Adding & Dropping Courses


Official enrollment for a long session—the fall and spring semesters—is determined on the 12th class day, or the fourth class day in a summer term. 

Prior to that date, graduate students may add or drop courses by submitting the Add/Drop form, available from graduate program offices or the Graduate School, Main 101. It includes instructions for adding and dropping courses and provides for appropriate signature authority.

Adding Courses

  • Online: During class days 1-4 for long sessions or 1-2 for summer sessions, students may add courses online. If the course is full or restricted, the student must have department approval to add the course.
  • By Department: During class days 5-12 for long sessions or 3-4 for summer sessions, courses may be added by the department in which the course is offered. Students must have the approval of their graduate adviser. After the 12th class day for a long session or the fourth class day for a summer session, students may not add a course, except for rare and extenuating circumstances as approved by the graduate dean. Requests to add a course under these circumstances require a letter of petition from the graduate adviser to the graduate dean and a completed Add/Drop form with all required signatures.

Dropping Courses

With the required approvals, a student in good standing may drop a course through the last class day of a semester. A graduate student who is in a warning status because of failure to maintain a 3.0 grade-point average may not alter his or her registration without the approval of the graduate adviser. After the 12th class day (or the fourth class day in a summer session), the student must also have the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies.

International students, in addition to obtaining the required approvals, must be advised by the International Office before dropping a course if their remaining course load will be fewer than nine hours in a long term or three hours, if registered, during the summer session.

Students employed as assistant instructors, teaching assistants, academic assistants, assistants and graduate research assistants may not reduce their course load to a less than full-time status.

Delete Drop

A student may drop a course online through the fourth class day of a long session (or the second class day of a summer session) and receive a full refund.

A student may drop a course the fifth through the 12th class days of a long session (or the third and fourth class days of a summer session) through the department offering the course and receive a full refund. Delete drops requested after the 12th class day of the fall and spring term or the fourth class day of a summer term must be accompanied by a petition letter from the graduate adviser to the graduate dean. Courses dropped during this period do not appear on the student’s transcript. The exact amount of the refund may be obtained from Student Accounts Receivable.

Q Drop

From the 13th through the 20th class day of a long session (or the fifth through the 10th day of a summer term), a student may drop a course with the approval of the graduate adviser and the graduate dean, but without a refund. An Add/Drop form signed by the graduate adviser must be submitted to the graduate dean for approval.

Courses dropped during this period will appear on the student’s transcript as a Q. They are not included in the student’s GPA.

Q/F Drop

After the 20th class day of the fall and spring semesters (or the 10th day of a summer term) through the last class day, the student may drop a course with the approval of the instructor, the graduate adviser and the graduate dean. An Add/Drop form signed by the instructor and the graduate adviser must be submitted to the graduate dean for approval.

The instructor will determine whether a Q or a grade of F will be recorded. Courses assigned Q appear on the transcript, but are not included in the student’s GPA.