Student Center - Withdrawing from a Term

An overview and step-by-step guide to withdrawing from a term in the Student Center.


A withdrawal is a request to drop all classes in the selected term with the intention of leaving the university.
Because of the potential consequences of a withdrawal, a submitted withdrawal request will go through your academic dean for review before being sent to the Office of the Registrar to be processed.
For more information on the withdrawal process, please review Term Withdrawal FAQ.

Withdraw from Past/Current Term
Withdraw from Future Term

Withdraw from Past/Current Term: Step-by-Step

  1. Login to MyUW.
  2. Click on the Student Center tile, then the Manage Classes tile.

    Student Center   Manage classes tile

  3. From the menu on the left, select Enrollment: Term Withdrawal.

    Term withdrawal menu

  4. Select the relevant term, and click Continue.

    Select the relevant term

  5. The Withdrawal Process panel explains the process and shows you contact information for your academic dean’s office. Click Continue.

    Withdrawal process explained

  6. The Withdrawal Consequences panel gives you suggestions of which services may be affected by your withdrawal. Click Continue.

    Withdrawal consequences
    Withdrawal consequences: international student

  7. The Withdrawal Reason panel asks for information about why you are requesting a withdrawal. This helps your academic dean and advisor be ready to discuss this request with you. Select the primary reason, enter an explanation of the circumstances behind the withdrawal, and click Continue.

    Withdrawal reason

  8. The Enrolled Courses panel shows your currently enrolled courses. When you withdraw, you will drop those courses. Click Continue.

    Enrolled courses

  9. The Tuition Adjustment panel may show you dates for tuition adjustments (refunds), depending on your courses and when you choose to withdraw. Click Continue.

    Tuition adjustment

  10. The Confirm panel shows your official withdrawal date and the campus email address which will receive a confirmation of this request. Select the Finish Withdrawing button.

    Confirm withdrawal

  11. Next, your request is routed to your academic dean for review and approval. If you are an International student attending UW–Madison on certain student visas, International Student Services will also receive your request.
    You may be asked by your academic dean for an interview to review your withdrawal request.
  12. After approval by your academic dean, your withdrawal request is received by the Office of the Registrar to complete the process. We will send you a confirmation email when you have been officially withdrawn from the University of Wisconsin–Madison for the requested term.

Withdraw from Future Term: Step-by-Step

You do not need to submit a withdrawal request in the following situations:
  • If you are attempting to withdraw from a future term
  • If you are attempting to withdraw from the current term before your earliest session start date (in most cases, that would be the first day of classes).
Trying to submit a withdrawal request in these situations will result in an error message. You should drop all of your classes using Course Search & Enroll instead.
For more information about course drops, see Course Search & Enroll - Dropping a Class.

Withdraw from future term

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Keywords:drop, withdraw, withdrawal, cancelling, cancel, enrollment, myuw, student center, manage class   Doc ID:25601
Owner:Dana S.Group:Office of the Registrar
Created:2012-08-13 15:17 CDTUpdated:2021-07-26 10:48 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Office of the Registrar
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