If you are looking for information about dropping select classes from your schedule rather than leaving a full Semester or Summer Session, visit either the Add/Drop a Course page (for drops before the deadline) or Late Change of Class Schedule page (for drops after the deadline).
Withdrawal means dropping all classes once the semester has started. Withdrawal of a Fall or Spring semester will also cancel any enrollment in future semesters and students will need to apply for readmission in order to attend a future Fall or Spring semester. If you wish to withdraw, review Cal Student Central's withdrawal information to understand how a withdrawal may affect different aspects of your student status, including financial aid, housing, and more.
This page will focus on the academic policies and procedures around withdrawal for L&S students. It is always encouraged to meet with an L&S College Adviser to discuss your decision to withdraw from a semester.
Withdrawals submitted prior to the first day of instruction for a term will be processed as a cancellation of registration. Students will need to apply for readmission in order to attend a future Fall or Spring semester.
Deadline to submit a withdrawal
The deadline to withdraw from a given semester is the Friday of RRR week. Deadline dates for the current semester can be found on our homepage.
How to submit a withdrawal or cancellation
Submit a Withdrawal Request by going to your CalCentral’s “My Dashboard” tab and selecting “Add a Withdrawal Request” under “Student Resources”. To submit a withdrawal, select the current term. For a cancellation, select a future term.
Important Note for Newly Admitted Students: If you submit a withdrawal request prior to the first day of instruction of your first semester, it will result in the cancellation of your admission to UC Berkeley. See the FAQ below for more information.
Newly Admitted Students
If you are a newly admitted freshman or transfer student, submitting a withdrawal request prior to the first day of instruction of your first semester at UC Berkeley will result in a cancellation of your admission. Instead, if you need to postpone your enrollment at Berkeley, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to discuss the possibility of deferral.
Financial Aid Recipients
If you are a financial aid recipient who withdraws, you may be required to pay back financial aid that has been previously processed in the semester. Contact Cal Student Central to discuss the possible impact on financial aid prior to making a decision about withdrawing.
If you are an international student, visit the Berkeley International Office to discuss the ramifications of the withdrawal to your student visa status.
Students in Cal Housing
If you are a student living in Cal Housing, please contact Residential & Student Services Programs to discuss the ramifications of canceling a Cal Housing contract.
Withdrawals on transcripts
The withdrawal date will appear on the administrative transcript and all courses for the semester will be removed. The reason for withdrawal is confidential and does not appear on the official transcript.
Depending on when you submit a withdrawal, you may or may not have a portion of your tuition refunded. Visit the Office of the Registrar’s Refunds After Withdrawal page for more information.
It is important to note that some fees are not refundable and if you have Financial Aid, you may have to pay back all or part of your aid package.
Withdrawing after Readmission Deadline
When you submit a withdrawal request in a semester, your enrollments for that semester are dropped along with enrollments for future terms. You must apply for readmission to return for a future semester.
Because of this, if you submit a withdrawal request after the readmission deadline for the next semester (November 1st for a Spring semester and July 1st for a Fall semester), you will be unable to readmit for that semester (ex: If you withdraw from Fall semester in December, you are not be able to readmit to the next Spring semester because the deadline has passed). If you submit a withdrawal request before the deadline (November 1st or July 1st), you will need to submit your readmission packet by that deadline to be readmitted. See our readmission page for more information.
You can always meet with an L&S College Adviser to discuss your options if you cannot readmit into the following semester, from taking a break to enrolling at a different institution. (See our Planning Transfer Coursework page for more information.
If you are considering pursuing a medical withdrawal, please contact University Health Services (UHS) for assistance. For information regarding medical withdrawals, please visit UHS's webpage on Medical Withdrawals. It is recommended that students waiting for approval of a medical withdrawal also initiate a personal withdrawal request via their CalCentral as medical withdrawal requests require documentation for review.
To return to Cal after a withdrawal or cancellation, you will need to apply for Readmission.