Expand any of the categories below to see the process for returning from each type of Leave or Withdrawal.

Medical Leave

Process for Returning from a Medical Leave

Medical leaves allow students up to three terms of non-academic time away from campus. You may return when we have appropriate medical verification of your readiness to return, and have the support of Student Health and Counseling (SHAC). Please follow this checklist of items needed prior to your return:

       Submit the Release of Information Forms to Student Health and Counseling (shac@carleton.edu)

  • Provider Questionnaire (for your medical provider to complete)
    • Questionnaire for returning from medical leave due to physical health.
    • Questionnaire for returning from medical leave due to mental health.

       Submit to Questionnaire to Student Health and Counseling (shac@carleton.edu)

  • Personal Statement of your readiness to return submitted to Dean of Students Office (dosoffice@carleton.edu), include the following
    • How you have used the time away to address the reason for your leave.
    • What your current educational goals are and how Carleton fits into those goals.
    • What steps you will take to help ensure your success when you return.
  • Set an appointment to speak with Associate Dean Sindy Fleming regarding your request. To set up an appointment call the Dean of Student Office at 507-222-4075. 

Deadlines for submitting these documents in preparation for your return as follows:

Fall Term: August 1
Winter Term: December 1
Spring Term: February 20

Student Health and Counseling, in consultation with your doctor, will assess your readiness to return and arrange for necessary support if you return. Return from a medical leave must be approved by the Dean of Students Office in consultation with Student Health and Counseling. The review and decision process may take up to two weeks. Upon returning to campus, you need to meet with your class dean during the first week to discuss your academic transition.

Military Leave

Process for Returning from a U.S. Military Leave

Students petitioning to return to the College from U.S. military service, who were in good academic standing at the time of their leave, will typically be granted readmission.

To request to return to the College please follow this checklist of items needed prior to your return:

  • Personal Statement of your readiness to return submitted to Dean of Students Office (dosoffice@carleton.edu), include the following
    • How have you used the time away to address the reason for your leave.
    • What your current educational goals are and how Carleton fits into those goals.
    • What steps you will take to help ensure your success when you return.
  • Set an appointment to speak with Associate Dean Sindy Fleming regarding your request. To set up an appointment call the Dean of Student Office at 507-222-4075. 

Deadlines for submitting these documents in preparation for your return as follows:

Fall Term: August 1
Winter Term: December 1
Spring Term: February 20

Personal Leave

Process for Returning from a Personal Leave

To request to return to the College please follow this checklist of items needed prior to your return:

  • Personal Statement of your readiness to return submitted to Dean of Students Office (dosoffice@carleton.edu), include the following
    • How have you used the time away to address the reason for your leave.
    • What your current educational goals are and how Carleton fits into those goals.
    • What steps you will take to help ensure your success when you return.
  • Set an appointment to speak with Associate Dean Sindy Fleming regarding your request. To set up an appointment call the Dean of Student Office at 507-222-4075. 

Deadlines for submitting these documents in preparation for your return as follows:

Fall Term: August 1
Winter Term: December 1
Spring Term: February 20

Withdrawal From the College

Readmission Petition Process

To petition for readmission to the College please follow this checklist of items needed prior to your return. You need to have left in good academic standing. If you attended another institution during the leave, you will need to apply for readmission through the transfer process.

  • Personal Statement of your readiness to return submitted to Dean of Students Office (dosoffice@carleton.edu), include the following:
    • How have you used the time away to address the reason for your leave.
    • What your current educational goals are and how Carleton fits into those goals.
    • What steps you will take to help ensure your success when you return.
  • Set an appointment to speak with Associate Dean Sindy Fleming regarding your request. To set up an appointment call the Dean of Students Office at 507-222-4075. 

If you were granted a medical leave of absence prior to being withdrawn, please follow the process for Returning from a Medical Leave.

Deadlines for submitting these documents in preparation for your return as follows:

Fall Term: August 1
Winter Term: December 1
Spring Term: February 20