The University uses the term leave of absense (for a given period of time) and withdraw (permanently) to formally indicate that a student has dropped or will drop all courses for a given term. Withdrawing or taking a leave from the university differs from dropping one or several classes within a given term, because as long as a student retains at least one class, they are still considered to be registered for that term.
A leave of absence or withdrawal is done in consultation with Dean Melanie Huff, who must approve all leaves. A statement will be added to your transcript indicating that you have taken a leave or have withdrawn from the University. Depending on the date of leave of absence or withdrawal, you may be entitled to some pro-rated refund of tuition. In most cases, ancillary fees will remain on your account, in addition to the $75 leave of absence/withdrawal fee charged to everyone.
Please note: A leave of absence is a temporary break in your studies; your return to the Journalism School is expected once the period of your leave has ended. Leaves when granted are normally granted for a minimum of one full calendar year, but may not extend longer than two years. A withdrawal is permanent; if you wish to return to the Journalism School, you must re-apply through the Office of Admissions.
* See refund rates based on date of leave of absence/withdrawal (applies even if you will be returning to Columbia in a later semester)
* See also Student Withdrawal & Finacial Aid (applies even if you will be returning to Columbia in a later semester)
Students who will be returning in a subsequent semester are put in Leave of Absence (LOA) status.
You must answer the questions below in order to be granted a leave or a complete withdrawal from the Journalism School.