Dropping and Adding Courses

26417466242_90d38e8bc4_nA student may withdraw from a course without academic penalty during the first 12 weeks of the semester. Failure to withdraw officially will result in the mark of “UW”, which is computed in the GPA as zero (0) grade points.

Courses may be added only during the first three weeks of the semester.

All changes in course enrollment must be processed through Web registration or in-person through the Registration Department (REG 101).


  • If a course is dropped within the first three weeks, it will not appear on a student’s academic transcript; if the course is dropped within weeks four through 12, it will be recorded with a mark of “W.”
  • No course may be dropped after the end of the twelfth week.
  • A student may not withdraw from a course in which he/she committed or is accused of committing an academic integrity violation.

Dropping All Courses
A student may not cancel their enrollment (drop all courses) via phone or online. Students wishing to drop all courses must do so in person or in writing.

Additional Information
For additional information, go to the Registration page in the USC Catalogue (dropping and adding courses).