Withdrawals & Academic Standing

How does withdrawing from a class affect my standing?

Effective Fall 2012, students may withdraw from a maximum of three (3) classes during their entire time at UNC Asheville so be sure to use them wisely. During the fall or spring semester, students may withdrawal from a class between the 2nd to 6th week. Please see the academic calendar for official dates and withdrawal dates for the summer terms. After the withdrawal period ends, students must petition to be granted a late withdrawal and these petitions are only granted in cases of extreme extenuating circumstances such as a student's hospitalization or a death in the immediate family.

Another important consideration is reviewing your academic history, particularly the number of withdrawals you have accrued. Withdrawals count towards attempted hours, which are included in calculating academic standing and tuition surcharge, as well as financial aid eligibility.

While a withdrawal is not automatically assumed to blemish a student's academic record, the frequency of withdrawals is a concern. For instance, a student who opts to withdraw from a course every semester may attract further scrutiny of their transcripts since such activity may indicate a problem in gauging their ability to handle their academic load.

Withdrawing from a course may also affect other aspects of academic standing, such as your enrollment as a full-time student; this could affect your ability to live on campus, as well as your financial aid. 

If withdrawing from a course will put you below 12 credit hours (which is the minimum to be considered a full-time student), you will be required to do the following before your withdrawal can be processed:

  1. If you live on campus, you will need to meet with the Dean of Students.
  2. If you receive Financial Aid, you will need to meet with a representative from the Financial Aid Office.