Former Degree-seeking Statuses

Overview

The two broad status types for former degree-seeking students, who are by definition unenrolled, are completed (graduated) and permanently discontinued.

Graduated

A status for former students who have completed all requirements for an advanced degree from Princeton University, and whose degree has been conferred by the Board of Trustees of the University. The degree awarded is recorded on the transcript, and a diploma is issued. Students who graduate with an advanced degree are eligible for certain benefits such as alumni access to libraries and facilities, access to transcripts, and an alumni email account. See the Alumni Association website for a full list of alumni benefits.

Definitions of Statuses for Permanently Discontinued Former Degree-seeking Students

Voluntary Withdrawal 

A discontinued status for former students who were in good academic standing and voluntarily chose to terminate degree candidacy by withdrawing from their program of study. Once students voluntarily withdraw, they may not return to an enrolled status except by reapplying as a new admit. A voluntary withdrawal is recorded on the transcript. (See Voluntary Withdrawal.)

Termination

A discontinued status for former students whose degree candidacy has been terminated because of failure to meet program requirements. Once students are terminated, they may not return to an enrolled status except by reapplying as a new admit. A termination is recorded on the transcript.(See Termination.)

Expulsion

A discontinued status for former students who have been permanently removed from graduate study at the University and whose degree candidacy has been terminated because of a serious disciplinary matter. Expelled students may not return to an enrolled status at the University. An expulsion is recorded on the transcript.

Revocation of Degree 

A discontinued status for former students whose degree was awarded but then revoked by the Graduate School because of a serious disciplinary matter related to work performed or submitted for the degree. Students whose degree is revoked may not return to an enrolled status at the University. Revocation of degree is recorded on the transcript.