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Withdrawing from a Course

Undergraduate students may withdraw from a course during the “withdrawal period”. The Academic Calendar provides dates for each term and program type, including quarter, semester, and accelerated programs. The Academic Calendar establishes term deadlines.

You must first secure the instructor’s signature on the Add/Drop/Withdraw form as verification of a discussion regarding your performance and progress in the course. 

You must meet with your academic advisor to discuss the performance in the course and program as well as to explore potential impacts of withdrawal on their program plan of study. The advisor’s signature denotes that the decision to withdraw and the impacts of this action have been discussed with you. Withdrawal forms will not be considered complete without the advisor’s signature.

You need to submit the form to Drexel Central where financial counseling can also be obtained. Appeals submitted to Drexel Central after the deadline will not be accepted or processed and must be advanced as a late appeal.

Quarter System Students

If you’re on the quarter system, the withdrawal period lasts from the beginning of the third week through the end of the seventh week of the term. Specifically, withdrawal from a course taken on the quarter system must be executed by close of the business day on the Friday of the seventh week of the term.

Semester Students

If you’re on the semester system, the withdrawal period lasts from fifteen days after the first day of the semester until the last day of the semester.

Saturday Scholars

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Saturday scholar courses (which normally last five weeks) are advised that the “withdrawal period” lasts from Monday of the second week through the end of the fourth week in the Saturday Scholar schedule.

Accelerated Courses

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in accelerated courses (which normally last five weeks) are advised that the “withdrawal period” lasts from Monday of the second week through the end of the third week of the quarter. Withdrawal from accelerated courses must be executed by close of the business day of the third week of the quarter. 

Impacts

Note that dropping or withdrawing from courses can have serious financial and academic implications, possibly affecting billing, financial aid, VA benefits, eligibility to participate in NCAA athletic events and, for international students, immigration status. Students are strongly encouraged to thoroughly discuss their decision with their academic advisor and Drexel Central representative before making the decision to withdraw. You are considered the responsible party for any and all transactions processed against your academic records and are wholly accountable for making the determination to withdraw. 

Transcript

Withdrawal from a course will result in the name of the course and a grade of “W” being reflected on the student’s transcript. A “W” indicates that the course was attempted but not completed. 

Academic Progress

Withdrawal from a course may impact your ability to progress in the major, as in the case of withdrawal from pre-requisite courses; or your eligibility for financial aid as described in the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. Given these impacts, you’re strongly encouraged to discuss this decision before withdrawing from a course. You’re advised to consult with the course instructor to assess their performance and progress in the course and determine if withdrawal is warranted; and your academic advisor to explore the impact of withdrawal on reasonable progress in the program given pre-requisite standards and potential course sequencing limitations; and a financial aid counselor to review impact of withdrawal on current and future aid eligibility.