Withdrawing from the University
A withdrawal from the University of Colorado Boulder occurs if you 1) never register for courses in a fall or spring semester or 2) drop all courses for a semester or 3) submit a withdrawal request to the Office of the Registrar. Regardless of the withdrawal method you choose, you may be assessed tuition and fees and receive “W” grades on your transcript, depending on when you withdraw.
Nonattendance DOES NOT constitute a withdrawal, nor is it the professor’s responsibility to drop students for nonattendance. If you stop attending a class, you are still liable for all applicable tuition and fees, and you will receive a failing grade.
If you wish to drop a few courses from your schedule rather than withdrawing from the University, please see Add/Drop information for more details.
To withdraw from a current term in progress, you may submit a withdrawal request to Office of the Registrar. See the How to Officially Withdraw page for instructions and more information.
Another option is to drop all courses through MyCUInfo through tenth week of the fall or spring term. If you withdraw this way, be sure to read the important information under Resources for Withdrawing, including the current term Withdrawal Information PDF and the Withdrawal as well as the Withdrawal Calendar which shows refund periods and dates.
Non-degree students who are only enrolled through the Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies must withdraw from that campus separately.
Students are allowed to take a leave of absence from the University of Colorado Boulder; however, the leave-of-absence process differs for undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate students must apply for the Time-Off Program to take a leave of absence for the Fall or Spring semesters. Graduate students who do not apply for the Time-Off Program, will be discontinued and must reapply in order to return to CU-Boulder. Undergraduate students may take up to three semesters off after their last graded semester at CU-Boulder without having to apply for leave of absence. Summer semesters are included in this three semester count, please refer to the Return Chart for more details. However, the StayConnected Program is available for those undergraduate students who would like to maintain certain CU-Boulder benefits during their semesters away.
If you are considering withdrawing, be sure to refer to the Withdrawal Calendar where dates for refunds and tuition assessment are posted well in advance of every semester. No exceptions are made to deadlines posted on the Withdrawal Calendar.