Q-Drops

Undergraduate students will normally be permitted four Q-drops during their undergraduate studies; however: State law prohibits students from having more than six dropped courses from all state institutions attended during their undergraduate career if they entered higher education as a first-time enrolled freshman beginning the 2007 fall semester or after. Q-drops in one-hour courses will not count in the Texas A&M limit of four but will be included in the State-mandated limit of six dropped courses. If a lecture and companion lab are dropped at the same time, this will count as one Q-drop rather than two. (Texas A&M University Student Rule 1.18.2)

The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 165 in the summer 2021, impacting Q drops in courses during Spring 2020, Summer 2020, as well as academic year 2020-2021 (Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021).The law stipulates these drops can be exempt so that they do not count against the student’s institutional and state drop limits.  Academic records were retroactively updated by the Office of the Registrar in response to SB 165 in August 2021.  For the specified terms, all Q drops originally recorded as a “Q” grade now appear as a “W” grade and will no longer be included in a student’s total count of total Q drops.

  • Click here for the Q-Drop Request Form you must submit to your major department or dean to request a Q-Drop.  Email your advisors using your TAMU email.
    • Forms may also be available in your major department.
  • You must bring the completed form to your major department for approval.

Student-Athletes (including practice players, managers, and trainers) MUST receive approval from Athletic Compliance before dropping below 12 hours in a fall or spring semester. These drops will be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar by Athletic Compliance for processing.

Contact your advisor with questions regarding Q-Drops.

Advisors and advising office staff with existing Compass accounts and appropriate access will be able to process Q-drops on the SZAREGS form in accordance to the Registration, Payment Information & Deadlines for the current term. Q-drops for STUDENT-ATHLETES (including practice players, managers, and trainers) that drop the student below 12 hours should not be entered in Compass. These requests require additional approvals. Route the approved Q-drop form to Athletic Compliance in the Nye Academic Center, 2nd Floor, Bright Football Complex. Athletic Compliance will forward forms to the Office of the Registrar for processing/entering into Compass.

Q-drops for STUDENT-ATHLETES (including practice players, managers, and trainers) that drop the student below 12 hours should not be entered in Compass.  These requests require additional approvals.
  1.                    Route the approved Q-drop form to Athletic Compliance in the Nye Academic Center, 2nd Floor, Bright Football Complex.
  2. Athletic Compliance will forward forms to the Office of the Registrar for processing/entering into Compass.                   


When processing a Q-drop in Compass, advisors and advising office staff may need to refer to or use the following items:

  1. The AOC Approved Q-Drop form available for intra-departmental use.
  2. A list of the approved Q-Drop Code for Compass

Please contact the Records Office for information regarding attending a Q-drop training session.