Tuesday, October 27th is the last day to withdraw or audit a course.
All UST advisors will be on drop-ins only on Monday, October 26th and Tuesday, October 27th from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00 PM-3:30 PM. To access drop-ins, go to this zoom link.
Like last Spring, this semester we have the modified pass/no credit option. Because of this policy, you can stick with a class knowing that whatever grade you earn at the end of this semester does not have to affect your GPA. You can read more about the policy here.
There might still be reasons for you to choose the withdrawal or audit options instead. One reason might be if doing the work for that course is affecting your success in your other courses. Below are the differences between the two options:
- 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).
- 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.
The latest episode of the Choices podcast discusses the modified pass/no credit option and why students might still choose to withdraw or audit.
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.
Remember that midterm grades are not always an accurate reflection of how well you might be doing in a course. It is best to take into account what went into the midterm grade and how much it affects your final grade. If you have concerns about a course, speak with your professor and/or academic advisor to explore your options. If you are not able to change the grading status of a course you are not doing as well in as you hoped, we also recommend utilizing the various tutoring and academic support resources, which you can find on the Office of Academic Enrichment’s website.