Dropping Individual Courses

Authoritative information regarding withdrawal and readmission is published under Rules & Regulations VIII in the Catalog.

Catalog: Rules & Regulations VIII

Georgia Tech has one deadline for individual course drops and for complete withdrawals from the Institute. See the Academic Calendar for deadlines by term.

Academic Calendar

Students considering dropping a course are encouraged to read our blog regarding the pros and cons of that decision.

Important Policies

  • All holds must be removed before a student can drop a course or withdraw from the Institute.
  • After registration for a term is closed, a student must withdraw from all classes to receive a refund; there is no refund for a partial withdrawal from courses. In order to qualify for a refund, a student must completely withdraw from the Institute before the deadline.  Refunds are calculated on a prorated basis depending on the date of withdrawal. 
  • International students (those on an F1 or J1 visa) should consult with the Office of International Education before adjusting their schedule to less than 12 hours. 
  • Students who are full-time (enrolled in 12 hours, at least) and withdraw from a number of courses that lowers the semester total below 12 will no longer be considered full-time. For example, if a student is registered for 12 credit hours and then withdraws from one 3-credit-hour course, they will no longer be designated as full-time.
  • If there is an alleged academic integrity violation pending, the student may not drop the course. The status of the alleged violation is defined as "pending" when an incident has been submitted to the Office of Student Integrity and has generated an electronic "suspected academic misconduct" notice that has been sent to the student. If the student is found responsible for any prohibited academic conduct, they will not be allow to drop the course.
  • If the student is found responsible for any prohibited academic conduct in a class, they will also not be allow to withdraw from the term.
  • After any transaction in the registration system, students must hit "submit" to ensure that the change is made in the database. Students should the review their schedules again, as indicated below, to make sure they are correct.
  • After withdrawing from a class or from all classes, students are expected to print out their schedules, as described below, and keep a copy as a receipt verifying the action that was taken on that date. In the event of a system glitch, this will serve as proof of the intent to withdrawal or proof that the action was taken but not processed properly.

How to Withdraw from a Course and How to Withdraw from the Institute

  1. When looking at the Register for Classes page, open the bottom panels to see the courses you have registered for.
  2. If the courses marked in green under the Status column on the bottom right panel say “Registered”, and you want to withdraw, click the drop down under the Action column next to the Status column.
  3. When clicking the Action column drop down you will see the option to Course Drop by Student. Select this option to withdraw from the course.
  4. Once you have selected the Course Drop by Student, go to the bottom right of this panel where it says Submit and select it.
  5. After selecting it, you have withdrawn from the course. The Status column should be highlighted in green stating “Withdrawn” as seen in photo below.
  6. To withdraw from the Institute completely, simply follow the above steps for all selected courses. Once all courses have been withdrawn from your schedule, you have effectively withdrawn from the Institute.

Please note: The instructions are for students wishing to withdraw during the withdrawal period. To withdraw after the withdraw deadline, please consult your advisor.

How to withdraw from a course and how to withdraw from the Institute

Enrollment Status

Enrollment Status: Full-Time or Part-Time