Oh no! I have to withdraw from a course!

Jessica Tavares is an academic adviser within the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center. She works with undergraduate students within NSU’s online and off-site populations. She helps students cultivate degree plans to attain their goals.


Christopher Densmore is a NSU alumnus and an academic adviser in NSU’s Undergraduate Academic Advising Center. He works to encourage students at the undergraduate level to achieve their highest learning potential and pursue academic challenges. 


Sooner or later students might begin questioning what exactly they have gotten themselves into.  Maybe they initially thought that a course would be a great elective that would not demand every free moment for studying. Maybe something unfortunate happened — like a computer hard drive decided to take the morning, and semester, off, and they cannot retrieve that critical paper.

These are two obstacles that could occur throughout a semester, but what should a student do if they are questioning a class they have chosen?

First, contact the professor to go over your status within the course, and see if you can work through the hurdles you are facing in order to successfully complete it. This could mean submitting late work or putting a hold on extracurricular activities until you get past this hump. You may want to consider peer tutoring or a study group to help you through any particular course you are struggling with. You may even consider speaking with the Office of Student Success to brush up on your study skills.

If you decide your best option is to leave the class, it’s important to understand what that means.

What is a drop?

Unlike a withdrawal, a drop is when a student is removed from a course prior to or shortly after the first week of classes. To officially drop from the course students should either use Webstar to make changes to their schedule or meet with an academic adviser. When a student drops a course, it will impact how much of a refund is applied. Even if the student is on a flat rate, not every drop results in receiving a refund. Dropping may impact

What should you do if you have a withdrawal on your transcript?


Some students may find that working through a challenging course they didn’t think they could succeed in helps them as they go forward into more rigorous courses. For others, the decision to drop or withdraw from a challenging course may help them realize that this major or field isn’t what they’re most interested in pursuing. If in the end, you find yourself in one of these positions, consider your options and choose whatever is in your best interest.

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