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Course Search & Enroll - Dropping a Class


An overview and step-by-step guide to dropping classes using Course Search & Enroll.


When you are enrolled in a class, and choose to no longer participate or attend after the semester has begun, you need to officially drop the class.
Removing a class from your enrolled schedule before the “session begin” date is different, and described below.

To drop an enrolled class and add one from your cart in one action, please read about swap.

Dropping a class in Course Search & Enroll is very easy. However, dropping a class after the semester begins could have significant impacts on your academic plan, your status as a full-time student, financial aid, and more. You are always encouraged to talk with your advisor before dropping.

Please see below for information about drop deadlines, when your UW-Madison transcript may show a dropped class, and more.

Quick steps:

  1. In Course Search & Enroll, go to the “My Courses” tab.

  2. In the Enrolled list, select the checkbox for the class you wish to drop.

  3. Select the DROP button that appears above the class.

    Drop button

  4. In the pop-up window, select the confirming Drop button.

    Confirm drop

  5. Return to your Enrolled list in the “My Courses” tab to confirm that the class you dropped no longer appears.

Drop deadlines:

Most classes have two significant drop deadlines. When you drop a class causes different impacts on your student record.

Find the right dates for your enrolled classes in the info section of your course section. In the information, select “Session Dates & Deadlines.” A pop-up will list all dates and deadlines for the course. All deadlines are by 11:59 pm that day.

The session dates table shows drop deadlines for all sessions in a term.

Before the Drop/Withdraw without Transcript Notation deadline

“DR/W Transcript Notation Date.” — You are free to drop a class on your own up to the “DR/W Transcript Notation Date” listed for that class. Follow the Course Search & Enroll “quick steps” described above. Your transcript will not show any record for this class.

Between the DR/W Transcript Notation and Drop Class deadline

“Drop Class Deadline.” — Until this Drop Class deadline, you can still drop the class on your own. Your transcript will include a record for this class with a “DR” instead of a grade, simply noting that you took this course and dropped it. The “DR” does not affect your grade-point average or have negative implications.

After the Drop Class deadline

When the “Drop Class Deadline” has passed, a request to drop this class must be approved by your academic dean’s office.

Session dates and deadlines per section

Session dates and deadlines pop up window

Keywords:drop dropping dropped deadline courses classes   Doc ID:15256
Owner:Dana S.Group:Office of the Registrar
Created:2010-10-11 18:00 CSTUpdated:2020-02-13 12:53 CST
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