Dropping Courses

Dropping Courses

Before dropping a course, students should consult with their Postbac Premed advisors. Dropping courses not only affects a student's academic progress, but also may have consequences for financial aid, housing eligibility, visa status, or health insurance. There is no refund of tuition for individual courses dropped after the last day of the change of program period.

A student has three opportunities within a semester to officially drop a course, but different consequences apply at each stage. In no case may a student drop a course after the eleventh week of classes, unless withdrawing from an entire program. Students should consult the Postbac Calendar for the exact dates of each of these deadlines. Students are responsible for completing and filing the appropriate paperwork (Registration & Add/Drop form) with the Postbac Premed Program office by the published deadlines.

Please note:

  • Drop deadlines cannot be extended for any reason, including the timing of midterms and grade reporting.
  • Ceasing to attend classes or simply notifying the instructor does not constitute dropping a course.
  • Students dropping the last or only class in which they are enrolled should notify their advisors that they would like to withdraw for the term.

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Dropping a Course During the Change of Program Period

A student may drop a course within the first two weeks of classes, which is the officially designated change of program period. Courses may be dropped online. Courses dropped within this period do not appear on a student's permanent transcript and incur no tuition charges. Students dropping their entire course load will not be allowed to do so online but must consult with their advisors and request to withdraw from the term. (See the Leaves of Absence and Withdrawals page.)

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Dropping a Course After the Change of Program Period

After the close of the change of program period, students may drop a course by the late drop deadline, which falls after the fifth week of classes. Courses dropped after the change of program date but prior to the late drop deadline will not appear on a student's permanent transcript, but students will be charged full tuition for the course. An Add/Drop form must be completed by the student and signed by the Postbac Premed advisor by the specified deadline.

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Dropping a Course After the Late Drop Deadline

After the late drop deadline, students may drop a course by the final drop deadline. Courses dropped after the late drop deadline but prior to the final drop deadline (in the eleventh week of classes) will be recorded on the transcript with the notation “W” (withdrawal). The W is a permanent mark and will remain on the transcript even if the student repeats the course. Students are charged full tuition for individual courses from which they selectively withdraw. An Add/Drop form must be completed by the student and signed by the Postbac Premed advisor by the specified deadline.

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