Friday, August 31, 2012

Changing Your Schedule

Even if you felt incredibly excited and certain about your Fall schedule before the semester began, it's possible that only fifty minutes in a class can change your mind.  You still aren't committed to your schedule!  Let's talk about your options!



Adding a Class and Changing a Section/Time

Today, Friday, August 31 is the last day to add a course to your schedule for the Fall 2012 semester.  Changing the time, professor or section of your course is also considered adding a class, so today is the last day to do those things as well.  The CAS Academic Advising Center is only open until 4:30pm so you must make the change to your schedule before then.  You may call the advising center, email an advisor or stop by to add a course. 


Dropping a Course After the Add Period

Occasionally, it becomes necessary to drop a course after the add period.  Maybe, despite your best efforts and intentions, you feel unable to do well in a course.  Maybe you have changed your intended major and no longer feel it is desirable to continue in a certain class.  There are some important considerations when deciding to drop!

How do I drop a class?

If you wish to drop a class you must first visit the CAS Advising Center.  You'll meet with an advisor and complete a drop form.  After that, you must meet with your professor to get him/her to sign your drop form.  Then you must return the form to the CAS Advising Center. 

When can I drop?

There are two important dates to keep in mind when considering a drop:

  • Wednesday, September 26--This is the last day to drop a course with NO GRADE.  The course will not appear on your transcript if you drop by this date.
  • Friday, November 9--This is the last day to drop a course.  If you drop a course at any point between September 26 and this day, you will receive a "W" on your transcript. While a "W" does not provide an indication of academic performance and is not included in your GPA, it will forever be part of your academic record.  

How will dropping impact my academic progress?

If you drop a course after August 31, 2012, you will be unable to add a course to your fall schedule.  In order to complete any degree at the University of Scranton, you must earn a minimum of 129 credits during your time here. That means that you should complete an average of slightly more than 16 credits a semester if you wish to graduate in 4 years.  You can afford to drop a class the first semester, but if you make a habit of dropping after the add period, you may need to consider summer and intersession courses to stay on track for graduation.  Talk to an advisor for information that is more specific to you!

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