Adding and Dropping Courses

For a variety of reasons students may find it necessary to change their schedules once the semester has begun.

Adding or Dropping a Course

Students may add or drop full-semester, first half, or first quarter courses until the end of the seventh calendar day of the semester. Internships, practica, individual enrollment courses, independent study courses, second half, fourth quarter, performance study and auditioned courses may be added or dropped until the 10th Friday after the first day of classes. Adding or dropping a course does not require the signature of the instructor. Courses dropped within the drop period will be removed from the transcript.

Late Adds

Late adds are allowed with the signature of the instructor, but a fee of $50 per course will be assessed. Late adds after the term ends will require a fee of $100 per course.

Withdrawal Period

Students may withdraw from full-semester, first half, first quarter courses any time after the end of the Drop period until the 10th Friday after the first day of classes. Students may withdraw from internships, practica, individual enrollment courses, independent study, second half, fourth quarter, performance study and auditioned courses from the tenth Friday after the first day of classes until the 14th Friday after the first day of classes. The instructor must sign the course withdrawal form. A grade of W (Withdrawal) will be recorded on the transcript. Withdrawal (W) grades do not contribute to the student’s grade point average.

Late Withdrawal

After the withdrawal period has ended, students may petition for withdrawal from a course only under extenuating circumstances such as, but not limited to the following:

  • documented learning disability for which evidence has been produced after the withdrawal period has ended
  • documented medical circumstances arising after the withdrawal period has ended
  • care of family during an emergency arising after the withdrawal period has ended
  • military duty, where activation has occurred after the withdrawal period has ended
  • jury duty
  • transfer credit which is verified only after the withdrawal period has ended

The petition is to be presented to the Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies and must include an explanation of the extenuating circumstances, whatever documentation is available and a course withdrawal form signed by the instructor, indicating a grade of W is to be assigned.

Note: Students are strongly encouraged to discuss the impact dropping a course may have on their academic and/or financial status with their advisor and/or the Bursar’s Office and Financial Aid Office. If dropping a course or courses will drop a student to below full-time status, a student’s eligibility for financial aid, on-campus housing and intercollegiate athletics, as well as eligibility for loan deferments, insurance and the like may be affected.

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