Drop⁄Add

How to Drop and Add Classes

Each term has three different time periods during which different rules for Drop/Add apply. The dates at which these periods begin and end are very firm, and are listed in the LSA Calendar each term. It is the student's responsibility to know these dates and rules.

Period I - Weeks 1-3 of full terms (weeks 1-2 of half-terms):
You may drop and add courses at any time via web registration wolverineaccess.umich.edu

Period II - Weeks 4-9 of full terms (weeks 3-4 1/2 of half-terms)

LSA is launching a new online late-drop/add process. beginning Spring term 2016.

The deadline to submit your request is 11:59 PM EST on the late drop deadline.  But we urge you to submit much earlier in case you need assistance.

TO REQUEST A LATE-DROP:

STEP 1:  From your Backpack/Registration page in Wolverine Access, select the DROP tab at the top of the screen.

STEP 2:  Select the class, click “Drop,” then click the green button “Request Late Drop.”

STEP 3:  Answer the questions and click “Submit Request” at the bottom.

STEP 4:  Click “OK” on the confirmation page.  You will also receive a confirmation email.

Once you’ve completed these steps, your request to drop will be shared with those who need to approve it.  The class is not officially dropped until all approvals are granted, but you can track the progress of your request on Wolverine Access.  We recommend that you continue to attend class until your drop has been finalized.

Watch your email:  Under certain circumstances you may need to meet with your instructor or an academic advisor to complete the process.  When the drop is completed, you will receive an automated confirmation from the Registrar.

Drops: Drops during this period receive a grade of 'W' on your transcript.

 

Adds: You will need to obtain from the course instructor an electronic override in order to add the course at this time in the term. 

TO REQUEST A LATE-ADD:

STEP 1:  In your backpack select the class to add, click “Proceed to Step Two,” then click “Finish Registering.”

STEP 2:  Click on the green button “Request Late Add.”

STEP 3: Answer the questions and click “Submit Request” at the bottom.

STEP 4:  Click “OK” on the confirmation page.  You will also receive a confirmation email.

If you have questions please contact your advising office.

 

Period III - After the 9th week of full term (4 1/2 weeks of half-terms)

Drop/Add requests are processed through the Academic Advising Center in 1255 Angell Hall.

Drops: Course drops are possible only if non-academic extenuating circumstances occurring after the Period II deadline prevent the student from finishing the class. Such circumstances may include serious, unanticipated poor health (with doctor's documentation) or severe, unanticipated personal problems. Poor academic performance or threat of failure is not an acceptable reason for a late drop during Period III.

You must fill out a Petition for an Exception to the Late Drop Form from the Academic Advising Center in 1255 Angell Hall, and have it signed by both the course instructor and an academic advisor, then return it. A committee will meet to consider your request, and will inform you by e-mail of its decision. You will need to provide on the form a narrative describing the reasons for the request. Your instructor must respond to the questions on the reverse of the form; requests are incomplete without the instructor's response.

Adds: You must fill out a Petition for an Exception to the Late Add Form from the Academic Advising Center in 1255 Angell Hall. Late adds after the late drop/add deadline are rare and require from the student an explanation that the course instructor must substantiate. The Board assumes that the student has either been doing the work for the class throughout the semester, or that the number of course credits are small enough for the student to complete reasonably by the end of the semester.


Note: This information is intended as a rough guide only. For more details, special cases or unusual circumstances, consult an academic advisor or Academics and Requirements.

 

Tuition Changes Resulting From Drop/Adds

The University assesses tuition according to the number of registered credits at the end of the open drop/add period

Request for Term Withdrawal (PDF)

Students who wish to withdraw once classes have begun should contact the Academic Advising Center. Students who withdraw within the first drop/add period are assessed disenrollment and registration fees, but the registration...

Petition for an Exception to the Late Drop Deadline

Use this form after Period II, when the late drop period is over.

Petition for an Exception to the Late Add Deadline

During Period III Drop/Add, use this form to request a Late Add