Skip to Main Content

Policy Title: Limit on the Number of Withdrawals

Boise State University Policy #3170
Effective Date: September 1995
Revised: July 1, 1995; July 1, 1999; July 1, 2001; November 2001; April 2012; December 2012; March 3, 2014

To limit the number of withdrawals (W’s) a student may accrue in an academic program.

Additional Authority:
University Policy #-3190

Applies to all University students

Responsible Party:
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, 426-1212
Registrar’s Office, 426-4249


  1. Policy Statement
    Boise State University recognizes that students may occasionally need to drop a
    course. Students are allowed a maximum number of withdrawals (W’s) for any one course and/or a maximum number of W’s associated with the completion of a degree.
  2. Guidelines
    1. Students may accrue up to ten (10) withdrawals for a baccalaureate degree and up to five (5) for an associate degree. Any “W’s” received in an associate degree program count toward the 10 allowed for the baccalaureate degree program.
    2. Withdrawals from co-requisite courses (lecture/lab) will count as one “W,” unless the co-requisite courses are two separate courses.
    3. Any withdrawal grade (W) given as a result of a complete withdrawal will not count toward the ten total allowed or the two allowed per course.
    4. Once a student has exhausted the number of “W’s” allowed, the student may be removed from their major.
    5. Students may earn an additional ten W’s toward a second baccalaureate degree or an additional five W’s toward an additional associate degree.
    6. “W’s” earned prior to Spring 2014 semester are not counted toward the number allowed.