Amid COVID-19, did more students withdraw from classes this fall?


Fernanda Camacho Hauser, University Administration Correspondent

STATESBORO — The window to withdraw from courses this semester without academic penalties closed October 12, but did more students withdraw than in previous non-COVID semesters?

Compared to fall 2019, there have been 33 more complete withdrawals this semester which brings the number up from 355 to 388. That’s a nine-percent increase year-over-year.

There seems to have been a decrease in individual course withdrawals, however. 64 less individual course withdrawals this fall (4,415 withdrawals) compared to fall 2019’s 4,580 withdrawals.

The numbers being used to compare the two years are from all three campuses as of October 19, provided by Jennifer Wise, director of communications.

Editor’s Note: The comparison is made without taking into account any increase or decrease in total enrollments for their respective semesters, which could potentially yield change in the analysis depending on if the increase or decrease in withdrawals is proportional in both years to the total number of enrolled students.