Adding/Dropping Courses

Courses can be added and dropped (subject to restrictions) at various points throughout each semester.

Fall 2014 Add/Drop Deadlines Calendar

A note from your advisor

Adding and dropping courses can allow a student to increase the flexibility of their schedule, gain entry into classes that might have been previously unavailable, or allow for students to reduce their workload, etc. Adding and/or dropping classes should not be taken lightly; as such, you are strongly suggested to consult with Elizabeth or Dr. Brunese before making changes to your schedule. This will aid in preventing any potential issues regarding progress within the major, graduation, etc. As always, it is the student's responsibility to ensure they meet graduation requirements.

On-Campus vs. Distance Learning courses

Purdue offers many different alternatives for taking a great variety of classes. The method of offering a class is imperative in determining the correct way to add the course to your schedule. This is especially true for distance learning course offerings.

Registering for a Purdue originated distance learning course is the same as registering for a regularly offered course. To identify if a course is distance learning a student should consult the "Look Up Classes" section of myPurdue. Under each listing for a course there is a "Type" column that will read "Distance Learning" if the course is offered online. Any Purdue originated online course is subject to the same add/drop rules that govern a regularly offered Purdue course.

A complete list of distance learning courses available to Purdue students can be found here.

An important note about "W" grades

A withdrawal grade (W, WF, or WN) doesn't technically have a negative effect on your academic standing at Purdue. They are not actual grades, so they cannot have an impact on your GPA. However, too many withdrawal grades can affect your financial aid status (policy). In addition, evidence of frequent withdrawal grades can reflect negatively on you in the eyes of employers and other evaluators of your academic record. In addition, regardless of whether or not you retake and complete a course in which you previously earned a withdrawal grade, the withdrawal grade will remain in your academic record permanently.

IE Policies and Procedures for Adding and Dropping Courses During the Fall/Spring Semester

Adding courses during weeks 2-4

As indicated by the Drop/Add Deadlines calendar any student wanting to add a course beyond this point will need to have their registration processed by the Office of the Registrar, using a Form 23 (Schedule Revision Request Form).

An instructor has the right to refuse entry to their course from this point of the semester onward.

Process for obtaining necessary IE approval:

  1. Obtain Form 23. These are available outside Elizabeth and Dr. Brunese's offices.
  2. Fill out sections 1-6 (you can ignore the "Classification" section)
  3. Under "Course Listing" section

1.   Fill in an "A" in the first column for each course to add

2.   Add the CRN for each course (and any recitations, labs, etc.), available from myPurdue, in the second column.

3.   Subject ID (e.g., IE, ECON, etc.) in the 3rd column

4.   Course Number in the 4th column

5.   Sign, Date, and provide your email under the "Authorizations" section 

4.   Obtain instructor's signature for each section, recitation, etc. necessary to completely register for a course.

5.   Return form to IE undergraduate office for the academic advisor's signature.

6.   Take the completed Form 23 to the Office of the Registrar (HOVDE Room 45) for final processing.

*    In most cases, neither Dr. Brunese nor Elizabeth will sign a form that has not been previously approved (signed) by the course instructor.

Adding courses during weeks 5-9

It is very difficult to add courses during this time period, and is only allowed under extenuating circumstances.

Process for obtaining necessary IE approval:

  1. Obtain Form 23. These are available outside Elizabeth and Dr. Brunese's offices.
  2. Fill out sections 1-6 (you can ignore the "Classification" section)
  3. Under "Course Listing" section

1.   Fill in an "A" in the first column for each course to add

2.   Add the CRN for each course (and any recitations, labs, etc.), available from myPurdue, in the second column.

3.   Subject ID (e.g., IE, ECON, etc.) in the 3rd column

4.   Course Number in the 4th column

5.   Sign, Date, and provide your email under the "Authorizations" section 

4.   Obtain instructor's signature for each section, recitation, etc. necessary to completely register for a course.

5.   Obtain department head's (for department where course originates) for each section, recitation, etc. necessary to completely register for a course.

6.   Return form to IE undergraduate office for the academic advisor's signature.

7.   Take the completed Form 23 to the Office of the Registrar (HOVDE Room 45) for final processing.

*    In most cases, neither Dr. Brunese nor Elizabeth will sign a form that has not been previously approved (signed) by the course instructor.

Dropping courses during weeks 5-9

Process for obtaining necessary IE approval:

  1. Obtain Form 23. These are available outside Elizabeth and Dr. Brunese's offices.
  2. Fill out sections 1-6 (you can ignore the "Classification" section)
  3. Under "Course Listing" section

      1.   Fill in an "A" in the first column for each course to add

      2.   Add the CRN for each course (and any recitations, labs, etc.), available from         myPurdue, in the second column.

      3.   Subject ID (e.g., IE, ECON, etc.) in the 3rd column

      4.   Course Number in the 4th column

      5.   Sign, Date, and provide your email under the "Authorizations" section

4.   Obtain instructor's signature for each section, recitation, etc. necessary to completely register for a course. The instructor must also assign a grade of "W," "WF," or "WN" for the course in column 6.

5.   Return form to IE undergraduate office for the academic advisor's signature.

6.   Take the completed Form 23 to the Office of the Registrar (HOVDE Room 45) for final processing.

*    Students found to have forged an instructor’s signature will be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students.