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Withdrawal from Courses

Students who wish to reduce their course load, AFTER the Add/Drop deadline, must officially withdraw from the course. Graduate Level students require approval from the Dean of Education and Professional Studies.

NOTE: Full-time students who wish to withdraw from ALL of their courses must follow the process to Withdraw from the University. Students should assess potential repercussions of withdrawing from the course before withdrawing (Impact on degree requirements, Financial Aid, etc.).

To withdraw from a course, the student should use their Eastern Email and send the following information to their Faculty/Academic Advisor for each course they wish to withdraw from:

Name, ID Number

Class, Major

Course Information: Subject, Course Number, Section, Title, Credits, Instructor of Course

Reason for Withdrawal

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Example Text Email:

Jennifer Smith, 10234349

Sophomore, Health Sciences Major

ART 100-03, Intro to Art, 3 credits, Professor Smith

Professor {Your Faculty Advisor}, I wish to withdraw from the course above because my work schedule is preventing me from doing my best work. If you approve please forward your approval to

Thank you.

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The Registrar’s Office will process your request and respond to your email, to both you and your advisor.

If for some reason you are unable to access your Eastern email account, you may fill out the Withdrawal from a Course Form. This form will need to be signed by your Faculty advisor and submitted to It requires a handwritten signature if not submitted from your Eastern Email.

The "W" grade will be recorded on the student's permanent transcript, but will not be used in calculating the GPA. Due to immigration regulations international students should consult with the coordinator of international programs prior to withdrawing from a course.

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Important Notes:

  • Withdrawing from a course does not change enrollment status, however, it may affect a student’s eligibility for financial aid, participation in intercollegiate athletics, etc. If you receive financial aid, please speak with the Financial Aid Office, as well as other relevant offices, about the impact of course withdrawal.
  • The course withdrawal deadline for full-semester and less than full-semester courses can be found on the Dates and Deadlines page.
  • If students have not withdrawn officially from a course before the deadline, the course will appear on their academic record with the appropriate grade assigned.
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