Dropping a Course
What does it mean to drop a course?
If we are past the first week of the semester and you are doing poorly in a course, you have the option of dropping the course. As long as you drop the course by the deadline within the time frame allowed (before the first 2/3 of the semester is over), you will receive a grade of W on your transcript for the course. This does not affect your GPA, but appears on your transcript as a course drop.
If you are considering dropping a course, always consult your academic advisor first.
Things to be aware of if you are considering dropping a course:
- Full-time status is 12-18 credits. If dropping a course puts you below 12 credits, you are considered a part-time student. This could impact your housing (if applicable) and financial aid awards (including loans, scholarships, grants, etc.). You should always check with these offices before dropping below full-time status.
- Success in both math and science classes is critical for progress toward your science degree. If you choose to drop a math or science class, you will still be advised to retake the course during the next semester (in most cases) in order to make timely progress toward your degree.
Can I drop a course at the beginning of the semester without receiving a W?
Yes. If you make adjustments to your schedule during the first week of classes, there will be no academic record of the change. After the first week, the W period begins and spans the first 2/3 of the semester. Check the Academic Calendar for the deadline to drop a course along with other important dates.