible for consideration. RTW students with a CGPA below 1.50 should consult the academic coordinator regarding other options.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Submission of a design portfolio comparable to that required for admission is required.
Journalism Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students who have a CGPA of 1.50 to 1.66 will be considered. An interview may be required.  RTW students with a CGPA below 1.50 should consult the program administrator for options.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
Media Production Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students who have a CGPA (CGPA) of 1.33 to 1.66 will be considered.  RTW students with a CGPA below 1.33 may consult the program administrator for options.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
New Media
Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students who have a CGPA of 1.33 to 1.66 will be considered.  RTW students with a CGPA below 1.33 may consult the program administrator for options.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
Professional Communication Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students who have a CGPA of 1.33 to 1.66 will be considered.  RTW students with a CGPA below 1.33 may consult the program administrator for options.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
School of Performance Performance Acting/Dance Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students must have a CGPA of at least 1.50 to be eligible for consideration.
  • Audition and non-academic requirements must be met.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.

Performance Production
Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students must have a CGPA of at least 1.00 to be eligible for consideration. RTW students with a CGPA below 1.00 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • RTW transfers with a CGPA of 1.33 will be considered.
  • Portfolio submission and interview is required.
Sport Media Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students who have a CGPA (CGPA) of 1.33 to 1.66 will be considered.  RTW students with a CGPA below 1.33 may consult the program administrator for options.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
Faculty of Community Services
Program Criteria
Child and Youth Care
Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students must have a CGPA of at least 1.00 to be eligible for consideration.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Disability Studies Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students, normally, must have a CGPA of at least 1.0 to be eligible for consideration.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Early Childhood Studies Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students must have a CGPA of at least 1.50 to be eligible for consideration on a case by case basis.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Nursing Fresh Start – Reinstatement:

RTW students must meet the following minimum CGPA to be considered:
  • First year students – 1.50
  • Second and third year students – 1.67 the term the RTW status was posted. 
  • Fourth year students – 2.00 the term the RTW status was posted.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
Nursing (Post-diploma) Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students must have a minimum CGPA of 1.67, the term the RTW status was posted, to be considered.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
Nutrition and Food Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students must have a CGPA of at least 1.00 to be eligible for consideration.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
Occupational and Public Health Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students are not required to present a minimum CGPA for consideration.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
Social Work Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students must have a CGPA of at least 1.00 to be eligible for consideration. RTW students with a CGPA below 1.00 may consult the program administrator for options.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Urban & Regional Planning Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students must have a minimum CGPA of 1.60 to be eligible for consideration.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
Program Criteria
Aerospace Engineering Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students in first year and first year at Ryerson: the eligibility criteria for consideration is minimum TGPA = 1.33 or minimum CGPA = 1.33.
  • RTW students beyond 1st year at Ryerson, and first year Engineering Students not in their first year at Ryerson: the eligibility criteria for consideration is minimum CGPA = 1.33.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
Architectural Science Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • A minimum CGPA of 1.33 is required for consideration. Students with a CGPA below 1.33 may consult with the program department for options.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
Chemical Engineering Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students in first year and first year at Ryerson: the eligibility criteria for consideration is minimum TGPA = 1.33 or minimum CGPA = 1.33.
  • RTW students beyond 1st year at Ryerson, and first year Engineering Students not in their first year at Ryerson: the eligibility criteria for consideration is minimum CGPA = 1.33.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • RTW transfers from other Engineering programs with CGPA of 1.33 will be considered.
Civil Engineering Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students in first year and first year at Ryerson: the eligibility criteria for consideration is minimum TGPA = 1.33 or minimum CGPA = 1.33.
  • RTW students beyond 1st year at Ryerson, and first year Engineering Students not in their first year at Ryerson: the eligibility criteria for consideration is minimum CGPA = 1.33.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • RTW transfers from other Engineering programs with CGPA of 1.33 will be considered.
Electrical, Computer & Biomedical Engineering Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students in first year and first year at Ryerson: the eligibility criteria for consideration is minimum TGPA = 1.33 or minimum CGPA = 1.33.
  • RTW students beyond 1st year at Ryerson, and first year Engineering Students not in their first year at Ryerson: the eligibility criteria for consideration is minimum CGPA = 1.33.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • RTW transfers from other Engineering programs with CGPA of 1.33 will be considered.
Industrial Engineering Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students in first year and first year at Ryerson: the eligibility criteria for consideration is minimum TGPA = 1.33 or minimum CGPA = 1.33.
  • RTW students beyond 1st year at Ryerson, and first year Engineering Students not in their first year at Ryerson: the eligibility criteria for consideration is minimum CGPA = 1.33.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
Mechanical Engineering Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW students in first year and first year at Ryerson: the eligibility criteria for consideration is minimum TGPA = 1.33 or minimum CGPA = 1.33.
  • RTW students beyond 1st year at Ryerson, and first year Engineering Students not in their first year at Ryerson: the eligibility criteria for consideration is minimum CGPA = 1.33.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
Undeclared Engineering Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
  • RTW first year students and first year at Ryerson: the eligibility criteria for consideration is minimum TGPA = 1.33 or minimum CGPA = 1.33.

Fresh Start – Transfer:
  • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
  • Faculty of Science
    Program Criteria
    All Faculty of Science programs Fresh Start – Reinstatement:

    RTW students must have the following to be considered:
    • A minimum of six graded courses on their transcript. Pass/Fail courses will not be counted towards the six;
    • Minimum CGPA of 1.00;

    Note: Students with unresolved INC grades at the time of application will not be considered. Whenever possible, students will be assigned courses from their program; liberal electives will be assigned only if program courses are not available.


    Fresh Start – Transfer:
    • Fresh Start transfers will NOT be considered.
    Ted Rogers School of Management
    Program Criteria
    All TRSM Programs
    Fresh Start – Reinstatement:
    • RTW students who have a CGPA of 1.0 to 1.66 will be considered. 
    • Students must submit the Request for Reinstatement - Supplementary Form in addition to the Request for Reinstatement/Fresh Start Form to be considered.

    Fresh Start – Transfer:
    • Fresh Start transfers will be considered based on each School's admission requirements and the student's academic history.
    • TRSM programs will consider other Ryerson program students who have a CGPA of 1:00 - 1.66.
    • Students must submit the Fresh Start Transfer – Supplementary Form, outlining the following: reasons or issues that they believe led to their RTW standing; what actions have been taken to address those issues, in their absence from the program; reasons for wanting to transfer into this particular program, and a reflection about how obtaining a degree from this program will enhance their future career goals.  
    • Exception: The School of Accounting and Finance will not consider any Fresh Start transfers.