Withdrawal Process

To withdraw from a single course, or from all courses (complete withdrawal), it is necessary to access the registration functions online via the Penguin Portal - Registration. It is the student's responsibility to confirm that the withdrawal was correctly processed, and the course(s) is (are) deleted. Nonattendance of class, or notification to the instructor or department does not constitute official withdrawal. For information about reduction or refund of fees and charges, please contact the Penguin Service Center at 330-941-6000.

Withdrawal from a Course Instructions: 

  1. Sign in to the Penguin Portal via www.ysu.edu.
  2. On the left-hand side (under e-Services for Students), Click on Registration.
  3. Select the appropriate term; click submit.
  4. Click Registration and Change of Registration.
  5. Select Web Drop... from drop down menu under Action column for each course.
  6. Submit Changes at the bottom of the page.

Withdrawal from All Courses Instructions:

A student who wishes to withdraw from all courses for a particular term must access the registration system on the Penguin Portal, or come to the Registration Office (Meshel Hall). A complete withdrawal may be executed before classes or after the term starts through the last day to withdraw with a "W." Please consult the academic calendar or the Penguin Portal for deadlines. 

WARNING: Your withdrawal cannot be completed because your account has a minimum hours restriction which can be from one or more of the following reasons:

  1. Sign in to the Penguin Portal via www.ysu.edu.
  2. On the left-hand side (under e-Services for Students), Click on Registration.
  3. Select the appropriate term; click submit.
  4. Click Registration and Change of Registration.
  5. Select Web Drop... from drop down menu under Action column for each course.
  6. Submit Changes at the bottom of the page.
  7. During weeks 3 - 9 of the semester, you will notice this error message:  
    • Student who utilizes financial aid: Submit the Complete Withdrawal Exit Survey; Meet with a Financial Aid Counselor as soon as possible; Web-drop classes again after completing the survey and meeting with the counselor
    • Student who does not utilize financial aid: Submit the Complete Withdrawal Exit Survey; Web-drop classes again after completing the survey
    • Student athlete: See athletic academic advisor
  8. Click on HERE for the link to the survey.  It will bring you to the Answer a Survey page; click on Complete Withdrawal Exit Survey.
  9. Answer each question, clicking on Next Question to submit your responses. Once you answer the last question, you will be able to click Survey Complete.  You will receive an email that verifies your completion of the survey and reminds you to go back in to the Add or Drop Classes section of the registration system to completely withdraw as soon as possible.
  10.  Now that your survey is submitted, go back through steps one through six to submit your complete withdrawal.

Eligibility for future registrations:

  1. A new applicant who withdraws from all courses prior to the first day of the term will not receive notice for future registrations unless the person requests that the Office of Admissions (Sweeny Hall) defer his/her application to a future term.
  2. A former YSU student who withdraws from all courses prior to the first day of the term will not receive notice for future registrations unless the person requests that the Record's Office (Jones Hall) defer his/her application to a future term.
  3. A current undergraduate student withdrawing on or after the first day of the term will receive notice of future registrations for one academic year.

Please note: All notification will take place via the Penguin Portal.

Honorable Withdrawal

On occasion, a student voluntarily withdrawing from the University may need a letter stating the conditions of his/her withdrawal.  If a statement of honorable withdrawal is needed, the dean of the appropriate college or other appropriate offices (i.e., University Discipline Officer) will furnish one, provided the student is of good character, has a satisfactory record of conduct, has no financial obligations to the University, and is withdrawing voluntarily for acceptable reasons; and provided that the student, if withdrawing during a term, follows the official procedure for a change of registration.