Students are expected to consult the Academic Calendar which is published on the Registrar’s webpage for the exact dates for adding or dropping courses each term. Prior to making any changes to their registrations, students should consult with their advisors to ensure that they maintain enrollment in certain required courses and maintain compliance with any other academic and financial aid requirements. Student athletes should ensure that any changes to registration do not affect their NCAA eligibility.
Courses may be added online starting during pre-registration and running through the add period at the beginning of the semester. Under rare circumstances, students may request permission to add a course after the close of the add period. Students must obtain a change of registration form from the Registrar’s Office and seek approval (signatures) first from the instructor of the course, then from their academic advisor, and finally from their academic dean.
Students who wish to drop all courses without adding others do so by withdrawing from the University. See the section on Withdrawals for details.
Courses dropped after the first day of class carry a financial penalty (see “Important Refund Dates for Fall and Spring” in the Expenses section of this Catalog). Students with financial aid may also want to consult with the Office of Financial Aid before requesting permission to drop a course, as some forms of aid require a certain number of credits be earned each semester or academic year. If the credits are not earned, it can result in a reduction or even a loss of financial aid.
Courses may be dropped online starting during pre-registration and running through the end of the add period at the beginning of the semester. They may be dropped using a change of registration form up until the deadline for dropping without academic penalty, which occurs after mid-term. The form requires the signature of the student’s advisor. Courses dropped prior to that deadline will not affect the student’s GPA and will not appear on the student’s transcripts.
Students who wish to request special permission for a late drop after the deadline for dropping without academic penalty has ended must use the drop/add form and secure signatures from their academic advisor or chair of the department of the student’s major if advisor is not available, and from the Dean of the College of the student’s major by the last day of classes. If the late drop is approved, the course will remain on the transcript and will be assigned a grade of X or XF depending on whether the student is passing or failing the course at the time of the request. A grade of X has no impact on the student’s GPA; a grade of XF counts as a failed course in the student’s GPA.
Cancellation of Registration
A student’s registration for a given period of enrollment may be canceled only if the student has not participated in any academically-related activity during the period of enrollment being considered and the date of cancellation is prior to the last day to drop a course without financial penalty. Academically-related activity includes, but is not limited to, attendance at a class, tutorial, lesson, exam, study group related to a course for which the student is registered, or computer assisted instruction. Registered students participating in any academically-related activity during a period of enrollment may withdraw from the University in accordance with the established withdrawal policy. The appropriate academic Dean is the final authority on granting cancellation status.
- New students register prior to the start of orientation.
- Current students register a few weeks after mid-term for the courses they will take during the next semester. The order of registration is determined by the student’s classification as a senior, junior, etc. based on the total credits earned to that date.
- Late Registration Fee - The timeliness of registration is important for the effective and efficient planning of all academic programs. A late registration fee will be charged to all currently enrolled undergraduate students who have not registered for the next academic semester by 4:30 pm on the last day of classes in any regular semester (fall for spring; spring for summer/fall). Please check the academic calendar to verify these dates. This fee will be in the amount of $100.00. This fee will not be charged to students who could not register due to student account holds. Students who have not registered for their courses by the deadline will have a registration hold placed on their account and will be able to register only when the hold has been removed by the Bursar’s office.
- First-year students with earned credits of 0-26 must have permission from the academic Dean to enroll in 300- and 400-level courses.
Undergraduate versus Graduate level courses
Graduate courses are not open to undergraduates.