Late Drop/Add

  • Adding classes

    Consider searching for second eight-week classes and other classes that have not yet started. Instructors may not approve your add request if you’ve missed too much of the semester.

  • Dropping classes during the automatic W period

    You’ll get a “W” (withdrawn) on your transcript for any class you drop. Note that if your instructor gives you an F because you were found to have committed an act of academic misconduct, you’ll still get that F rather than an automatic W even if you withdraw before the automatic W deadline. Withdrawing from a class doesn’t protect you from the consequences of academic misconduct.

    If you want to drop all your classes, you’ll need to withdraw from the university.

  • Dropping or adding classes after the automatic W deadline

    It will be up to your instructor to give you either a W or an F if you drop a class after the automatic W deadline. You must be passing the course for a grade of W to be assigned.

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  • Dropping classes after the last day to drop a course

    Approval to drop a class after the last day to drop a course is normally given only for urgent reasons, such as a long illness or similar issue. Talk to your instructors and your advisor as soon as possible if something happens in your life that could keep you from successfully completing your courses late in the term. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Options to consider before dropping classes

  • Review the class syllabus to figure out what your final grade could be.
  • Meet with your instructor to learn what you can do to improve your grade.
  • Manage your time to focus on the classes, assignments, and exams that will help your progress the most. Ask your instructors and advisor for help setting priorities.
  • Talk to your instructor about the possibility of an incomplete, if you have completed 75 percent of the coursework. (Be aware that an incomplete is almost never possible if you’ve taken the final exam.)
  • Consider retaking the class in the future.
  • Consider dropping all classes, which is possible through the Friday before final exam week.

Fees for late drop/add

  • Undergraduate enrolled in 12-18 hours, fall/spring

    To avoid additional tuition, drop and add as closely together as possible.

    • If you stay in the 12–18 hour range after dropping and/or adding, your tuition won’t change.
    • If you end up with fewer than 12 hours, dropped hours are refunded at the applicable refund period percentage.
    • If you end up with more than 18 hours, added hours are charged at 100 percent of cost.
    • You won’t get a refund for a class dropped after the refund period.
    If you don’t drop and add classes at the same time
    • Dropped hours are refunded at the applicable refund period percentage.
    • Added hours are charged at 100 percent of cost.
    • You won’t get a refund for a class dropped after the refund period.
  • Undergraduate enrolled in 19 or more hours, fall/spring

    To avoid additional tuition, drop and add as closely together as possible.

    • Your tuition won’t change if you stay in the same number of hours.
    • If your hours decrease, you’ll be refunded for the number of hours you drop at the applicable refund period percentage (down to 18 hours)
    • If your hours increase, you’ll be charged for the number of credit hours added to what you were already registered for.
    • You won’t get a refund for a class dropped after the refund period.
    If you don’t drop and add classes at the same time
    • Dropped hours are refunded at the applicable refund period percentage.
    • Added hours are charged at 100 percent of cost.
    • You won’t get a refund for a class dropped after the refund period.
    If you drop or add classes after the refund period
    • You won’t be charged for added hours if you drop equal or more hours at the same time.
    • You won’t get a refund for hours you drop.
  • Undergraduate enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours, fall/spring
    • Dropped hours are refunded at the applicable refund period percentage.
    • Added hours are charged at 100 percent of cost.
    • You won’t get a refund for a class dropped after the refund period.
  • Graduate/professional, fall/spring
    • Dropped hours are refunded at the applicable refund period percentage.
    • Added hours are charged at 100 percent of cost.
    • You won’t get a refund for a class dropped after the refund period.
  • Summer courses

    Pay very close attention to the refund periods for each session. They’re shorter than in the fall and spring semesters.

    • Dropped hours are refunded at the applicable refund period percentage.
    • Added hours are charged at 100 percent of cost.
    • You won’t get a refund for a class dropped after the refund period.