Course Search & Enroll - Dropping a Class


An overview and step-by-step guide to dropping classes using Course Search & Enroll.


Dropping a class in Course Search & Enroll is very easy. However, dropping a class after the semester begins could have significant impacts on your academic plan, your status as a full-time student, financial aid, and more. You are always encouraged to talk with your advisor before dropping.

See below for step-by-step instructions as well as information about drop deadlines, when your UW-Madison transcript may show a dropped class, and more. Note the policy changing the deadline to the 12th week of instruction, starting in Fall 2021.

To drop an enrolled class and add one from your cart in one action, see Course Search & Enroll - Swapping a Class.


  1. In Course Search & Enroll, go to the “My Courses” tab.

  2. In the Enrolled list, select the checkbox for the class you wish to drop.

  3. Select the DROP button that appears above the class.

    Drop button

  4. In the pop-up window, select the Drop coursebutton.

    Confirm drop

  5. The dropped class should now appear under the Dropped list.

    Dropped courses list

Drop deadlines:

When you drop a class causes different impacts on your student record.

Find the right dates for your enrolled classes in the info section of your course section. In the information, select “Session Dates & Deadlines.” A pop-up will list all dates and deadlines for the course. All deadlines are by 11:59 pm CT that day.

The session dates table shows drop deadlines for all sessions in a term.

For regular session drop and tuition adjustment deadlines, see Dates & Deadlines page.

Session dates and deadlines per section

Session dates and deadlines pop up window

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