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Withdraw/Drop from a Class

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It means you have withdrawn from the class after the semester has begun.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”?

  1. 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.
  2. Use academic support resources on campus like The Learning Center, The Writing Center, or a study group that you form yourself.
  3. Contact your academic advisor to make sure you understand the consequences for your degree progression.
  4. 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 rn2bsnadvisor@louisiana.edu.

If you are registered with one of our other online programs, please email your name, ULID, and drop request to bette@louisiana.edu.

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.