Drops & Withdrawals

If you’re unable to complete your UW course for any reason, you must withdraw in writing to Registration Services by the deadlines below. You must also take whatever necessary steps at your school to drop the course. There are no refunds for withdrawing from a course.

How to Withdraw from a Course

To officially withdraw from a course, you must email c2reg@uw.edu with your full name, UW Student ID number, course name, six-digit registration number and a statement indicating you wish to withdraw from the course. This request can also be faxed or mailed to:

Continuum College
Registration Services
Box 45010
Seattle, WA 98145-0010
Fax: 206-685-9359

Only students can make a withdrawal request; requests made by parents/guardians or instructors are not accepted.

Once a withdrawal request is processed, you’ll receive a transaction summary in the mail. A "W" will follow the course title on your UW transcript. If you use your “annual drop,” the "W" will also be followed by the equivalent week of the quarter in which you dropped the class. You will not receive a grade for the course.

Deadlines

The deadline for your withdrawal request varies depending on how many courses you’re taking for UW credit and whether it’s a first-semester, second-semester or yearlong course.

The drop deadline applies only if you are taking multiple courses that registered in the same term and you want to drop one while remaining enrolled in the others. This is referred to as your “annual drop.” You can only drop one course during an academic year.

If you’re enrolled in a single course or several, and you decide you don’t want to receive UW credit for any of them, you can withdraw from them up until the dates listed below. Unlike dropping a course, there are no limits on withdrawing from courses during an academic year.

If you do not withdraw from a class by the appropriate deadline, your teacher will still have to submit a final UW grade for you, and that grade may be a failing grade.

 

Registration Drop Deadline Use of Annual Drop Withdrawal Deadline
UW Autumn Quarter/UWHS First-Semester and Yearlong Courses
Registered in one first-semester course N/A No The last day of the first semester at the high school or January 26, 2018, whichever comes first
Registered in one yearlong course N/A No The last day of class at the high school or June 15, 2018, whichever comes first
Registered in two or more first-semester courses December 8, 2017 Yes The last day of the first semester at the high school or January 26, 2018, whichever comes first
Registered in two or more yearlong courses March 16, 2018 Yes The last day of class at the high school or June 15, 2018, whichever comes first
Registered in two or more courses (at least one first-semester and one yearlong) First-semester course: December 8, 2017 Yes The last day of the first semester at the high school or January 26, 2018, whichever comes first
  Yearlong course: March 16, 2018  Yes  
UW Winter Quarter/UWHS Second-Semester Courses
Registered in one second-semester course N/A No The last day of class at the high school or June 15, 2018, whichever comes first
Registered in two or more second-semester courses May 4, 2018 Yes The last day of classed at the high school or June 15, 2018, whichever comes first

Hardship Withdrawals

A hardship situation such as student illness is the only potential exception to the withdrawal deadlines. In cases of hardship, you can petition for a hardship withdrawal up to one year from your initial registration for UW credit. If approved, an “HW” will replace your grade on your transcript. The process for making a hardship withdrawal petition is the same as withdrawing from a course, with the addition of providing documentation (e.g., doctor’s note) of the hardship situation.