Undergraduate Leaves of Absence and Withdrawals

The Center for Student Success processes leaves of absence and withdrawals for undergraduate students.

The Center for Student Success will be operating remotely for December/January Intersession. For questions regarding a leave of absence or withdrawal that are not answered below or on our Frequently Asked Questions page, please email css@sandiego.edu. We will respond to you via email within our typical response time of 24-48 business hours.

Students planning to take a semester(s) off and return to USD should request a leave of absence. 

A student who will not be registered at the university during a regular semester (fall and/or spring) and would like to return without applying for readmission must request a leave of absence.  

If you have been recently admitted to USD for the Spring 2021 semester or are newly enrolled and have only been attending classes for 8 days or fewer, here are options if your plans change:

  • Deferral: A deferral request is made by an admitted or confirmed applicant who wishes to defer an admission offer to a later term.  Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at admissions@sandiego.edu to learn more about the deferral process.
  • Change of Plans: If you have had a change of plans since you were admitted to USD and no longer wish to attend our university, please let us know your status by completing the “Change of Plans” form on the Admitted tab of your MySanDiego portal

For all other students: 

  • Keep in mind the tuition refund deadlines for each semester. Leave of Absence requests must be submitted no later than 5 PM on tuition refund deadline days to ensure timely processing. In order to receive a 100% tuition refund, students should request a Leave of Absence before 5 PM on Wednesday, February 3 for the Spring 2021 semester.  
  • Students may take a Leave of Absence for a maximum of two consecutive semesters, for example: Spring 2021 and Fall 2021.
  • To begin the Leave of Absence process, please complete the online .
    • Last Day of Attendance: Your Last Day of Attendance should be the last day you attended classes virtually (or took finals if you completed the semester) at the University of San Diego, for example: 11/20/2020  
    • Remember to take the 
  • Note: International Students must seek clearance from the  prior to requesting a leave of absence.
  • Please allow 24-48 business hours for your request to be processed. Once your Leave of Absence has been approved, please review  of offices you may need to contact.

If you have questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have additional questions or have trouble accessing the Leave of Absence form, please send an email to  and we will respond to you within 24-48 business hours. 

Students no longer planning on taking classes at USD should request a withdrawal. 

If you have been recently admitted to USD for the Spring 2021 semester or are newly enrolled and have only been attending classes for 8 days or fewer, here are options if your plans change:

  • Deferral: A deferral request is made by an admitted or confirmed applicant who wishes to defer an admission offer to a later term.  Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at admissions@sandiego.edu to learn more about the deferral process.
  • Change of Plans: If you have had a change of plans since you were admitted to USD and no longer wish to attend our university, please let us know your status by completing the “Change of Plans” form on the Admitted tab of your MySanDiego portal

All other students planning to withdraw from the university during a semester or for a future semester must request a formal withdrawal through the Center for Student Success.

Failure to do so before leaving the campus or, in the case of illness or other emergencies, as soon as the decision not to continue has been made, will result in non-passing grades in all courses, thereby jeopardizing eligibility to re-enter the University of San Diego or acceptance in another institution.

After the last day to enroll in classes, and continuing through the end of the 10th week of the semester (the last day to withdraw from classes), students may process a withdrawal to drop all their classes with grades recorded as Ws. After the last day to withdraw from classes (April 9 for Spring 2021), the student will receive grades for courses.

A student whose registration at the university is interrupted for one or more semesters must apply for readmission through the  unless a leave of absence has been granted in writing.

  • In order to begin the withdrawal process, please complete the online .
    • Last Day of Attendance: Your Last Day of Attendance should be the last day you attended classes virtually (or took finals if you completed the semester) at the University of San Diego, for example: 11/20/2020  
    • Remember to take the Requests will not be approved unless the survey has been completed. 
  • Note: International Students must seek clearance from the  prior to requesting a withdrawal.
  • To incur no tuition charges, students should request a withdrawal before the first day of classes. Withdrawal requests must be submitted by 5 PM on tuition refund deadline days to ensure timely processing. In order to receive a 100% tuition refund for the current semester, students should request a withdrawal before 5 PM on the deadline (February 3 for Spring 2021).  
  • Once your withdrawal has been approved, please review  of offices you may need to contact.

If you have questions please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have additional questions or trouble accessing the withdrawal form, please send an email to  and we will respond to you within 24-48 business hours. 

For recently admitted students or newly enrolled students who have only been attending classes for 8 days or fewer.

With the start of any term, some students may be considering a change in pace or their academic plan. Here are your options if your plans change:

  • Deferral: A deferral request is made by an admitted or confirmed applicant who wishes to defer an admission offer to a later term.  Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at admissions@sandiego.edu to learn more about the deferral process.
  • Change of Plans: If you have had a change of plans since you were admitted to USD and no longer wish to attend our university, please let us know your status by completing the “Change of Plans” form on the Admitted tab of your MySanDiego portal

The CSS does not process medical leaves of absence or graduate student leaves or withdrawals. More information about these options is below:

Additionally, admitted students who would like to defer their enrollment to USD must contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Admitted students who would like to decline their acceptance from USD can indicate this on the Admitted Tab of their MySanDiego portal. Please locate the "Change of Plans" portal and complete the form located there.