March 26, 2018 at 10:36 pm

Advising Tip | When, Why, and How to Withdraw from a Course

Tetyana Dovbnya, portrait

Tetyana Dovbnya

By Tetyana Dovbnya
Academic Advisor and International Student Advising Specialist

If you’re struggling in a course, have already discussed your grade with your professor, and don’t think it’s passable, you may consider withdrawing.

The last day to withdraw from a course is this Friday, March 30, at 5 p.m. When you withdraw from a course a WP (withdraw pass) or WF (withdraw fail) will be listed on your transcript depending on how you were doing at the time you left the course. While this may seem like a major flaw on your record, if you don’t have a long history of withdraws, it’s not going to affect your entire future.

However, you may want to speak with financial aid before you make the decision to drop the course to ensure that your funding won’t be affected. Additionally, international students have a hold on their records preventing them form withdrawing. Remember, as an international student, you need to be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours throughout the semester. Contact your ISFS advisor as soon as possible to discuss the possibility of withdrawal.

The bright side of withdrawing is that your GPA will be not be affected and you can still consider re-taking the course later if you need it for your major. For some students, this is a no-braine, but for others, it can be a big decision. So if you need to talk it through, contact your adviser or stop by during walk-in hours this Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m., and Thursday from 1-4 p.m.

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