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Schedule Adjustment, Drop, & Withdrawal


Overview

  • The information below pertains to Summer Session (SS) and courses scheduled for the following sessions: SS-I, SS-I-A, SS-I-B, SS-II, SS-II-C, SS-II-D.
  • All registration-related actions have deadlines with academic and financial consequences. Some of these differ for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • For deadlines and associated refunds, see Summer Session Academic & Financial Calendars and select the specific session.

For Summer Session, the Schedule Adjustment Period begins on the first day of the session and continues for at least one day or more depending on the individual session.

  • 6-week sessions I and II: First four days of classes
  • 3-week sessions I-A, I-B, II-C, and II-D: First day of classes

Before A Specific Session’s Schedule Adjustment Period Begins

  • Students may make adjustments to their schedules any time after their original registration up to the start of a specific session’s Schedule Adjustment Period without academic or financial penalty.
  • This includes add, drop, cancel registration, change section, change credit level (within the listed range), or change grading option.

During A Specific Session’s Schedule Adjustment Period

  • Students may continue to add, change course section, change credit level (within the listed range), or change grading option with no academic or financial penalty. For the listed range of available credits and grading options, see the individual course listing on Testudo (Schedule of Classes).
  • Once a specific session’s Schedule Adjustment Period begins, students that drop a single course or withdraw do NOT receive a 100% refund.  In addition, courses dropped during this time may appear on the student's official university transcript.

Even Exchange During a Specific Session’s Schedule Adjustment Period

  • Dropping a course and then adding one of equal credit value to the same session on the same day during the Schedule Adjustment Period is called an even exchange.
    • Example: Dropping MATH115 and adding MATH120 (both three-credit courses) in SS-I.
    • To avoid incurring financial penalties, BOTH the drop and the add must be done during the same day.
  • Dropping a course in one session and adding to another session is NOT considered an even exchange.
    • Example: Dropping MATH115 from SS-I and adding MATH120 to SS-II.
  • With an even exchange, the dropped course will not appear on the student's official University transcript.

Need Assistance?

  • Use the OES contact form. Include your full name, UID, and a complete statement regarding the requested action.

Once a specific session’s Schedule Adjustment Period has ended, changes to registration require special permission. 

  • Students may process a Single Course Drop with a 'W' until the specific session’s stated deadline. See Drop Period, below.
  • Students may request a Withdrawal anytime between the first and last day of classes for a specific session. Requests must be received in writing. See Withdrawal, below.

Undergraduate Students

  • For undergraduate students, changes to registration after a specific session’s posted deadlines (add, credit level, grading option, section) requires the permission of the student’s academic college.  
  • Contact your academic college for specific instructions. That unit will work with you to process the change.

Graduate Students

  • For graduate students, changes to registration after a specific session’s posted deadlines (add, credit level, grading option, section) requires different actions.
  • Add Course or Change Section: To process, use the OES contact form. Include your full name, UID, and a complete statement regarding the requested action. Permission required from both course instructor and your program’s graduate director.  You must contact the course instructor and your program’s graduate director to send their approval via email to oes@umd.edu.
  • Change Grade Option or Change Credit Level: To process, use the OES contact form. Include your full name, UID, and a complete statement regarding the requested action. Permission required from your program’s graduate director. You must ask your program’s graduate director to send their approval via email to oes@umd.edu.

The drop period begins at the close of the Schedule Adjustment Period and terminates at various points depending on the individual session. This pertains to Session I (including I-A & I-B) or II (II-C & II-D). During the drop period, a student may drop a maximum of four credits or one course. A student must be registered for two or more courses and remain registered for at least one course; otherwise, this is a Withdrawal (see below).

Single Course Drop without a 'W'

  • Student drops a single course within a session (I or II) before the end of the Schedule Adjustment Period. Student must be registered for two or more courses within session I (including I-A & I-B) OR session II (including II-C & II-D) and remain registered for at least one course within that session.
  • A single course drop before the end of the Schedule Adjustment Period will not appear on the student record, nor will it count towards the number of attempts a student has for any given course.
  • Students may process single course drops via Testudo (Registration (Drop/Add)).

Single Course Drop With a 'W'

  • Student drops a single course within a session (I or II) after the end of the Schedule Adjustment Period. Student must be registered for two or more courses within session I (including I-A & I-B) OR session II (including II-C & II-D) and remain registered for at least one course within that session.
  • Students are limited to dropping a maximum of 4 credits or one course.
  • For undergraduate students, courses dropped during the drop period will be recorded on the student’s official transcript with a ‘W’ notation. (This mark is not used in computing the semester or cumulative GPA.) 
  • For graduate students, courses dropped during the drop period will not have any notation appear on the student’s official transcript.
  • Students may process single course drops via Testudo (Registration (Drop/Add)).

Student terminates registration for all courses within a specific session (even if registered for just one course) anytime between the first and last day of classes for a specific session.

  • A notation of Withdrawn from Term and the effective date will post to the official transcript. The courses will show on the unofficial transcript with a 'WW' notation.
  • If you are a current UMD student, this has no effect on your enrollment status for the upcoming semester.
  • Students must submit a written request to be withdrawn. Use the OES contact form. Include your full name, UID, and a complete statement regarding the requested action.

Use the OES contact form. Include your full name, UID, and a complete statement regarding the requested action.

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