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Dropping Classes

Sometimes life happens, and you need to drop a class or even all of them. You have options, but you must be aware of important deadlines.

Dropping Classes Before the Add/Drop Deadline

If you no longer want to be in a class, you will need to officially remove yourself by dropping the class online. You can do this at no cost until the add/drop deadline.

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Dropping ALL Classes

Discontinue from All Classes

If you do not take classes for credit for one semester, you will be taking a leave of absence. You cannot take a leave of absence the first semester you’re admitted.

Be aware that if you drop all your classes between the first day of the semester/term and the add/drop deadline, a withdraw date will be posted on your record summary, but not your official transcript.

Dropping Classes After the Add/Drop Deadline

If you need to remove yourself from a class after the Add/Drop deadline, your option is to withdraw. You have until the withdraw deadline to decide, which is the 10th week of a semester or 6th week of a term. A “W” grade will be put on your transcript. It is not a negative mark, but a neutral grade that does not affect your GPA. You will also be charged $10 per class. Withdrawing may affect your scholarship, financial aid, tuition, housing or employment if you withdraw below a certain number of credit hours. If you withdraw from all of your classes after the add/drop deadline, a withdraw date will also be posted on your official transcript.

Have scholarships or financial aid?

If you choose to withdraw or discontinue, it could affect your aid. Check out the financial aid withdrawal and discontinuance policies.

After the Withdraw Deadline

If a non-academic extenuating circumstance arises after the Withdraw deadline, you may petition to be withdrawn. If the petition is denied, you will get whatever grade you’ve earned in the class.

Incomplete Contracts

If you do not want to withdraw, but would like to finish the class, you may request an Incomplete Contract if you have attended and are passing the class at the time of the discontinuance deadline.

Withdrawing ALL Classes

Go to the Discontinuance website to learn how to withdraw from all of your classes.  If you do not finish classes for one semester, you will be taking a leave of absence.

Academic Dishonesty

The university reserves the right to assign a failing grade for academic dishonesty reasons even if you are able to withdraw yourself from the class before the failing grade has been assigned.