Dropping a Course in the Current Quarter

Current Quarter Drop 

The Current Quarter Drop process replaces the Annual Drop process as of Autumn quarter 2020. Starting Winter 2021, you may use the Current Quarter Drop through the last day of instruction.

Each quarter, you may add and drop classes with no restrictions until the end of the second week of the quarter  (the Unrestricted Drop period). After that, you may drop one class between Week 3 to the last day of instruction (the Late Course  Drop period) using MyUW. To drop more than one class during the Late Course Drop period,  use the Adviser-Assisted Drop Process.

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How to Drop a Class by Period

Weeks 1 & 2

Week 3 through Last Day of Instruction

Finals Week

Unrestricted Drop Period

Add and drop classes via MyUW with no restrictions untill end of Week 2

Late Course Drop Period

Use your Quarterly Drop for one class per quarter, or the Adviser-Assisted Drop form for two or more classes

After the Last Day of Instruction

Use the Former Quarter Drop process

Unrestricted Drop Period

Through the second week of the quarter, you can add and drop freely on MyUW. These drops will not show up on your transcript.  A $20 Change of Registration Fee is charged for all registration changes made on a single day beginning the 8th calendar day of the quarter.

Late Course Drop Period

Between Week 3 and the last day of instruction, there are two options for dropping classes:

Quarterly Drop on MyUW

You may drop one course per quarter using the self-serve Quarterly Drop via MyUW. (The Quarterly Drop replaced the Annual Drop in Autumn 2020).

Adviser-Assisted Drop Request Process

If you have already used your self-serve Quarterly Drop, if you want to drop more than one course, or you want to completely withdraw, use the Adviser-Assisted Drop process.

With the Adviser-Assisted Drop Request Process, you submit a form that sends an email to your adviser(s),  You should connect with your adviser(s) to discuss what you want to do, and the adviser(s) will then communicate with the UW Bothell registration team to drop the classes. Submitting the form does not automatically drop the courses. You must connect and communicate with you adviser(s).    

Before beginning the Adviser-Assisted Drop Request Process

  • Review the tuition forfeiture policy when considering dropping.
  • Decide which classes you want to drop, and get their SLNs (5-digit code) from the Registration page.
  • For international students on an F-1 visa, your Adviser-Assisted Drop Request will be sent to the Center for International Education.

          Current Quarter-Adviser Assisted Drop Request Form 


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Additional Information

  • Students take full responsibility for any ramifications from choosing to drop classes. 
  • Timeline: The Current Quarter Drop (self-serve Quarterly Drop via MyUW and Advisor-Assisted Drop Request) may be used during Week 3 to the last day of instruction of the current quarter.
  • Deadline: The student must submit the request form by the established deadline in order to be considered and processed by the registration team by the last date of instruction of the given quarter.
  • Advising Discussion: When contacted, students are responsible for discussing with their academic, program, degree adviser(s) to proceed with the drop process.
  • Advising: The adviser reviewing the drop request does not decide on the ability to drop the class(es). Rather, they advise the student on academic history and make sure the student has evaluated the risks and consequences associated with dropping classes during the current quarter.
  • Approval to Drop: When advising steps are completed and the adviser(s) forwards the request to the registration team, the student is authorizing the respective campus registration team to drop the identified classes.
  • Drops are Final: Classes dropped from a student’s schedule may not be reversed.
  • Change of Registration Fee: The $20 fee will be assessed for any Drop (and Add) changes in a given day beginning the 8th calendar day of the quarter. Students requesting a complete withdrawal will not be charged the $20 Change of Registration Fee.
  • Tuition Refunds: The timing of when classes are dropped will determine whether different tuition refund policies will be applicable. The student is responsible for reviewing all Tuition Forfeiture Policies, and following the separate procedures related to the tuition refund processes.
  • Transcript Notation: Dropped classes will carry an annotation of RD for Registrar Drop on the academic transcript. The credits and GPA points associated with the RD dropped class(es) will not appear on the academic transcript, but the class abbreviation, class number, and the annotation RD will appear. The RD annotation cannot be removed.

The student is responsible for any consequences from class(es) being dropped including any impact on financial aid status/eligibility, international visa status/eligibility, degree progress, paying any remaining tuition forfeiture balances, employment status, and any other status impacted by enrollment levels.