Late Change Petition: Withdrawing from a Course after the Deadline

To withdraw from a course after the withdrawal deadline has passed, signatures of the instructor and the associate dean are required on the Change of Schedule form. In addition to the signed Change of Schedule form, students must complete the Petition for Late Registration Change, which requires the signatures of your instructor and academic adviser.

Petition forms are available in – and are submitted to – the Academic Affairs Office, Room 200 in the Engineering Building. Students dropping multiple classes must complete a petition for each class. Students completely withdrawing from the term, dropping all of their fall or spring courses, may do so online by the last day of classes prior to finals.

Approval for withdrawing from a course after the withdrawal deadline has passed requires documented proof of extenuating circumstances. Poor academic performance is not an acceptable reason for a Change of Schedule after the withdrawal deadline. Petitions will be reviewed within 48 to 72 hours. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Academic Affairs Office for a decision and submit an approved Change of Schedule form to the Registrar’s Office in the Administration Building, Room 210.

No exceptions are made to the published deadlines. After the deadline to submit a Late Change Petition has passed, you may consider a complete withdrawal. The College strongly recommends that you meet with your academic adviser first to discuss options.

Important Note: Withdrawal deadlines vary depending on the term and session.  


Exceeding 19 Units

The maximum number of units allowed in fall and spring semesters is determined by the college in which you are enrolled. The College of Engineering adheres to the maximum number of units allowed by the University of Arizona and across the Arizona University System. The maximum number of units include all work carried in residence as well as concurrent registration in correspondence, extension or approved courses at other institutions.

Academic Criteria

Once sophomores, juniors and seniors have established a substantive track record of academic achievement, they may be permitted an exception to exceed the 19-unit limit if they meet the following academic criteria:

  • Students with Advanced Standing have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Students with Advanced Standing, but who are completing course deficiencies, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50.
  • Students without Advanced Standing have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50.

As a policy, the College does not grant freshmen permission to take more than 19 units of coursework per semester.

Submission Process

Send an email to, from your CatMail Student Email account.  Include your Student ID number, the term in which you want to increase your unit limit, and the total number of units for which you intend to enroll.

Please note that a request to go more than three units over the 19-unit limit will require a meeting with the associate dean for approval.


Students who do not meet the academic criteria for exceeding 19 units but feel they have a compelling reason to justify an exception must submit the following documentation for consideration:

  • A paragraph stating the reason for the request and an academic plan for managing the additional course load.
    Taking extra courses to graduate sooner is not a basis on which the College will grant an exception to the University’s 19-unit maximum.
  • A brief statement from your academic adviser supporting your petition.
  • A current copy of your unofficial transcript.

Submit your packet to The associate dean will determine whether a meeting with the student is required. 


Registration Limits in Winter and Summer Sessions

For students in the College of Engineering, the following registration limits apply and may not be exceeded:

Term Maximum # of Units
Winter Term 4
Summer Term 18 (total for the term)


Max Study Load for Sessions of the Summer Term Session Limit
3 Week (Presession) 4 units
5 Week First 7
5 Week Second 9
7 Week First 9
7 Week Second 9
8 Week 9
10 Week 14
13 Week 18