Learn how to add, drop, or withdraw from classes

This process can be complicated. Contact Skyhawk Station or your advisor for help.

First week class changes

You can add or drop classes easily during the first week of the semester.

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Add a class after the semester has started

The process for adding classes depends on when you do it.

Fall and spring semesters

  • The first week of the semester
    • You can add classes on WebOPUS until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday of the first week of the semester.
  • After the first week of classes
    • You can only add classes with the instructor's permission (contact the instructor) using the Post-Census Course Addition form
    • You will not be eligible for federal student aid and COF for courses added after Census.

Summer semester

  • The first week of the semester
    • You can add classes on WebOPUS until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday of the first week of the semester.
    • Beginning Wednesday of the first week of the semester, you can only add classes using the Post-Census Course Addition form.
    • You will not be eligible for federal student aid and COF for courses added after Census.

Census (sometimes called Census Date) is the official count of student enrollment at FLC; we count at the end of the 12th day of classes for fall, spring, and summer terms, which always falls on Tuesday of the third week of courses. The summer term has only one Census date, even though courses have various start dates.

Fall 2023 Census: Tuesday, September 12

Course Withdrawal

Course Withdrawal, or CW, refers to a course dropped after the Census (the 12th day of the semester). You are permitted to use a total of 3 Course Withdrawals during your time at Fort Lewis College for any reason, no questions asked.

To withdraw from a course using a CW, fill out our online Withdraw From Course Form at your Student Resource Center. You can also visit Skyhawk Station and pick up a Course Withdrawal form, and our staff will process the CW for you on the spot. This Course Withdrawal will not affect your financial aid for this term, and you will still owe the full amount for the class on your student bill. You should also be aware that dropping a course could affect your Pace Towards Graduation, impacting your eligibility for Financial Aid. 

We encourage you to speak with a Skyhawk Advisor to understand the consequence of dropping a course or to explore other options such as tutoring and/or talking to your professor.

Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Fall 2023

Part of Term Code CW Deadline Courses with CRN(s)
Full Term Courses
Friday, November 3 Too many to list
Friday, September 29 AE 121 (21203, 21204, 21379)
AE 131 (21205, 21206)
AE 321 (21215)
BA 337 (21192)
Friday, October 6 AE 201 (21208)
AE 210 (21209)
AE 301 (21214)
First Year Launch (8-week classes)
Friday, November 17 AE 220 (21210)
AE 290 (21213)
Friday, November 17 AE 230 (21211, 21212)
AE 328 (21216, 21253)
Dropping a class or classes after Census Date

Contact a Skyhawk Specialist for the best way to drop all your classes after the Census Date. Dropping a class or classes after the Census Date is considered a withdrawal.

There are three ways to withdraw:

  1. Use one of your 3 Course Withdrawals (CW)
  2. Use your single Semester Withdrawal (SW)
  3. Petition for an Administrative Withdrawal (AW).

Dropping or withdrawing consequences

Dropping or withdrawing from all classes can impact your on-campus housing and/or financial aid eligibility.

  • Housing: You must be enrolled in at least nine credits to live in the residence halls. If you drop below nine credits, you will have 48 hours to vacate the residence halls.
  • Financial Aid: Any change in your enrollment status can affect your eligibility for student loans and scholarships.
  • Tuition & Fees: Understand the Refund Policy for Tuition & Fees.
Dropping a class or classes before Census Date

You will not automatically be dropped from classes you don't attend.

You can drop individual or all your classes before the first day of the semester up until the Census Date on WebOPUS. You will not be charged tuition and fees; these classes will not appear on your transcript.

  1. Login to WebOPUS.
  2. Find the "Registration" tab.
  3. Select "drop/delete" from the drop-down menu for the listed class
  4. Select "submit."
Incomplete Grades for Students

Considering taking an "Incomplete"? Here's what you need to know:

  • Incomplete Grades are issued at the instructor's discretion -- instructors are not required to allow a student to take an Incomplete for any reason.
  • The instructor can allow you up to one year to complete the outstanding coursework. They are not required to give you the whole year to complete the coursework.
  • If your instructor agrees to let you take an Incomplete, you have the option to fill out the Incomplete Grade Request form.
    • You will outline the agreed-upon terms on the form, including the coursework you need to complete and the time frame for completing it.
    • Both the student and the instructor must sign the form. 
  • An Incomplete will appear on your transcript with an "I" in place of a grade until one of two things happens:
    • You complete the required coursework within the time allowed, and your instructor submits a grade change form to the Registrar's Office. Registrar's Office staff will then replace the "I" on your transcript with the grade assigned by your instructor.
    • You fail to complete the required coursework, so the "I" will be changed to an "F" on your transcript after one year unless approved for an extension.
Leaving or taking a break from FLC

Learn how to leave FLC and the impacts on your transcript, financial aid, and billing. Understand your options, whether you plan to withdraw from all courses now, leave permanently in a future semester, or simply take a break.

Contact us

Skyhawk Station

Email: skyhawkstation@fortlewis.edu
Phone: 970-247-7301
Drop-in: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday


Skyhawk Station staff will check you in and guide you to a self-service kiosk or connect you with a Skyhawk Specialist or Advisor.