Withdrawal

Newly Admitted Freshmen and Transfers

Freshmen:
If you are a newly admitted freshman, and need to postpone your enrollment at Berkeley, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to discuss deferral.

Freshmen & Transfers:
Withdrawing or Cancelling your registration prior to the first day of instruction will result in a cancellation of your admission to Berkeley.   If you wish to return at a later date, you would be subject to the application and selection process again.  

In order to avoid cancellation of admission, students must register by paying at least the first fee installment and enrolling in at least one class. Once registered, you are eligible to withdraw on or after the first day of instruction.  Read Cal Student Central's withdrawal information.  

Continuing Students: Prior to the Start of Instruction

If you decide to discontinue your studies for an upcoming semester, no action is required other than to cancel your registration for the upcoming term via CalCentral before instruction begins.  

If you did not enroll in any classes for the semester you wish to cancel, the cancellation will occur automatically.  

If you are enrolled or waitlisted in classes and decide to cancel that enrollment (including waitlisted classes), you must submit a Withdrawal Request form on CalCentral before instruction begins. 

Continuing Students: After the Start of Instruction

If you need to terminate your studies during a fall or spring semester (i.e. after instruction begins), please review Cal Student Central's withdrawal information.  You also are expected to meet with a College Adviser to review your plan to withdraw. Failure to file for withdrawal will result in the assignment of F or NP grades in all courses for the semester.  

After any break in enrollment in a regular semester, you will need to apply for readmission in preparation for return. If you plan to attend another institution while you are away, be sure to connect to a College Adviser about how it will affect your overall academic plan.

Contact Berkeley Summer Sessions with questions about procedures for withdrawal from Summer Sessions.

Guidelines for Withdrawal

  • Although it is possible to withdraw at any point in the semester, you must do so by the end of service hours on the last day of instruction.
  • The withdrawal date will appear on the transcript, and all courses for the term will be removed. The reason for withdrawal is confidential and does not appear on the transcript.
  • Fee reductions for withdrawal are prorated on a sliding scale.
  • If you are a financial aid recipient, withdrawal may require you to pay back financial aid that has been previously processed in the term. We strongly advise financial aid recipients to contact Cal Student Central to discuss the possible impact on financial aid prior making a decision about withdrawing.

Returning to Berkeley

To return to Berkeley, review the Readmission process.

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