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How to Determine if You Need a Class Before the Drop/Add Deadline

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Posted on December 22, 2015 by Delaware Valley University.

Most schedules are flexible at the beginning of the semester until the drop/add period is over. But as you’re sitting through the first class of a course you’re not sure will benefit you, how will you know what to do? Learn more about what to do to help you determine whether or not to drop that class while it’s still possible. 

1. Find out when the drop/add deadline is.

If you go to a class for the first time and question whether or not it’s for you, immediately find out when the drop/add deadline. You don’t want to find yourself in a position where you run out of time and are no longer able to drop a class that you don’t want to take.

2. Is it required for your major?

There are some courses that you need to take in order to complete your program and earn your degree. So before you start wondering whether you should drop a course that you’re not completely interested in, it’s crucial that you find out if this class fills a requirement. 

3. What is it that you don’t like about the class?

It’s not feasible to drop every class that you don’t love from the very start. So ask yourself: why you don’t like the class? It could be something of merit, such as the course not interesting you or not benefiting you or your requirements. In this case, it’s understandable to drop the class. However, getting a bad impression of the professor after only spending and hour or so with them is not a good reason to drop.

One way to get a better understanding of the course is to look ahead in the syllabus. Perhaps you didn’t like the material that this class was covering from a quick overview, or you don’t like the first assignment. The syllabus could reveal that the rest of the assignments you’ll have for the remainder of the semester are interesting.

4. Are there other classes available?

In most colleges and universities, a certain number of credits are required when you’re a full-time student. If you drop this class without replacing it with another one, you may lose your status as a full time student which could affect specifics such as financial aid.

If you are planning on picking up another class in place of the one you wish to drop, make sure that there is room in the class, and you meet all the requirements necessary to take it. It’s also beneficial to choose a class that will count towards your major or your core requirements. 

In many cases, if you want to drop a class after the drop/add deadline, the dropped class counts as a withdrawal. This could have an effect on your financial aid or other factors, so you want to avoid it when possible. For more information about the upcoming semester, click here to visit DelVal’s blog.