We wish you did not have to leave UT, and we are here to help you determine the best steps to take.
Are You Planning to Complete the Current Term?
This is not considered withdrawing from the university.
If your plan is to complete the term and earn final grades, you will be leaving between semesters. Use MyUTK to officially notify UT of your intent to leave. You will find instructions and the steps you take to ensure a smooth transition.
Or Are You Unable to Complete the Current Term?
If you need to drop all your classes once the semester has begun, this is considered withdrawing, and you must fulfill UT’s requirements.
While you are able to drop any and all classes prior to the start of the semester, once the semester has officially begun, you are required to officially withdraw from the university in order to drop all of your classes.
Withdrawing from the university is likely to affect you financially and academically, although it does not affect your GPA. Contact a One Stop counselor to learn more.
Academic Policies on Withdrawal
Military Students: If you are called to active duty, please contact the Veteran Student Services Office for assistance.
How to Withdraw in Fall or Spring Semester
Check a calendar to see specific deadlines.
Calendar Days 1 through Last Day of Classes
Go to MyUTK.
Choose Banner Self-Service Home in the My Resources Menu.
Choose Request to Withdraw and Submit.
How to Return
If you withdraw from UT, you must apply for readmission in advance of your next term of anticipated enrollment, except for withdrawal from mini-terms and summer terms.
After sitting out, you may apply for readmission. If readmission is granted, no additional total withdrawals will be allowed and earned grades will stand for all future terms.
- Undergraduates: Apply for readmission through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 320 Student Services Building, 865-974-2184 if you withdraw from the Fall or Spring semester. You can get more information on the Undergraduate Admissions website.
- NOTE: After three total withdrawals from the university, you must sit out for both a fall and spring semester. After sitting out, you may apply for readmission. If readmission is granted, no additional total withdrawals will be allowed and earned grades will stand for all future terms.
- Graduate Students: Apply for readmission through the Office of Graduate Admissions, 201 Student Services Building, 865-974-3251 if you withdraw from the Fall or Spring semester. You can get more information on the Graduate School website.
- Law School students: Contact the Student Records Office in the College of Law, 1505 W. Cumberland Avenue, 865-974-6790.
- Veterinary Medicine students: Contact the Dean’s Office in the College of Veterinary Medicine on the Agriculture Campus, 104 Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 865-974-7262
If you leave the university during a term without completing the withdrawal process, you will be charged for the entire term. The effective date you withdraw affects certain charges, fees, and some financial aid programs because they are assessed on a percentage basis.
Contact a One Stop counselor to find out if you are eligible for any return of tuition or fees.
Financial aid and scholarship recipients should contact a One Stop counselor before withdrawing.
All or a portion of your financial aid may have to be repaid, depending on your withdrawal date. You must repay financial aid at once if you withdraw during the federal refund period.
Withdrawing from UT does not cancel any fees and charges you already incurred. UT follows federal policy and procedures for calculating the return of Title IV funds for financial aid.
If you withdraw from UT two times or more while you are receiving financial aid, you are no longer eligible to receive it.
Undergraduates: If you withdraw from UT by the Withdraw with no Ws deadline, you will have the notation “withdrawn” and the date on your permanent academic record. If you withdraw after that, you will receive W grades in your classes. A total withdrawal does not impact your six allotted “course drops with a W” over your undergraduate career.
Graduate Students: If you withdraw from UT by the Withdraw with no Ws deadline, you will have the notation “withdrawn” and the date on your permanent academic record. If you withdraw between that deadline and the Drop with Ws deadline, you will receive W grades in your classes.
If you finished the first session of summer term and got your grades, then you have to follow the policy for dropping the rest of your enrolled courses instead of withdrawing from the term completely.
If you finished the first session and you have not received grades yet, you have to withdraw before the last class day of the session.
Full Term or Second Session
If you are enrolled in the full summer term or only its second session and you want to withdraw, you should apply to withdraw from the summer term.