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FAQS: November 16, 2020

November 30, 2020 at 10:59 PM EST.


Normally students may drop four credits or one course from the end of schedule adjustment period through the 10th week of class with a W. This fall, the deadline has been extended to November 30.

A grade of W is used to indicate withdrawal from a course after the end of the schedule adjustment period.


In order to support academic success, students have been given additional time this semester to consider dropping a course. This extension gives students an additional option for classes in which they may be facing difficulties.


  • A grade of W is not used in the calculation of the GPA, but W is considered an attempt per Repeat Course Guidelines. Please see the guidelines or an academic advisor to understand the impact on your progress towards degree.
  • This is particularly important for students applying to a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP). For LEPS, only one gateway or performance review course may be repeated to earn the required grade and that course may only be repeated once. Please note that a grade of "W" is considered an attempt and must be repeated.
  • Graduate students, and in particular those with an assistantship, should refer to the Graduate School's announcement on Dropping a Graduate Course or Withdrawing from all Courses.


If you are unsure of how dropping a class will impact your academic progress, please contact your academic advisor.


If you are struggling with more than one course and wish to request an exception to drop an additional class, please contact the academic advisor in your college.


Withdrawing from a class or classes for the fall 2020 semester will not impact the financial aid that is provided to you for the fall 2020 semester. Your future semester/term financial aid eligibility may be impacted because of withdrawal of classes due to the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements you have to meet to maintain financial aid eligibility. Please visit www.financialaid.umd.edu/resources-policies to learn more about the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.


Please contact the Athletic Office.


No. Students may still withdraw from the entire semester until Monday, December 14, 2020. Please consult with an academic advisor if you have questions or need assistance.




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Students may withdraw from a maximum of 4 credits or one course until Nov. 30, with a W recorded on their transcripts (which does not affect GPA), through Testudo.

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