You are considered enrolled at UW–Madison if, starting on the first day of that term, you are enrolled in at least one course, even if you haven’t paid your tuition yet or gone to a class.
If you decide to not attend UW–Madison for a term, and you have already enrolled in at least one course, you will either CANCEL your enrollment or WITHDRAW from the university, depending on the timing.
Withdrawing or canceling will significantly limit your eligibility to use university services and participate in university activities. It may affect financial-aid benefits and, for International students, affect your valid visa status.
If you want to stop taking one class but keep taking others, you will drop that class and stay enrolled.
Canceling your enrollment means that you are dropping all of your classes before the first day of the classes’ sessions. If you cancel your enrollment by that deadline, your UW–Madison transcript will not show any record for that session.
All classes are scheduled in blocks of weeks called sessions. The majority of classes take place in the “Regular” (A1) 15-week session. However, some classes are just a few weeks long, and take place in sessions with alphabet codes like AJJ or GFE. The Fall, Spring, and Summer terms are the collection of all the sessions that are scheduled during that term’s dates.
Cancel Fall and Spring Regular sessions.
Simply drop all your enrolled courses by 11:59 pm, the day before the first day of the session. Next deadline:
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All other sessions, including any Summer term course.
Drop the course by 11:59 pm, on the Sunday starting the first week of your session.
Example: You enrolled in a three-week class that first meets on Wednesday, June 14 at 8:50 am. If you drop that course by 11:59 on Sunday, June 11, you will have canceled your enrollment.
Withdrawal from UW–Madison
If the session(s) for your enrolled course(s) has begun, and you no longer want to attend UW–Madison for that term, then you will formally withdraw from the university.
The academic dean of your school/college makes the decisions around your withdrawal and can answer your specific questions. Find your academic dean.
Withdrawal deadlines: credits, grades, and transcript
Up to a certain day each session, you can withdraw and have no record of enrolled classes for that term on your transcript.
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If you withdraw after the first deadline, your transcript will show that you withdrew and any courses that you were still enrolled in will show as dropped (“DR”). No other letter grades will show for those classes.
There is a second deadline late in each term, after which you cannot initiate a withdrawal on your own in Student Center. Such requests need to be made directly to your academic dean.
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If you stop attending classes or do not take final exams, and have not withdrawn from the university, you may have grades of F recorded. Your enrolled classes and grades for that term will remain on your transcript.
Find the right dates for your enrolled classes in Course Search & Enroll. In the section details, select “Session dates & deadlines” — which opens a pop-up showing the add, drop, and tuition adjustment dates for that class.
GPA. — Your grade-point average isn’t affected by dropped (“DR”) courses.
Progress toward degree. — When you withdraw, none of your in-progress classes or credits will count toward your degree. When you return to classes, you may be eligible to retake those courses. Please check with your advisor before you begin your withdrawal to review your academic plan and look ahead to future terms.
If you have already completed a class in that term. — If you have already completed a class offered in a shorter session, you cannot withdraw from the term. You can drop your remaining classes if the final drop deadlines for those classes’s sessions have not passed. The completed class’s grades and credits will remain on your transcript. If the drop deadlines have passed, please consult with your advisor or academic dean’s office for advice about your specific situation.
How your official withdrawal date is determined
The day that you submit your online withdrawal request, unless otherwise determined by your academic dean’s office, will be considered your official withdrawal date.
Your advisor or your academic dean might ask to meet with you to discuss your withdrawal and help you make a plan for returning, before their final approval is given. Your official withdrawal date will still hold, no matter what the follow-up process might be.
That official date is used to determine how your courses should be recorded on your transcript, and whether you are eligible for an adjustment (refund) on your tuition for that term.
Your tuition assessment after withdrawing
Some students who initiate their withdrawal before certain deadlines may be eligible for a full or partial tuition refund. Your official withdrawal date is used for these calculations.
The Regular (15-week) session has a 100% and a 50% adjustment deadline.
Other sessions may have a 100%, a 50%, and a 25% adjustment deadline, or some combination, or none at all, depending on how many weeks long the sessions is (and other factors).
Other impacts of withdrawing
When you are not an enrolled UW–Madison student, you will not have access to many services, such as UW libraries, Housing, UW Athletics, University Health Services, campus IT services, etc. Please contact the services you use to understand how you will be affected when you withdraw.
Your netID will always be valid and you will have access to Student Center after you are no longer enrolled.
Financial aid. — If you are attending UW–Madison with student loans, grants, scholarships, or other tuition support, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to learn what changes your withdrawal will make to your aid. Start with their “Leaving UW” information.
Veterans benefits. — If you have Wisconsin or Federal G.I. Bill tuition benefits, please contact the Veteran Services & Military Assistance Center (VSMAC). If you are being called to active duty, contact VSMAC for help and talk with your advisor. UW–Madison has a special policy for enrolled students called to active U.S. military service.
International students. — Please contact International Student Services to understand how changing your enrollment affects your visa conditions. ISS permission is required before you can withdraw. Read more here.
Student-athletes. — Please contact your advisor in the Office of Student-Athlete Academic Services before initiating a withdrawal.
Returning to UW–Madison
If you withdraw for one term, you will automatically be eligible to enroll for the following term. If you withdraw from the Fall term, you will be eligible to enroll for Spring courses. If you withdraw from the Spring term, you will be eligible to enroll for Summer and Fall courses. An enrollment appointment time will be assigned for you automatically, and displayed in MyUW and Course Search & Enroll.
Did you cancel your enrollment?
You need to apply for reentry to be eligible to enroll in future terms (see “Cancel enrollment” above).
Already enrolled in future courses?
Your withdrawal only affects your classes for one term. For example, if you withdraw from the Fall term in November after you already enrolled in some Spring classes, you are still considered enrolled in those Spring courses and you are eligible to return to class in January.
If you do not intend to maintain your enrollment in a future term, you must drop any enrolled classes for that term. If you withdraw in November and do not plan to attend UW–Madison in the spring either, then you must drop those Spring term classes (in addition to completing your withdrawal for the Fall term). If you drop the Spring classes before the start of the Spring term, you will be canceling your enrollment (see “Cancel enrollment” above).
Gone for more than one term?
If you withdraw from a Fall or Spring term, and are not enrolled for the next Fall or Spring term, then you will need to apply for reentry admission.