Drop/Add & Withdraw
Dropping Courses after the Initial “Drop/Add” Period
The Heavener School of Business strictly adheres to UF drop and withdrawal policies and deadlines. To drop a course after the initial drop/add period, you are advised to meet with an academic advisor for assistance. You may petition the School for additional drops only if you can document an extenuating circumstance that was beyond your control (i.e. personal injury or illness, a natural disaster, death in the family).
Advice on Dropping Classes
When deciding whether or not to drop a course, you should first fully evaluate your situation. The following guidelines can help you with the decision-making process:
- Determine the grades you have earned in the course so far.
- Review your course syllabus for grading policies and the grading scale.
- Calculate the number of points you need to obtain the desired grade.
- Talk to your professor (and/or TA) to get an opinion on your chances for achieving the desired grade.
- Consult with a financial aid advisor (S107 Criser) to determine the financial consequences for dropping the course.
- Contact your academic advisor to request to drop the course and discuss the consequences for dropping the course, strategies and alternatives to dropping, resource options, and ways to improve your future chances for academic success.
Withdraw from a Semester
If circumstances require you to withdraw from the entire semester, or if you are failing all or most of your classes, seek the advice of an academic advisor. Withdrawing from an entire semester does not require the use of your two “free” drops.
Adding Courses after the Initial “Drop/Add” Period
For assistance with the late addition of a Heavener electronic platform course during the first two weeks of the semester, see an academic advisor. To late add any other courses, you must have the permission of the instructor and/or department who offers the course, as well as approval from an academic advisor.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where do business majors go to drop or add a course?
To drop or add a course, business majors must see an advisor in 333 Heavener Hall.
- How many drops do I have?
You have two drops available to you during your first 60 hours taken at UF (this does not include AP, IB, AICE, and dual enrollment credit). After earning 60 UF credits, you are eligible for two more drops. Unused drops do not carry over from the freshman/sophomore years to the junior/senior years.
- How will a dropped course appear on my transcript? Will dropping a course reflect poorly on me?
If you drop a course during the drop/add period, it does not count as a drop and will not be reflected on your transcript. If you drop a course after the drop/add period, it will count as one of your two upper or lower division drops and a letter grade of W (Withdrawal) will appear on your transcript. Generally, a few W’s on your transcript will not harm your academic record.
- What happens if I drop a course and go below 12 credit hours?
If dropping a course will take you below 12 credit hours (or 6 hours in a summer term), you should consult a financial aid advisor in S107 Criser to determine how the drop will affect your financial aid. Be aware that your eligibility for university athletic events, on-campus housing, and family health and automobile insurance may also be affected if you are registered for less than 12 hours.
- If I drop a course, will I have to pay my Bright Futures scholarship back?
Students on Bright Futures Scholarships will have to repay tuition for dropped courses or withdrawals. Petitions can be made to the Student Petitions Committee.
- What if I’ve used all of my drops and I need to drop another course?
You can petition the School for additional drops if you can document an extenuating circumstance that was beyond your control (i.e. personal injury or illness, a natural disaster, death in the family). Petition forms are available on our website or at 333 Heavener Hall.
- If I withdraw from an entire semester, will I use all of my “free” drops?
No. Withdrawing from an entire semester does not require the use of your two “free” lower or upper division drops. If you have not already used your free drops, they will be available to you when you return to the university.
- How do I withdraw from an entire semester?
If you need to withdraw from an entire semester, review the withdrawal policies.
Adding a Course after the End of the Drop/Add Period
- I’m a business major. Can I late add a course?
To late add a Heavener School of Business course, business majors must obtain permission from the instructor, electronic consent from the department who offers the course, and then the assistance of an advisor in 333 Heavener Hall to add the course. To late add a non-business course, business majors must obtain permission from the instructor, electronic consent from the department who offers the course, and then the assistance of an advisor in 333 Heavener Hall to add the course.
- I am not a business major. Can I late add a business course?
To late add a Heavener School of Business course, non-business majors must obtain consent from the professor who teaches the course, electronic consent from the department who offers the course, and then they must ask an advisor in their college to add the course.