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Enrollment and Drop-ins

Enrollment for Fall 2019 courses began today. Please check UDSIS for your specific enrollment appointment time (the time when you can begin to register for your courses).

If you haven’t met with your UST advisor to discuss major and course selection, you still have time to schedule it if they still have availability Tuesday and Wednesday.

From Thursday, April 25, thru Friday, May 3, all UST advisors will be on drop-ins only from 9:30-12:00 PM and 1:00-3:30 PM. Reminder: drop-ins are short meetings (15 minutes max). If you have a lot of questions, schedule an appointment. Regular appointments will resume on Monday, May 6. You can also stop by the Peer Liaison event “Registration with a Twist”, where you can speak with peer liaisons and UST advisors.

Withdrawal Deadline: Monday, April 15

The deadline to change the grading status of a course is Monday, April 15, which is only a week from the Monday you return from Spring Break. On Friday, April 12, and Monday, April 15, all UST advisors will be on drop-in only! Stop by the office between 9:30-12 and 1-3:30 PM that day if you want to discuss your grading options for a course. We also have drop-in hours during the rest of the week.

Here are the different options for changing your grading status:

  • WITHDRAWAL
    • 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).
  • PASS/FAIL
    • 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.
  • AUDIT
    • 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.

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.

Drop-in Schedule

Please note the changes for drop-in hours during pre-registration advising. Drop-ins are at most 15 minute appointments for quick questions. If you need a 30 minute appointment, please schedule one on BHSC with your UST advisor.

Mondays 9:30 AM — 12:00 PM

Mondays 1:00 PM — 3:30 PM

Tuesdays 1:00 PM — 3:30 PM

Wednesdays 1:00 PM — 3:30 PM

Thursdays 1:00 PM — 3:30 PM

Fridays 1:00 PM — 3:30 PM

Major Exploration Meetings with Your Advisor

Now is a great time to schedule a meeting with your UST advisor to discuss where you are in your major-decision making: add/drop is over, midterms are still a few weeks away, and you have plenty of time to do any action items to help you pick a major before picking out your classes for the fall semester.

It is okay to come to a meeting without any idea of what you want to major in. You can also do some prep work ahead of time if you like. Here are some suggestions:

Click here for instructions to schedule a meeting with your advisor using BHSC.

Finish in Four

UD students who complete at least 30 credits during their first year in college are more likely to graduate in four years. Talk with an advisor about developing an academic plan that includes both the correct number and the appropriate type of credits needed for making progress toward degree completion. You may want to consider taking a course during winter session to stay on track.

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