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Course Withdrawal

  • Revision Approval Date: 9/6/16
  • Revision Effective Date: 9/6/16
  • Issuing Authority: Provost
  • Implementing Office: Office of the Provost


Withdrawal from a course after the official course add/drop period affords a student the means to adjust course load through a significant part of an academic term in accordance to the official course withdrawal deadlines.


Students may withdraw from a course during the withdrawal period beginning at the end of the Add/Drop Period through the following dates:

Term System Close of Withdrawal Period
Quarter Friday of Week 7
Semester Friday of Week 11
Accelerated Term Friday of Week 3

A withdrawal from a course will result in a grade of “W” being reflected on a student’s transcript with no impact to the student’s term and cumulative grade point average (GPA).

A course withdrawal is not permitted in situations involving academic dishonesty. A course withdrawal that was processed before a final sanction of academic dishonesty is applied will revert to the grade assigned by the instructor in accordance with the Academic Integrity Policy.


All students except JD and MD.


PROCESS: Course Withdrawal

  • Process for course withdrawal: The Withdrawal form is obtained at DrexelCentral [PDF]. A student must secure instructor’s and advisor’s signatures or e-mail correspondence as verification of a discussion regarding his/her performance and progress in the program. The student submits the Withdrawal form to Drexel Central.
  • Impact on the student’s academic record:
    • Withdrawal from a course results in a grade of “W” being reflected on a student’s transcript with no impact to the grade point average (GPA).
    • If no action is taken by a student on term course registration, the registration schedule will remain.
  • Late or retroactive withdrawal is generally not entertained. A student unable to withdraw from a course due to exigent circumstances after the close of the add/drop period may consider submitting a late registration appeal.
  • Withdrawal from a course may impact a student’s ability to progress in the major, as in the case of withdrawal from pre-requisite courses or a student’s eligibility for financial aid as described in the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the accuracy of his/her course registration and to make appropriate changes as needed. Consultation with the student’s academic advisor is strongly recommended.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to understand the impact of any change to course registration to his/her enrollment status (full-time vs. part-time) and financial aid eligibility. Course registration adjustments may impact billing and financial aid eligibility. Adding or dropping 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 discuss the decision to withdraw with:
    • the course instructor to assess their performance and progress in the course and determine if withdrawal is warranted;
    • their academic advisor to explore the impact of withdrawal on reasonable progress in the program given pre-requisite standards and potential course sequencing limitations; and
    • Drexel Central representative to review impact of withdrawal on billing and current and future financial aid eligibility.