University Withdrawal

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University Withdrawal

If you are considering withdrawing from the University, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your adviser and your Student Affairs Office (www.mcgill.ca/students/advising/advisordirectory) before making a final decision.

Student's Responsibility

Student's Responsibility

It is solely your responsibility to initiate University withdrawal by submitting a form or writing to your Student Affairs Office. Neither notification of the course instructor nor discontinuing class attendance is sufficient. The date on which you dropped or withdrew from all courses is entered on Minerva and is the official date of withdrawal, even if you had stopped attending lectures earlier.

Note for the Faculties of Arts and Science (including B.A. & Sc.): Requests are made at Service Point (3415 McTavish). However, it is important that you also see a Faculty adviser in Dawson Hall to talk about your options and the effects that your request may have on your studies. For more information, see www.mcgill.ca/students/advising.
Note for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: The date the request for withdrawal is submitted is the official date of withdrawal. Students who do not register in a given term are subject to University withdrawal. If they wish to return to complete their program in a later term, they must submit a Request for Readmission.
Note for Physical and Occupational Therapy: If you are blocked from withdrawing from course(s) in Minerva, you must contact the Student Affairs Office, who will provide you with the proper forms.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)

Deadlines for University Withdrawal

Deadlines for University Withdrawal

If you decide not to attend the term(s) you are registered in, you must officially withdraw from the University within the deadlines indicated. See Withdrawal (W) deadline dates at www.mcgill.ca/importantdates. If you drop all of your courses between September 1 and the Fall add/drop deadline, or between January 1 and the Winter add/drop deadline, you are withdrawn from the University. If you withdraw from all of your courses by the Fall or Winter withdrawal deadlines you are withdrawn from the University.

To withdraw from the University by the deadlines indicated below, you must drop or withdraw from all courses on Minerva.

To return to your studies, you must follow the procedures for readmission. For more information, refer to University Regulations & Resources > Undergraduate > Registration > Readmission.

Fall Term

Fall Term

From September 1 to September 19, 2017 a drop of all courses constitutes a University withdrawal with refund (minus $200 for returning students and the registration deposit for new students). After September 19 and until the deadlines indicated below, you may withdraw from all courses to effect a University withdrawal.

  • Deadline for University withdrawal with refund (minus $200 for returning students and the registration deposit for new students): Tuesday, September 26, 2017
  • Deadline for University withdrawal without refund: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Winter Term

Winter Term

From January 1 to January 23, 2018 a drop of all courses constitutes a University withdrawal with refund (minus $200 for returning students and the registration deposit for new students). After January 23 and until the deadlines indicated below, you may withdraw from all courses to effect a University withdrawal.

  • Deadline for University withdrawal with refund (minus $200 for returning students and the registration deposit for new students): Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Deadline for University withdrawal without refund: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

If you are blocked from dropping or withdrawing from your last course on Minerva, you are required to contact your Student Affairs Office, which will supply any forms necessary to complete the University withdrawal as long as you have not missed the deadline for University withdrawal.

Note for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: If you wish to withdraw after the deadlines indicated above, please contact the Faculty Adviser in the Student Affairs Office for further information.
Note for the Faculties of Arts and Science (including B.A. & Sc.): If you want to withdraw after the deadlines indicated above, under exceptional circumstances you may be granted permission for University withdrawal. Requests are made at Service Point (3415 McTavish Street). However, it is important that you also see a Faculty adviser in Dawson Hall to talk about your options and the effects that your request may have on your studies. For more information, see www.mcgill.ca/students/advising.
Note for the Faculties of Education, Management, and Music: If you want to withdraw after the deadlines indicated above, under exceptional circumstances you may be granted permission for University withdrawal. You should contact your Student Affairs Office (www.mcgill.ca/students/advising/advisordirectory) for further information.
Note for the Faculty of Law: In addition to the above procedures, it is important that you contact the Student Affairs Office to discuss your options and the effects that your request may have on your studies.
Note for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: A Withdrawal Form is required by the withdrawal deadlines and is available at www.mcgill.ca/students/records/forms. Students who do not register in a given term will be withdrawn as of September 1 (Fall term), January 1 (Winter term), or May 1 (Summer Term).
Note for Health Sciences: For information on readmission procedures, you should refer to your Faculty/School section in this publication.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)

Consequences of University Withdrawal

Consequences of University Withdrawal

Any applicable fee refunds for the term of withdrawal will be according to Fees and Withdrawal from the University.

Once you withdraw, you must return your ID card to the University as stated in Identification (ID) Cards.

If you withdraw from the University in the Fall term, you are considered to be withdrawn from the entire academic year; i.e., Fall and Winter terms. If you plan on returning for the Winter term, you must follow the procedures for readmission.

Note: If you withdraw from the University and want to re-register in a later term, you must follow the procedures for readmission, except if you are in the following faculties (in which case you must contact your Student Affairs Office): Music, and Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. See University Regulations & Resources > Undergraduate > Registration > Readmission for more information.
Note for the Faculty of Law: You must reapply for admission via the McGill online application process. For more information, see www.mcgill.ca/law-admissions/undergraduates/admissions.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)