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 Student Account Services 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.

In Plymouth Magazine

Example Image

First in the (New) Nation

A Young Man’s Journey from a Nepalese Refugee Camp to the New Hampshire Polls » Southern Bhutan. Early 1990s. Members of an ethnic minority population, the Hindu Lhotshampas, began fleeing rising levels of persecution by the Bhutanese government. Denied their citizenship rights because of religious and cultural differences, the group—more than 100,000 strong—eventually sought protection […]

Example Image

¡Bienvenidos a Cuba!

PSU professor and her students discover the challenges and joys of visiting Cuba » Political science professor Filiz Otucu Ruhm always dreamed of going to Cuba. In fact, she planned on visiting the island more than a decade ago. “The social scientist in me wanted to observe Castro’s Cuba, then go back after Castro, and […]

Example Image

Round the Track

It’s been a long 30 years for supporters of Plymouth State’s track and field program, but the wait is finally over. For the first time since 1985, PSU’s track team hosted a meet December 12 at the new ALLWell North facility, which features an NCAA regulation 200-meter track, long- and high-jump pits, pole vault, and a weight area. For […]