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 students receiving a summer stipend and students
intending to graduate in the summer must register for the
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.