Withdrawing from a class or from the College
There are multiple parts of a term in every semester, and there are three distinct date ranges for each part of term:
- The add/drop period - dropping a class during this period will result in the complete removal of the course from your record.
- The withdraw period - withdrawing from a class during this period will result in a grade of WD on your transcript. This grade will not affect your GPA. On the "deadlines" page, this date is noted as "Last day to WD without academic penalty."
- The withdraw/fail period - withdrawing from a class during this period will result in a grade of WF on your transcript. This grade calculates as an F in your GPA. On the "deadlines" page, this period begins after the "Last day to WD without academic penalty."
The deadlines for add/drop, withdraw, and withdraw-fail are all posted online:
Courses that run for part of the term have different add/drop/withdraw schedules than those that run the entire term. Please carefully review the academic deadline schedule for the deadlines to add and drop these courses.
Note that withdrawing from a class may impact your financial aid. You should consult with Student Financial Services prior to withdrawing.
HOW TO WITHDRAW:
Complete Withdrawals:If a student wishes to withdraw from all of his/her classes in a term, s/he may submit the complete withdraw form. This form may be used at any time:
- If the complete withdraw form is submitted during the add/drop period, all courses will be completely removed from the record.
- If the complete withdraw form is submitted during the withdraw period, the student will receive a grade of WD for all active courses.
- If the complete withdraw form is submitted during the withdraw/fail period, the student will receive a grade of WF for all active courses.
NOTE that if a student is enrolled for multiple terms, the form must be specific as to which term s/he wishes to withdraw. If a student is registered for spring and summer, but the complete withdraw form is only submitted for the spring semester, the student will not be removed from his/her summer classes.
Schedule Adjustments (dropping or withdrawing one or more classes, but not dropping or withdrawing from all classes):
Any schedule adjustments made (adding, dropping, or withdrawing) after the end of the add/drop period for a class must be done by the Registrar's Office.
Students in on-campus programs must submit either a Request to Withdraw card or a Request to Add a Restricted Course card with an adviser's signature (adding a course may also require the instructor's signature and/or proper approval to override Program/Campus Restriction). This policy applies even if you are enrolled in an online class.
Students in online and hybrid programs must notify the Registrar's office in writing. To do this:
- Send an e-mail from the student's UC e-mail account (we will not accept any kind of schedule adjustment from a non-UC account) to email@example.com
- Specify the semester (term and year) to be adjusted
- Specify which class you wish to drop/withdraw - we need to know the course prefix and number (e.g., ANT 415 or BIO 208)
- The drop/withdraw will be processed according to the deadline policy
NOTE: If an online student wishes to withdraw from the College completely, s/he may submit a complete withdraw form.
Withdrawing from a class or from the College may have implications on your financial aid and/or your student loan deferment status. We highly recommend that you speak with Student Financial Services prior to withdrawing.
Click here for information about unofficial withdrawal due to non-attendance.