Withdrawing During a Semester
If a student determines it is in their personal, academic, or financial best interest to withdraw from the University between the first day of classes and the last day of finals students must complete a Withdrawal From the University Form.
There are five types of Mid-Semester University Withdrawals: Personal, Health, Academic, Financial and Military/Active Duty.
Once a student is withdrawn from the University (regardless of the type of withdrawal) they must apply for readmission to the University. Click here for deadlines and specific details.
Withdrawing After a Semester has Ended
If a student is withdrawing from the University AFTER the current semester ends, but before the first day of classes for the following semester, complete an End of Semester Withdrawal via SPIRE.
Withdrawing from a Course
If a student is withdrawing from a single course, it is important to be aware of the Academic Calendar (http://www.umass.edu/registrar/calendars/academic-calendar).
The last day to complete a “No Record Drop,” is the last day of the add/drop period . A student access their SPIRE account and drops the course.
The “Mid-Semester Date” is the last opportunity to drop a course with a “W." Course withdrawal forms can be obtained at the Office of the Registrar (213 Whitmore).
After the “Mid-Semester Date” a student's only option is to petition their respective Academic Dean (of the primary major) for a Late Course Withdrawal. In order to withdraw, a student will have to prove extenuating circumstances and provide documentation. There is no guarantee a late petition will be granted. Therefore, it is better to withdraw by the “Mid-Semester Date.”
Readmission to the University
All students planning to return to the university after withdrawal must file a Readmission Application with the Office of the Registrar. Be sure to check the application date to ensure "on time course registration" as these deadlines are final.
For more information about the readmission please contact the Office of the Registrar at 413-545-0555.