Personal Leave of Absence

Last updated: February 15, 2017

Requesting a Personal Leave of Absence

A personal leave of absence must be approved in writing by your academic dean. If you are considering a personal leave of absence, you should arrange a meeting with your academic dean to discuss your reasons and to determine whether the request is valid and in your best interest. A personal leave of absence is usually granted for only one semester.

In order to be eligible for a personal leave you must:

Return from Medical Leave of Absence

Last updated: August 3, 2017

Medical Leave of Absence

A Medical Leave of Absence (MLOA) should be considered if completing your undergraduate course work is not possible due to health- related matters.    A medical leave of absence is an opportunity to receive appropriate treatment and engage in self-reflection. Duke University hopes that all students will receive effective treatment and apply to return for the purpose of degree completion.

Readmission Application

Last updated: June 25, 2018

The retrun application is an online application. All applications must be accompanied by a $30 application fee, mailed to the Office of Student Returns.

Students must comply with all policies regarding leaves and eligibility for return, and are advised to carefully review the Returning Student Checklist.

Office of Student Returns
Duke University
Box 90052
Durham, NC 27708

Checklist for Returning Students

Last updated: November 27, 2017

Instructions/General Reminders

  1. Remember the application deadline: Send your application materials between October 1 and November 1 for a return for the spring semester, between March 1 and April 1 for the summer session, and between June 1 and July 1 for the fall semester. You should not assume a late application is acceptable.   A $30 application fee should be submitted with your application and mailed directly to the Office of Student Returns.

Office of Student Returns

Last updated: November 30, 2017

The Office of Student Returns (OSR)  reviews, develops and implements official university policies related to undergraduate students leaving and returning to Duke post-matriculation. The mission of the OSR is to guide students through the separation and return process and to make both points of transition as smooth as possible. In accomplishing this aim, the OSR works closely with the student's Academic Dean and other campus partners in order to maximize a student's successful transition.