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How To Drop A Class

Effective with the fall 2011 semester, students are limited to 5 drops in their academic career at OU. Complete withdrawals at OU, drops from other institutions, and drops from previous semesters do not count in the 5-drop limit. Click here for details.

The regulations listed below apply to courses that meet the full semester or summer session. Courses that do not meet the full term will have different deadlines. Contact Enrollment Services, 230 Buchanan Hall, for more information.

When dropping a class it is critical that you make an informed decision, as there could be an unexpected impact on financial aid, insurance eligibility, etc. if your enrollment drops below a certain number of hours. Please check with financial aid, your insurance company, or other entities that might need verification of your enrollment before you proceed.

We strongly encourage you to visit with your academic advisor before dropping a course as part of making an informed decision that could have far-reaching consequences. Students in University College, the College of Engineering, and the College of Architecture are required to visit with their college before dropping a class. Finally, review the questions in Deciding to Drop a Class before you make your final decision.


Period I.
First two weeks

  • You may drop without additional charges or grading penalties anytime up through the end of the second week of classes in Fall or Spring.
  • No grades will be recorded for dropped courses.
  • You may drop courses through your oZONE account during this time period.

Note on tuition charges for dropped courses: You will be required to pay tuition and fees for any course dropped after the second week of classes in Fall or Spring Semesters.


Period II.
Third through tenth week of Fall and Spring

  • You may drop courses during this time with an automatic grade of “W” on your transcript.
  • Fill out a drop slip and turn it in to the Enrollment Services office (230 Buchanan Hall).
  • No permissions or signatures are required, except for University College, the College of Engineering, and the College of Architecture. These three colleges require their students to obtain Dean’s approval to drop a class after the second week.


Period III.
Eleventh week through end of classes in Fall and Spring.

  • Deans permission is required for all drops. Petitions are available in College advising offices.
  • Have the instructor circle the grade of W or F and sign a drop slip.  
  • Turn in the drop slip and petition to your College advising office for review.
  • A "W" from a professor does not mean the Dean's office will approve the petition. Continue attending class until you know the outcome of your petition.
  • NOTE: If you are pursuing a dual degree (two degrees in separate colleges), you may turn your form in to only one college advising office (whichever one you choose). The decision of the college is final.