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Schedule Changes

Most schedule changes can be made through your plus.hope.edu account beginning registration week and through the first week of classes.

After registration week, online registration closes for a short time while wait lists are reviewed by departments. Online registration reopens on the first official day of drop/add and you can drop courses or add open courses (without a wait list) yourself in your plus.hope.edu account. You do not need instructor or advisor permission to make these changes.

However, you won't be able to add a course that appears open but has a wait list, without permission. This is to maintain the integrity of the wait list. Additionally, if a class is closed (full), you won't be able to add yourself to it online. Class availability generally shifts after the wait list period, so make sure you check the class schedule for classes that have opened up.

 

REGISTRATION EVENT DATES HOW TO MAKE SCHEDULE CHANGES
REGISTRATION WEEK November 5–9 Online or guided online registration; if a class is full, add yourself to the wait list.
WAIT LIST WEEK November 12–18 Online registration closes at 7 a.m. on November 12 while wait lists are reviewed; no schedule changes during this time.
  November 19–20 Online registration remains closed. Students accepted from the wait lists will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions to come in to accept spot. Wait lists will remain active.
DROP/ADD (ONLINE) November 21 – January 11
Online registration reopens at 12 p.m. on November 21. Drop courses and add open courses in your plus.hope.edu account. Online registration closes at 5 p.m. on January 11.
  Instructor permission needed to add a closed or wait listed class. If you need an override (prereq, etc.) for a restricted class, contact instructor or department to request they complete a Course Override Form.
DROP/ADD (SECOND WEEK OF CLASSES) January 12–16 Online registration closed; drop and add only in person.
  Instructor and advisor permission needed to add and drop any class, including last-half semester classes. Last-half classes can be dropped and added through March 7.

It is your responsibility to know drop/add deadlines. Once the deadline has passed, you will only be able to withdraw for a W grade.

HOW TO ADD CLOSED, WAIT LISTED OR RESTRICTED CLASSES
Open Class with a Wait List
  • You will not be able to add yourself online to a class that has a wait list, even if it shows seats available.
  • Contact the instructor asking for permission to add the specific course. Signatures on a drop/add slip or emailed permissions are also accepted. Please do not forward email permissions to our office, except in special circumstances listed below. Instead, come to the Registrar’s Office. Be prepared to show us the emails with printed copies or pull them up on your smart phone or one of the office computers. Or, give us your signed drop/add slip. We will then make the changes to your schedule.
Closed (Full) Class
  • You will not be able to add yourself online to a class that is closed.
  • Contact the instructor asking for permission to add the specific course. Signatures on a drop/add slip or emailed permissions are also accepted. Please do not forward email permissions to our office, except in special circumstances listed below. Instead, come to the Registrar’s Office. Be prepared to show us the emails with printed copies or pull them up on your smart phone or one of the office computers. Or, give us your signed drop/add slip. We will then make the changes to your schedule.
Course Restrictions
  • You will not automatically be able to add classes for which you do not meet certain requirements (prerequisites, corequisites, major/minor declared, class standing, time conflict, and classes listed PERMISSION ONLY on the class schedule).
  • Contact the instructor or the department of the course and request a Course Override Form be submitted on your behalf. Once the Registrar's Office receives and processes the request, we will notify you. You will then be able to register yourself for the course in plus.hope.edu. Make sure you do so before online registration closes.
  • Time conflicts only: First register for all other courses online, then make arrangements with the instructors on how you will work around the conflict. Email the Registrar's Office and we'll enter an override for you, or, stop into the office so we can override the time conflict for you. Instructors may also request time conflict overrides for students using the Course Override Form.
  • Repeat classes only: If you are repeating one part of a multi-section course (lecture/lab), email the Registrar's Office and we'll enter an override for you, or, stop into the office so we can override the restriction for you.
EMAIL PERMISSIONS POLICY

We only make schedule changes in person while regular classes are in session. We accept forwarded email permissions during the following times:

  • The break between fall and spring semesters (after fall finals week through the first day of spring classes)
  • Summer break (end of spring semester through the middle of August)

During these times, you may forward your email permissions for schedule changes to dropadd@hope.edu and we will complete a drop/add slip for you and adjust your schedule.

Please note that campus offices close between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day, so we will process your request when we reopen. Campus shutdown dates are listed on the Registrar's Important Dates Google calendar. Our office is open regular business hours during the summer.

WITHDRAWING FROM A COURSE

Withdrawing from a course is different than dropping a course, and it is different than withdrawing completely from Hope. Withdrawing from a course means you no longer attend the course, but you made the decision after the drop/add deadline.

There are times when withdrawing from a course is an appropriate option. For example, sometimes when you’re doing poorly in a course or not able to keep up with the workload, withdrawing is your best option. This can prevent a low grade from affecting your academic record and can allow you to focus on your other courses.

IMPLICATIONS
ACADEMIC RECORD

Withdrawing from a course is different than dropping. When you withdraw, the  course remains on your record with a W grade. This is a non-penalty grade; it does not affect your GPA. Even if you retake the course, the W remains for that semester. One or two W grades are not cause for alarm. However, repeatedly withdrawing from courses may affect graduate school and career opportunities. Talk to your academic advisor and/or potential graduate school.

TIME

You do not earn credit for the course from which you withdraw. This may extend the time and cost to finish your degree.

MONEY

You are still charged for the course from which you withdraw; there is no refund. Your attempted credits for the semester will remain the same, although your earned hours at the end of the semester will be reduced.

FINANCIAL REGULATIONS

Federal regulations require that students make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards the completion of their degree. Withdrawing will affect SAP and possibly jeopardize financial aid in future terms. Students who fall behind in their coursework, fail to achieve minimum GPA standards and/or fail the completion of classes risk losing their eligibility for federal and state financial aid. It may also affect external and Hope College scholarships, grants and/or loans. Talk to Financial Aid about how withdrawing from a course affects your personal financial aid package.

BEFORE FINALIZING YOUR DECISION
  • Check with your course instructor and/or advisor about alternatives to withdrawing.
  • Visit the Academic Success Center to learn about:
    • Tutoring
    • Academic advising and coaching
    • Supplemental instruction
    • General study skills
    • Study skills tutoring
  • Check with Financial Aid about aid in future terms.
  • If you are an athlete, talk to Athletics about how withdrawing may affect your athletic eligibility.
HOW TO WITHDRAW FROM A COURSE
  1. Get permission to withdraw from the course instructor and your advisor. Permissions may be via email or signatures on a drop/add slip.
  2. Bring all approvals to the Registrar’s Office. We only process withdrawals in person.
  3. Be aware of deadlines on the Academic Calendar.

PASS/FAIL OPTION

The grading policy page has more information about changing a course to pass/fail.

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