The Truth About Dropping Classes
Everybody has that one class that they aren’t doing great in.
It can be tempting to drop that class. Your workload might be too high or you might have a difficult professor you aren’t learning from. You might be struggling with some health issues or you might just really need a break.
Dropping a class is an easy thing to do but it can come with a lot of challenges as well, especially when you need to stay on track to graduate. So, how do you know whether to drop a class or not?
My first year here, one of my teachers told the entire class that to graduate on time in four years, you need to take 15 credit hours every semester if you don’t want to take summer classes. Before you drop a class, you need to really think about if you need this class to graduate, especially if your plan is to graduate in the next semester or two.
Dropping the class too close to graduation may not be the best option. You will have to make it up and that alone will interfere with your plans to graduate on a certain schedule. Doing so may come with more challenges than benefits. Is extending your graduation timeline worth it. Will it affect other parts of your life?
Another factor you need to consider is if the class is a prerequisite for another course you need to take next semester. You’ll find that a lot of college degree plans are structured this way. If you want to drop a class that is a sequenced course, everything else in your schedule could get bumped back in your schedule. So, consider the consequences of dropping the class now versus just sucking it up and getting through it.
Financial aid can also have a serious impact on whether you drop a class. It might not seem like a big problem at first, but once you drop a class, after a certain time frame, you won’t get your money back for that class. Also, you may need a certain amount of credits to keep your scholarship or your status as a full-time student. Check with your financial aid office and the specific requirements of any of your scholarships, grants or loans to see what number of credits are required for you to keep your financial aid in place.
A dropped class can appear on your transcript and that can reflect on you later for anything you’ll use it for after graduation. Just keep in mind that you are only allowed six drops in your entire college undergraduate career, so just be careful and choose wisely which class you should drop.
When it does come time to drop a class, you have to go to the teacher of the class you’re dropping and ask for a drop slip and the professor will have to sign it. You can’t avoid that face-to-face confrontation. Then you have to take the drop slip to the Registrar’s Office to complete the process. Don’t make the mistake of skipping out on the paperwork and just not showing up for the rest of the semester. You’ll still get a final grade for that class at the end of the semester, and it probably won’t be good.