Drop vs. Withdraw

It is important to note the distinction between these two words and to use them correctly. A student may add/drop/withdrawal from an individual course as defined below. The appropriate technical dean/program manager is ultimately responsible for monitoring the drop and withdrawal process. Students may also withdraw from their entire program or be withdrawn by the institution. 

Student Initiated Withdrawal

Students who want to withdraw from all classes must notify their academic program manager/dean, who will submit a Complete Withdrawal form on behalf of the student.

Add a Class

  • A class may be added no later than the first 5 days of the semester

Drop a Class

  • A class may be dropped within the first 5 days of the semester.
  • Students who have not attended the first 5 days of the semester will be dropped from the class
    • Instructors should monitor first week's attendance, and then initiate the drop process
  • Drop forms are submitted to the Registrar's Office.
  • Exceptions occur if a student has communicated with the instructor about missing the first 5 days of class
  • Dropped classes will not appear on a student's transcript and will not have a impact on the GPA

Withdraw from a Class

  • Students may withdraw from a class during the timeframe between the 6th day of the semester and the end of week 14 (week 7 for summer session)
  • Instructors should initiate withdrawals per any of the Institutional Initiated Withdrawal circumstances
  • The class will remain on the student’s transcript with a grade of W and will not have an impact on the GPA
  • Students cannot withdraw from a class once a letter grade has been earned