What does it mean to withdraw from the term?

If you are enrolled in classes and wish to drop/withdraw all of your classes for the term after the first day of the term, you are withdrawing from the term. In other words, withdrawal indicates that you intend to stop attending classes for the current term. The last day to withdraw from the term is Friday of Week 10 – the specific deadline dates are noted in the Academic Calendar.

Your transcript will reflect your withdrawal from the term in the form of a comment that indicates that you withdrew from the term and the effective date of the withdrawal. If the withdrawal is completed during the withdrawal period (weeks 3 to 10), all currently enrolled courses will be assigned a W grade indicating you withdrew from the courses after the drop period. The W grade indicates the course was not completed, no credits were earned, and it is not used in the computation of the grade-point average.

How do I withdraw from the term?

To withdraw from the term you must complete the 10-question withdrawal survey available in Online Services. If withdrawing from summer term, see the Summer Term Withdrawal section below.

  • Go to the Withdrawal Survey
  • Click "Withdraw from the Term for [Term/year]".
  • Answer the questions to conclude the withdrawal process. If you are receiving financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office to report your withdrawal.

You must confirm your intent to withdraw from the term by answering the first question. If you do not confirm your intention by answering the first question you will not be withdrawn from the term and will remain responsible for your enrolled courses. The remaining questions in the survey give you the opportunity to share your reasons for leaving the term and to indicate if you plan to return to OSU in the future.

After you have completed the Withdrawal Survey, it will be manually processed by the Office of the Registrar. This takes 1 to 2 business days. When this processing is completed, you will receive an email confirmation from the Office of the Registrar. Do not worry if the processing time goes past the drop/withdraw deadline. The report shows the date and time that you complete the survey – so as long as you complete it online before the relevant deadline, any drops/withdraws will be back-dated appropriately.

Summer Term Withdrawal

The withdrawal from the term process for students enrolled during summer term is different due to the multiple sessions. Summer withdrawals from the term are handled by the course level – each session has specific drop and withdraw from course deadlines which are posted in the Academic Calendar.  There is not a special withdraw from term deadline for summer sessions as there is during fall, winter, and spring terms. Students do not need to complete a Withdrawal Survey for summer term. Students withdraw from their course(s) individually and use the same steps used in the other terms:

  1. Login to MyOregonState,
  2. Click on the Academics tab,
  3. Under Academic Resources, click Register/Add/Drop Classes.
  4. Select the term, enter your registration PIN, click Submit.
  5. Select the course you want to withdraw from in the drop-down box.
  6. Click the Submit button at the bottom of the page. The page will reload.
  7. Scroll to the bottom to verify that you have withdrawn from the course. The course status column will show “Withdrawn” and the date of the transaction.

A student who has dropped or withdrew from all of their courses for summer term in accordance with posted deadlines will be considered as having withdrawn from the term. Term withdrawal processing is completed by the Office of the Registrar at the conclusion of the summer term.

A student who remains enrolled in a course(s) after the last day to withdraw from a course deadline for a session is responsible for completing the course(s) in that session or must petition for a late withdraw from course with the Academic Requirements Committee.

Related Academic Regulations

Students are limited to four withdrawals from the term during the course of their time at OSU (see Academic Regulation 13). This will not include students who withdraw from the term during the drop period, even though there is a comment on the transcript for those students who withdraw from the term during the drop period. The Office of the Registrar will only count term withdrawals after the end of the drop period as counting toward the four maximum, though all transcript and system processes will remain the same.

Note: Withdrawals resulting from a term withdrawal (as defined in Academic Regulation 13) do not count in the undergraduate 12-class withdrawal limit specified in Academic Regulation 12.

FAQs about Withdraw from the Term

Can I enroll again in the future?

Withdrawing from the current term does not affect your ability to enroll in future terms. Provided that you meet the enrollment eligibility requirements for continuing students you may enroll in courses online in accordance with established registration procedures.

How can I check how many withdrawals from the term I have?

To find the correct amount of term withdraws you have accrued, check your unofficial transcript: any term with a “Withdraw from the Term” (or “Withdraw from the University” – prior to Fall 2016) comment and courses with Ws will count toward the four allowed withdraws. If there is a comment with no registration on a term, this means you withdrew from all of your courses during the drop period, and this term will not count toward the four allowed withdraws.

What happens when I use all four?

Students who use all four withdrawals from term will receive a notice from the Office of the Registrar informing them that they have exhausted their withdrawals from term and any future withdrawal from term will require a petition with the Academic Requirements Committee.

What if I need an extra term to withdraw?

Students must petition for an additional term withdrawal to the Academic Requirements Committee after the maximum four term withdrawals has been reached. Petitions for exceptions to AR 13 are not guaranteed approval. For more information about the petition process, see Petition an Academic Regulation.

I didn't know dropping my courses on the first day of the term would result in a "withdraw from the term." Is this new? Does this count toward my four withdrawals?

To remove all registered courses without a "withdrawal from the term" comment on the academic transcript, one must do so before the first day of the term. However, any withdrawal from the term during the drop period will not count toward the four term withdrawals.

What if I’m enrolled for a future term and I don’t plan on attending OSU?

If you are enrolled in a future term and do not wish to be, you must cancel your registration for that term or you will remain enrolled in, and responsible for, your enrolled courses.