Withdrawal, Leave of Absence, and Reinstatement

University Policy

College of General Studies Policy

Leaving the University

Students deciding to leave the University may take a leave of absence or may withdraw permanently. A leave of absence (LOA) from the University implies a temporary interruption in studies and a return date. Students away on a leave of absence may not enroll as full-time, matriculating students at another college or university, although taking a course or two as nondegree or special students is allowed. A withdrawal (WD) from the University is more permanent. Students should only withdraw if they do not intend to return to Boston University.


To return from a leave of absence, students contact the College of General Studies Associate Dean via email, cgs@bu.edu, or by calling 617-353-2850.