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Course Selection and Drop/Add

All academic programs of the College are open to all students who meet (or who have had waived) the eligibility requirements.

Course Load: The normal course load at Beloit College is 4 units. To be considered full-time, a student must be registered for at least 3 units, unless he or she has received approval from the advisor and the registrar. To be considered three-quarter-time, a student must be registered for 2.250-2.999.  To be considered half-time, a student must be registered for 1.500-2.249 units. A student registered for .01-1.499 units is considered less than half-time.  For any given term a student may register for a maximum of 4.75 units.

On or after the first day of classes for any given term, students wishing to elect units in excess of 4.75 may do so with the written authorization of both the major advisor and the registrar. Such approval requires that the student have a minimum grade point average of 3.200 and no incompletes, and shall be made only after evaluating the student's academic progress and the reasonableness of his or her program. No student may register for more than 5.5 units in either the fall or the spring term.

Students seeing an exception to this policy may petition the Academic Performance Committee.

See Course Overload Policy

Dropping and Adding Courses: After the student has completed preregistration, any changes in course election must be approved by the student's advisor and the course instructor. After the first day of classes, a course may be elected as late as the end of the first week of the term, with the approval of the advisor and the instructor of the course. After the first week of the term, students must obtain approval of the registrar before adding courses to their schedules and will be assessed a $25 per course late fee.

A course dropped at any point prior to the beginning of the second half of the course will be expunged from the student's record. If a course is dropped after this date, the grade of "F" will be recorded unless a late drop or the grade of "WP" has been approved by the Academic Performance Committee upon petition from the student.

Students intending to drop courses must indicate their intent to the registrar prior to the drop deadline by submitting a drop card signed by the instructor and the advisor. Failure to turn in the signed card on time will result in a fine of $25 for each course dropped at a later date if the intent to drop is proved to the satisfaction of the Academic Performance Committee. If the committee is not satisfied that the student intended to drop the course prior to the deadline, the student must be graded in the course. For more details, see drop or withdraw from a course.