How To Get Out Of Canvas Class

As technology continues to advance, online education has become the standard instead of the rare occurrence. Platforms such as Canvas have become an essential aspect of our schooling. Nevertheless, there may come a point where you must withdraw from a class on Canvas due to conflicts in your schedule, academic issues, or personal reasons. This post will walk you through the steps of dropping a class on Canvas.

Step 1: Contact Your Teacher or Administrator

The most straightforward way to drop out of a Canvas class is by contacting your teacher or course administrator. They have the control to remove students from the class. Send them an email or message through the Canvas messaging system, explaining why you wish to drop the class. Here’s a simple example of an appropriate message:

Dear [Teacher/Administrator's Name],

I would like to drop the course [Course Name] due to [reason]. Please remove me from the class list at your earliest convenience.

Thank you.

[Your Name]

Step 2: Remove Course from Dashboard

If you’ve successfully dropped the class but it still appears on your Canvas dashboard, you can remove it manually. Here’s how:

  1. Click on “Courses” in the left-hand menu.
  2. Click on “All Courses.”
  3. Unclick the star next to the course you want to remove.

Following these steps will remove the course from your dashboard, but it will still appear in your Canvas account under ‘Past Enrollments.’

Step 3: Unenroll from the Course (If Allowed)

Some institutions allow students to unenroll themselves from a course. If this option is available, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the course page.
  2. Click on “Settings” on the bottom left.
  3. Click on “Unenroll.”

Keep in mind that this is not always possible, as many institutions require an administrator to remove students from a course.


Remember, dropping a course should be your last resort. It is always better to communicate with your teacher about any issues you’re having before making the decision to drop. Happy learning!