Office of the University Registrar

Course Drop Policy/Periods

Specific dates related to these policies are indicated on the Academic Calendar.
Drop Policies are governed by WAC 478-160-280.
WAC 478-160-280

Registration Period I, II, and III

Courses may be dropped without restriction from the first day of Registration Period I through the 7th calendar day of the quarter (Period III). No record of the dropped course(s) will be recorded on the transcript; however, a quarter withdrawal statement will appear.

Unrestricted Drop Period

This period is from the 8th calendar day of the quarter through the 14th calendar day of the quarter. Courses may be dropped without restriction during this period. No record of the dropped course(s) will be recorded on the transcript, however, a quarter withdrawal statement will appear. There is a $20 Change of Registration Fee charged for all registration changes made on a single day during this period. A tuition forfeiture may be charged.

Late Course Drop Period (Annual Drop, Only through Summer 2020)

Each academic year (September through August) you may drop one course after the 14th calendar day of a quarter, but no later than the the end of the Late Course Drop Period. Once this “annual drop” is used, no additional drops will be permitted after the 14th calendar day until the next autumn quarter. A W grade and the week designation (W3 through W7) will follow the course title on your academic transcript. There is a $20 Change of Registration Fee charged for all registration changes made on a single day during this period. A tuition forfeiture may be charged.

Current Quarter Drop – Coming Autumn 2020

Each academic quarter students may drop one course after the 14th calendar day of a quarter, but no later than the end of the Late Course Drop Period. Once this “quarterly drop” is used, students will be directed to a process to be able to drop their second to all classes for weeks three through seven. An annotation of RD for Registrar Drop will appear for all Current Quarter Drops. There is a $20 Change of Registration Fee charged for all registration changes made on a single day during this period. A tuition forfeiture may be charged.

Dropping a class when the first day of the course is scheduled to begin after the 7th calendar day of the quarter

Any student whose first (1st) scheduled class meeting* is after the seventh (7th) calendar day of the quarter# and who needs to drop from that class, should email the Office of the University Registrar at regoff@uw.edu by the Sunday following the first class meeting to request the drop without being charged the $20.00 Change of Registration Fee. The fee waiver will not happen automatically; the student must send the email or stop by the Office of the University Registrar, 2nd Floor Schmitz Hall, to make the request.

Drop Requests Sent by Email

In order for the request to be processed, the email must include:

  • Subject must be: Non-Standard Class Start Date.
  • From Email must be the student’s UW Email
  • Student Name
  • Student UW ID Number
  • Course SLN
  • Course prefix, number, and section of the course(s) to be dropped.
  • Date of first class

* Must be identified in the Student Database with an “Official Start Date” after the 7th calendar day of the quarter.
# Includes 7th calendar day of b-term during summer quarter.