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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 General Information University Policies and Procedures Registration Policy for Changing Courses (Add/Drop)  

Policy for Changing Courses (Add/Drop)

The Add/Drop period generally occurs during the first two weeks of the semester. Students may add and drop courses to finalize their registrations. The actual add/drop dates are determined by the University Senate prior to the beginning of the semester, and it can vary each semester. Also, the Senate's decision supersedes any previously advertised add/drop dates. Therefore, students must check their campus specific website at the beginning of each semester to determine the latest registration information available. Students may use WEBREG or in-person registration, but undergraduates must register following a descending degree credit schedule (similar to the preregistration schedule).

Instructors may assign special permission numbers to students during this period. Instructors should not advise students to go to the Registrar's Office to add a course because there appears to be empty seats in a classroom. An empty seat is not necessarily an indication that there are spaces available in a class. Some students do not attend the first class meetings of a course but are registered for the course and will attend. Each department establishes the number of spaces/seats available in their respective courses.

Late Registration and Final Add/Drop

Students who have not pre-registered or have a financial obligation to the University may register "late" during the first five days of the semester. These students must first make contact with the Cashier's Office to pay their term bills or the appropriate department for any other outstanding financial obligations.

Dropping a Course

Undergraduate students may drop courses until the end of the eighth full week of the term without academic penalty, provided the student follows the change of course procedures, as described previously.  Courses dropped between the eighth calendar day and the eighth week of the term are assigned a "W" grade.  Students dropping a course after the end of the eighth full week of the term are assigned a grade of F, U, or NC in the dropped course; the grade of "F" is computed in the term and cumulative grade point averages.

A student who unofficially drops a course for which he or she is registered without following the above procedure will receive a grade of F, U, or NC in the course.  In the case of part time students, no refund of tuition is allowed for any course dropped after the seventh calendar day of the term.

No course may be dropped during the last two weeks of classes.
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