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Changing Your Class Schedule/Registration

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Adding Courses

Courses may be added during the first eight calendar days for spring and fall semesters through the student portal myESU. Please check with the professor prior to adding a class online to assure that the student can complete any coursework already underway, as the class may have already met for the semester, and also, to confirm that the student has the appropriate prerequisites, if any. For schedule adjustments for quarter or summer session classes, please refer to the academic calendar.

Important information about waitlists! Final waitlist processing occurs the week before the semester begins. If you are still on a waitlist after this time, there are no guarantees that you will be registered for the course automatically once a seat becomes available.

Dropping Courses

Courses may be dropped (no record on academic transcript) during the first eight calendar days of the semester for spring and fall semesters through the student portal myESU. For schedule adjustments for quarter or summer session classes, please refer to the academic calendar.

Withdrawing Courses:

Students who withdraw from a course beginning day nine through week 10 will receive a grade of "W" for that course on their permanent record. Instructor permission may be required to withdraw from a course.

After the 10th week the student may withdraw only if there are extraordinary circumstances (e.g. illness, death in the family, etc.). In this situation the student must also secure the appropriate dean's signature and submit it to the Student Enrollment Center. A grade of "W" will be assigned if the student is passing; "Z" will be assigned if the student is failing.

Any student who discontinues attendance in a course without formally withdrawing will be assigned an "E" as a final grade. Through the class roster verification process, a student who has not attended a course during the first week (first five class days of the semester or first two days of summer session) may be dropped from the course by the instructor.

A student may withdraw ("W" or "Z") from a maximum of 16 credits during the student's stay at the university. Any course dropped during the first week of the semester, for which no grade is assigned, will not be counted toward this limit, nor will "W's" received for a total semester withdrawal from the university.

A student attending a course without proper registration and payment of all tuition and fees does not constitute de facto enrollment. The university will not permit retroactive enrollment in or payment for any class after the end of the term in which the course is offered.

Type of ActionSemesterQuarterSummer Session 3 weeksSummer or Winter Session 6 weeks
No record on academic transcript Day 8 First 4 days 1st day 2 days
Grade of W Day 9 4th day – 5th week 2nd day – 2nd week 3rd day – 4th week
No withdrawal* 11th – 15th week 6th – 7 1/2 week 3rd week 5th – 6th week

* Except for extraordinary circumstances as previously defined.

Auditing Courses

A student desiring to audit a course must submit an official request to the Student Enrollment Center after securing the approval of the professor of the course. A change of registration from credit to audit or from audit to credit may occur only during the first eight calendar days of the semester. Auditing students pay the same tuition and fees as students taking courses for credit.

Please note: Senior citizens registering for courses under the special student status will automatically be assigned an audit grade.

Repeat Grades

Undergraduate students will be limited to a maximum total of six repeats during their enrollment at East Stroudsburg University. This is an individual course count (not credit). Students cannot repeat more than six courses.

A single course can only be taken a maximum of three times. That is, the course should appear no more than three times on a transcript. The most recent grade, regardless of whether it is higher or lower, will be the grade used for the GPA calculation. All other grades earned for repeated courses will be marked as such on the student’s academic transcript.

Undergraduates Taking More than 18 Credits

A full-time undergraduate student credit load for a regular semester is 12-18 credits. Special permission is needed for students registering for more than 18 credits. Additional tuition charges will apply.

Registration for Non-Classroom Credits

Registration in non-classroom courses such as Individualized Instruction, Independent Study and Internships is initiated by the student by completing a Non-Classroom Card Request. Students should work with their academic department and college to secure approving signatures. Approved requests are added to the student's schedule by the Registrar in the Student Enrollment Center.

The above policies are subject to change. See your academic advisor for further details. Additional information is also available in the academic catalogue.