Course Withdrawals and Enrollment Requirements

Are you thinking about dropping one or more of your courses?  Maybe you are enrolled in more credits then you can handle this semester.  Perhaps, you have discovered one of your elective classes is just not a good fit for you or maybe you are struggling in a difficult course (we’ve all experienced that – see the article on Academic Resources).

If you are thinking about revising your schedule for any reason, note the university Drop/Revision Deadline is October 16, 2015.  See the University academic calendar:

Before dropping any courses please make sure the change in your credits will not cause a status violation.  Remember as a student in F-1 or J-1 visa status, you must maintain full-time enrollment during the fall and spring semester.  For undergraduate students full-time is defined as 12 credits or more.  For graduate students full-time is generally 9 credits.

Keep your F-1/J-1 status safe!  Before making any schedule changes, make sure you 1) will still be enrolled in full-time credits OR 2) qualify and are authorized by OIS for a Reduced Course Load (RCL) before dropping below full-time.  More information about the RCL eligibility and request process can be found on our website ( .  You must be authorized for the RCL BEFORE dropping below full-time.

You should always consult with your academic advisor about your enrollment before making any changes to your course schedule.  Also review the NC State University Policy about Adding & Dropping courses:

Please plan carefully and think about both your academic plan and immigration status when making any changes to your enrollment.  Your academic advisor may not be familiar with F-1 or J-1 requirements so it is your responsibility to know the regulations.

A couple of additional things to keep in mind concerning your schedule are audited courses and online courses.  Audited courses do not carry any credit and therefore do NOT count towards full-time enrollment.  If you audit courses you should not include those credits when calculating full-time enrollment. (Courses taken as “Pass/Fail” do carry credit and therefore do count towards full-time enrollment for immigration purposes.)  In addition, only one online course can count towards your full-time enrollment each semester, so most of your classes need to be on-campus.

If you have questions about F-1 or J-1 regulations concerning your enrollment, contact OIS!