New add-drop deadline, effective fall 2018

May 14, 2018

Sent on behalf of Dean Bob Jacobsen

Dear Colleagues,

Effective fall 2018, the deadline for all undergraduate students to add and drop classes will move to Wednesday of week four of the semester. We are writing to ask you to help us communicate this change to the undergraduates with whom you work.

The fall 2018 deadline to add and drop classes will be Wednesday, September 12 at 11:59PM. This deadline applies to all courses not on the Early Drop Deadline list.

The Council of Undergraduate Deans made this decision to improve the student experience. The new deadline will increase students’ chances of enrolling in the classes they need: seats will open up early enough for eligible waitlisted students to enroll and succeed in their classes. Also, classes will stabilize earlier, which means that faculty and students can settle in to teaching and learning earlier, and there will be less disruption to group work.

On Thursday and Friday of week four departments will be adding students from waitlists to fill vacated seats. We can use your assistance getting the word out to students that they need to be sure to drop themselves from the waitlists of any courses they no longer wish to take, prior to the Wednesday deadline.

Details on this new policy can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website, under the “How Do I Add/Drop a Class” tab. Staff members with questions are invited to contact Alix Schwartz (642-8378,


Dean Bob Jacobsen,

For the Council of Undergraduate Deans