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Withdrawal Deadline and Drop-ins

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.

Choices: Episode 3 – Fall 2020 Grading Options

Are you confused about the pass/no credit policy for this semester? Then listen to this episode of Choices, where Sylvia and Tyler explain the modified pass/no credit policy in place for Fall 2020 as well as why students might still choose the regular withdrawal and audit options instead.

Drop-in Advising Appointments

Pre-registration advising has begun, which means there are some changes to our drop-in advising schedule. Starting on Monday, October 12, morning drop-ins will only be available on Fridays. Here is the updated schedule:

Monday: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuesday: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Wednesday: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Thursday: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Friday: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Drop-ins are quick meetings that can be up to 15 minutes and do not require scheduling ahead of time. You can access drop-ins during the above times at this Zoom link.

If you need a longer appointment, you can schedule an advisement meeting with your UST advisor. And as always you can email them with any questions as well.

Email, Drop-ins, and Individual Appointments

Your academic advisor is committed to your academic success. We offer a variety of ways to obtain advisement during Fall 2020 including e-mail, drop-in hours, and by appointment.

E-mail Advisement

For general inquiries, feel free to email your advisor or contact us at

Drop-In Advisement

Please access this Zoom link for drop-ins during any of the following times:

  • Mondays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Tuesdays: 1 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Fridays: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1 PM – 3:30 PM

Drop-in appointments are for quick questions and last up to 15 minutes, and you will be meeting with the drop-in advisor. For longer meetings and/or to meet with your own advisor schedule an advising appointment with them.

Advising Appointments

If your questions are a bit more specific and you would like to be certain you have plenty of time to discuss them, you can schedule an appointment online with your UST advisor using Blue Hen Success (BHS). For scheduling instructions, click here.

All Drop-ins

UST Advisors will be available for drop-ins Monday, August 31st – Tuesday, September 8th (except on Labor Day). Access this Zoom link: to talk with an advisor during any of the following times:

  • Monday: 1 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday – Friday: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1 PM – 3:30 PM

E-mail Advisement: For general inquiries, feel free to email your advisor or contact us at

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