A withdrawal is defined as exiting a course after the drop deadline and before the withdrawal deadline.
Withdrawing from a course is different from dropping a course (which eliminates any history of your enrollment from your academic record); Students who withdraw from a course receive a "W" on their transcript from the University of Pittsburgh.
You will still have access to the course's lectures and active learning, but your progress in the course will not be saved. But you are not eligible for a refund.
Withdrawals do not affect your GPA, but they do count towards the total number of credits you attempt - students may only attempt a course (or that course’s equivalent) a maximum of 3 times.
Any student enrolled in a for-credit* Outlier course can elect to withdraw from their course at any point after the Drop Deadline but before 11:59 pm on the Withdrawal Deadline.
- For 14 Week Standard Cohorts: 9 weeks after the start date
- For 7 Week Intensive Cohorts: 4 weeks after the start date
Withdrawal Deadlines specific to your cohort can be viewed:
- Under Course Toolkit > Schedule
- On the Manage Course page (Account > Course Management > Manage Course)
*It is not necessary for students on the audit track to withdraw from a course because they do not have an academic record with the University of Pittsburgh, and they retain lifetime access to the course materials
Is it for me?
As you consider whether or not withdrawing from your course is right for you? Here are a few questions you might ask yourself.
- Is it possible for me to catch up before my final exam? Check out your Course Toolkit to see the recommended pacing for your course. You know your own schedule best - is there too much to cover by the end of the course? You’ll want to complete all sections to receive a good grade on exams.
- Can I realistically take quizzes from all previous chapters to improve my score? If you have the time, going back to each chapter to take quizzes again can increase your overall score (we only take the highest!) and help you study for the final. If you do not have the time to do this for each chapter before the final, you should consider withdrawing.
- Am I okay with a poor grade going on my permanent academic record? If you do not withdraw before your course’s deadline, the grade you receive - good or bad - will go on your transcript. If you have academic goals and are currently not happy with your scores in the course, you should consider withdrawing.
Withdrawing from a Course
For courses purchased BEFORE April 11, 2022
To request to withdraw from a course, please navigate to the Course Exit page, select the course from which you’d like to withdraw and fill out the Withdrawal Form.
For courses purchased AFTER April 11, 2022
Log into your Student Dashboard.
Screenshot: student dashboard
Go to the top right of your screen and click the three horizontal lines next to your email address. Then, click Account.
On the left side of your Account page, click Course Management. Then, next to the course you plan to switch out of, click Manage Course.
Here, you will find the option to withdraw from your course.
What can I do if the withdrawal deadline has passed?
After the withdrawal deadline, students will receive a letter grade for the course. If your deadline has passed, we are here to support you academically! We recommend:
- Reaching out to us to ask one of our advisors for a success plan
- Asking our tutors in your course's discussion community for help with the material
We understand that life is unpredictable, and things may happen that make it difficult to keep up with your studies. So if you need special accommodations, please fill out the Exception Request Survey.
Fill out the survey by clicking on Tell Us More on the Manage Course page. The survey is available to students after the Withdrawal Deadline has passed but prior to the Cohort’s End Date.
Does not apply to Florida Polytechnic University or other partner institutions. Please refer to your course syllabus for details.