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Registration and Student Status Policies

Your status as full-time or part-time is determined at the point of admission. If you are admitted into a full-time program of study, you will be classified as full-time; in the event that the program of study is both a full-time and part-time program of study, your declaration of status will be recorded in the student record.

The assignment of status as full-time or part-time governs much of your student experience with regard to billing, financial aid, participation in the co-operative education experience and ability to progress your academic program.

Full-Time Undergraduates

  • If you are enrolled as full-time you will be required to maintain at least 12 credits per term.

Part-Time Undergraduates

  • If you are enrolled as part-time you will be required to carry less than 12 credits per term.

Students That Fall Below Full-Time Status

In the event that a full-time student falls below the 12 credit minimum, he or she will be notified by the advisor at the end of the third week of the term to discuss the impact of such and confirm status as full-time or change status to part-time for the subsequent term. 

If you do not change your full-time intent as prescribed by the above policy you will be billed at the full-time rate for the subsequent term, consistent with the official designation indicated in the student record.

Senior Year Exception

Students entering into the senior year must file for degree by August 1st of their senior year. Full-time senior level students in the last term of their program of study will be allowed to fall below the 12 credit minimum. Even though they will be considered to have full-time status for all academic and institutional purposes, these students will be billed on a per credit basis and reported to the National Student Clearinghouse as less than full-time for all enrollment reporting purposes.

Change of Status Due to Withdrawal From Courses

In the event that your schedule changes from full-time to part-time as a consequence of the withdrawal process, you will not need to file a change in curriculum or status form. You will still be considered to be working within the guidelines established by the program of study and official status designation; that is, a full-time student who falls below 12 credits because of a course withdrawal has attempted 12 credits and will maintain his or her status as full-time.

Since you will have completed less than your attempted credits you will be encouraged to discuss the Satisfactory Academic Progress ramifications with your academic advisor and Drexel Central. There will be no adjustment to your bill for such changes after the close of the 7th week of the term.

Change Due to Dropping a Course

If you are a full-time student and you drop a course during the adjustment period, it is expected that you will add courses to maintain a full-time schedule (i.e. at least 12 credits). Throughout the adjustment period your academic advisor will review your registration status to ensure that the standards of status designation are met. If during the adjustment period, you fall below the full-time credit minimum of 12 credits and are not able to meet this standard, your charges will be reassessed automatically and your bill will be adjusted. However, if in the subsequent term you are again below 12 credits at the close of the registration period, you will be notified to confirm status with your academic advisor.

Change Due to Addition of Course(s)

If you are a part-time student and you enroll in 12 credits or more during the adjustment period, you will be charged as a full-time student. However, if in the subsequent term you again exceed 12 credits or more you will be asked to confirm status with your academic advisor.

First Time Freshman Registration

If you are an incoming first time freshman student you will be registered by the university for your first term of enrollment. You will not receive a time ticket to register for your first term of enrollment, and you will not have access to update registration through DrexelOne. If you have questions about your registration, or to request to update your course registration, you must consult with your academic advisor.