Leave of Absence and Withdrawal

Absent for one semester

Students who have completed at least one semester at SJSU are eligible for a One Semester Leave, which means you can skip one semester without notifying the university. You will receive a registration appointment in MySJSU for the semester following your One Semester Leave and you must enroll. 

Note: Semesters are defined as the Spring and Fall terms.  Winter and Summer sessions are not semesters.

Absent for two or more consecutive semesters

If a student needs two or more consecutive semesters off, the student must submit a Leave Request prior to the start of the semester after a One Semester Leave. The maximum leave is four semesters.

Types of Eligible Leaves

Process:

  • Complete the Leave of Absence Request [pdf] before the start of the leave 
  • Attach a personal statement with supporting documentation for your request.
  • Obtain required signatures

Returning from Leave of Absence

  • Students must enroll after the last semester of their leave
  • To return early, the student must notify the Office of the Registrar in writing
  • Students granted a leave are guaranteed a return to their department.

Maintaining Student status

You are considered an active continuing student if you are enrolled in at least one class per semester.  There is no minimum unit required.

Students who miss two consecutive semesters† must reapply for admission through the Cal State Apply site as a Returning student. If you have any questions about re-applying, contact the Admissions office

If a new student does not attend in the first term of admission, the student must reapply for admission to the next available term through the Cal State Apply site.

Note: Semesters are defined as the Spring and Fall terms.  Winter and Summer sessions are not semesters.

Withdrawal

Students do not need to submit any forms to formally withdraw from SJSU. We automatically cancel your student status if you do not enroll for two or more consecutive semesters. However, if you are currently enrolled, you should formally drop all classes by the drop deadline to avoid academic penalty. 

Note: Semesters are defined as the Spring and Fall terms.  Winter and Summer sessions are not semesters.

If the drop deadline has passed: