Drop deadlines for undergraduate students vary by College and school and by the type of course (impacted or nonimpacted).
Dropping a class may reduce a study list below the minimum required for full-time status, financial aid, minimum-progress requirement, and eligibility for residence halls and other services that require a specific enrollment status. The drop form reminds students about these requirements and the consequences that may be triggered if the petition is processed. It is each student’s responsibility to meet enrollment unit requirements.
Student athletes may not drop a class after the first day of class without their counselor’s approval.
Drop a Nonimpacted Class
Students in the College of Letters and Science can drop nonimpacted classes without a transcript notation using MyUCLA through Friday of the fourth week of classes. In weeks five through seven, students in the College can drop classes without an instructor’s signature. In weeks eight through ten, students are restricted to three approved drops in their academic career. For drops after week seven, an instructor’s signature and College approval is required.
Students in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering; Herb Alpert School of Music; School of the Arts and Architecture; School of Nursing; and School of Theater, Film, and Television can drop classes without a transcript notation using MyUCLA through Friday of the fourth week of classes. After week four, students must obtain a drop petition from the academic dean’s office.
Drop an Impacted Class
Impacted classes may be dropped using MyUCLA on or before midnight Friday of the second week of classes with no fee or transcript notation. Impacted classes are noted in class information in MyUCLA and the Schedule of Classes.
After midnight on Friday of week two, students who need to request a drop of an impacted class should consult the instructor and explore academic options other than dropping the class. Impacted classes may be dropped after these deadlines only under extraordinary circumstances (such as severe illness). To drop an impacted class, students must obtain a Late Impacted Course Drop Petition or Retroactive Drop Petition from their respective counseling unit.
College of Letters and Science student requests to drop an impacted class are referred by College counseling units to a subcommittee of the Faculty Executive Committee. School of Engineering student requests to drop an impacted class are submitted to the Associate Dean. If the request is approved, the dropped class notation appears on the student transcript indicating the date and week of the term in which the drop petition was filed. A late study-list change fee is assessed.
Drop a Summer Impacted Class
Impacted Summer Sessions classes may be dropped using MyUCLA on or before midnight Friday of the first week of classes with no transcript notation. (Nonimpacted classes may be dropped through MyUCLA before the final two weeks of instruction.)
After midnight on Friday of week one, UCLA students must follow the same impacted-drop procedures as in regular session. They must obtain a Late Impacted Course Drop Petition or Retroactive Drop Petition from their respective counseling unit.
To drop an impacted class, non-UCLA summer-only students must complete a Summer Sessions Student Update Form and submit the request to the Summer Sessions office, 1331 Murphy Hall. A detailed explanation of the reason for dropping the class must be given, and the instructor’s signature must be obtained.
A dropped class notation appears on the transcript indicating the date and week in which the course is dropped.