You can change your grade to (S/U) or withdraw from courses up until the Friday of week 7, but there are specifics rules about which courses you can S/U. Before making any decision about dropping or withdrawing from a course (or term), you should review the following:

  • Meet with your professor to discuss what you actually have in the class.  It can be unclear how you are performing in a course (better or worse), and the professor (or TAs for labs) is usually the only person who can clarify questions you might have.  You want to be clear on where you stand in the course and what you need to get in the remainder of a course to pass in order to make a good decision about withdrawal (W) or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U).  You should carefully evaluate if it is realistic for you to perform at the level needed to be successful, and you should not assume you will do radically better than you have before without good reason.  It also does not help to ride out a course to the end that you have no possibility of passing as these grades stay on your record even after retakes.
  • Talk to Financial Aid (Kerr Administration Building),  if you have loans, grants or scholarships.  They can tell you the financial repercussions of dropping a course.  In general, you must complete at least 67% of all credits attempted for your current degree or certificate (which means you can usually drop below full time!). Both OSU and accepted transfer credits will be counted as attempted credits. You must contact the Financial Aid office to confirm this general rule related to your specific situation.
  • Contact your advisor if you need to discuss what you find out and/or your decision. They can help you see what impacts it will have on future coursework and degree progress. 

Guidelines for S/U or W from a course:

  • No Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) allowed for major, minor or option courses. S/U is OK for Baccalaureate Core or other courses not required by major, minor or options.  If the course is in your major, minor or option, your only choice is withdrawal (W).
  • Any grade below a C- in an S/U class is a U, while a D is passing for many courses in your major. The BI 22x series and all math courses require a C- or better, and students who are in a series should have a C- or better before moving forward. Most professional schools will not accept Ds in courses that are prerequisites.
  • Students must have 2.0 cumulative OSU and major GPA (see MyDegrees), but they can have down to a D- in some courses (see above).
  • When a course is repeated for a grade at OSU, only the second grade counts for GPA even if the grade is lower.  Both the first and second grades will appear on transcripts. If the student repeats the course for a third time, the grade will not replace the second grade in their GPA, and all grades will appear on transcripts. 
  • A student cannot repeat a course as S/U if they received a grade in that course previously. See the appropriate repeated courses academic regulations (AR 20) for more information.
  • Students can withdraw a maximum of 12 times. (AR 12)
  • Incompletes (I) can be granted in specific circumstances at the instructors discretion as noted in the academic regulations. You must be passing the course when you request an incomplete. (AR 17)
  • Further information on withdrawing
  • Further information on Incomplete "I" and other grading issues 

S/U and W process:

Important S/U and W dates (see Academic Calendar for more details):

  • Week 1: The last time students can add and drop classes online. Students can change the grading of a course to Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory (S/U) if the course is not required for a major, minor, or option.
  • Week 2  Students can drop a course online. Adding courses requires department and instructor approval. Contact the department office of the unit offering the course for details. 
  • Week 3: Students can still change the grading of a course to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) if the course is not required for a major, minor, or option.
  • Week 7: Friday of week 7 is the last day to S/U or W from a course.
  • Week 8: After week 7 students can only petition to the Registrar to receive a W or S/U grade in single courses, but they must have a significant reason why they missed the deadline (serious illness or emergency).  Students considering withdrawal from the term should see the appropriate regulation.