At the beginning of each semester, you can add and drop classes without penalty. Check the academic calendar for specific dates. Refer to the General Information Catalog for all official add/drop policies and procedures.
Before the fourth class day (second class day in summer): Add courses using the registration system.
After the fourth class day (second class day in summer): Obtain departmental approval to add a course. Each department has different procedures regarding the next step.
Consult with your academic advisor about how dropping classes might impact your academic progress, financial aid, or access to campus resources. If you drop below 12 hours, you will be considered a part-time student. If you wish to drop all of your courses after the semester begins, you must withdraw entirely from the university.
Before the twelfth class day (fourth class day in summer): Drop courses on your own using the registration system.
Before the Q-drop deadline: Make an appointment to meet with your advisor to begin the Q-drop process. Learn more about Q-dropping a class and the possible ramifications. You may pursue a Q-drop through the deadline posted on the academic calendar.
One-Time-Exception (OTE) is a Q-drop or withdrawal after the regular deadline. Every undergraduate is allowed one OTE, whether it is used to withdraw from all classes or drop one class. An OTE drop counts as one of your six Q-drops. Once it is used, you can not use it again.
In order to take a course Pass/Fail, you must have completed 30 credit hours or more. Courses taken pass/fail will be counted as electives and cannot count toward a specific degree requirement. No more than two courses per semester may be taken Pass/Fail. If you take a class Pass/Fail and a grade of F is assigned, the F will affect your GPA.
During the first 12 class days (four class days in the summer), you may change your grading status via the registration system. After that date, you must meet with your advisor to have it changed. Consult the academic calendar for specific dates for the Pass/Fail deadline.
COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions
In an email to students on Nov. 25, 2020, Interim Provost Jaffe shared policy updates related to Q-drop extensions and COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions in the noted policy changes. For the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, undergraduate students may choose to have a total of three (3) classes graded on a Pass/Fail basis without penalty. Using a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception will allow the class to count toward degree and course requirements, where a standard Pass/Fail will not. UGS students wanting to request a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception will need to meet with their Vick Center advisor. For additional information, please review this FAQ.