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Declaring a Major

If you have already completed a full semester (spring or fall) as a UD student and have chosen a major that you meet the requirements for, you can submit a Change of Major form. You cannot submit a Change of Major yet if a) you are a new student (first-year or transfer) in your first semester, b) the major you want has specific application dates, and/or c) you do not meet the requirements for the restricted major. For application dates and requirements, see the Restricted Majors page for your Catalog year: 2017-2018 or 2018-2019.

  • For students who want a major in the College of Business and Economics, you can apply starting October 15th, as long as you meet the minimum requirements.
  • For students who want a major in the College of Engineering, you can apply after your fall semester grades have been published and as long as you meet the minimum requirements.

New first-year and transfer students whose entry term is Fall 2019 can submit a Change of Major form for an unrestricted major (any major not listed on the Restricted Majors page) starting October 23 (after the withdrawal deadline).

You can find the Change of Major form in UDSIS. Here are some tips when submitting the form:

  • If you are submitting a request for more than one program (e.g. double majors, a major and a minor, etc.), put in separate entries for each program. It will not accept a major and a minor in the same line.
  • Submit the form itself. Adding the lines for each program is not submitting the form. Make sure you complete the page asking why you are requesting the change.
  • Allow some time for the form to process. It needs to be approved by the department and then processed by the Registrar. You can see the status in Web Forms by reviewing the form in the Out Basket tab.

We encourage students to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. If you are in your second or third year and are undecided or don’t meet the requirements for your intended major, schedule a meeting with your UST advisor to explore your options.

Drop-ins and Scheduled Meetings

First Week of Classes

All UST advisors will be on drop-ins only from Monday, August 26 thru Tuesday, September 3. You can stop by the office during the drop-in times and either wait to meet with your advisor or see the first advisor available. Drop-in appointments are first-come, first-served and limited to 15 minutes.

Drop-in times for the first week of classes:

Monday 8/26 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday 8/27 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Wednesday 8/28 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Thursday 8/29 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Friday 8/30 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9/3 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Scheduled Meetings and Drop-ins

Starting Wednesday, September 4, UST advisors will be on a regular drop-in schedule and have availability for scheduled meetings. Visit the UST website for information about regular drop-in times and how to schedule an appointment using Blue Hen Success.

All meetings are in the Center for Academic Success at 148-150 S College Ave.

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

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