Add/Drop Policy

Add/drop is defined as adding and dropping any number of courses but maintaining active registration in at least one other course in the semester. For courses offered on campus, 16-week academic courses that meet twice per week, students may add or drop a course by its third class meeting and must be in attendance by the third class meeting. For all other types of courses, students may add or drop a course prior to its second class meeting and must be in attendance by the second class meeting. While some culinary or baking and pastry laboratory classes begin later than the first week of classes, the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester applies to all laboratory classes regardless of the start date of the lab. If a student does not drop a laboratory course during the add/drop period, full tuition charges will be assessed. For online and hybrid courses, students may add a course by the first Saturday of the course session or drop by the second Saturday of the course session. An official add or drop must be completed via jwuLink or with Student Academic & Financial Services.

Whenever students participate in add/drop, their financial aid and account charges may be adjusted. Students are encouraged to visit or consult Student Academic & Financial Services to review the potential impact, especially if their enrollment status changes to or from part time/full time.

When students drop a course during this time, the course is removed entirely from their schedule (there is no record of the course on the academic transcript), and if the course becomes closed it may not be added back to their schedule. Most importantly, students are strongly advised to stay on track and maintain their graduation date, especially to avoid incurring unnecessary financial debt. Learn more about repaying loans (start dates, repayment options, avoiding default) and review debt management resources online.

**Please note that Student Academic Services, Experiential Education & Career Services, and Center for Academic Support are integrated on the Charlotte Campus. The department is now called the Academic & Career Excellence Center (ACE Center).