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Withdrawing from a Course

Undergraduate students may withdraw from a course during the withdrawal period (see the different student schedules for information about withdrawing time frames and dates on the Academic Calendar). Courses withdrawn from will be present on a student's transcript with a grade indication of "W", which indicates that the course was attempted but not completed. 

Students considering withdrawing from a course should:

  • Meet with their instructor and get the instructor's signature on the Course Withdrawal Form [PDF] as verification of a discussion regarding their performance and progress in the course.
  • Meet with their academic advisor to discuss performance in the course and program as well as to explore potential impacts of withdrawing 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 the student. Withdrawal forms will not be considered complete without the advisor's signature.
  • 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 directed to the student's academic advisor.

Be aware that 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 — their immigration status. Additionally, it may impact your ability to progress in your major, as in the case of withdrawing from prerequisite courses, or your eligibility for financial aid as described in the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

Students are strongly encouraged to thoroughly discuss their decision with their course instructor, academic advisor, and Drexel Central representative before making the decision to withdraw. Students are considered the responsible party for any and all transactions processed against their academic records and are held accountable for making the determination to withdraw. 

  Withdrawal Time Frame
Quarter Students Week 2 to Week 7 of quarter. All course withdrawals must be executed by close of the business day on the Friday of Week 7 of the quarter.
Semester Students Week 3 to Week 11 of semester. All course withdrawals must be executed by close of the business day on the Friday of Week 11 of the semester.
Saturday Scholars  Week 2 to Week 4 in accordance with the Saturday Scholars schedule.
Accelerated Courses  Week 2 to Week 3. Withdrawal from accelerated courses must be executed by close of the business day on the Friday of Week 3 of the quarter.

Web Course Withdrawal

The University is currently piloting a new process for withdrawing from courses electronically, via DrexelOne. For the 2019–2020 spring quarter, students in the following colleges will be able to withdraw from courses online:

  • College of Computing and Informatics
  • LeBow College of Business
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship
  • Pennoni Honors College
  • Goodwin College of Professional Studies
  • Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
  • Dornsife School of Public Health

In order to electronically withdraw from a course, students in the above listed colleges and schools will should:

  • Log in to DrexelOne.
  • Navigate to the Academics tab.
  • Select the "Register for Courses" button.
  • From the new menu, select "Register for Courses."
  • Choose "Spring Quarter 2019–2020" from the drop-down menu and select "Continue."
  • In the "Summary" window is the listing of your spring courses. In the "Action" column, select the "Web Withdrawal" option for the course you wish to withdraw from.
  • Select the "Submit" button.

Restrictions

The following restrictions will prevent a student from withdrawing via DrexelOne:
  • Withdrawing from non-web viewable courses (likely, if the student was registered for a course by the academic department or college, it is non-web viewable). Students should speak to their academic advisor to withdraw from these courses.
  • If withdrawing from the course will violate visa requirements. More information can be found on International Student and Scholars webpage.
  • If you have a hold that impacts your ability to register for courses, such as a financial hold. Students should speak to their academic advisor to withdraw from these courses.
  • Withdrawing from all classes for the term. Students should speak to their academic advisor if they are considering withdrawing from all courses for a term.

Once the pilot period for this new process is complete, the University will be offering electronic course withdrawal to all students.