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Continuous Enrollment Policy

A Continuous Enrollment Policy for students in Rackham Ph.D. programs became effective Fall Term 2010.  The policy requires that all doctoral students will register each Fall and Winter semester until they have completed their degree, unless they are taking an official leave of absence.   Spring/Summer registration is required only for students who are taking or auditing courses, taking preliminary examinations, or defending the dissertation; the same activities that require a spring/summer registration under current practice.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) supported this change in enrollment policy because of the many benefits it provides to students, including keeping students engaged with faculty advisors and dissertation committees, increasing the number of doctoral degree completions, and offering year-round access to services for graduate students.

Any information and frequently asked questions regarding the Continuous Enrollment Policy and Continuous Enrollment Funding Plan can be found above. The questions have been collected from LSA departments and if you have any further questions for LSA about Continuous enrollment, please submit them to Paula Hathaway via email.