Change Your Schedule

Thinking of making changes to your schedule?

Keep in mind these important considerations:

  • Degree and admission timeline for your major. Meet with your advisor to discuss the impact of adds and drops on your academic progress.
  • Add / drop deadlines. See the Official IU Calendar to find out when a grade of W starts and when the Auto-W deadline is for each academic session. Watch this video for a tutorial on how to find drop deadlines for each of your classes.
  • Financial aid. Will a dropped class or W grade cause you to lose financial aid? Contact Student Central on Union to find out.
  • Visa status. International students should learn about enrollment requirements for their visa and consult with the Office of International Services when considering schedule changes.
  • Full time status. Do you need to stay full time for athletics? Scholarships? Visa status? Or your parent's insurance? See instructions below on finding open 2nd-8-week classes.
  • Total withdrawal. Considering withdrawing completely from the university this semester? See a Student Advocate.

Schedule change details

From the time you initially enroll through the first week of classes, you can make changes to your schedule through your Student Center. Learn how to swap classes during the first week of classes through this video.

What to expect

Classes dropped before the Grade of W begins will not show on your transcript or grade reports. If you want to avoid a W, be attentive to deadlines on the Official IU Calendar.

After the first week of the semester, use eDrop/eAdd to request schedule changes. You can drop a class using eDrop up through the automatic-W deadline for the class. If you need to add a class after the first week of the semester, scroll down to "Finding open 2nd-8-week classes" for instructions on finding classes that have not yet started.

Follow the eDrop/eAdd instructions on Student Central's website for submitting late drops and adds.

What is Auto-W?

The Auto-W deadline is the last day you can drop a course and automatically receive a "W." The "W" means Withdrawn. The "W" does not affect the GPA.

What to Expect:

  • A "W" (stands for "Withdrawn") will be recorded on your Grade Report and will be on your IU transcript for any class you drop by the Auto-W deadline, which you can find on the Official IUB Calendar.
  • Depending on your changes, additional tuition and fees may apply. Consult with Student Central on Union to learn more.
  • Late drop and add requests are approved manually by individual departments and/or instructors. It might take a day or two before you learn if these requests are approved or not. To check the status of your request go View SIS eDocs.

Finding open 2nd-8-week classes

Are you looking for a class that starts later in the term, such as in the second eight weeks?

Video instructions: How to Find 2nd-8-weeks Classes

  1. Open the Class Registration task in One.IU.
  2. Make sure the Term is set for the current semester, and the Course Career is set to Undergraduate.
  3. Make sure "Show Open Classes Only" is selected.
  4. Click "More Filters" and go to Session. Select:
  5. Eight Weeks – Second = classes that meet during the second eight weeks of the term. (Consult with your advisor on whether there may be Non-standard session, 13-week, or 3-week classes that are still available to add. This will depend on the timing of your add and course offerings which vary from semester to semester.)
  6. If you prefer all online classes or classes with in-person components, use the "Instruction Mode" filter to find classes with your preferred mode of instruction.
  7. If you'd like to search for classes that fulfill a general education requirement, use the "Course Attribute Value" filter.
  8. Push the "Search" button.
Screen capture from the IU registration interface. The term selected is Spring 2021, the Academic Career selected is Undergraduate, and the Session Selected is Eight Week - Second. Below the search inputs is a blue button labeled Search.