Census dates

Census dates are the basis of many university deadlines.

If you are enrolled in a course once the course census date passes, you will remain liable for the full tuition and associated fees for that course.

The following standard census dates apply at ANU:

  • First Semester Census Date is March 31
  • Second Semester Census Date is August 31

Dropping courses in a semester

When a course is dropped

Result on transcript

On or before the course Census Date

No grade on transcript

On or before the end of the ninth week of semester

WD (Withdrawal without failure)

On or before the last teaching day of semester

WN (Withdrawal with failure)


Dropping courses in Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring Session

For course census dates in non-standard sessions see Programs and Courses.

When a course is dropped

Result on transcript

On or before the course Census Date

No grade on transcript

On or before the last teaching day of course

WD (Withdrawal without failure)

On or before the last teaching day of session

WN (Withdrawal with failure)