Registering for Classes
This video is full of great tips on how to plan and register for college. It's aimed at new freshman, but has lots of good ideas for sophomores too. And for more great videos like this, subscribe to Aleigha Nicole's youtube channel here.
What is the add/drop deadline?
Each college has its own academic calendar, and it pays (sometimes literally) to familiarize yourself with that calendar.
- The add deadline is the last day to register for a class. It's a good idea to register well before the add deadline, since popular classes often fill up early. But you can't register for any classes at all after the add deadline.
- If you want to withdraw from a class, it's important to do it before the drop deadline. Sure, you can always drop out of a class later - but you won't be able to get your tuition refunded. Dropping a class after the deadline will also affect your GPA and your transcript. Depending on your school and how long after the deadline, that class will show up as a W, a WU, or even an F on your transcript if you don't withdraw before the deadline.
If you're not sure when the drop/add deadlines are at your college, make sure to check the academic calendar posted on your college's website. It's a good idea to talk with your academic advisor, mentor, or other trusted adult before changing your schedule though, since dropping a class could affect your progress towards graduation, or even your financial aid.