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A leave of absence is for students who plan to return to SPU, but aren’t planning on taking classes elsewhere while away. A leave of absence is an academic break for a period of fewer than four quarters (including summer).

If you are an undergraduate student and anticipate being away from SPU for four or more quarters (including summer), you must work with the Undergraduate Admissions office to complete an abbreviated re-admission process. Graduate students should work with their program coordinator and Graduate Admissions to re-apply for admission.

If you will be absent for any length of time because you have been called to active military duty in any branch of the U.S. armed forces, refer to the policy for active military leave.


  • Students taking a leave of absence should not be enrolled in classes at another institution. If you’re interested in taking classes through another school while away, see Studying Away From SPU.
  • Students must notify Student Financial Services about any change in their planned period of enrollment, whether due to withdrawal from a class, a leave of absence, or withdrawal from the University.
  • Students are not eligible to reside on campus, attend classes, or participate as a student in regular campus activities during their leave.
  • Students are responsible for all prior arrangements with applicable student service offices (e.g., Student Financial Services, Office of the Registrar, University Services, Residence Life, Athletics, etc.)
  • Students must keep the University apprised of their current contact information, including mailing address and phone number, while on leave.
  • Students must meet all regular university deadlines for registration, housing reservations, financial aid applications, and similar matters. Financial aid/scholarship awards and University housing reservations do not automatically carry over.
  • Students do not need to apply for re-admission to SPU if they take a leave of fewer than four quarters. In this case, the student is responsible to complete the same degree requirements as expected upon his or her first quarter of matriculation at the University. If readmitted, the student may be held responsible to any changes made to the curriculum since they last attended.