Navigating Your Student’s Schedule: A Guide to Dropping Classes at WPU

August 31, 2023

There may come a time when your student finds it necessary to drop a class, whether due to changes in their personal schedule, academic workload, or other factors. We’ll walk you through the process of dropping classes and adding new ones, ensuring that you and your student make informed decisions that align with their academic and personal goals.

Why Your Student Might Need or Want to Drop a Class

At William Peace University (WPU), our academic advisors highly recommend that students participate in each class during the add/drop week and attend the class at least once before finalizing any decisions. This proactive approach allows students to experience the course’s content and structure firsthand. Occasionally, a student might find it necessary to drop a class for various reasons, including:

  1. Personal Schedule Changes: Shifts in personal commitments, part-time jobs, or extracurricular activities can lead to scheduling conflicts.
  2. Academic Overload: Sometimes, the combination of classes might become overwhelming, affecting your student’s ability to excel in each subject.
  3. Course Content Mismatch: A class might not align with your student’s academic interests or career goals as expected.

How to Drop a Class or Add On

Before your student makes any changes to their class schedule, they should consult their academic advisor or the Office of Academic and Career Advising. The Office of Academic and Career Advising can provide valuable insights into the potential consequences of dropping a specific class, such as its impact on your student’s graduation timeline and course sequencing. When dropping or adding classes:

  • Consider Full-Time/Part-Time Status: Maintain awareness of credit hours to ensure your student meets the criteria for full-time (12-18 credit hours) or part-time (11 credits or fewer) student status. Dropping a class may affect eligibility for athletics, financial aid, scholarships, and on-campus housing.
  • Utilize Self-Service Student Planning: Within the add/drop period, students can drop a course using Self-Service Student Planning. This period typically lasts for one week at the beginning of each semester. Refer to the Academic Calendar on the university website for specific dates.

The Deadline to Drop a Class

The final day to add/drop classes is prominently listed on the Academic Calendar. Remember that there is a designated one-week add/drop window at the start of every semester. Ensuring your student makes necessary schedule changes within this timeframe is crucial.

Important Considerations

  • Withdrawal Period: If your student decides to drop a class after the add/drop period ends, they’ll enter the withdrawal period. During this time, the class remains on their transcript with a “W” grade. While “W” grades don’t affect GPA, they might have implications for financial aid eligibility. It’s prudent to consult your student’s academic advisor and the Office of Financial Aid before proceeding.
  • Comprehensive Communication: Your student should communicate openly with their academic advisor, career services, and financial aid office. They can offer valuable guidance and help your student navigate any challenges associated with class changes.

For more information and updates, visit Center for Student Success.