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Drop or Withdraw

Should You Drop or Withdraw from a Class?

Dropping or withdrawing from a class can impact your student record and financial aid.

Before you make your decision, use this table to understand potential impacts of your choice. We encourage you to meet with your instructor and advisor to help you with your decision.

Dropping a Course Withdrawing from a Course


You can drop a course within the first five days of the:

  • Fall semester
  • Spring semester
  • First summer session

Classes that don’t meet for the full length of a term, including weekend classes and those beginning after the fifth day of the first summer session, can be dropped through the end of the business day following the date that the course officially begins.

You may withdraw from any course after the drop period ends.

This must be before the withdrawal deadline, which occurs at approximately 80% of the length of the course.

Consult e-Services for withdrawal deadlines for classes that do not meet for the full term.


The course is removed from your academic record.

You’ll receive a grade of W on your academic record. The W doesn't count as credits attempted or earned when calculating your GPA. But a W in a course numbered 1000 or above is considered for satisfactory academic progress for enrollment and financial aid.

How To

Use e-Services to drop. Use e-Services to withdraw.

Class Participation

You’re not allowed to attend or participate in the course after you drop.

You’re not allowed to attend or participate in the course after you withdraw.


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