Withdrawal Reasons and Requirements

Students may withdraw from the university for various reasons (e.g., financial, personal, family emergency, medical, military), any of which must be clearly stated on the withdrawal form.

Medical Reasons

The University of Colorado does not have a special medical withdrawal process. Your reason for withdrawing is not indicated or differentiated on your academic record or transcript, no exceptions are made to the Withdrawal Calendar, and withdrawals submitted for medical reasons are subject to university policy and deadlines. If a student submits their withdrawal form after the drop deadline, they will receive a W grade for each in-progress class.

Students may withdraw by filling out the standard withdrawal form and writing "medical" in the reason section of the form. Students do not have to submit documentation of their extenuating circumstance to the Office of the Registrar; such documents will not be saved in the student's record for any reason.

After withdrawing, if the student meets certain criteria, the student may submit a Tuition Dispute Form to the Bursar's Office.

Active Duty or Volunteering for National Emergency Relief

Withdrawal procedures are to be used ONLY by military personnel ordered to active duty or fire fighters and police officers who help with state or natural disasters: Procedures for Students Ordered to Active Duty.

Withdrawal Requirements

The following requirements must be met in order to withdraw from the university. Requirements differ between colleges or schools; any required signatures or approvals will be included on the withdrawal form.

  • Arts & Sciences: Students may withdraw through 5 p.m. on the last day of classes.
  • Business: Students may withdraw through 5 p.m. on the last day of classes.
  • Education: Students must obtain their dean's signature after the tenth week of classes.
  • Engineering & Applied Sciences: Students may withdraw through 5 p.m. on the last day of classes.
  • Environmental Design: Students must obtain a dean's signature to withdraw after the second week of classes.
  • Graduate School: Students may withdraw through 5 p.m. on the last day of classes.
  • International Students: Students must obtain the signature of their international student advisor before they withdraw.
  • Law: Students must obtain a dean's signature to withdraw after the second week of classes.
  • MBA: Students must obtain a dean's signature to withdraw after the second week of classes.
  • Media, Communication and Information: Students may withdraw through 5 p.m. on the last day of classes.
  • Music: Students must obtain their dean's signature after the sixth week of classes.
  • Nondegree students registered for classes through Continuing Education: Students must withdraw through Continuing Education. Call 303-492-5148, email ceregistration@colorado.edu, visit 1505 University Ave., or write to the University of Colorado Boulder, 178 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0178.

Note: The above requirements do not apply to students ordered to active duty or volunteering for emergency relief.