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Course Drop Policy for Graduate Students

Graduate students may drop courses using Student Self-Service through the end of the second week of classes for fall and spring semesters, or through the first Wednesday of Summer Session 1 and the first Friday of Summer Session 2. Click here for policy for drop deadlines for part of term courses

Graduate degree-seeking students and non-degree students assigned to a program can drop classes during weeks 3 through 10 in the fall and spring semesters, and between the first Thursday through the third Wednesday of Summer Session 1 and through weeks 2 through 5 in Summer Session 2, with approval of the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) of their degree program. Unassigned non-degree students can drop classes during weeks 3 through 10 in the fall and spring semesters (weeks 2 through 5 in the summer session) and should obtain a signature from the Graduate College. If the drop occurs between weeks 0-2 in fall and spring, or between the first day of instruction and the first Wednesday of Summer Session 1 and the first day of instruction and the first Friday of Summer Session 2, there will be no notation on the transcript. If the drop occurs after week 2 in the fall and spring semesters, or after the first Wednesday through the third Wednesday of Summer Session 1 or between weeks 2 through 5 in Summer Session 2, a W is noted on the transcript. The number of drops allowed for a degree-seeking student, or a non-degree student assigned to a program, after the on-line add drop period is determined by the Director of Graduate Studies. In all cases, course drops by any graduate student after the second week in fall and spring, and after the first Wednesday through the third Wednesday of Summer Session 1 and between weeks 2 through 5 in Summer Session 2, must be completed on campus using the Graduate College Registration Revision Form.

Note: International students in F-1 or J-1 status are required to be registered full-time (9 credit hours) every semester. (Summer registration is optional in most circumstances.) Graduate students with a 50% assistantship may register 8 credit hours. If you wish to register for less than 9 credit hours, please speak with an advisor in the Office of International Services (OIS) prior to dropping courses or under-enrolling. In order to maintain your immigration status, permission must be granted by OIS in advance of dropping below full time. OIS is located at 1200 W. Harrison St. Suite 2160/ phone: (312) 996-3121 e-mail: ois@uic.edu

Fall/Spring Semester Drop Method
Weeks 0 through 2 Student Self-Service
Weeks 3 through 10 Obtain DGS approval*

Summer Session 1 Drop Method
First Monday through first Wednesday Student Self-Service
First Thursday through third Wednesday Obtain DGS approval*

Summer Session 2 Drop Method
Weeks 0 through 1 Student Self-Service
Weeks 2 through 5 Obtain DGS approval*

*To process a drop after the end of the second week (after the first Wednesday of Summer Session 1 and after week 1 of Summer Session 2):