Dropping a Course

When you drop a course, it must be done online by the drop deadline published in the Academic Calendar for that term. There are different drop deadlines for summer term – each session has specific deadlines which are posted in the Academic Calendar. If you drop a course by the deadline, the course will be removed from your schedule and you are not responsible for the tuition and fees associated with the course.

How to Drop a Course

Watch the Drop or Withdraw from Courses video  to get started.

To drop a course, login to MyOregonState as follows:

  • Log into MyOregonState
  • Select the Academics tab
  • Under Academic Resources, click on Register/Add/Drop Classes
  • Select the term and click Submit.
  • Find the course you wish to drop and use the drop down box next to it to choose Drop Course.
  • Click the Submit Changes button at the bottom of the page.

The page will reload. Scroll to the bottom to verify that the course was dropped by verifying that the course status column indicates “dropped” and the date of the transaction.

Withdrawing from a Course

Dropping a course after the drop deadline is considered a course withdrawal. If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must do so by the withdrawal from course deadline published in the Academic Calendar. There are different withdraw from course deadlines for summer term – each session has specific deadlines which are posted in the Academic Calendar. When a course is withdrawn you are assigned a grade of W. The W grade is recorded on your student record and does appear on your transcript. The W grade is non-punitive and has no effect on your GPA. You may be responsible for a portion of the tuition and fees associated with the course.

How to Withdraw from a Course

To withdraw from a course, login to MyOregonState as follows:

  • Log into MyOregonState
  • Select the Academics tab
  • Under Academic Resources, click on Register/Add/Drop Classes
  • Select the term and click Submit.
  • Find the course you wish to drop and use the drop down box next to it to choose Withdraw Course.
  • Click the Submit Changes button at the bottom of the page.

The page will reload. Scroll to the bottom to verify that the course was dropped by verifying that the course status column indicates “withdrawn” and the date of the transaction.

Related Academic Regulations

See Academic Regulation 12 to understand the rules related to withdrawing from individual courses.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between dropping a course and withdrawing?

A dropped course is removed from your schedule and does not appear on your academic transcript. A withdrawn course will appear on your transcript with a grade of W – it indicates the course was withdrawn after the drop period. The W grade does not affect your GPA.

If I have a hold on my student record, can I still withdraw from a course?

If you are unable to withdraw from a course by the published deadline due to a registration hold, you can contact the Office of the Registrar at registrars@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4331 for assistance.