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Withdrawal from the College

The "withdrew" notation will appear on the transcripts of students who withdraw from all of their classes after the third week of a full term (or after the second week of a half term), including those students in their first term at the University of Michigan.

Students who have early registered for a term or half-term but who subsequently decide not to return to the University should notify:

The Office of the Registrar
1210 LSA Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1520
fax 734.763.9053
email: ro.registration.questions@umich.edu

Include name, UMID number, term(s) to disenroll, signature.

To avoid a disenrollment fee, notification of intention to disenroll must be received before the first day of classes.

Students who wish to withdraw once classes have begun should contact the Academic Advising Center, 1255 Angell Hall, 734.764.0332. Students who withdraw within the first three weeks of the term (two weeks for a half-term) are assessed a disenrollment fee plus a registration fee, but the registration will not appear on the student's record. Consult the Registrar's Office website for fee amounts.

Students who withdraw between the fourth and sixth week of a full term or in the third week of a half-term are assessed 50% tuition and the registration appears on the transcript with a "withdrew" notation. These dates are posted for each term on the following website: ro.umich.eduFull tuition is assessed after these dates.

After the sixth week of classes in a full term (third week in a half-term), students wishing to withdraw from the College must make an appointment with a member of the Academic Standards Board. After the late drop deadline (ninth week in a full term or four and a half in a half term), students who withdraw from the term will have a hold placed on their records. These students will be out of registration at least one full term (14 weeks) and must obtain permission from the Academic Standards Board to continue in the College.  

For information about withdrawing from a class, see Drop Policy.

Withdrawal by Not Registering

Students who withdraw from the College simply by not registering for the following term do not need to follow any formal "withdrawal" or "leave of absence" procedures. If they leave in good academic standing, such students are eligible for readmission at any time.

Disenroll

Before Classes Begin:

Prior to the first day of the term you may disenroll from the term. Contact the Office of the Registrar.

  1. Visit a Student Service Site (1513 LSA Bldg. or 1212 Pierpont Commons) make sure you have identification
  2. E-mail the request to ro.registration.questions@umich.edu (please include full name, id number and term)
  3. FAX your request to (734) 763-9053 (please include full name, ID number, term and signature)
  4. Mail your request to the Registrar's Office, 1513 LSA Bldg., 500 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1392 (please include full name, ID number, term and signature)

Check the Office of the Registrar's Web site (ro.umich.edu/) for additional information

Term Withdrawals

Before Classes Begin:

Prior to the first day of the term you may disenroll from the term.   Contact the Office of the Registrar.

  1. Visit a Student Service Site (1513 LSA Bldg. or 1212 Pierpont Commons) make sure you have identification
  2. E-mail the request to ro.registration.questions@umich.edu (please include full name, id number and term)
  3. FAX your request to (734) 763-9053 (please include full name, ID number, term and signature)
  4. Mail your request to the Registrar's Office, 1513 LSA Bldg., 500 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1392 (please include full name, ID number, term and signature)

Check the Office of the Registrar's Web site  for additional information.

Weeks One Through Six:

Students who wish to withdraw once classes begin must contact the Academic Advising Center and fill out the Term Withdrawal form.  The form may be obtain from our web site.  You can do any of the following:

  1. Visit the Academic Advising Center (1255 Angell Hall) make sure you have identification
  2. E-mail the Term Withdrawal form to academic.standards@umich.edu
  3. FAX the Term Withdrawal form to (734) 764-2772
  4. Mail the Term Withdrawal form to Academic Standards, 1255 Angell Hall, 435 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003.

Students who have early registered and subsequently withdraw after the term begins will be responsible for the registration and disenrollment fees regardless of their class attendance. To avoid a disenrollment fee, notification of intention to disenroll must be received before the first day of classes.

Students who withdraw within the first three weeks of the term (two weeks for a half-term) are assessed a $50 disenrollment fee plus an $80 registration fee ($40 for a half-term), but the registration will not appear on the student's record. Students who withdraw between the fourth and sixth week of a full term or in the third week of a half-term are assessed 50% tuition and the registration appears on the transcript with W's and a withdrew notation.  These dates are posted for each term on the following website: ro.umich.edu/termwd.html. Full tuition is assessed after these dates.

After Week Six:

After the sixth week of classes during a full term (third week in a half-term), students who intend to withdraw from the College must make an appointment with a member of the Academic Standards Board. Students who withdraw after the middle of a term may be required to obtain permission from the Academic Standards Board before continuing in the College.

Drop (W) / Official Withdrawal / Unofficial Withdrawal (ED)
If a student withdraws officially from a course after the first three weeks of a full term (first two weeks of a half-term), the course is recorded on the transcript with a W notation; neither credits toward a degree program nor honor points are earned.

Request for Term Withdrawal (PDF)
Students who wish to withdraw once classes have begun should contact the Academic Advising Center. Students who withdraw within the first drop/add period are assessed disenrollment and registration fees, but the registration...

Retroactive term withdrawals are rarely granted.  If you feel you have extraordinary circumstances that warrant an exception, make an appointment with a Board member by calling 734-764-0332.  The Board member will review your situation and the petition guidelines with you.  You must have this appointment before you can submit a petition.  Your petition must include a completed petition cover sheet, an instructor statement for each class, and documentation of the extenuating circumstances.  You must make a case that you were unable to finish your classes and present a compelling reason why you were not able to request a withdrawal during the term.  Non-attendance alone is not sufficient.

Note that there is a ONE-YEAR time limit for these requests.  It's to your advantage to begin the petition process as soon as possible.  Be sure to review the Pre-Submission checklist to learn about the possible implications of a retroactive withdrawal.  See the petition cover sheet for additional details and instructions.

In most cases students will be notified of a decision within 7 to 10 business days of submitting the petition.

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