The College of Letters & Science policy is that students must withdraw (withdrawal indicates that a student intends to stop attending classes for the current term/semester) from the term by the end of the 12th week of classes during the fall and spring terms. Students may not withdraw after the 12th week except in extremely unusual circumstances, and only with the approval of an academic dean.
If you are trying to withdraw from the term currently in session, please complete the form below:
A RETROACTIVE withdrawal is one that is requested AFTER the term has ended. If the term you are hoping to withdraw from occurred prior to the current term, please complete the following form:
Please note that the summer term withdrawal deadlines are usually the end of the three-quarters of the session, extended to the following Friday. For example:
To request a late withdrawal, you must BOTH
Please call L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans' Services at (608) 262-0617 to schedule an appointment to speak with an academic dean AFTER you have completed the Retroactive Withdrawal Request Form and submitted it.
A student MUST first read through the WITHDRAWING FROM UW-MADISON and Canceling Your Enrollment- Withdrawals information and THEN fill out the the information requested in the form below. Please note that in order to obtain a withdrawal after the official deadline, it is important that an individual provides strong documentation of verifiable circumstances beyond a student's control which prevented the student from withdrawing in a timely manner. Extenuating circumstances should have occurred and can be well documented. Examples of documentation that should be provided are as follows:
Death of a family member or friend
Medical Issues (serious illness, hospitalization, mental health, change in health status)
Please feel free to provide written feedback from your instructor(s) regarding your class participation and academic performance if you believe this information would be helpful to the academic dean reviewing your situation.
Providing documentation is not a guarantee that a student's request to withdraw or retroactively withdraw will be granted. Earning a poor grade in a course (or courses), not being aware of deadlines, or not receiving feedback on examinations until after the deadline are a few examples that are not considered strong reasons for obtaining a withdrawal after the deadline. Students on F1 or J1 visas should consult with International Student Services to determine whether they are eligible to withdraw after the official deadline.
This form must be submitted at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment with an academic dean. If we have not received the form at that point, we will ask that you reschedule your appointment.
After filling out the form below, a student must call the L&S Undergraduate Academic Deans' Services at (608)262-0617 to schedule an appointment to speak with an academic dean. Please note that a student will not automatically get an appointment to speak with an academic dean just by filling out the form below.
Please make sure that you print a copy of the information - before you hit "SUBMIT" - to keep for your records.**
All Fields Below are Required to be Answered