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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Academic Regulations B. Registration B.18 Academic Turnaround Program (ATP)
B.18 Academic Turnaround Program (ATP)

The Academic Turnaround Program (ATP) provides currently enrolled students facing their first Required to Withdraw (RTW) ruling for academic reasons the opportunity to continue in their current program on probation. Participating faculties are Arts, Haskayne School of Business, Nursing, Schulich School of Engineering, and Science.

Students in participating faculties who are eligible to join ATP receive formal notification from the dean or designate. This letter will specify a deadline by which the student must initiate participation in ATP or the student will be required to withdraw. Students approved for ATP may continue their studies on probation provided that they fulfil all requirements and are compliant with all conditions of the program.

ATP requirements will be provided to students in writing by the faculty dean or designate. Students who do not fulfil all requirements outlined below will be required to withdraw and will be notified by the dean or designate. The notification will include information on the right of appeal and the process for appealing an RTW ruling.

Students who receive a first RTW ruling from a non-participating faculty who are interested in completing a degree program offered by either the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science may seek admission to those faculties through ATP. If admitted, the student transcript will reflect the RTW standing issued by their current faculty and will be admitted on probation in their new faculty.

There is a $500 program fee assessed for all students who participate in ATP.

For more information on ATP, including frequently asked questions and contact information, please visit the ATP website at

Approval for ATP requires:

  1. Review of the online Academic Turnaround Guide located on the ATP website;
  2. Submission and approval of a Contract and Plan for Success.

Continuation in ATP requires:

  1. Registration in and attendance at the “Academic Turnaround Seminar” (ATS) in the term specified in the acceptance letter;
  2. Compliance with course load restrictions and registration in any specific courses required by the student’s home faculty;
  3. That student progress will be reviewed by their faculty regardless of the number of University of Calgary courses completed by the end of one academic year in ATP. In order to continue in ATP, students must receive a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or more across all University of Calgary courses completed since being admitted to ATP.

Completion of ATP:

Students remain in ATP on probation until they have completed a minimum of 18 units.

For completion requirements, students should refer to the Faculty/School Regulations section of their home faculty.

Students in combined degree programs must follow the regulations of their primary faculty. If their primary faculty does not participate in ATP, students may seek to complete a single degree program in a participating faculty by engaging in ATP.

Students in ATP may elect to take a leave of up to one academic year as part of their success plan. This should be indicated in the contract and in the Plan for Success. Upon return to University, students are required to attend the Academic Turnaround Seminars and must contact their faculty for access to register.

Students in ATP are not permitted to take courses elsewhere on a Letter of Permission.

The requirements noted here specify the minimum requirements for ATP. Participating faculties may specify additional requirements, which are noted in their Faculty/School Regulations section. Students who are non-compliant with any of the ATP conditions will be required to withdraw. Any exceptions to regulations noted here or in the individual faculty/school sections require the approval of the Associate Dean.

Students may participate only once in ATP while registered as an undergraduate student in any faculty/school at the University of Calgary. Only in exceptional circumstances will a second attempt at ATP be permitted.