You should drop or withdraw from a course as soon as you identify you don’t want to take it, or can’t continue with it. Dropping early will help you meet deadlines and make space available so another student can register for the course.
As drop/withdrawal deadlines approach, assess your ability to meet your obligations. If you feel overwhelmed, it may be wise to adjust your course load or access your academic support options.
How to drop a course
Dropping a course from your worklist or Canvas does not drop a course from your registration. Follow these steps to accurately drop a course:
- Login to the SSC and select your campus and session.
- Select “add/drop courses” from the registration menu. You will see a list of your registered courses.
- Select the course you want to drop and click “drop selected.”
Note: When you drop a course during the withdrawal period (after the add/drop deadline) you will see an ‘W’ standing for the course on your academic transcript.
To be considered a full-time Arts student, you need to be registered in at least 9 credits per term.
If you are required to maintain a minimum course load due to funding, housing, athletics, or awards and scholarships, make sure you are aware of how many credits you must be registered in before you drop a course.
Speak with your Enrolment Services Advisor about any potential financial implications of dropping or withdrawing from a course.
Course drop and withdrawal deadlines
Drop deadlines allow you to drop a course without financial penalty or any notation on your transcript. Drop deadlines generally occur in the first month of each term.
After the drop deadline, you can withdraw from a course up to the withdrawal deadline. You’ll have to pay for at least part of the course, and will see a ‘W’ on your transcript.
What does a W mean academically?
A withdrawal does not detract from your academic record, but does result in a “W” standing. A ‘W’ on your transcript indicates that you have attempted a course and have chosen to withdraw from it within university guidelines. A ‘W’ is not calculated into your overall GPA or continuation evaluation.
If you are concerned about the impact of a “W” on your academic transcript and are applying to other schools or graduate programs, you should contact the respective organization for information on how they might regard a ‘W’ on a transcript.
UBC faculties, graduate, and professional programs state that a “W” on a student’s record conveys no useful admissions-related information. These programs are interested in the courses you’ve actually completed and the grades earned.
What if I miss the withdrawal deadline?
You are not permitted to withdraw from a course after the withdrawal deadline unless you qualify for academic concession.
If you remain registered in the course past the withdrawal deadline, and do not qualify for academic concession, you are committed to completing the course.