Penn State maintains three periods relating to course drops: the pre-semester period, the drop/add period, and the late drop period.
The pre-semester period for dropping a course begins on the first day of scheduling and ends the day before the semester starts.
The drop/add period begins the day that your courses start, and ends approximately 10 percent of the way through a course. Each semester, the University Registrar establishes an academic calendar containing these dates.
If you want to drop a course, be sure to find out the “last day of regular drop” for your course via eLion. Once you have logged in, click on “Course Drop Dates.”
Late Drop Period
The late drop period starts the day after the drop/add period finishes — and ends approximately 80 percent of the way through a course. To find the late drop deadline for your course via eLion, click on “Course Drop Dates.”
Late adding of courses during this period is not recommended in most cases and requires permission of the World Campus. You will not be able to add courses via eLion during the late drop period. Contact your academic adviser for more information.
During the late drop period, associate degree students are limited to 10 credits worth of late drop courses; bachelor’s degree students are limited to 16 credits of late drop courses. You can find out how many you have remaining on your “Academic Summary” via eLion.
Please note: Courses dropped during the late drop period will appear on your student record.
Changing your overall number of credits after your course begins can have financial implications. When you drop a course and change your overall number of credits during the drop/add period or the late drop period, it can impact your tuition, fees, student aid, and refunds. Additionally, during the late drop period, the University assesses a $6 per course processing fee for any course dropped or added.
During the pre-semester and drop/add periods, you can add and drop courses as many times as needed to create a suitable schedule without financial implications.
Before you decide whether to drop a course, it is important to work with your academic adviser to understand how changing your schedule will fit into your academic plan.