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Class Add, Drop and Withdrawal

Illustration of a calendar  Deadlines for Spring 2019

Add classes - Full Term*

Friday, January 11

Drop Classes - Full Term*

Friday, January 18

Withdraw Individual Classes - Full Term*

Monday, March 4

*Courses that do not meet the entire semester have their own add/drop/withdrawal and grade replacement deadlines. Please see "Your Course Drop/Withdrawal Deadlines" on the Student tab in URSA or see the Special Term/Short Course Deadline report.

After your initial registration, you may need to add, drop or withdraw from a class. Generally, all of those actions can be completed in Ursa and each item has potential implications for financial aid, tuition and your transcript.  If you're thinking about any of these adjustments, remember to watch the deadlines! 

The Basics

  • When you add a class
    • Tuition and fees are adjusted if applicable
    • For graduate assistantships: Please check the terms of your assistantship 
    • Log on to Ursa to add the class by the deadline
  • When you drop a class
    • Tuition and fees are adjusted if applicable
    • For graduate assistantships: Please check the terms of your assistantship
    • The course is removed from your transcript
    • Dropping a class can affect your financial aid eligibility. Contact Financial if you have questions
    • Log on to Ursa to drop the class by the deadline
  • When you withdraw from a class
    • There is no refund of tuition and fees
    •  A "W" grade is recorded on your transcript; does not impact GPA
    • Withdrawing from a class can affect your financial aid eligibility. Contact Financial if you have questions
    • Log on to Ursa to withdraw from the class by the deadline
  • When you completely withdraw from all classes
    • Tuition and fees are adjusted if applicable
    •  A "W" grade is recorded on the transcript for all classes: does not impact GPA
    • Contact the  Office of the Registrar for a total withdrawal.

The Details

  • Adding a Class

    Full-Semester Classes

    Through the 5th day of the semester: You may add full-semester classes through Ursa. Tuition and fees are adjusted accordingly.

    Days 6-10 of the semester: Instructors may, at their discretion, authorize you to add their class. You’ll need to submit the Course Late Add Request Form (requires your instructor’s signature) to the Registrar, and they will register you for the course if approved.

    Note: this form will only be available days 6 - 10 of the late add period.

    After day 10 of the semester: You must submit a Petition to Late Add a Course (along with all signatures) to the Registrar for consideration along with a written statement describing the circumstances that kept you from adhering to the deadline. This petition will only be approved if there were extenuating circumstances beyond your control that kept you from adhering to the published deadlines. You must have been attending on or before the drop deadline to be considered. The Registrar has the final approval/denial of the course(s).

    Forms may be faxed to 970-351-1870, scanned and emailed to registrar@unco.edu, or brought to the Office of the Registrar in Carter Hall 3002.

    In order to use a COF stipend for that course, you must be registered for a course before the drop deadline for that course. There may be legitimate administrative reasons that may allow COF eligibility. UNC will adhere to the Colorado Department of Higher Education College Opportunity Fund guidelines.

    Short courses

    You may add courses in Ursa through the add deadline of the course. (short-course deadline).

    To find the add deadline for courses you’re already registered for, just click on the course in your Ursa registration. If you haven’t registered yet, you can refer to the short-course deadline report (select your semester and click “run” to see a list of all classes).

    After the add deadline, you may submit a Petition to Late Add a Course to the Registrar for consideration.

    Requirements for a successful petition

    • If there were extenuating circumstances beyond your control that kept you from adhering to the published deadlines. (You must include a written statement describing the circumstances that kept you from adhering to the deadline.)
    • You must have been attending on or before the drop deadline.

    Forms may be faxed to 970-351-1870, scanned and emailed to registrar@unco.edu, or brought to the Office of the Registrar in Carter Hall 3002.

    The Registrar has the final approval/denial of the course(s).

  • Dropping a Class

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    Dropping a class and withdrawing from a class are two very different things. If you drop a class before the drop deadline, the class won’t appear on their transcript and you won’t be charged any tuition or fees. There’s no impact on your GPA.

    If you miss the drop deadline and need to get out of the class, you’ll need to withdraw from the class via Ursa.  In this case, the class will appear on your transcript with a “W” grade and won’t affect your GPA. You will be charged tuition and fees, and it may affect your financial aid award.

    For a complete withdrawal from UNC, see the section on  Withdrawing From All Classes.

    If you want to drop a full-semester class

    You may drop classes in Ursa through the 10th day of the semester.

    If you want to drop a short course

    You may drop short courses in Ursa through the drop deadline of the course. Please see the short-course calendar for specific deadlines (select the term your class is in, then whether you’d like to view the dates and deadlines in a spreadsheet or PDF, and select “Run” to view). Note: It’s your responsibility to know when the drop deadlines for your classes are.

    If you registered, but don’t attend your class

    In some cases, instructors will drop you from a class if you don’t attend the first two hours. However, it’s your responsibility to follow the drop procedure and not assume your instructor will drop you automatically.

    If you have a hold on your account

    If you have a hold on your account that prevents you from making registration changes, you must contact the Registrar’s office no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

  • Withdrawing from a Class

    You will need to withdraw from the class  if you miss the drop deadline and need to get out of a class. Classes from which you’ve withdrawn will appear on your transcript with a “W” grade and won’t affect your GPA, however, you will be charged tuition and fees, and your financial aid award may be affected.

    For a complete withdrawal from UNC, see the section on  Withdrawing From All Classes.

    Full-Semester Classes

    You may withdraw from individual classes in Ursa through the individual class withdrawal deadline. You will still be charged tuition and fees.

    Short Courses

    You may withdraw from classes that don’t meet through the entire semester in Ursa through the drop deadline for that course (see the short-course calendar for specific deadlines). It is your responsibility to know the drop deadlines for your classes. No adjustments will be made to your tuition.