Withdrawing from Semester/Term
Withdrawing from UW-Madison?
Students consider withdrawing from the colleges and universities in Wisconsin and around the US on a regular basis. Though the reasons for withdrawing may vary, some common themes are:
- Academic Difficulty
- Financial Problems
- Illness/Medical-related Issues
- Loss of interest in college
- Personal Problems
Whatever a student's reasons for withdrawing, there are a number of issues that a student should take into consideration when deciding whether or not withdrawing for a particular semester or term is the best option. It is very important that a student meet with his/her academic advisor before making any final decisions. For more detailed information about the withdrawal process, see what does it mean if I withdraw from the university.
In addition to speaking with one's academic advisor, a student who is planning to withdraw should also:
- Speak with the Office of Student Financial Aid. Students receiving financial aid should speak with their financial aid counselor since the official date of one's withdrawal will likely have a major impact on a student's financial aid package.
- Speak with University Housing. Students living in university residence halls will need to let the University Housing office know about their decision to withdraw.
A student who wishes to withdraw should be mindful that his/her NetID will be deactivated. More information about the deactivation process and forwarding one's UW-Madison wiscmail account at NetID Account Turnoff Procedure FAQ. General information about forwarding a Wiscmail account can be found at WiscMail/WiscMail Plus- Forwarding Email. UW-Madison Wiscmail accounts that are deactivated will be forwarded for six (6) months.