Adding or Dropping a Course

University Policy

College of General Studies Policy

To drop a class, students must talk with their CGS advisor and fill out a drop/add (course adjustment) form. It must be signed by the class professor (CGS classes only) and the student’s advisor. Drop/add forms are available online and in the Student Services office, CGS Room 211. They should be submitted with signatures to Room 211.

Important Considerations about Dropping Courses

  • Withdrawing from a course renders the student ineligible for the Dean’s List and Dean’s Circle for that semester, and for CGS merit scholarships.
  • When a student withdraws from a class, he or she must discuss with an academic advisor how it affects the student’s eligibility to continue into the junior year from CGS and graduation from BU.
  • CGS students who withdraw from a core course are required to make up the course before continuing into their junior year.
  • Dropping a course could affect the sequencing of courses: i.e., if the course is a prerequisite for another course or if the course is only offered once a year.
  • Dropping a course could affect eligibility for financial aid and/or housing.
  • Students dropping a course should refer to the dates included in the academic calendar to determine whether or not it will be recorded on their transcripts.
  • Students dropping a course should refer to the University refund schedule for possible adjustments to their tuition charges.
  • Dropping a course could affect visa status for international students.
  • Dropped courses may be made up either by overloading or by attending summer school at Boston University or elsewhere. Courses taken outside of BU can satisfy requirements and add to a student’s credits toward graduation (if approved), but they do not contribute to the BU GPA.