Withdrawing and Returning Students

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There may be times during your college career when your health or a family situation requires prioritization over your life as a student at Notre Dame. Students whose mental health, physical health, and or family situations are impeding their academic progress may consider taking a Health Withdrawal or Voluntary Withdrawal.

A Health Withdrawal consists of time away from Notre Dame in order to address a student's health concerns. This often involves medical and/or psychiatric treatment, skill building, and lifestyle changes. Students who take a Health Withdrawal work to address their health concerns, often with the goal of returning to Notre Dame once the health issue is managed or, in some cases, resolved. A Voluntary Withdrawal may be taken due to unforeseen family circumstances, such as a death in the family.

If you are considering taking a Health Withdrawal or Voluntary, please contact the Care & Wellness Consultant assigned to your college to discuss your options. For additional information on taking a withdrawal, please visit Withdrawing from the University.

For students who have already taken a Health Withdrawal or Voluntary Withdrawal and are looking for information on the return process, please visit Returning Students. Once a student's return has been confirmed, they are required to take part in the Transitions Program, dedicated to meeting the needs and concerns of returning students.