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After the Add/Drop period ends, students have the option to withdraw from full‑term (15‑week) courses, until the Withdraw Deadline (listed in the Academic Calendar).

Withdrawing vs. Dropping

  • Withdrawals appear on transcripts as a “W” and count towards full‑time status for the purposes of financial aid or residency.
  • Dropped courses, however, do not appear on transcripts, and do not count toward full‑time status.
  • Neither withdrawn nor dropped courses count toward GPA.

Students wishing to withdraw from condensed (less than 15‑week meeting period) courses should visit the Cavalier Express Center for withdraw options for these condensed courses.

For courses that start after the first week of the semster or ending before the last week of the semester, the deadline to withdraw is before 70% of the course meeting time has passed.

Before You Withdraw from a Course:

  1. Consider how withdrawing will impact plans for graduation and beyond.
    • Some required courses are not offered on a regular basis.
    • Having one or two withdrawals on a transcript isn’t a terrible thing, but having a lot can negatively impact career or graduate/professional school opportunities.
  2. Remember financial aid status.
    • Students must earn a certain GPA and successfully complete 67% of all attempted classes.
    • Not doing so impacts federal/state/Cabrini financial aid.
    • Don’t guess. If you have questions, talk to someone in the Financial Aid Office.
  3. Know that dropping below 12 credits could impact status for housing or as a student-athlete.
  4. Consider the additional costs to enroll in classes during the summer or for an extra semester.
  5. Extra help from your professor or the Center for Student Success could help you improve your grade.
  6. Talk to your professor. Ask to meet so you can discuss your grades and determine whether or not you have a possibility of passing the course.
  7. Meet with your academic advisor.
    • Discuss options and how a withdrawal will impact your progress.
    • Jointly make a plan for how you will make up credits.
    • Consider taking a late-start class this semester or take Winterim or Summer classes.

How to Withdraw

  1. complete a withdrawal form (available in the Registrar’s Office)
  2. obtain the signature of their academic advisor
  3. return the completed and signed form to the Registrar’s Office in the Cavalier Express Center

Important: Do not stop attending and participating in class until your withdrawal is approved.

Students who need to leave Cabrini for extended periods of time may be eligible for withdrawal from all courses.

Please contact your academic advisor or the Office of Academic Affairs for more information.

Check ahead to make sure you don’t have any holds on your account.


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