Adding or Dropping a Course

University Policy

Questrom School of Business Policy

Undergraduate

Before the Semester Begins

Students can add or drop courses on the StudentLink where seats are available. Those who wish to be added to the waitlist of a Questrom course that is full can submit the Questrom Waitlist Request Form.

For CAS and CFA courses, students may add a course that shows open seats via Web Registration through the add deadline. For courses in other schools or colleges, please contact the department for add/drop instructions, as their policies vary.

After the Semester Begins

Please pay attention to the University deadlines for the last day to add or drop a course for courses with standard dates. For courses with non-standard dates (i.e., Executive Skills Seminars), please see the deadlines listed with the course on the University Class Schedule on the Student Link. Generally, you may add courses through the second week of classes and drop courses online through the fifth week of classes without receiving a “W” on your transcript.

Please note: students only have the first week of class to add or change their Writing or Foreign Language section, regardless of level. This is before the official Add deadline, so students will need to plan accordingly.

Questrom courses are closed to Web Registration just before the first day of classes in a given term. To add a Questrom course or change the section of a Questrom course after classes have begun, students must follow these steps:

  • Pick up an Add/Drop form from the Undergraduate Program office or in the Office of the University Registrar, located at 881 Commonwealth Avenue, or download it from their website.
  • Attend the first class session or contact the course professor to see if he/she is willing to allow you to register for the course. If so, get his/her signature on the Add/Drop form. It is the professor’s decision whether or not to sign students into the course, even if the course appears to have open seats.
  • Take the completed form to the Undergraduate Program office (until the day before the scheduled Last Day to Add) or directly to the Office of the University Registrar.
  • After three business days, check the Student Link to verify that your registration has been adjusted.

To Drop a Course

  • Drop the course by going to the Academics tab on the Student Link, until the last day to drop without a “W” (permanent final grade indicating Withdrawal).
  • After three business days, check the Student Link to verify that your registration has been adjusted.
  • While not mandatory, you are encouraged to discuss ramifications of dropping a course with your Academic Advisor in the Undergraduate Program office.

Important Notes

  • Students may only add courses during the first two weeks of the semester with the instructor’s permission. The course instructor has complete discretion over which students are added to the course.
  • 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 refund schedule for possible adjustments to their tuition charges.
  • 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.
  • Dropping a course may affect NCAA athletic eligibility to compete immediately or in the future.

Please note that students are required to complete a minimum of 12 academic credits per semester during each academic year (not including Summer Term) in order to be considered for renewal of financial aid.

  • Dropping a course could affect visa status for international students. Our international students must be sure to complete at least 12 credits worth of coursework with grades of “D” or better in order to maintain proper visa status. “W” grades do not count as completed coursework for visa purposes.
  • Dropping a course could affect eligibility to continue in Questrom. Please note that students are required to complete at least 12 academic credits per semester (not including Summer Term) to be eligible to continue in Questrom. If you add or drop a course, it is your responsibility to check during the semester to be sure the transaction is complete.

Graduate

Adding a Course

Students may add most standard courses through the second week of classes using the Student Link’s WebReg. However, all courses in the first year of the full-time MBA program and MSMF, due to the module format, follow non-standard semester dates. For add/drop dates for non-standard semester courses, please see the schedule on the Student Link.

Dropping a Course

Students may drop full-semester courses using the Student Link’s WebReg system until the end of the drop period. A full-semester course dropped by the drop deadline will not appear on the student’s record. Full-semester courses dropped after the drop deadline will be indicated on the transcript with a “W” grade, and the student will be charged for the course. Standard full-semester courses may not be dropped later than 10 full weeks after the start of the semester. Please note, all courses in the first year of the full-time MBA program, due to the module format, follow non-standard semester dates. For add/drop dates for non-standard semester courses, please see the schedule on the Student Link. Students who drop a core class cannot be cohorted the following semester or module.

Overcharges result when full-time students change to part-time status because they are registered for fewer than 12 credits. Any extra amount that has already been paid will be credited to the student’s account. The balance will be refunded upon request in person, or in writing, to the Comptroller’s office within Student Accounting Services. If students have received any financial aid, however, the refund must be requested through the Assistant Director of Financial Aid in the Graduate Programs office.

Students may withdraw from a course in either summer session using the Student Link prior to the first day of the summer session. If the drop is processed prior to the first day of either term, full tuition and fees will be credited or refunded. If the drop is processed on or after the first day of either summer session, but before the drop deadline, the student is responsible for the registration fee only. If the drop is processed after the date published by the Graduate Programs office, the student is responsible for the full tuition and fees and will receive a “W” for the course.

Students can drop all of their courses, up until the first day of classes, during the summer sessions, using the Student Link’s WebReg.

Dropping All Courses (September–May)

It is not possible for students to drop all of their classes via the Student Link’s WebReg during the academic year. Students who wish to drop all of their courses during an academic year semester must meet with their advisor to complete a Leave of Absence/Withdrawal form, available in the Graduate Programs office (GPO). Signed and dated written requests to drop all courses can also be mailed, emailed, or faxed (617-353-9498) to the GPO. Students should confirm by phone or email that their mailed or faxed requests have been received. The effective date that the courses are dropped will be the date that the student completes the Leave of Absence/Withdrawal form. Refunds are determined as follows for Fall and Spring Semesters:

Prior to first day of classes: 100% tuition and fees

First two weeks of classes: 80% tuition

Third week of classes: 60% tuition

Fourth week of classes: 40% tuition

Fifth week of classes: 20% tuition

After the fifth week of classes: 0% tuition