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Withdrawal Information

After consultation with their academic advisor and the instructor of the course, a student may withdraw from any course.  Withdrawing from a course:

  • Must be done before 5:00 pm on the date of the Withdrawal Deadline published by the Office of the Registrar but shouldn't be done until after the add / drop period.
  • Will NOT result in a refund and could cause the student to owe the University.
  • Will affect satisfactory academic progress as related to academic standing and financial aid.
  • Will prevent the course from counting towards the twelve (12) credit hours required for full time enrollment status.
  • Will result in a grade of "W" on the student's academic transcript. Students are permitted to withdrawal from a maximum of sixteen (16) credit hours during their career at Western Carolina University.  Any withdrawal beyond the limit will result in a grade of Withdrew-Failing "WF" which will affect the semester and cumulative GPA as if it were an "F".

How to Withdraw From a Course

The course withdrawal process for all students regardless of level or student type is completed in the student's myWCU and must be done before 5:00 pm on the date of the withdrawal deadline.

Students with Holds preventing registration (such as balance due) will not be able to withdraw themselves. Please email registrar@wcu.edu and include your 920# and the course you would like to be withdrawn from. This email must be received before 5:00 pm on the date of the withdrawal deadline.

Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Below are the charts of withdrawal deadlines, listed by semester.

Part of Term Course Start Date Course End Date Withdrawal Deadline
First 8 Weeks January 13th March 6th February 7th
Last 8 Weeks March 9th May 1st April 3rd
Full Term January 13th May 1st March 20th
PART OF TERM COURSE START DATE COURSE END DATE WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE
MINIMESTER MAY 11TH MAY 26TH MAY 19TH
MINIMESTER EXTENDED MAY 11TH JUNE 10TH MAY 27TH
FIRST 8 WEEKS MAY 11TH JULY 2ND JUNE 10TH
FULL TERM MAY 11TH AUGUST 14TH JULY 7TH
FIRST 4.5 WEEKS JUNE 3RD JULY 1ST JUNE 18TH
FIRST 4.5 WEEKS EXTENDED JUNE 1ST JULY 24TH JULY 2ND
NINE WEEKS JUNE 3RD AUGUST 4TH JULY 8TH
LAST 8 WEEKS JUNE 22ND AUGUST 14TH JULY 23RD
LAST 5 WEEKS EXTENDED JUNE 24TH JULY 31ST JULY 13TH
LAST 4.5 WEEKS JULY 6TH AUGUST 4TH JULY 22ND
Travel Course MAY 11TH AUGUST 14TH JULY 8TH
Part of Term Course Start Date Course End Date Withdrawal Deadline
FIRST 8 WEEKS AUGUST 17TH OCTOBER 9TH SEPTEMBER 18TH
Last 8 Weeks OCTOBER 12TH DECEMBER 4TH NOVEMBER 13TH
FULL TERM AUGUST 17TH DECEMBER 4TH OCTOBER 23RD
Part of Term Course Start Date Course End Date Withdrawal Deadline
First 8 Weeks January 25th March 19th February 5th
Last 8 Weeks March 22nd May 14th April 2nd
Full Term January 25th May 14th March 19th
PART OF TERM COURSE START DATE COURSE END DATE WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE
MINIMESTER MAY 17TH JUNE 1st MAY 19TH
MINIMESTER EXTENDED MAY 17TH JUNE 15th MAY 27TH
FIRST 8 WEEKS MAY 17TH JULY 2ND JUNE 9TH
FULL TERM MAY 17TH AUGUST 20TH JULY 7TH
FIRST 4.5 WEEKS JUNE 2ND JULY 2ND JUNE 17TH
FIRST 4.5 WEEKS EXTENDED MAY 31ST JULY 23RD JULY 1ST
NINE WEEKS JUNE 2ND AUGUST 5TH JULY 7TH
LAST 8 WEEKS JULY 6TH AUGUST 20TH JULY 22ND
LAST 5 WEEKS EXTENDED JUNE 24TH JULY 31ST JULY 13TH
LAST 4.5 WEEKS JULY 6TH AUGUST 5TH JULY 21ST
Travel Course MAY 17TH AUGUST 20TH JULY 8TH

Whether a student is withdrawing from the current semester only or withdrawing completely from the University with no plans to return to Western Carolina University, the process is the same and is considered a University Withdrawal.

Withdrawing from the University after the start of the semester will result in a grade of "W" in all ungraded courses. Withdrawals resulting from a University Withdrawal do not count toward the state-mandated limit for course withdrawals. Withdrawing from all courses:

  • Must be done before the Withdrawal Deadline published by the Office of the Registrar.
  • May result in a partial refund (see refund policy).
  • Will affect satisfactory academic progress as related to academic standing and financial aid.
  • May not be used to avoid penalty as the result of academic misconduct.

Failure to withdraw (abandonment) will result in a grade of "F", and affect both GPA and academic standing.

 

How to Withdraw From the Semester

The University Withdrawal process for all students regardless of level or student type is initiated in the Office of Student Retention. Please contact us at: retention@wcu.edu or 828-227-7171

Post-Deadline University Withdrawal

There are three exceptions to the post-deadline University withdrawal policy that will allow a student to withdraw from all courses.  A student seeking an exception to the deadline must provide evidence (documentation) supporting the exception they are claiming.  These exceptions are:

 

Post-Deadline Course Withdrawal

A single course withdrawal is only permitted when the student is enrolled in more than one course but isn't requesting to be withdrawn from all courses.  The only exception to a post-deadline course withdrawal is a medical withdrawal.

  • Student must submit withdrawal request with supporting medical documentation to the College Dean of the course.
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