How Do I Drop a Course?

The time of the semester determines the process used to drop a course. Students should refer to the academic calendar for important dates/deadlines.

Please note that adding/dropping courses may have an impact on financial aid and/or charges that appear on your bill. More information is available on the following webpages:

Should I drop a course before I add another course in its place?

You should make sure that you are able to add a course before you drop a course, particularly if dropping the course takes you below full-time status and you intend to remain at full-time status. If you are attempting to change sections of a course, you must drop your current section before adding the new section.

Students can drop themselves from courses while web registration is open. Check the academic calendar to find the specific dates when web registration closes. The calendar will denote “Last Day to Register (Add/Drop) in BannerWeb” on the dates when web registration closes for each term. Please note that deadlines vary depending on the term and length of course (full semester course vs sprint course, etc).

To drop a class in BannerWeb:

  1. Log in to BannerWeb.
  2. Select “Student Services & Financial Aid”
  3. Select “Registration”
  4. Select “Registration/Change of Schedule”
  5. Select a term and click “Submit”
  6. Under the Action column select “WEB drop” from the dropdown menu. Click “Submit Changes”

After web registration closes, students must contact the instructor of their course and request to be dropped from the course. The instructor will drop the student via the Photo Roster (instructors access this in myMiami under “My Courses”).  The student and the instructor will receive an email to confirm that the course has been dropped. Students can request to be dropped up until the deadline to drop a course with a “W” grade. Check the academic calendar to find the specific dates for dropping a course with a “W” grade. Please note that deadlines vary depending on the term and length of course (full semester course vs sprint course, etc). These deadlines are also prominent as announcements on myMiami.

It is strongly recommended that you allow ample time for your instructor to receive and act upon your request; drop requests made shortly before the deadline may not be received by your instructor in time to be acted upon before a drop deadline.

After the deadline to drop a course with a “W” grade has passed, students must petition to be dropped from a course and must provide documentation of extenuating circumstances. Students should go to their divisional advising offices to discuss the petitioning process:

International Students:  If you are withdrawing from a course, please be sure that you are still enrolled in at least 12 credits (undergraduate) or 9 credits (graduate) to maintain your legal status. Also, please note that at least 9 of the 12 credits you are taking should be in-person courses; only 3 credits of hybrid or online coursework may count towards full-time enrollment for undergraduate students. For graduate students, at least 6 of the 9 credits you are taking should be in-person courses. Please contact International Student and Scholar Services if you have questions about enrollment and maintaining your legal status.