Schedule Changes

To make changes, you need permission from the instructors of the courses you want to drop or add. You also need advisor permission, unless you are only changing sections of the same course.

DROPPING AND ADDING COURSES

You may drop and add full- and first-half-semester courses without academic penalty until the second week of the semester. Last-half-semester courses have a different drop/add deadline. Class availability generally shifts after the wait list period, so make sure you check the class schedule for classes that have opened up.

DROP/ADD DEADLINES FOR SPRING 2017
FIRST-HALF COURSES Wednesday, January 18
FULL-SEMESTER COURSES Wednesday, January 18
LAST-HALF COURSES Thursday, March 9

For drop/add deadlines for fall 2016, see the academic calendar.

Please be very aware of drop/add deadlines. Once the deadline has passed, you will only be able to withdraw with a W grade.

HOW TO DROP AND ADD CLASSES

To drop and add classes, you need permission from the instructor(s) and your advisor. You can obtain this one of two ways:

  • Email the instructor(s) and/or your advisor asking explicitly for permission, including which course(s) you want to change. Include the subject, course number and section number. Once you receive all permissions, come to the Registrar’s Office and fill out a drop/add slip. Be prepared to show us the emails by bringing printed copies or pulling them up on your smart phone or one of the office computers. We will then make the changes to your schedule.
  • Come to the Registrar’s Office to obtain a drop/add slip. Fill it out, then bring it to the instructor(s) and/or your advisor to have them sign it. Once the slip is completed, bring it back to our office and we will make the changes to your schedule.
EMAIL PERMISSIONS POLICY

We do not accept forwarded email permissions during the fall and spring semesters. You must complete a drop/add slip and show your emails to staff in the Registrar’s Office.

During the summer only — from the end of the spring semester through the middle of August — you may forward all your email permissions for a course to dropadd@hope.edu and we will complete a drop/add slip for you and adjust your schedule.

WITHDRAWING FROM A COURSE

Withdrawing from a course is different from dropping a course, and it is different than withdrawing completely from Hope. Withdrawing from a course means you no longer attend the course, but you made the decision after the drop/add deadline.

There are times when withdrawing from a course is an appropriate option. For example, sometimes when you’re doing poorly in a course or not able to keep up with the workload, withdrawing is your best option. This can prevent a low grade from affecting your academic record and can allow you to focus on your other courses.

IMPLICATIONS
ACADEMIC RECORD

Withdrawing from a course is different than dropping. The course will remain on your record with a W grade. This is a non-penalty grade; it does not affect your GPA. The W grade will always remain on your record, even if you retake the course. One or two W grades are not cause for alarm. However, repeatedly withdrawing from courses may affect graduate school and career opportunities. Talk to your academic advisor and/or potential graduate school.

TIME

You do not earn credit for the course from which you withdraw. This may extend the time and cost to finish your degree.

MONEY

You are still charged for the course from which you withdraw; there is no refund. Your attempted credits for the semester will remain the same, although your earned hours at the end of the semester will be reduced.

FINANCIAL REGULATIONS

Federal regulations require that students make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards the completion of their degree. Withdrawing will affect SAP and possibly jeopardize financial aid in future terms. Students who fall behind in their coursework, fail to achieve minimum GPA standards and/or fail the completion of classes risk losing their eligibility for federal and state financial aid. It may also affect external and Hope College scholarships, grants and/or loans. Talk to Financial Aid about how withdrawing from a course affects your personal financial aid package.

BEFORE FINALIZING YOUR DECISION
  • Check with your course instructor and/or advisor about alternatives to withdrawing.
  • Visit the Academic Success Center to learn about:
    • Tutoring
    • Academic advising and coaching
    • Supplemental instruction
    • General study skills
    • Study skills tutoring
  • Check with Financial Aid about aid in future terms.
  • If you are an athlete, talk to Athletics about how withdrawing may affect your athletic eligibility.
HOW TO WITHDRAW FROM A COURSE
  1. Get permission from the course instructor and your advisor. Permissions may be via email or signatures on a drop/add slip.
  2. Bring all approvals to the Registrar’s Office. We only process withdrawals in person.
  3. Be aware of deadlines on the Academic Calendar for withdrawing from a course.

PASS/FAIL OPTION

Information about changing a course to pass/fail is available on the grading policy page.

 

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