Late Dropping a Course

Dropping a full-semester course after the drop/add deadline through the end of the twelfth week of the semester is called a late course drop.

Part-semester courses have different late-drop deadlines. To check the late-drop deadline for each course on your schedule, use the eLion Course Drop Dates application.

See the Undergraduate Advising Handbook for an explanation of the late course drop policy.

Reasons to Late Drop a Course

  • You'll probably fail the course.
  • You won't fail the course, but you're getting a lower grade than you want or need.
  • You're behind in all of your courses and dropping one will help you catch up in the others.
  • You're not interested in finishing the course because your educational plans have changed.
  • Your grade-point average will be too low if you keep the course.
  • You need more time for work, study, family responsibilities, etc.

Assessing Your Grades

  • Review the grading policy in each course to determine how your final grade will be calculated.
  • If you're not sure of the grading policy, your current grade, or how the final grade will be determined, meet with your instructor.
  • Consider the work that's left in each course and how it will affect your final grade. If you decide that it's impossible to earn a satisfactory final grade, you may want to consider late dropping the course.

Note: You can use the eLion GPA Prediction application to calculate your semester and cumulative grade-point averages based on your predicted grades in each course.

Deciding Whether or Not to Late Drop a Course

Make an informed decision about late dropping a course by first going through the Late-Drop Checklist.

The eLion Late Course Drop application (under Schedule) can also help with this decision by checking your academic records and asking you key questions. It will use this information to advise you about the pros, cons, outcomes, and alternatives to late dropping a particular course.

Alternatives to Late Drop

Deferred Grade

If you can't complete a course within the time allowed, you may request a deferred grade. A deferred grade will give you more time to complete the course requirements and is typically granted for illness, family emergencies, or other extenuating circumstances. It's possible to request a deferred grade for more than one course. To request a deferred grade, contact your instructor. This request should be submitted before the beginning of the final exam period in the semester or session the course is scheduled.


If you want to drop all of your courses for the current semester, you must process an official withdrawal. You should consider withdrawing if you are getting Ds and Fs in most of your courses. You might also consider withdrawing if circumstances prevent you from completing the semester. A student who chooses not to complete a semester without officially withdrawing could receive all F grades.

If you're considering withdrawing, you should should discuss it with an academic adviser. You can also receive expert advising and process a withdrawal through the eLion Withdrawal application. A withdrawal can be processed through the last day of classes (before the final exam period begins).

Students who withdraw may request re-enrollment for a future semester.

Taking Action

If you decide that late dropping a course is the best action to take, you can process the late course drop on eLion.

You can late drop only one course at a time through eLion. If you're considering late dropping more than one course, consult with an academic adviser first.

You should make your decision about whether or not to late drop a course before the late drop deadline.