Registration Procedures

Registration for Courses

Current students typically register in November and April for courses in the next semester. New students are assigned to a registration day prior to the beginning of the semester. After planning course selection in consultation with your adviser, you must register in person at the designated times. Juniors and Seniors may register online using Self Service, but their courses must be approved by their academic adviser.You may not enroll or add a course after the first week of classes (7 calendar days) without the approval of the instructor or department chair for the course.

Students planning to study abroad for the semester need to meet the program-specific deadlines. For fall semester, these will vary betweeen February and April. Deadelines for spring semester applicants vary between late September and mid-November. Students are responsible for meeting these deadlines by visiting www.arcadia.edu/abroad or www.arcadia.edu/oia.

Adding or Dropping a Course

If you need to make a change in course registration after your initial registration, secure a drop/add form for this purpose from the Office of the Registrar. Your faculty adviser must approve the change. The completed form must be returned within the drop/add period stated in the current University catalog and academic calendar. Courses may not be added after the drop/add period. A student must be registered for a course by the end of the drop/add period in order to attend the class. 

Withdrawing from a Course after the Drop/Add Period

With the approval of your adviser, you may withdraw from a course any time during the first half of the semester without academic penalty. Use the drop/add form available in the Office of the Registrar. After the official mid-semester date and before the last four weeks of class, your academic adviser, the department chair, the course instructor and the appropriate Dean must also approve withdrawal from a course by using the “Petition for Exception to Academic Policy” withdrawal from course request form available from the Registrar’s Office. Notice of withdrawal will be accompanied by a passing or failing notation (WP/WF) that will be included on your grade report. During the last four weeks of the semester, students cannot withdraw from a class except under extraordinary circumstances; students must talk to and get the approval of the appropriate Dean. The WP/WF notation is also used. A grade of F is recorded if you stop attending a course without approval or without completing the official procedures for withdrawal from school. Petition forms are available in the Registrar’s Office.

Course Abandonment

Course inactivity, non-attendance, or failure to make or complete payment does not constitute a course drop or withdrawal. Students remain financially responsible for a course registration unless the student notifies the Registrar's Office in writing to drop or withdraw from the course. Fees are assessed according to the current refund policy. Neglecting to drop or withdraw officially will result in a failing grade on the transcript.

Auditing

If you are a full-time student, you can audit courses with the approval of your faculty adviser and permission of the instructor. The course is recorded on your permanent record and the instructor assigns a final grade of “AU”. Part-time students may request to audit one or two courses on a non-participatory basis during the regular semesters for a fee (one credit). Auditing is not typically permitted during Summer session.