Withdrawal from College is different from a Course Withdrawal or withdrawing from all courses in a semester but planning to return within two semesters or sooner, considered a Leave of Absence. If you intend to return to New Paltz within two semesters to continue taking courses and complete a degree, then do not withdraw from the College.
Withdrawal from College means that the student does not plan to return to New Paltz as a matriculated student. Students who are withdrawn from college are blocked from taking any courses at New Paltz and must reapply for admission if they wish to return. Re-admission is not guaranteed.
Make the right choice for YOU
Is a Leave of Absence a better choice? Discuss the pros and cons of each choice with your advisor, health and wellness provider, financial aid officer and/or other trusted individual.
Records & Registration offers an advisor to help students make good decisions. Click here to contact Patrick Saxe, Assistant Registrar.
Consider this decision carefully
- Is SUNY New Paltz not the right fit for you?
- Do you need to be closer to home?
- Are you not ready for College?
- Are you experiencing financial difficulties?
- Do you need a break from College?
- Is there something that is preventing you from focusing on College for a while?
- Are there any supports that New Paltz offers that might help you remain?
Should I walk away in the middle of a semester?
There may be academic and financial implications for this decision.
Students who stop attending class and participating at school risk earning F’s for failure. Make your intentions known by submitting a Withdrawal from College Form. A “W” for course withdrawal is entered on the transcript for all ungraded courses for withdrawal from college or leave of absence. This may make readmission or transfer to another institution easier.
W is an indicator on the official transcript assigned when a student withdraws from the College after the last day to add a course. For information and completeness, the W is placed on the permanent academic record. The W is non-punitive and is not used in any computation of quality point or cumulative average totals. The W affords a student the opportunity to leave a class, without a grade (whether passing or failing). The W will not be removed from a student’s academic record.
Graduate students, click here.
Students who do not register for more than two consecutive fall/spring semesters will be automatically withdrawn from New Paltz