Leave of Absence and Readmission

Students who wish to interrupt their education for two or more terms must apply for a Leave of Absence through the Office of the Registrar. An official Leave of Absence permits a student to interrupt his/her education for a period of up to five years and to reenter Stockton without formally reapplying to the University or forfeiting the original term of matriculation. Students may miss one semester without requesting a formal leave of absence or having to reapply to the University.

Students may apply for an official Leave of Absence through the Office of the Registrar before the end of the Drop/Add period in the term that the leave will become effective. A Leave of Absence must be renewed through the Office of the Registrar each term before the end of the Drop/Add period. 

Students returning from a Leave of Absence must rescind their Leave with the Office of the Registrar two weeks before they wish to register for classes, or before the end of the Drop/Add period in that term. 

A matriculated student who does not attend Stockton University for two consecutive terms, and is not on an official Leave of Absence, forfeits his/her status as a matriculated student. Students who do not return to Stockton when their leave expires must reapply to the University through the Office of the Registrar if they did not attend another institution during the absence. Students who attended another institution during their absence must formally reapply to the University through the Office of Admissions. If readmitted, a new matriculation term will be established and the student will be subject to the academic requirements for graduation at the time of readmission. International students must maintain academic progress as outlined in the SEVIS regulations.