Withdrawal and Leave of Absence Policy


Students admitted to the University of Maryland are expected to make regular and consistent progress toward the completion of their degree. However, the University understands that in exceptional circumstances a student may find it necessary to completely withdraw from all classes. The University considers such an interruption to be very serious as it delays normal progress toward the degree. Students should not withdraw for frivolous reasons or to avoid the consequences of ignoring their academic responsibilities.

Students who have earned a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA with no previous withdrawal or leave of absence will need to apply for readmission. All other students who find it necessary to leave the University are required to petition the Faculty Review Board in order to be reinstated. (Withdrawals or leave of absences prior to Fall 2002 or those occurring in a summer or winter session will not be considered in this requirement.)

Withdrawal Procedures

Students may request a withdrawal from all classes at any time between the first and the last day of classes for the semester. Students must submit written notice of withdrawal to the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day of classes. In addition to academic consequences, a withdrawal can have serious effects for students receiving financial assistance, international students, and students in residence halls. It is the student's responsibility to review these potential implications with the appropriate offices listed below before withdrawing:
  • Student Financial Services Office: 1135 Lee Building; (301) 314-9000
  • International Education Services Office: 3117 Mitchell Building; (301) 314-7740
  • Department of Resident Life: 2100 Annapolis Hall; (301) 314-2100
The effective date of the withdrawal for purposes of any refund is the date that the written withdrawal notice is received by the Office of the Registrar. Notation of withdrawal and the effective date will be posted on the student's academic record. Instructors and college offices will be notified of all withdrawn students.

Students who completely withdraw during the last 60 days of the semester and intend to return the following semester, may take a leave of absence. A leave of absence may provide some benefit for students on Federal Financial Aid. For more information, contact the Student Financial Services Office.


Students who are required to petition the Faculty Review Board for reinstatement may submit their petition online at http://www.studentsuccess.umd.edu.

Students who have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and no previous withdrawals or leave of absences may apply for readmission online at http://www.student success.umd.edu

Students with questions or concerns about reinstatement and readmission should contact the Student Success Office via email at rr-admit@umd.edu.


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