Withdrawal from Course

Withdrawal vs. Drop: A student has a specific period of time at the beginning of a class when they may drop the class. The class then disappears from their transcript. After the end of the “add/drop period”, if the student does not want to complete the course, it is a withdrawal and the course stays on the transcript with a grade of W.

Students, with the approval of their advisors, may withdraw from a full-semester course with a grade of W up to the end of the 12th week of the semester. The deadline for withdrawing with a grade of W from a non-traditional or graduate course (not full semester course) is the point when 80% of the course is complete. See examples below:

Course Length Drop Deadline Withdrawal Deadline
15 weeks

End of 1st week of classes

End of 12th week

12 weeks

End of 1st week of classes

End of 10th week

10 weeks Before the 1st class meeting of each course or within 48 hours after the end of the first class meeting (except for 1 day courses).

End of 8th week

8 weeks


End of 6th week

6 weeks  

End of 5th week

4 weeks  

End of 3rd week

3 weeks  

End of 2nd week

The deadline for dropping a one-credit seminar is 5:00 p.m. the day before the course begins.

After the withdrawal date, a student can no longer withdraw from a class and will receive the grade earned. Students who withdraw from a course receive no credit hours and the hours attempted are not computed into the grade point average. Filing a course withdrawal form with the Registrar’s Office completes the process. Forms are located on MyCSM, Forms. Failure to follow stipulated procedures may result in a failing grade. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a financial aid counselor before withdrawing from a class since it may affect their financial aid.