Students are allowed to take a leave of absence from CU Boulder; however, the leave-of-absence process differs for undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Undergraduate students may take up to two semesters off plus summer after their last graded semester at CU Boulder without having to apply for a leave of absence. Please refer to the return chart. Undergraduate students may choose to participate in certain optional CU Boulder benefits during their semester(s) away.
  • Graduate students must receive a grade every fall and spring semester (W grades count) or apply for a leave of absence in order to return to CU Boulder in the future without reapplying. A leave of absence is not required for summer semester; graduate students not taking summer classes are considered active students.
  • If you're called to military active duty, see the Military Personnel & Emergency Workers withdrawal information.