Dropping a Course

If a student wishes to drop a course (or courses), this means that the student will drop one or more classes from a specific semester or term while still staying enrolled in at least one course. For more information about dropping a course, please refer to what does it mean to drop a course. Students should always consult the drop deadline for each term.

  • Information about the drop deadlines for the fall and spring terms is located at Deadlines at a Glace on the Registrar's website under Enrollment Deadlines Information. Important deadlines can also be found at Dates and Deadlines on the Registrar's website.
  • Modular course deadlines are different from the regular drop deadlines in the fall or spring term. Information about these deadlines are located at modular courses.
  • For summer drop deadlines, students should consult the Key Deadlines information on the Registrar's homepage under Enrollment Deadlines.

Students on F-1 and J-1 student visas are required by regulations governing their status to enroll in a minimum of 12 credits during the fall and spring terms.   If you are a student on an F-1 or J-1 student visa who wishes to drop below full-time status (fewer than 12 credits), you must obtain permission from International Student Services (ISS).  For more information about full-time enrollment for international students, see full time enrollment and reduced course load.

If you are an L&S student athlete and need to drop below 12 credits, you must speak with your athletic advisor at the Fetzer Center to drop below full-time status during the academic year.  NCAA regulations require student athletes to maintain full-time status ( a minimum of 12 credits) during the fall and spring terms.  

If a student wishes to drop all of his/her classes and not stay enrolled in any classes for a specific semester or term, the student will need to formally withdraw from the semester. For more information about withdrawing, see what does it mean to withdraw from the university.