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Take a leave of absence

Use the following checklist if you are planning on leaving the University of Minnesota Duluth for one semester or longer. You do not need to complete this checklist if you are leaving for a study abroad or National Student Exchange program. If you do not register for classes for at least two consecutive semesters, you will be placed on inactive status. After being placed on inactive status, there is a process by which you can return to the University and become active again.

For more information view the Leave of Absence and Readmission for Undergraduates Policy.

Withdraw from the University

If you plan to withdraw from the University and do not have a definite plan to return, review the following steps based on your career. Withdrawing also applies to you if you plan to transfer to another institution.

Printable undergraduate checklist

  • Email One Stop Student Services, umdhelp@d.umn.eduif you have financial aid. You may be required to repay all or part of your financial aid, including scholarships, grants, and loans. If you are transferring to another institution, you may need to cancel your financial aid at the University of Minnesota Duluth in order to be awarded financial aid at your new school.
  • Contact your academic adviser and/or college. There may be other college requirements to follow before leaving. Graduate students should contact the Graduate School for important information on withdrawal. NOTE: Taking incompletes and finishing your course work at a later time may be a better option than withdrawing for some students. You may want to discuss this option with your adviser/college office.
  • Contact the Department of Athletics if you are or were a student athlete. Athletics requires notification when a current or former athlete decides to leave the University. Contact Athletics, 170 SpHC, 218-726-6200 to fulfill this requirement.
  • Review UMD withdrawal and grading and transcript policies.
  • Drop your class(es). If you are leaving the University for any reason, you must cancel your classes to avoid receiving “F” grades, including any classes you are waitlisted for. You may be responsible for all or part of the tuition and fees if you cancel after the first week of classes for fall or spring semester. Summer deadlines vary by the length of the class. Check the cancel/add deadlines and the refund deadlines. If you are leaving at the end of a term, be sure to cancel any registrations for future terms. Print out a confirmation of the cancellation to keep for your records. Changing a grade to "W" (withdraw) is subject to a one-year limitation on appeal.
  • Cancel your housing contract. If you live in on-campus housing, contact the Housing and Residential Life office at 218-726-8178. If you rent off campus, contact your landlord to discuss your options. There may be financial penalties for canceling your housing contract or lease.
  • Return any books, equipment, or materials on loan from the University. Library books, lab equipment, keys, parking hangtags/keycards, etc. must be returned promptly to avoid late fees and/or replacement costs.
  • Pay any remaining tuition, fees, and other charges on your student account. You will not be able to reregister at the University or request an official transcript if there are any past due charges on your account. Past due accounts may be referred to a collection agency and/or result in legal action.
  • Are you transferring from the University of Minnesota Duluth to a Minnesota state college or university? 
    • Confirm if you have completed the MnTC.
  • Request an official transcriptIf you are transferring to another institution, that school's admissions and financial aid offices will want to know what courses were attempted and completed at the University of Minnesota Duluth. You can request a transcript online or you can come in to One Stop Student Services, 23 Solon Campus Center, 8–4:30, M—F. Before requesting a transcript, be sure that all grades are posted on your transcript by viewing your grades.
  • Complete exit counselingExit counseling is required by federal regulations for all students who have received one or more of the following loans: Federal Direct Stafford, SELF, Perkins, and University Trust.  If you received any or all of these loans, contact Student Financial Services to set up your online invitation. 
  • Update your address and phone number. International students: Do  not change your current mailing address to an address outside the United States.
  • Contact the Boynton student health insurance office. You may no longer be covered by student health insurance once you withdraw from school. If you are covered under the University’s hospitalization insurance, contact the Boynton insurance representative at 612-624-0627 to determine your status. This office will help you regardless of which campus you attend. If you are covered under a private policy and are no longer a student, contact your insurance carrier to investigate other coverage options.
  • Contact the Veterans' Office. If you received veterans' benefits, notify the VA representative at 218-726-8791 or e-mail umdvet@d.umn.edu.
  • SEVIS requires notification when an international student leaves the University. Contact Anna Gilmore, 237 Kirby Student Center, agilm@d.umn.edu, 218-726-7305, to fulfill this requirement.
  • Contact your on-campus employer. If you have a student job on campus or a graduate assistantship or fellowship, contact your employing department to inform them you are leaving the University.
  • Do you plan to return to UMD? If you have been gone less than two terms, you can register like normal; if you have been gone longer, to be reactivated contact the advising and academic services office of your collegiate unit.

If you are a grad student and plan to leave the University for a time, contact the Graduate School Office: umdgrad@d.umn.edu

(218) 726-7523
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1049 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Important Dates


Fri, Aug 21, 2020 Second 7-week and full summer session last day of classes
Mon, Aug 31, 2020 First half semester and full semester begin
Mon, Sep 14, 2020 Full semester, last day to change grading option (A-F, S-N, Audit)