Leave of Absence / Withdrawal

Leave of Absence(Intent to return to William Paterson University)

  • Leave of Absence may not exceed one full academic year.
  • To be eligible for a leave of absence students must be in good academic standing. Continuing students must have an overall GPA of 2.00 or better.(New first semester students are considered in good academic standing upon admission.)
  • Leave of Absence must be requested by the date indicated on the semester calendar (please consult the calendar for deadlines).
  • Refunds for withdrawn courses will follow each term’s refund schedule.
  • Students who fail to return from the approved leave of absence will be considered withdrawn and will be required to re-apply to the University.
  • To apply for a leave of absence please go to WPCONNECT at the student services tab and file the necessary information.



  • Withdrawal from the University should not be confused from a course or Leave of Absence.
  • A withdrawal is for an indefinite length of time and if students choose to return to William Paterson they will need to complete the necessary paperwork for readmission through the admissions office.
  • Students MUST be separated from the University a minimum of one year from the date of withdrawal before readmitting to the University.
  • Refunds after the deadline WILL NOT be considered under any circumstances.
  • To request a withdrawal you MUST go to WPCONNECT at the student services tab and file the necessary information..

Office Information

Lower level Morrison Hall, Rm G 03
Phone: 973.720.2700
Email: registrar@wpunj.edu

Regular Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

Summer Hours:
Monday through Thursday
8:00am - 5:15pm