Students can register for classes during official registration periods as announced by the University in the academic calendar. Dates for open registration, late registration, drop/add, and withdrawal are published by the University annually in the student guide. Copies are available at the Office of the Registrar, any site offices, or on our website, Students should become familiar with academic calendar dates and deadlines for proper academic planning.

Adding/Dropping Courses

Course drop/add instructions and dates are listed in the student guide, the academic calendar, and on our website. If a class is dropped during the drop/add period, tuition is refunded; fees are not refunded. If a class is added after the drop/add period ends, regardless of the reason, the student must pay tuition and all fees in full at that time. The payment plan cannot be used for courses added after the drop/add period. Students receiving financial aid should consult with the Student Financial Services Office to determine potential consequences of any change in course credit load.

Course Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from a course without academic penalty prior to the course withdrawal deadline stated in the Student Guide and on the website. Course withdrawals may be completed online through myWilmU or with an official withdrawal form submitted to the Office of the Registrar or at any Wilmington University location. Students who choose to fax or mail withdrawal forms are responsible for calling the appropriate office to confirm receipt of the request. Withdrawing from a course does not release a student from financial responsibility or obligation for the course. Students may conclude payment arrangements at the time of withdrawal or continue to be billed under the existing payment plan agreement. A grade of “W” is recorded on the student’s record for official withdrawals; this grade has no impact in GPA. Failure to withdrawal before the withdrawal deadline results in a grade of “FA.” An FA will have a negative impact on GPA.

In certain circumstances, students may have grounds to appeal for a withdrawal after the established deadline. Students who fall under this category and have documented circumstances that warrant further consideration must go through an appeals process. A committee will review the requests on a bi-monthly basis; the decision of this committee is final. The reasons for appeal review are as follows:

  • Serious illness (physical or psychological) or injury to the student that precludes the student from completing the term
  • Death of a member of the student’s immediate family that prevents the student from completing the term
  • Serious illness or injury to a member of the student’s immediate family that requires the student to be the primary caregiver to the family member and prevents the student from completing the term
  • Military orders that require reporting between the withdrawal deadline and the end of the term and prevent the student from completing the term.
  • Employment situation that precludes a student from attending class (e.g. schedule change)

To submit an appeal, the student must submit a completed official withdrawal form (available on the Wilmington University Office of the Registrar website or at any Wilmington University location), a typed letter explaining the circumstances of the reason for appeal, and documentation from a medical professional (or copy of military orders) that support the request. Submission of documentation is not a guarantee of a specific outcome. Requests will only be considered if the withdrawal request is for all courses in a term.

Modular Drop/Add and Modular Withdrawal

Modular adds must be completed before the first class meeting. Modular drops must be completed by the Monday following the first class meeting. Modular withdrawals must be completed by the Friday following the first class meeting. Failure to withdraw before the withdrawal deadline results in a grade of “FA.”

Repeating a Course

Whenever a course is repeated, the new grade is recorded on the transcript. For the purposes of the GPA computation, the highest grade is calculated into the cumulative grade point average. A course may be repeated up to 3 times for a total of 4 attempts. The university provides numerous resources to support student success. Prior to the third attempt, the student will be contacted by the Program Chair or designee to discuss a plan.