College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Course withdrawals

No approval is required to drop a course during the first 10 weeks of regular full-term fall and spring classes (4 weeks for 7-week courses; summer deadlines vary based on how many weeks the course runs for); however a "W" will appear on the transcript for any course dropped after the second week of the term.

Permission to drop a course after the deadline must be granted by the College of Science and Engineering Scholastic Committee and will only be approved under one of the following circumstances:

Extenuating Circumstances:

  • Extenuating circumstances are generally those things that are out of the student's control and may include such things as illness, accident, or family emergency.
  • Documentation will be required.
  • Extenuating circumstance petitions are not guaranteed to be approved, regardless of circumstances.

One-time-only Late Withdrawal:

  • One time, an undergraduate may withdraw from a course past the drop deadline without taking a failing grade.
  • The one-time-only late withdrawal (OTO Late Drop) is an option for a student who is potentially failing a course but does not have extenuating circumstances.
  • The OTO Late Drop can be taken anytime between the 10th week of a course and the last day of the class. It cannot be used during or after finals week. The procedure is different from dropping a course online. It requires a meeting with a CSE academic advisor during drop-in advising hours.
  • The student receives a “W” grade on the transcript and pays for the class. Again, the OTO Late Drop can only be taken once during your undergraduate program.


CSE Academic Advising, 105 Lind Hall, 612-624-2890