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How to Add and Drop Classes

Different regulations will apply, depending on when add/drop occurs. Read the following instructions carefully to determine the rules that apply to your add or drop:

NOTE: The regulations listed below apply to courses that meet the full semester. For summer session, please refer to the Academic Calendar for specific dates for all summer blocks. Courses that do not meet the full term will have different deadlines. Contact Enrollment Services, room 230 Buchanan Hall, enroll@ou.edu for more information.

Period I - Free Add and Drop

Students may add during the first week of classes for Fall or Spring without approval of instructor. Students may add during the second week of classes for the Fall or Spring semester with approval of instructors. Students may drop without additional charges or grading penalties any time up through the end of the second week of classes in Fall or Spring. No grades will be recorded for dropped courses.

Note on tuition charges for dropped courses: You will be required to pay tuition and fees for any course dropped after the second week of classes in Fall or Spring Semesters, even if you add another course at the same time.

Students can add and drop classes online through one.ou.edu during the first two weeks of fall and spring. Beginning with the third week, students must go to OU Enrollment Services in Buchanan Hall room 230 to add or drop classes. Online add/drop is not available.

Period II - Automatic grade of W

Undergraduate students: Third through twelfth week of Fall and Spring. Students may add classes only by permission of the instructor of the course and the Dean of the student’s College. Courses dropped during this time will be recorded with a grade of W. (All undergraduate colleges require their students to obtain approval of their advisor to drop a course after the second week of classes.)

Graduate students: Third through sixth week of Fall and Spring. Students may add classes only by permission of the instructor of the course and the Graduate College Dean. Courses dropped during this time will be recorded with a grade of “W.”

Period III - Grade of W or F

Graduate students: Seventh through tenth week of Fall and Spring. The same restrictions on added courses apply as for Period II, above. For dropped courses, instructors may assign a grade of “W” or “F.”

Period IV - Petition College Dean

Undergraduate Students: Thirteenth week through end of classes in Fall and Spring. Permission of instructor and Dean is required for added classes. Students who wish to drop a course during this period must petition the Dean of the student’s College. (Instructor’s Signature and Grade of W or F is required.)

Graduate Students: Eleventh week through end of classes in Fall and Spring. Permission of instructor and Dean is required for added classes. Students who wish to drop a course during this period must petition the Dean of the student’s College. (Instructor’s Signature and Grade of W or F is required.)

 

Undergraduate 5-W Limit

A student is allowed only five grades of W throughout the course of his/her undergraduate career at The University of Oklahoma. Once a student reaches this maximum number of W grades, he/she will not be allowed to drop any courses after the free add and drop period. After the five-drop limit has been reached, students with extreme, extenuating circumstances may apply for an exception to the limit on W grades through the Academic Advising Resource Center (AARC). Complete withdrawals do not count in this limit.

 

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