What does it mean to get a “W” in a class?
It means you have withdrawn from the class after the semester has begun. You do not receive a refund for the course, and it remains on your transcript. Your grade is recorded as a W.
Are there consequences to getting a “W”?
A W is GPA-neutral, but there may be other consequences for students who drop multiple classes. It can affect your Financial Aid, your housing, or your athletic eligibility, especially if you drop below full-time. Be sure to talk to your advisor or a counselor in the Academic Success Center with any specific questions.
Is there a limit to the number of courses I can take a “W” in?
No, there is no limit. However, at a certain point, the University will begin to charge you a fee for each drop. Please familiarize yourself with the course drop fee policy through Registrar’s Office.
What should I do before I decide to drop a class with a “W”?
- Meet with the professor of the course to get an accurate sense of your standing in the class. See how the professor thinks you should handle your situation.
- Use academic support resources on campus like The Learning Center, The Writing Center, or a study group that you form yourself.
- Contact your academic advisor to make sure you understand the consequences for your degree progression.
- Meet with an Academic Counselor in the Academic Success Center to talk about study strategies that might be able to help you.
When is the deadline to decide to drop a class with a “W”?
That changes every semester, but it will always be published on the Registrar’s website under Important Dates and Deadlines.
What is the procedure for initiating a “W”?
Students with less than 60 credit hours or a less than 2.0 GPA go to Lee Hall, Room 115, to see a counselor and obtain a drop card.
Students with more than 60 credit hours and a 2.0 GPA or higher go to their academic dean.
If you are registered with our online RN-to-BSN program, you should email name, ULID, and drop request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are registered with one of our other online programs, please email your name, ULID, and drop request to email@example.com.
What if I need to drop a class after the deadline?
For the most part, you do not have the option to drop a single class after the deadline. However, you may appeal to the academic dean of your college. You need to present documentation of extenuating circumstances. These might include prolonged medical problems, a death in the immediate family, natural disaster, or military obligations.
For more information, please consult the Office of the University Registrar.