Extended Drop

Spring 2023 Extended Drop opens on Monday, February 6, 2023.

Faculty, please click here to submit an Extended Drop Request Form on behalf of your advisee.

Forms only accepted if submitted by student's advisor of record.

  • New Students: during the first semester at Bowdoin, students may drop a course in the third through the seventh weeks with the permission of their student dean and academic advisor. Extended drops used in a student's first semester do not count against the career limit of two.  
  • Returning Students: after their first semester, students may drop a total of two courses in their Bowdoin career during weeks three through six of a semester with the permission of their academic advisor. 
  • Students considering using an Extended Drop should correspond with their academic advisor and keep the following in mind:
    • Using an extended drop is a serious decision that can impact degree completion and should only be made in extenuating circumstances.
    • Courses dropped through Extended Drop will not appear on the transcript.
    • Students who use an extended drop in their first semester are still eligible to use two additional career extended drops.
    • Students who use their two career extended drops will need to petition the Recording Committee to drop other courses after the end of Add/Drop II.
    • At no time may students drop below three credits during any semester without permission from the Recording Committee.
    • Courses dropped by the Recording Committee appear on the transcript with a grade of W (for withdrawn).
  • Extended Drop forms are only accepted if submitted by the student's academic advisor of record.