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University Withdrawal

Total University Withdrawal

During your undergraduate career, there may be a time when you find it is best for you to withdraw from the University. Undergraduate students who wish to withdraw from UNCG may do so in one of two ways. The following actions will result in an official withdrawal from the university:

  1. If a student withdraws from all courses at any point throughout the fall or spring semester, thus dropping down to 0 credit hours
  2. If a student does not register for courses by the end of the drop/add period in the fall or spring semester

Students who have withdrawn from the University must take additional action to return to UNCG and resume classes in a future term. Please visit our Return from Withdrawal page to learn more about the return process.

If you are considering a Total University Withdrawal, meeting with an advisor in the Students First Office will help you consider any additional options before making a final decision about your enrollment. Click here to schedule an appointment.


Mid-semester Total University Withdrawal

If you wish to withdraw during the semester, you may drop all of your classes in UNCGenie by following these steps:

After clicking “submit changes”, a required Withdrawal Survey will be activated. You must complete this brief survey before your changes can be processed. Students choosing to complete a total withdrawal after the schedule adjustment period should be aware of the following potential impacts:

Academic Standing plus

    Academic Good Standing for students who began at UNCG in fall 2014 or later is determined by both cumulative GPA and Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Grade Point Average plus

    As long as the withdrawal takes place on or before the last day to withdraw from courses without incurring a WF grade (withdrawal failing), your GPA will not be affected. However, a Total University Withdrawal that is made through UNCGenie after the drop date will result in WF grades on the transcript. All WF grades are calculated in the GPA like an F and will have a negative impact on your GPA and your academic standing.

Financial Aid plus

    Students who are currently receiving financial aid are required to earn 67% of their semester hours to be in compliance with the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. A Total University Withdrawal will impact future financial aid eligibility and students are encouraged to meet with an advisor in the Students First Office and/or a counselor in the Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing.

Student Accounts plus

    If you have questions about whether a Total University Withdrawal will result in a tuition refund, please refer to the Student Refund Policy on the Cashier’s Office website.

Housing and Residence Life plus

    If you live on campus, it is your responsibility to inform Housing and Residence Life (HRL) that you are withdrawing from UNCG. HRL requests that students move out within 48 hours following withdrawal. You should keep in mind that you will continue to accrue housing and meal plan charges until you move out and return your keys. Housing and meal plan charges are subject to the same refund policy as tuition and fees. More information regarding Cancellation after Occupancy Commences can be found page 7 of the Housing Contract.

Parking Operations plus

    Students who have purchased a UNCG parking permit will be responsible for returning the permit and/or access card to the Parking Operations office to receive a credit on their student account. Prorated refunds will be given until March 31st. Cancellation of parking permits is not an automatic part of the withdrawal process. More information can be found on Parking Operations’ website.

Student Insurance plus

    Students who have student health insurance through BlueCross BlueShield should contact Student Blue to see if their plan will be affected.

SpartanCard plus

    Students should refer to page 2 of the SpartanCard Terms and Conditions for information about getting refunds from your SpartanCard.


Completing a Total University Withdrawal Between Semesters

There may be a time when you need to take time off between semesters and would like to withdraw from the University. Advisors in the Students First Office are available to discuss your individual circumstances prior to withdrawal and to help make the transition back to UNCG as smooth as possible.

Students who wish to withdraw from the University between semesters do not need to fill out official paperwork. Instead, you just need to make sure you are not registered for any courses by the end of the semester’s schedule adjustment period. At this point, you will be automatically withdrawn from the University.

Students who complete a total withdrawal between semesters will still need to take steps to resolve any outstanding accounts on campus prior to leaving. Any housing assignments, meal plans, student insurance, or other services/accounts that may have been initiated for the following semester need to be resolved. Please refer to the list of considerations above (in “Mid-Semester Total University Withdrawal”).

*Graduate students seeking information about withdrawal should contact the Graduate School. UNCG’s Official Withdrawal Policy can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.