Arranging a Leave of Absence

Instructions for arranging a Fall 2023 leave of absence.

Full-time undergraduate degree candidates arrange leaves through the University Service Center (USC).  All other students should contact their academic dean’s office or records office for assistance.  See the Registrar’s Office website for more information.  If you’re unsure of the correct office, contact the USC.

Undergraduate students should finalize leaves through the USC six to eight weeks in advance of the semester.  While you can (and should!) consult with us a full semester ahead of your intended leave, we recommend completing the necessary paperwork between May 1 and July 30 for a fall leave, and during the month of December for spring.  Review the information provided in the sections below (“Why Take A Leave?”, “How A Leave Will Affect You”, and “How Do I Officially Request a Leave of Absence?”), then connect with us for direct assistance.


  • International students who are studying in the United States on a student visa, must contact ISSO to speak with an advisor before submitting a leave of absence request to the USC. Taking a leave of absence can have significant visa-related implications, so it is important to discuss your options with ISSO.
  • Leave of Absence for Medical Reasons: If your leave of absence is for medical reasons, University policy requires that you successfully complete the medical review process through Student Health Services prior to re-enrolling. Medical documentation is not required in order to arrange your leave, but students often find it helpful to share a doctor’s note with Student Health Services to keep their records updated and to facilitate the return process.  Speak with a USC associate director about your situation and appropriate next steps.