After a student has confirmed her registration during the second week of the semester, she is normally expected to complete all her classes with the exception of a 5th class dropped within the first three weeks. A student may not withdraw from a course simply because she is not doing well in it, does not like it, or does not need it. However, circumstances may arise that make it unreasonable to expect a student to complete her entire course load.
The decision to withdraw from a course must be made jointly by the instructor and the dean and only when the student’s ability to complete the course is seriously impaired by unforeseen circumstances beyond her control. If during the semester a student experiences significant illness, a family emergency, or some other serious problem in her life or if she finds that she has been placed in a class for which she lacked adequate preparation, she should talk to her dean about whether it might be appropriate to withdraw from the class. Withdrawal requires the consent of both the dean and the course instructor, and may require a medical recommendation.
Bryn Mawr College policy precludes withdrawing from a course after the final work for the course is due. If the course is at Penn, Swarthmore, or Haverford and that institution has an earlier deadline, the earlier deadline applies. For example, the deadline to withdraw from a Haverford course is the last day of classes.
How withdrawing will affect your transcript
Your transcript will include the course as part of your schedule for the semester, but instead of a grade, "WD" will appear. The grade of “WD” will not affect your grade point average. The course will not count towards any requirements or towards the 32 units needed for graduation.
How withdrawing will affect your progress towards your degree
In making the decision to withdraw from a course, students should talk with their deans about how to make up for the lost credit and should keep the following rules regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress in mind.
Dorms open at noon
Martin Luther King Day (No Classes)
First day of classes
PE registration begins
Language Proficiency Exams
PE classes begin
Confirmation of Registration for all students
Guild Hall -- 3rd floor
Last day to sign up for Credit/No Credit for first-quarter classes
Last day to drop a fifth class
Last day to sign up for Credit/No Credit for semester classes
First-quarter (including PE) classes end
Spring break begins after last class
Spring break ends at 8a.m.
Second-quarter classes (including PE) begin
Last day to add a second quarter class
Last day to drop a second quarter class
Last day to sign up for Credit/No Credit for second quarter classes
April 5 - 12
Language Proficiency Exams
Preregistration for Fall 2013 begins
Preregistration for Fall 2013 ends
Last day of classes
May 4-May 5
Final examinations begin
Final examinations end for seniors
Final examinations end for other students
Dorms close at noon