Drop & Withdrawal Guidelines

DROP: Students may drop courses until the end of the 5th full week of classes through Penn InTouch without instructor approval. A “drop” means the course is removed from the student’s transcript. The drop cutoff date is also the last day for students to change grade type (normal letter grade to pass/fail or vice-versa). The only courses that Wharton students can take pass/fail are non-business electives (except for Globals or courses taken for minors) or Wharton courses taken as unrestricted electives or extra courses.

Last day to drop a course: Friday, October 9, 2017 and Friday, February 16, 2018


WITHDRAWAL: Students may withdraw from courses until the end of the 10th week of classes. Students are required to obtain instructor signature for withdrawals. Faculty typically approve withdrawals unless there are unresolved academic integrity issues OR there is an earlier withdrawal date about which students have been notified in writing on the course syllabus. Students who do not withdraw by the deadline will be subject to the grading policies of the course. Students who withdraw from a course receive a “W” on their transcript in place of a grade. Withdrawals are not factored into the GPA.

Last day to withdraw from a course: Friday, November 10, 2017 and Friday March 30, 2018


EXCEPTIONS: Faculty may establish an earlier drop deadline which requires that students withdraw if they decide not to complete the course. This option is provided for faculty who have pedagogical reasons for doing so. For example, faculty may establish the end of the second week of classes as the last day to drop. All exceptions to University policy must be provided to students in writing on the course syllabus at the beginning of the semester.

PLEASE NOTE: Faculty who decide to establish earlier drop deadlines must take responsibility for ensuring that students receive a “W.” Because students can drop courses online without faculty approval through the end of the fifth week, it is necessary to run reports to obtain a list of the students who dropped after the course deadline but before the University deadline. These students must be reenrolled in the course, and then administrative staff must work with the registrar’s office to withdraw students from the course. In addition, faculty are responsible for approving any exceptions to students who petition to drop, rather than withdraw, from courses with earlier drop dates. Therefore, it is advisable to consult department heads and administrative staff before setting earlier drop dates.

As a rule, faculty should not establish withdrawal dates earlier than the University deadline. However, there are cases in which faculty feel this is necessary due to the structure of the coursework (e.g., small, upper-level courses centered around group projects).

Students will be made aware of the drop/withdrawal policies and, along with faculty, will be reminded of deadlines as they approach. If students in your course do not receive graded work until after the 5th week of class, you should be prepared to respond to their concerns about drops versus withdrawals. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Division office for assistance.