Dropping/Adding Courses

At the start of each term, students have the ability to drop and add courses via Albert. The length of the Drop/Add period varies as follows:

Term Drop/Add period
Fall First two weeks from start of term
Spring First two weeks from start of term
Summer First week from start of term

Non-attendance in class does not automatically drop a student from a course. 

Specific deadlines and dates for each term are listed on the University's Academic Calendar. Students need instructor permission before adding a course after the first class meeting.

Courses with special meeting patterns may be dropped without a "W" within 1 business day of the first class meeting by contacting the Office of Academic Services. A 100% refund of tuition (but not fees) will be granted at this time. Special meeting patterns include:

  • 1.5-credit courses offered in the second-half of the term
  • January intensive courses
  • Spring Break intensive courses

When dropping courses, students must be aware of the Tuition Refund Schedule. Tuition refunds are given according to the Bursar's schedule, and registration and service fees are never refundable once the term begins.

If students have concerns, they should consult with their program administrator or contact Academic Services before making a change.

Withdrawing from Courses

Non-attendance in class does not automatically withdraw students from a course.  To withdraw officially after the Drop/Add period, students must contact Academic Services. Withdrawing from a course means the course remains on the transcript, but the student is awarded a "W" instead of a grade. Students must request withdrawal from a course prior to the end of classes and before the final exam period begins.

If a student withdraws from a required course, s/he must repeat the course in the next semester it is offered by re-registering and paying the full tuition and fees.  Withdrawing from a course constitutes an attempt at completing the course.  Students are only allowed two attempts at any course.

Be sure to consult with Tuition Refund page for information about withdrawals and complete withdrawals.


While it is not common for courses to have waitlists, some occasionally do.  Students who place themselves on a waitlist should remember that the next eligible person on waitlist is automatically enrolled when a space opens up in the course. Albert will not enroll a student from the waitlist if doing so would take that student above the maximum credit limit for the term of if the class conflicts with the meeting time of another class on the student's schedule. To avoid problems with waitlists, students should use the SWAP function in Albert. Read the Albert Registration Guide for more information about SWAP.

Waitlists expire by the end of the second week of classes, but students who no longer wish to be on a waitlist should drop themselves in order to avoid confusion.