Sometimes circumstances arise which force a student to drop a class. If that happens to you, the best thing is to speak with your instructor first. There may be a way for you to stay in the class and do your work in an alternate fashion.
It is always better to consider withdrawal options than to just stop coming to class. If the teacher never hears from you and you remain on the grade sheet, you may receive a very low grade. This grade will remain on your transcript and will affect your grade point average. You might also receive a “No Credit,” which could affect your financial aid status.
Things to consider before dropping a class
- • Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid, please check with the Financial Aid Office before dropping the class. Dropping a class could negatively affect your financial aid status.
- • International Students: If you are an international student, please check with the International Programs Office before dropping a class. Dropping a class could negatively affect your visa status.
- • University Transfer: If you are planning to transfer, check with the universities or colleges you plan to attend to see how they treat different grading options (W, N, NC or retake). Different universities and programs within universities will treat course withdrawal in a variety of ways.
- • Be aware of dates: Which grading option you choose largely depends on the time during the quarter you decide to drop a class. Please be aware of the dates and deadlines for dropping a class. Dates for each quarter can be found on the front page of our online class schedule.
- • If you choose to take an official withdrawal from a class, a “W” will appear on your transcript. If you drop a class before the 10th day of the quarter (8th day for summer), the class will not appear on your transcript.
- • A “W” does not affect your grade point average at North. After a “W” is issued, the course may be repeated no more than one (1) time.
- • In order to receive a “W”, you must drop the class before the last day to withdraw (date for each quarter posted on the class schedule).
- • If you choose to change to an audit option, a “N” will appear on your transcript.
- • A “N” does not affect your grade point average at North. It means that you attended the class without receiving a grade.
- • If you plan to stay in the class, but do not want a grade on your transcript, audit is the most appropriate option.
- • In order to receive a “N”, you must change from credit to audit status before the last day to withdraw (date for each quarter posted on the class schedule).
- • The no credit “NC” option can only be obtained by instructor approval.
- • If your instructor issues you a no credit, a “NC” will appear on your transcript.
- • A “NC” does not affect your grade point average at North. After a “NC” is issued, the course may be repeated no more than one (1) time.
- • A “NC” can be issued by the instructor any time before the quarter ends and does not need to be done before the withdrawal date.
- • Check with the university where you plan to transfer. Some universities may see this as a 0.0 grade.
I-Incomplete (rarely given)
- • The incomplete “I” option can only be obtained by instructor approval.
- • An “I” is an agreement with your instructor that you will finish the work required of the class after the quarter ends, but within a specified amount of time. You and your instructor will need to fill out a form together which lists the work to be done and an approximate date when it will be completed.
- • Be aware that some teachers will give an incomplete only in cases of illness or family emergency.
- • An incomplete must be completed no later than the end of the next quarter, not including summer quarter.
Repeat the class and receive a grade recalculation
- • If you do not drop the class, but receive a low grade, you are allowed to retake the course. You may retake a course no more than one (1) time.
- • After you have repeated a course and received a higher grade, you can petition to have the first grade removed from your cumulative grade point average and the new grade factored in.
- • Note that when you have a grade recalculation, the first grade will still remain on your transcript, but it will not affect your cumulative GPA.
- • Check with the university where you plan to transfer. Some universities will not accept grade recalculations or will average the grades of the two classes you took.