When to Drop a Class

on April 11, 2017

You’ve gotten into college and are putting high school to bed. Now, you’re staring down the barrel of your freshman year. A world of interesting classes and academic discussions are in your immediate future. There is, however, one thing you should know as you transition to college, and that’s when to drop a class.


Chances are, no one is going to tell you how or when you should drop a class. It’s knowledge that’s typically acquired by talking to other students. Luckily, we’ve got your back. Here are a few guidelines for making the most of your academic experience and tuition money.


It Doesn’t Fit


Chances are you’ll know if a class isn’t a good fit within a week or two. Maybe you don’t like the teaching style of the professor or the course load is too heavy for the current semester. Whatever the reason, don’t be afraid to say no to something that doesn’t feel right.


Know Deadlines


Colleges typically have a series of deadlines for dropping classes. The first one will grant you a refund of your tuition money and typically is for the first few weeks of class. Take note of this date so you can drop a class by the full-refund deadline. If you decide a class isn’t for you after taking the first exam, colleges typically had a second deadline where students can drop a class without recouping their tuition dollars. Although it’s not preferable, this could help keep your grade point average in tact.


Drop Online


Colleges allow students to schedule their courses through an online system, and this is how you can drop a class. Look for the drop option when you’re scheduling classes so you know how to use it if the need arises.


See an Adviser


If you’ve had a medical issue or life circumstance, a college will allow you to drop a class and could give you a refund. They key is communication. You need to speak with an adviser and explain your situation. Don’t be afraid to speak up — this is your education and a college will work with you to make the most of it.

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