Drop a Class


If you are struggling in a course, consult with your instructor about academic support resources or the possibily of taking an incomplete prior to dropping the course. DO NOT just stop attending and assume the instructor will drop the course for you; you need to make arrangements to drop courses and/or withdraw from the university. Schedule an appointment with your advisor.


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BEFORE YOU DROP - A reduction in hours due to a course drop (or a withdrawal from the university) may affect:

  • Financial aid (including scholarships, grants, loans, Consortium Agreements). Contact the Buckeye Link to talk with a staff person before doing anything to your schedule.
  • Benefits received under the G.I. Bill ((614) 247-VETS (8387)).
  • A tuition reduction received when parents work for the university (292-1050).
  • Automobile insurance, if you receive discounts for being a full-time student.
  • Health insurance, if you need to be a full-time student to be covered on a parent's policy.
  • Your residence hall contract (292-8266).
  • Your tuition waiver, if you are a university employee (292-1050).
  • Your athletic eligibility. If you are a varsity athlete, you must see your SASSO advisor first, to obtain permission, before taking a signed form to your academic advisor.
  • Your visa, If you are an international student, you must see an advisor in the Office of International Affairs for approval first, before taking a signed form to your academic advisor.(292-6101).

READY TO DROP?

The procedure for dropping classes depends on how far into a term you are. Each week below lists the academic consequences of dropping below full-time (12-credit hours) or withdrawing from the university.

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  • To learn about your FINANCIAL AID and/or FEE implications, contact the Buckeye Link.
  • Visit the Office of the University Registrar for specific dates related to dropping courses/withdrawing from the university.
  • If you are pursuing a petition to RETROACTIVELY drop classes or withdraw from the university, you should do so in a timely manner, usually within 1-2 terms of the semester or session in question. Successful petitions result in changes to the academic record, but will most likley not result in changes to tuition, fees, or refunds if they are requested more than one term before the current term.

  • Visit the Office of the University Registrar for specific dates related to dropping courses/withdrawing from the university.


  • Week 1 - Friday of the 1st week is the last day to drop without a W for a May Session course.

  • Week 2 - Friday of the 2nd week is the last day to drop without a W for an autumn/spring/summer session (i.e., 7-week session).

  • Week 3 - Friday of the 3rd week is the last day to drop a May Session course without petitioning. After the 3rd Friday of the current term for a May session course, you have made a commitment to complete the course. Only extenuating circumstances will be considered for a drop, and you will have to submit a petition to your college office explaining those circumstances. Your advisor can walk you through the required paperwork. Not all petitions for late drops are approved, so you academic advisor can also help you think about how you can work through the course this term. Prepare for your registration petition.

  • Week 4 - Friday of 4th week is the last day to drop without a W for an autumn/spring/summer semester full-term course.

  • Week 5 - Friday of the 5th week is the last day to drop a, autumn/spring/summer session course without petitioning. After the 5th Friday of the current term for a seven-week session course, you have made a commitment to complete the course. Only extenuating circumstances will be considered for a drop, and you will have to submit a petition to your college office explaining those circumstances. Your advisor can walk you through the required paperwork. Not all petitions for late drops are approved, so you academic advisor can also help you think about how you can work through the course this term. Prepare for your registration petition.

  • Week 10 - Friday of the 10th week is the last day to drop an autumn/spring/summer semester full-term course without petitioning. After the 10th Friday of the current term, you have made a commitment to complete the course. Only extenuating circumstances will be considered for a drop, and you will have to submit a petition to your college office explaining those circumstances. Your advisor can walk you through the required paperwork. Not all petitions for late drops are approved, so you academic advisor can also help you think about how you can work through the course this term. Prepare for your registration petition.

  • Taking the Final Exam is the last act of commitment to the course. Once a final grade posts, it is final.

  • DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT. The Ohio State University drops classes for students who still have outstanding balances on their accounts after the second Friday of classes each term. Outstanding balances can include current term tuition and fees, and any prior term balances. For more information...