Adding, Dropping or Withdrawing from Classes
Adding a Class
You can add a class to your schedule any time during the first week of classes through your SOAR student center. View the Learning Enhancement Center's tutorial on adding classes here. Check the academic calendar for the add/drop deadlines for regular term and 8-week classes.
If you add a class late, it is your responsibility to talk to the instructor and make up any work that you've missed.
Once the deadline has passed, or if the class you want to get into is closed, you will need the permission of the instructor or department to get into the class. SOAR will automatically generate an email to the instructor asking for permission to add the class, but it's a good idea to email the instructor as well with an explanation for why you are attempting to add the class late and your guarantee that you will make up any work you've missed. If you have missed too much of the class to be successful, your request will be denied, and you can register for the class the following semester. Download a PDF of the Registrar's instructions for late adds here.
Dropping a Class
You can drop a class from your schedule any time during the first week of classes through your SOAR Student Center. View the Learning Enhancement Center's tutorial on dropping a class here. Check the academic calendar for the add/drop deadlines for regular term and 8-week classes.
If you drop a class that your advisor recommended, it may delay your graduation; if you are unsure whether you should drop the class, contact your advisor. You should also make sure that dropping a class will not put you under the number of hours required for your scholarship or financial aid; if you are unsure how many hours you are required to take, contact a financial aid counsellor.
If you drop a class during the open add/drop period, it will not appear on your official transcript and you will not be charged for the class.
Withdrawing from a Class
Once the open add/drop period has passed, you can no longer drop a class, but you can request permission from your instructor to withdraw from the class during the first 50 days of full-term classes. (Check the academic calendar for the add/drop deadlines and withdrawal deadlines for regular term and 8-week classes.) Your instructor may want to talk to you about your options for being successful in the class before approving your request.
If you withdraw from a class that your advisor recommended, it may delay your graduation; contact your advisor if you are unsure. You should also make sure that withdrawing from a class will not put you under the number of hours required for your scholarship or financial aid; contact a financial aid counsellor if you are unsure.
If you withdraw from a class, it will not affect your GPA, but you will have a W on your permanent transcript; you should consider how an an excessive number of Ws will be perceived by future employers or graduate schools before deciding to withdraw from a class. You will also be financially responsible for tuition and course fees for the class.
To request permission to withdraw from a class, follow the same procedure as you would to drop a class. Download a PDF of the Registrar's instructions for withdrawals here.
Swapping Sections of a Class after the Add/Drop Deadline
If you need to swap sections after the deadline, you must request both a late add and a late drop through your SOAR student center and indicate in the comments section that you are swapping classes. This will ensure that the registrar's office will remove the W grade and any tuition charge associated with the change. The "swap" function in SOAR only works before the add/drop deadline, as it is unable to process requests that need to go through an instructor.
Withdrawing from the University
Southern Miss has many resources on campus committed to helping you find a way to stay in school, and we encourage to talk to your advisor, your department Chair, the counseling center, or the Dean of Students before you decide to withdraw.
If circumstances compel you to withdraw, though, you can initiate the process through your SOAR Student Center. During the SOAR process, you'll learn about the academic and financial impact of withdrawing from the university.
Note that dropping all your classes automatically withdraws you from the university, and once you've withdrawn, you will have to be readmitted before you can sign up for classes again.
Late-Term Withdrawals (Emergency, Medical, etc.)
Once the withdrawal deadline has passed, you will not be able to request permission from your instructor to withdraw, and you will receive a letter grade for the class, regardless of whether you are still attending the class. If you have an emergency situation please visit Withdrawing After the Deadline for instructions.