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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 6–10 Online or Guided Online; if a class is full, add yourself to the wait list.
WAIT LIST WEEK November 13–19 Online registration closed while wait lists are reviewed; no schedule changes allowed.
  November 20–21 Online registration closed. Students accepted from the wait lists come to Registrar's Office to accept spot. Wait lists will remain active.
DROP/ADD (ONLINE) November 22 – January 12 Drop courses and add open courses in your plus.hope.edu account.
  Instructor permission needed to add a closed or wait listed class. If you need an override (prereq, etc.) for a restricted class, talk to the instructor or department.
DROP/ADD (SECOND WEEK OF CLASSES) January 15–17 Online registration closed; drop and add only in person.
  Instructor and advisor permission needed to add and drop any class.

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

DROP/ADD DEADLINES FOR SPRING 2018
FIRST-HALF COURSES Wednesday, January 17
FULL-SEMESTER COURSES Wednesday, January 17
LAST-HALF COURSES Thursday, March 8

For drop/add deadlines for fall 2017, see the academic calendar.

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 shows seats available if it has a wait list.
  • Contact the instructor asking explicitly for permission to add the course. Signatures on a drop/add slip or emailed permissions are acceptable. Once you receive permission, do not forward the email. Instead, come to the Registrar’s Office to fill out a drop/add slip. Be prepared to show us the emails by bringing printed copies or pulling them up on your smart phone or one of the office computers. 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 explicitly for permission to add the course. Signatures on a drop/add slip or emailed permissions are acceptable. Once you receive permission, do not forward the email. Instead, come to the Registrar’s Office to fill out a drop/add slip. Be prepared to show us the emails by bringing printed copies or pulling them up on your smart phone or one of the office computers. We will then make the changes to your schedule.
Course Restrictions
  • You will not be able to add yourself online to a class that you do not meet certain requirements for (prerequisites, corequisites, major/minor declared, class standing). Additionally, if a class is listed PERMISSION ONLY on the class schedule, you will not be able to register for the course online.
  • 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 must then register yourself for the course online through your plus.hope.edu account.
EMAIL PERMISSIONS POLICY

We only make schedule changes in person while regular classes are in session. However, we do accept forwarded email permissions only 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. The course will remain on your record with a W grade. This is a non-penalty grade; it does not affect your GPA. The W grade will always remain on your record, even if you retake the course. 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 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 for withdrawing from a course.

PASS/FAIL OPTION

Information about changing a course to pass/fail is available on the grading policy page.

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