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Add / Drop / Withdraw Policy

  • The last day to add a course, drop a course, or otherwise change your course schedule is typically the Monday of the third week of the semester (Fall or Spring).

  • The last day to withdraw from a course is the mid-semester date (Fall or Spring).

  • After you drop or withdraw from a course, you must still have at least 12 credits to be considered a full-time student.

Notes

  • Check the UMass Academic Calendar for specific dates. This calendar will include the corresponding dates for the winter and summer terms. Contact the Chief Undergraduate Advisor for more information.

  • When you drop a course (before the end of the Add/Drop period), there will be no record on your official transcript of having been enrolled.

  • When you withdraw from a course before the mid-semester date, there will be a W on your official transcript, but this will not affect your GPA.

  • To withdraw from a course after the mid-semester date, you will need the permission of your Academic Dean.

  • It is sometimes possible to drop a course with no record after the Add/Drop period has ended. In other words, there will be no record on your official transcript of having taken the course. Contact the Chief Undergraduate Advisor for more information.

  • It is sometimes possible to add a course after the Add/Drop period has ended. Contact the Chief Undergraduate Advisor for more information.

  • Medical withdrawals are handled by the Office of Student Affairs in Marston 126. Specifically, it is sometimes possible to withdraw from all of your classes due to physical or mental health issues. Note that it is typically not possible to withdraw from only some of your courses due to health-related issues.

  • If your health-related issues do not qualify for a medical withdrawal, you might instead be able to earn an INC (incomplete). Contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.

  • To add, drop, or make any other changes to your course schedule, you must not have any holds on your account.

  • If you are not able to make changes to your course schedule, contact the Undergraduate Programs Office.

  • If dropping or withdrawing from a course will cause you to have fewer than 12 credits, contact the Chief Undergraduate Advisor to talk about your options.

  • Contact information for the Office of Student Affairs, the Undergraduate Programs Office, and the Chief Undergraduate Advisor can be found under Advising Resources.