Nobody’s perfect and sometimes, we take on more than we can handle. If you find yourself unable to handle your current course load, it might be wise to talk to your advisor about dropping or withdrawing from a class. If you are failing your class and you do not think you can save your grade, withdrawing from the class will protect your GPA by giving you a “W” instead of an “F.” You can always take the class during a time where you have a less difficult or a smaller course load, such as during Summer Session or Winter Session.
Withdrawing from a course can have drawbacks. If withdrawing from a course demotes you from full time to part time status, this could affect many different things such as housing and meal plan contracts and obligations, athletic and international student eligibility, and even health and auto insurance plans.
Remember: you are only allowed to take a course three (3) times at UMBC before you are never allowed to take it again and in order to take it the third and final time, you must petition and have that petition approved by the Office of Undergraduate Education. Withdrawals can be beneficial, but they should never be taken lightly.
If you are thinking about withdrawing from a course, make sure you discuss it with your advisor and other parties. For more information, visit the Registrar’s website.
The last day to withdraw from a course for the Spring 2017 semester is Monday, April 10, 2017.