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Thanksgiving Week

Advisors will be holding ZOOM only drop in hours Monday, November 21-Wednesday, November 23. 

9:30 AM – Noon and 1 PM – 3:30 PM

As a reminder, the university and our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 and will reopen on Monday, November 28. 


Spring Registration/Withdrawal and Change of Grading Deadline

     UST advisors will be holding drop-ins to accommodate the current registration period and withdrawal/change of grading deadline of November 14. Please remember, drop-ins are quick meetings (15-minutes max) when UST advisors will be available to answer your questions. You may be able to meet with your assigned UST advisor or you may meet with another UST advisor if your assigned advisor is unavailable (either is fine!). We will address your concerns as quickly as possible, but please be patient as there could be a wait!

The following will be the drop-in schedule for Thursday, November 10 through Friday, November 18 (WEEKDAYS ONLY):

Virtual Drop-in Times:

Mondays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuesdays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Wednesdays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Thursdays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Fridays:  9:30 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Virtual Drop-in Location:

Be sure to sign into zoom with your UD credentials and have your UD ID number ready.

In-Person Drop-In Times:

Mondays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuesdays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Wednesdays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Thursdays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM 

Location: Center for Academic Success -148-150 South College Avenue

Bring your UDID card with you.

Here are some resources to check out for registration:

Registration Help

Here are the different options for changing your grading status:

    • Similar to dropping a class, but it stays on your transcript with a grade of W.
    • Good option if you are struggling in a class you don’t necessarily need (e.g. a breadth requirement that can be satisfied with a different course).
    • If you earn a passing grade, you will have a P that does not affect your GPA, and the credits count as a free elective but do not satisfy any requirements.
    • If you earn a failing grade, you will have an F that does affect your GPA.
    • Good option if you feel you can pass the class but don’t want a low grade to affect your GPA, and you don’t necessarily need the class (i.e. you won’t need to repeat it with standard grading).
    • You can only change one class per semester to pass/fail.
    • You attend the class but don’t have to do the assignments, don’t earn credits, and earn a grade of L (listener) which does not affect your GPA.
    • Good option if you are struggling in a class you will need to repeat or it is currently serving as a co-requisite to another course.

There are more considerations to take into account when deciding what to do about a class, like if it will drop you below full-time status or affect your financial aid, scholarships, student visa, etc. Make sure to contact the appropriate office/department to find out how it will affect you before making any changes. When in doubt, contact your academic advisor.

A Great Event this Week for your Registration Questions!

Join us today through ZOOM!

ZOOM link:

Spotlight on…. Center for Health Profession Studies

According to their website, “The Center for Premedical and Health Profession Studies is focused on helping students across the colleges who are pursuing careers in the health professions.” The center is happy to meet with students while they are in the University Studies Program and exploring their options for majors and careers in healthcare. The center supports students who are interested in a variety of medical fields including (but not limited to) medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, pharmacy, and physical/occupational therapy.

Directed by Dr. David Barlow and Dr. Jennifer Nauren, and supported by a staff of advisors, graduate students, and peer mentors, the Center for Health Profession Studies is available to meet with students through an appointment or drop-in basis for advisement. They help to prepare students in both academics and extracurriculars for their next steps in the healthcare field, whether that be to pursue further schooling or to enter the world of work after graduation.

Please visit: to find out more about this great resource for students interested in the Life and Health Sciences, and how to meet with one of their staff.

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