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Office of Graduate Education


Program Adjustments (Add/Drop)

All Students Specific regulations are given below for undergraduate and graduate students. The following apply to all students.

Dropping or adding courses is done via Rensselaer’s Web registration system. Detailed instructions are available in the Class Hour Schedule.

Responsibility for dropping or adding courses prior to the deadline rests entirely with the student. Failure to fulfill the responsibility because of an oversight, ignorance, or possibility of low grades is not sufficient grounds to petition for permission to drop or add a course after the deadline. It is the policy of the Institute that no petitions be accepted for the retroactive dropping or adding of a course except under extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control.

No credit will be given for a course in which the student is not properly registered. Failure to attend a class for which a student is registered or unofficial notification to the instructor does not constitute dropping a course and will result in an Administrative “F” (“FA” grade).

Graduate Students The following additional regulations apply to program adjustments:

  • Tuition charges for part-time students are based on the number of credits a student is enrolled in at the end of the fifth week of the term independent of any further late drops. Any additions made after the fifth week result in additional tuition charges. Tuition for part-time students is charged on a per credit- hour basis.
  • When program adjustments are made, the student’s Plan of Study should be updated accordingly.
  • During the summer sessions, courses may be added during the first week of each session. Courses may be dropped any time before the end of the third week of classes.
  • Graduate students may add a course any time during the first ten class days of a semester.
  • A student may change sections of a course any time during the first two weeks of a semester.
  • A student may drop a course during the first eight weeks of the semester.
  • A graduate student must take at least 12 credit hours each term to be considered a full-time student unless employed as a teaching assistant, in which case a minimum of 9 credits is allowed. Full-time graduate students must maintain full-time status at all times throughout their graduate career.
  • Graduate students receiving a summer stipend and students intending to graduate in the summer must register for the summer semester.

Only the Graduate School can make exceptions to the drop/add rules. Students wishing exceptions must petition with supporting documents from parties involved, such as instructors, adviser, or medical director.

Students who have the approval of the Graduate School to drop a course after the eighth week of classes will be given a grade of “W” in the course.