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How to use drop/add period

February 05, 2018

Being a student at the University of Central Florida, scheduling was always pretty easy for me. I knew what date I had to enroll by and I knew what classes I needed, or I met with an advisor and had it figured out quickly.

Although this semester, I had to sign up for classes that were smaller and more specific to my major. After my enrollment date, I was still waitlisted for three out of four of my classes!

Most got resolved by the time classes started however there was one that I was waitlisted for the whole first week of classes. I used the add/drop week to rearrange my schedule multiple times so that I could take the only section of the class I needed that was available. That is the best example of what add/drop week is for.

You can totally change up your classes if you find they don’t work with your schedule, if you attend one or two meetings of a class and determine you don’t want to take it, or if you are waitlisted and need to add and drop certain classes to be able to enroll in one certain course. I’m not saying it’s a good idea to wait until add/drop week to enroll in your classes, but it is definitely helpful to know that you have some flexibility once classes start to make some changes if you need it.

Along with utilizing add/drop week, talking to your advisor is also very helpful in building your schedule and making changes if you need it. In the end, I had to have a professor override me into a class on the last day of add/drop week because it took me all week to figure out how to rearrange other classes. And remember: if they give you an enrollment date, enroll ON THAT DATE to help avoid scheduling issues or classes filling up before you can get into them.