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Dropping Courses

What is the Deadline to Drop a Course?

5pm on October 25th is the deadline to drop a course or withdraw from the semester for academic reasons. It is also the deadline to request a class be changed to pass/fail. Please note that very few classes should ever be pass/failed. You should only pass/fail courses you are not using for any requirements. If you pass/fail a class counting towards a requirement, you will have to redo that course/requirement.

 

Website to initiate a Q-drop/Withdrawal:

UT Direct

 

Ramifications of Pass/Failing

You will receive a grade of "CR" as long as you pass the course. If you fail, you will receive an "F." Receiving a CR will not affect your GPA, but if you receive an F, it will impact your GPA.

Pay attention to the following when pass/failing:

  • Make sure it is not a course you are using for any requirements
    • Pass/Failing automatically makes a course an elective and it can no longer count towards the core, flags, you major, minor, or certificate
    • If you pass/fail a class you needed for a requirement, you will be required to retake the course or register for another course that will satisfy your requirement
  • The course must eligible to be pass/failed. Go to the course schedule and click on the unique number for the course you want to pass/fail. If it has the phrase "Offered on the letter-grade basis only," then it cannot be pass/failed.

 

Ramifications of Dropping

You will receive a “Q” as your grade in the course and it will show on your transcript. Your GPA is not affected by a Q. You are only allowed six Q-drops while you are an undergrad at any public Texas institution.

If Q-dropping a course will put you below 12 hours, you will be considered a part-time student. This could affect the following:

  • Your financial aid - Contact Texas One Stop or learn more online
  • International/Visa status (for international students only) – Contact Texas Global
  • Veteran’s Benefits
  • On-campus housing
  • Athletic Eligibility- speak with your Athletics Advisor
  • Participation in extracurricular activities (for example: fraternity/sorority)—contact the organization
  • Your academic progress (completing degree requirements, internal transfer requirements, etc.)
  • Access to Honors designations for the semester
  • Car & medical insurance—contact your insurance provider

 

Ramifications of Withdrawing

You will receive a “W” as your grade in all of your remaining courses and it will show on your transcript. Your GPA is not affected by a W. 

Withdrawing could affect the following:

  • Your financial aid - Contact Texas One Stop or learn more online
  • International/Visa status (for international students only) – Contact Texas Global
  • Veteran’s Benefits
  • On-campus housing
  • Athletic Eligibility- speak with your Athletics Advisor
  • Participation in extracurricular activities (for example: fraternity/sorority)—contact the organization
  • Your academic progress (completing degree requirements, internal transfer requirements, etc.)
  • Access to Honors designations for the semester
  • Car & medical insurance—contact your insurance provider