Withdrawing from all registered courses for the semester
Students who find it necessary to withdraw from all of their classes for the current semester or for a subsequent semester for which they have already registered must complete a Total Withdrawal Request Form. This form can be accessed below, and must be submitted to officially withdraw from the university.
There is no leave of absence process for undergraduate students. Moreover, submission of a total withdrawal may result in the forfeiture of institutional aid. Students are strongly advised to speak with the Office of Financial Aid and their Academic Advisor before submitting their total withdrawal request.
The total withdrawal must be submitted by the end of the 12th week of classes for the semester (fall/spring) in which students wish to withdraw. For summer sessions, this form must be submitted before final examinations have started. Please see the University Calendar for specific dates and deadlines for each semester. Students who are physically unable to complete the withdrawal in person and students who are administratively withdrawn should contact their Dean or advisor for assistance.
Fall 2023 (100% refund) Deadline: September 8, 2023
Fall 2023 (50% refund) Deadline: September 25, 2023
Fall 2023 (25% refund) Deadline: October 27, 2023
Fall 2023 Final Deadline (No Refunds): November 10, 2023
A grade of 'W' is assigned for all registered courses for requests submitted after the end of the add/drop period.
Instructions for Students (Please read the above information prior to making a form submission)
Obtain the name and Howard-issued e-mail address of your advisor
Access the Undergraduate Total Withdrawal Form or Graduate Total Withdrawal Form.
Complete all required fields highlighted in yellow.
- Sign the document in the 'Signature' area.
- Select 'Click to Sign'.
Your request will be routed to the appropriate offices.
Note: Courses may not be reinstated after a total withdrawal has been processed.
Readmission after a Total Withdrawal
Continuing students who wish to continue studies for a later entering semester must complete the former student returning application process as outlined by the university or their school/college/program. Undergraduate Returning Students may view more detailed information via the highlighted link. All other students interested in regaining admission may consult with the admissions office of their school/college. Incoming new entrant students who withdraw during their first semester prior to the final enrollment census for that semester (generally in October for Fall entrants & March for Spring entrants - see the University Calendar) must submit a new application for admission-- you would not be eligible to submit a returning student application.