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UH Student Policy Updates and Information

Revised on August 11, 2014

Undergraduate Policy on Dropping Courses: Six 'W'-grades Limit

see also:
UH Undergraduate Catalog Policy Statement: Dropping Courses/six Ws

A summary of the policy on dropping courses:

Beginning with the Fall semester 2007, the following policy on dropping courses went into effect. This policy established a 6-'W' grades limit for all undergraduate students.

The six 'W' grades may be used at any time during a student's undergraduate career at UH to drop a course up through the last day to drop a course or withdraw from all courses deadline. This deadline falls approximately four weeks before the last class day of the fall and spring semesters.

Undergraduate students who wish to drop a course and receive a grade of W, regardless of whether or not the student is passing the course, must do so online by logging into their myUH account on or before the posted deadline. Once the 6 'W's have been used however, the student must complete all courses he or she is enrolled in regardless of academic performance.

Students who are enrolled for the first time in college starting Fall 2007 need to be aware of the following:
Effective Fall 2007 the Texas Education Code sec. 51.907 and Texas Administrative Code sec. 4.10 provided that, except for several specific instances of good cause, undergraduate students enrolling as first-time freshmen at a public institution of higher education in Fall 2007 or later will be limited to a total of six dropped courses during their entire undergraduate careers. For these students courses dropped at other Texas public institutions will count towards the 6-drop limit.

Specific dates can be found on the UH Academic Calendar.

Frequently Asked Questions about the new 6-'W'-grades limit and the policy on dropping courses:

Fall Semester 2007. The 6-'W' grade limit applies to all undergraduate students from that point forward, regardless of how long they have attended UH or any other college.

This policy is permanently posted in the Undergraduate Studies Catalog.