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Frequently Asked Questions

Registration & Scheduling

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How do I choose my classes?
Before choosing any semester schedule you must meet with your academic advisor. New student orientation is mandatory for all new students. During new student orientation, you will attend an advising session and meet with an academic advisor. You will have a chance to discuss your many academic options at that time.

How many classes should I take each semester?
Students must enroll in at least 12 credit hours to be considered full time; however, most students will be encouraged to enroll in 15-16 credit hours. Students should take into consideration other time commitments, including jobs, family, extracurricular, and/or commuting.

How can I find out what classes are available?
You can access a listing of classes through your MyUSI account or by picking up a USI printed schedule. The listing available through your MyUSI account is the most accurate schedule available.

When can I register for classes?
Registration eligibility is determined by your class standing and also by the first letter of your last name. To determine your day to register, contact your UD advisor. You can also refer to the Registrar's web page or to the class schedule. Registration for the spring semester occurs the first two full weeks of November. Registration for the fall semester occurs the first two full weeks of April. It is important that you meet with your UD advisor well in advance of these dates.

How do I make changes to my schedule?
Procedures for changing your schedule are dependent on when the changes are made. Students may drop a course up through 4:30 pm on the Friday of the first week of the semester. Please note that classes that do not meet the full semester have different drop/refund policies. Please consult your advisor for guidance. After the first week of classes, a student must complete an add/drop form with signatures of both the advisor and instructor. These forms may be obtained at the Registrar's Office or from your advisor. If you receive financial aid, it is imperative that you also consult your student financial assistance coordinator when deciding whether to drop or add a class.

What is the difference between dropping and withdrawing from a course?
A student may drop a course up until 4:30 on Friday of the first week of classes. These courses will not appear on a student's transcript.

A student may withdraw from a class up until 4:30 on the Friday before final exams. Classes dropped between the 2nd and 9th week of the semester will automatically receive a W in the class. Classes dropped from the 10th week to the last day of classes before final exam week will receive a W if they are passing at the time the course is dropped; however, if failing at the time the course is dropped, the student may receive the grade of WF in the course. Please note that in the latter case, the WF will be factored into a student's GPA as an F.

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