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Dropping Courses

You are responsible for knowing the consequences of changing your schedule. Please contact the appropriate office to obtain information before taking action.

The deadlines listed below apply to the full (14 week) autumn and spring semesters. For a full list of deadlines for sessions and summer term, view the Registrar's list of important dates.

NOTE: If this is your first term at Ohio State, you will need to make an appointment with your advisor to make changes to your schedule.

Should I drop a course?

Dropping a course is a serious decision and can have many consequences. Please contact your academic advisor to determine if you should drop a course.

What are the consequences of dropping a course now?

Your financial aid, scholarships, work-study, and other awards may be adjusted.

Dropping a course can affect your eligibility for certain types of financial aid including loans, work-study, scholarships, benefits received under the G.I. Bill, and employee tuition benefits. You may be required to pay back money you have already received. This is particularly true if you are dropping below full-time enrollment (12 credit hours or more). To determine whether dropping a course will affect your financial status, please contact the appropriate office before you take any action:

Your academic record may be affected.

Depending on the specific week of the term, you could receive a mark of a “W” on your academic transcript. If you have a significant number of W’s on your record, it may suggest a pattern of careless enrollment, which could be considered in applications for graduate or professional programs.

Progress toward your degree may be delayed.

Certain courses may require prerequisites in order to enroll. Some courses are only offered once a year or at irregular times. These factors can delay your progress significantly as the opportunity to retake a course might not be available for awhile. Please contact your assigned EHE academic advisor to determine course availability and to adjust your degree projection.

Health and automobile insurance coverage may change.

Health and automobile insurance companies sometimes base eligibility for coverage and discounts on enrollment. Falling below full-time status (12 credit hours or more) could cause you to lose your benefits. Please contact your insurance provider to determine if you will be affected.

Residency qualifications for residence halls or visas may be affected.

Your residence hall contract may require you to be enrolled for a specific number of hours. Similarly, for international students, your eligibility to continue studying in the United States may be affected. Please contact the appropriate office before you take action:

Employee tuition benefits may be retracted.

Depending on the time in the term, you may be required to pay back tuition benefits that you received. Please contact Human Resources for more information before proceeding.

Athletic eligibility could change.

Dropping a course could change your academic status and render you ineligible to participate in athletic programs. It is imperative that you see your assigned EHE academic advisor before you take any action.

When can I drop a course?

You can drop a course on or before the 10th Friday of the semester. For current term deadlines, visit the Registrar’s website and click on “Important Dates” under “Quick Links.”

14 week Autumn and Spring Semester Courses

Week 1 - 5PM Friday of Week 4

  • Students can drop courses on their own via Buckeye Link
  • No record of enrollment will be recorded on transcript

Week 5 - 5PM Friday of Week 10

  • Students can only drop courses via academic advisor or staff in the office of Undergraduate Student Services (A100 PAES Building).
  • Students who drop courses during this period will receive a “W” on their transcript.

After 5PM Friday of Week 10

  • Students cannot drop any courses without submitting a Registration Petition through their assigned academic advisor.
  • Post 10th Friday Registration Petitions are only for extenuating circumstances.
  • Post 10th Friday Registration Petitions require supporting evidence and documentation of the extenuating circumstances.
  • Lack of attendance and/or poor performance in a course do not constitute extenuating circumstances to drop a course after 5PM of the 10th Friday of the semester.
  • If a post 10th Friday Registration Petition is submitted, plan to continue attending the course until a decision is made.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Any Registration Petition may be denied.

How do I drop a course?

NOTE: If this is your first term at Ohio State, you will need to see your advisor to make changes to your scheudule.

How do I drop before the 4th Friday?

Students can drop classes online on their own during the first four weeks of each semester, but it is strongly recommended that you seek advising before dropping a class.

You can drop classes using the Buckeye Link website:

  • STEP 1. Review the consequences of dropping at this point in the term by contacting the appropriate offices.
  • STEP 2. Log on to your Student Center by entering your Ohio State username and password.
  • STEP 3. Click “Drop a Class,” choose the term and year for which you are currently enrolled, then click the “Continue” button.
  • STEP 4. Select the course(s) you wish to drop.
  • STEP 5. Review the Student Center Reference Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to add a course.

Once you update your schedule, you cannot undo the course drop. Please be careful when selecting a course to drop.

If you need assistance dropping a course, please print and complete a Same Day Drop Form, and bring it to the front desk in A100 PAES Building, or email it to your assigned academic advisor.

How do I drop after the 4th Friday (and before the 10th Friday)?

Students can drop courses before the 10th Friday, but there may be academic and financial consequences. It is strongly recommended that you seek advising before dropping a course.

  • STEP 1. Review the consequences of dropping at this point in the term by contacting the appropriate offices.
  • STEP 2. Please print and complete a Same Day Drop Form.
  • STEP 3. Bring the form to the front desk in A100 PAES Building, or email it to your assigned academic advisor.
  • STEP 4. Verify that the course has been dropped by going to your Student Center.

Once you have dropped a course, you cannot undo the action. Please be careful when selecting a course to drop and be aware of the consequences of dropping.

Can I drop a course after the 10th Friday?

You cannot drop or modify your schedule after the 10th Friday except by a successful petition filed with your assigned academic advisor.

If, because of extenuating circumstances, you need to drop a course after the 10th Friday, make an appointment with your assigned academic advisor to help you with the petition.

  • You will need supporting evidence for your circumstances.
  • You cannot drop after the 10th week solely because you are doing poorly in a course.
  • Your petition may or may not be granted.
  • Plan to continue attending the course until a decision on your petition has been made.