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Registration Policies

It is the students responsibility to comply with DePaul's policies and deadlines regarding registration (including dropping and adding classes).

Deadlines for making changes to enrollment are published in the official Academic Calendar and are strictly observed. Students are advised to check their schedules carefully to insure that they are attending the correct classes.

Students may not register or add classes after the first week of the class in a standard 10-week term, or after 10% of the meetings for accelerated classes.

The deadline to drop a class with no academic or financial penalty is the 10th business day for the standard 10-week term, For classes that are more or less than 10 weeks in duration, the deadline is equivalent to 20% of the class meeting time.

Students may withdraw from classes through the end of the seventh week of a standard 10-week term. For classes that are more or less than 10 weeks in duration the deadline is equivalent to 70% of the class meeting time. When a class is dropped after the no-penalty date and before the final withdraw date, tuition is assessed a grade of W is assigned.

No withdrawal may be made after the 70% point in time.

Students who choose to withdraw from selected classes for the term, or who choose to withdraw from the University entirely, may do so online through Campus Connect, in person through their college office, of by letter addressed to their college. Withdrawals processed through Campus Connect are effective the day on which they are made. Withdrawals processed as the result of a letter are effective at the discretion of the college. Simply ceasing to attend, or notifying the instructor, or non-payment of tuition, does not constitute a withdrawal of record and will result in academic and financial penalty.

The Campus Connect cut-off for enrollment transactions is 11:59 PM on the designated deadline day. Students are encouraged to allow ample to time to complete their transactions before the cut-off time, since DePaul cannot be responsible for slow or broken internet connections.

Student receiving financial aid are advised to contact a Financial Aid counselor to discuss the consequences of a withdrawal, which may affect full-time/part-time status, academic progress, and eligibility for aid at DePaul or at any other school to which they may transfer.

Students are responsible for planning their own programs and for completing course sequences and degree requirements. In planning each quarters course of studies, students should remember that required courses take precedence over elective courses, and that some advanced courses have pre-requisites that must be completed first.  Students should be guided by their interests or needs where electives are indicated. A student regularly employed is advised to discuss his or her course load for each quarter with an advisor prior to registration. Advisors are available to assist students in planning programs and schedules. 


  1. Students can add, drop, or swap classes via Campus Connect.  It is the students responsibility to verify that the transaction has been processed.  
  2. Students will receive credit only for classes for which they are registered. 
  3. Students who are not on the class roster are responsible for completing the steps necessary to resolve the issue.  It is not the responsibility of the instructors to resolve the problem.
  4. Student must officially register for classes by the stated deadline.  For 10-week classes, the deadline is the end of the first week of the term.  In addition, students should consult individual college regulations regarding special registrations (e.g., independent studies, internships, etc.).
  5. The University is required to report enrollment and attendance to fulfill requirements established by several governmental agencies. To satisfy these requirements it is University policy that attendance will be monitored in all classes. Each school or college maintains additional specific policies concerning attendance. Students should become familiar with these policies.  Promptness is expected of a student for all class sessions. Tardiness of more than ten minutes is generally to be considered by the instructor as an absence.
  6. Students status at the university will be changed from active to discontinued if:
    • There is no enrollment in the term of admittance.
    • There is no registration activity for three consecutive quarters - excluding summers - in which case these students must seek readmission;
    • No progress has been made towards their degree for three consecutive terms, excluding summers. (Candidates for theses and students on year-long study abroad programs are excluded from this rule.)
  7. Students who have been "discontinued," must be readmitted through their Graduate Admission Office in order to continue their studies. 


Academic calendar deadline dates are based on the following formulas. These formulas are particularly important for classes that meet outside the standard (10 week term plus finals week) start and end dates for a term. Please consult your college office for specific dates relevant to your class.

  • Students may not add classes after 10% of the scheduled class has elapsed.
  • Students who drop a class or classes after 20% of the scheduled class has elapsed will be responsible for 100% tuition and a grade of W will be assigned.
  • Students may not select a Pass/Fail grading option after 20% of the scheduled class has elapsed. 
  • Students may not select Audit (non-credit) grading option after 30% of the scheduled class has elapsed. 
  • Students may not withdraw from classes after 70% of the scheduled class has elapsed. 
Students may audit classes only with permission of their advisor or college office. Students may not change from the status of credit to audit or vice-versa after 30% of the term has elapsed, or the third week of class (for a 10 week class). Full tuition is assessed for audited classes.
  • Students interested in earning credit in transfer must obtain approval from their college office prior to registration at the other institution.  
  • Extension courses taught through other accredited institutions are accepted only when the sponsoring institution itself conducts the courses and certifies the grade and credit through an official transcript. A DePaul degree-seeking student must obtain the written permission of his or her dean before enrolling in an extension course.