Save the Date

Guide to important dates of the fall semester

by Published: Jul 8, 2013

So, you’ve decided to go to Ferris, or maybe you’re just return­ing after a great sum­mer break.

You reg­is­tered for classes. Now, after you start to look at them, you have some ques­tions about what you can do, should you absolutely hate one of them.

There are some dates to keep in mind, espe­cially for fresh­men who may have never had the prob­lem of add/drop or class switch­ing that can come along with col­lege. In high school, you could just waltz into the guid­ance counselor’s office and ask them to move you from one class to another, easy as pie. Not so in college.

Date Number One: Late reg­is­tra­tion is Aug. 21, 22 and 23. This means that if for some rea­son you have missed ori­en­ta­tion, your finan­cial aid pack­age isn’t com­plete or you decided late in the sum­mer that you wanted to go to school, these dates are for you.

Date Number Two: First day of school is Aug. 26. It will be the eas­i­est day of classes. Don’t skip it—you’ll want to remem­ber that the first day is the eas­i­est for the rest of your col­lege career.

Date Number Three: Add/ drop dates begin Aug. 26 and end Aug. 29. You have approx­i­mately three days to decide if the classes you are tak­ing are going to work out for you dur­ing the semes­ter with­out any penal­ties. Just make sure you don’t drop below the min­i­mum required hours needed to receive your finan­cial aid.

Date Number Four: The last day to with­draw and not have the grade count against your GPA is Oct. 31. Receiving a “W” for with­draw­ing does not hurt your GPA, but you will still have to pay for the class. By this time, nearly half of the semes­ter has passed and you should be able to judge whether or not you can pass the class.

Taking a “W” is some­times the bet­ter option because it shows you know your lim­its, espe­cially if you choose to retake the class the next semes­ter with a fresh out­look and attitude.