Students wishing to withdraw from all in progress courses in the semester need to complete a term withdrawal with the Office of Student Retention. Term withdrawals are completed after the add/drop date and before the semester withdrawal deadline. By completing a term withdrawal, the student will receive W grades for all in progress courses which do not count towards the state-mandated withdrawal limits. Although W grades do not impact a student's GPA, a W will impact the completion rate. A student must have above a 67% completion rate in order to remain in Good Academic Standing.
If any of the below situations apply to you, we recommend you first contact the appropriate office before completing your term withdrawal.
Students should talk to Financial Aid before making the decision to withdraw. Your Financial Aid may be impacted, and some students may owe money back to the university after a term withdrawal.
Please talk to Military Student Services prior to completing a term withdrawal. If you are withdrawing due to military orders, you may qualify for a military withdrawal. Your VA benefits or tuition assistance may be impacted by a term withdrawal. Most students will owe money as a result of the term withdrawal.
Individuals on a student visa should contact the Office of Global Engagement prior to completing a term withdrawal to learn the impacts on their visa status.
Here are answers to frequently asked questions in regards to term withdrawals.
For undergraduate students:
You can continue your enrollment in the next semester providing that your academic standing permits registration. If you don't enroll after the withdrawal, you will be a resuming or returning student depending on the length of time that you have been away from WCU. If you resume your studies within one calendar year, you can contact the Advising Center for more information to register. If you need to reapply, you should learn more about the returning student policy. The term in which you complete a term withdrawal counts as a term of enrollment for resuming students.
For graduate students:
We recommend talking with your program director to plan your return. The academic program may require you to return during a specific semester or may allow you to resume your studies the semester following your withdrawal.
Extenuating circumstances are defined as unavoidable circumstances outside of the student's control that occurred during the term and that severly limit the student's ability to participate and perform in academic courses.
A term withdrawal after the withdrawal deadline will only be considered due to extenuating circumstances. Students should contact the Office of Student Retention for further instructions to request an extenuating circumstances approved term withdrawal.
If approved, the student must call the Office of Student Retention (or come to the office) to complete the withdrawal with a staff member.
Students with extenuating circumstances may request a retroactive term withdrawal. These requests will not be considered if one passing grade was achieved or if the next term has ended (e.g., a request for a term withdrawal in fall will not be considered once the following spring term has ended). A retroactive withdrawal approved for extenuating circumstances will not change the students academic stnading.
Completing a term withdrawal will affect your semester and cumulative completion rates. Therefore, a term withdrawal may negatively impact your academic standing at the end of the term. Withdrawing will not affect your GPA. To review your academic standing, contact the Office of Student Retention.
No. However, a term withdrawal will impact your plan to Finish in Four. Contact your advisor to revise your plan and determine your estimated time to degree completion.
No. You can drop your schedule during the add/drop timeframe for any reason. A term withdrawal is not necessary during this time. To complete schedule changes during add/drop, view the "Registration-Drop a Class" Guide. If you are dropping your schedule for your first semester at WCU, contact Undergraduate Admisssions to withdrawal your application.
Students completing a term withdrawal may receive a tuition and fee reduction according to the schedule published on the tuition and fee reduction website. A tuition and fee reduction does not guarantee that the student will receive a refund. If financial aid is reduced, the student's account may have a balance due.
After completing the term withdrawal, you will no longer be able to access campus resources that are exclusively available for enrolled students. This includes living in the residence halls, university clubs, student organizations, intramural sports, recreation center access, library services, etc.
Once you have withdrawn from the University, please remember to complete the following items:
If so, please complete the change of academic plan survey.