Adding and Dropping a Course

Graduate students may add and drop courses according to the schedule and policies described below.  Late drop requests are processed by the Graduate School.  All other adds and drops are processed by the Registrar's Office.


Course Add/Drop and Refund Dates

Specific dates and refund details for the current semester are available in the Academic Calendar.

Part of Term100% Refund*
(Last Add/Drop Date)
Drop Date
(No Grade)
Last Drop Date
(W Grade)
Full Term
(14 Weeks)
Wednesday of 2nd WeekFriday of 3rd WeekFriday of 10th Week
First Half of Term
(7 Weeks)
Fourth day of 1st WeekWednesday of 2nd WeekFriday of 5th Week
Second Half of Term
(7 Weeks)
Fourth day of 8th WeekWednesday of 9th WeekFriday of 12th Week

*100% refund applies to students reducing credits or dropping a course with a course/lab fee by the last date to add/drop course with 100% refund. Students withdrawing from the University or dropping all courses will receive a refund in accordance with the University Withdrawal Schedule below.


Refund of Tuition—Dropping a Course

Students will be assessed tuition according to the number of credits for which they are registered on the last date to add/drop with 100% refund. Refunds for enrolled students who change credit status downward or drop a course with a course/lab fee will have tuition and course/lab fees refunded according to the following schedule:

Time of Status ChangeRefund Percentage
On or Before Last Day to Add/Drop100%
After Last Date to Add/Drop0%

Late Drop Request

After the last drop date for a "W" grade shown above, students may request late drops from the Graduate School.  Requests for a late drop will only be approved when extenuating circumstances prohibit a student from completing a course.  Late drops are not given because:

  1. Students forgot to drop the course, or were not aware of the policy;
  2. Students wish to avoid a poor grade;
  3. Students are changing their major or transferring to another school;
  4. Students don't need the course to graduate.

To request a late drop, students should submit a written request to Nancy Byers Sprague explaining the circumstances. The request must also include the student's name, identification number, and the course(s) to be dropped. If the Graduate School approves the request, a grade of “W” will appear on the student's grade report and transcript.  See the Registrar's web page for a definition of all grades used on transcripts.