You don’t have to become formally admitted to the University of Delaware in order to register for credit courses.
You may enroll in courses offered during the day, evening or online as long as the courses are not restricted and prerequisites/corequisites have been satisfactorily met. Students taking undergraduate courses are activated as Continuing Education, Non-Degree (CEND) students, and those interested in graduate coursework are activated as Graduate College, Non-Degree (GCND) students. Courses taken non-degree status are included on the student academic record and may potentially count toward the completion of a degree upon admission/readmission. Students interested in admission to a graduate program may take a maximum of nine credits prior to formal admission, and they should consult with the academic department to ensure coursework taken prior to admission will apply.
Some courses may have restricted enrollment. Any prerequisites or restrictions are listed with the course description. Typically, Continuing Education students may register for up to 7 credits (2 courses) per semester.
Advisement—Continuing Education students receive academic advisement and registration assistance through the ACCESS Student Services Center.
Non-degree status—Continuing Education students are University of Delaware students who are not currently admitted into a degree program but are taking University courses. Continuing Education students may take courses during the day, evening, or online as long as the courses are not restricted and prerequisites/corequisites have been satisfactorily met. Courses taken through Professional and Continuing Studies are included in the student academic record and may be used toward the completion of a degree upon admission/readmission.
Maximum credit load—Continuing Education students may typically take a maximum of 7 credits during a semester or session.
Financial assistance—Continuing Education students are not eligible to use federal financial aid (FAFSA). They may, however, utilize private alternative loans and apply for Continuing Education scholarships. Please consult Financial Assistance for Continuing Education students.
—a list of questions/concerns that you would like to discuss with your advisor. Know what you would like to accomplish during the meeting. This is your time to address anything you need to with your advisor.
—your academic plan/progress. Make yourself familiar with the requirements for your degree and what you have completed and still need. If you are meeting to discuss registration for an upcoming semester/session, review the course offerings and have a list of potential courses. Be mindful of prerequisites and corequisites for courses.
—how things are going academically so you and your advisor can discuss your academic plan. Honestly assess what is working and areas where you may need additional supports. If you are in doubt regarding the major you are currently pursuing, begin considering other alternatives and let your advisor know so she can assist you with this process.
—to arrive a few minutes early for your appointment so that you will get the most from the meeting and not be rushed.
Time commitment—The overall time and work required to successfully complete an online course is comparable to that involved in completing a campus course.
Course schedule—Online courses are not self-paced. Online courses follow the same academic calendar as campus courses. While there is typically flexibility in viewing materials online each week, you will need to follow the schedule determined by the professor on his/her syllabus. Assignments and examinations will have completion deadlines.
Time management skills—To be successful, you will need to be self-disciplined and well organized, managing your time so that you may stay on track with course requirements. It is strongly recommended that you designate specific time periods each week to view course lectures and complete course requirements, so that you may stay up-to-date with your course.
Advisement—Questions regarding taking online courses may discussed with your advisor. Your advisor can assist with course selection and registration.
Talk to your advisor about your options. Your advisor is here to help you to problem-solve and come up with the best solution for YOU. The advisor cannot help you, if you do not let her know what you are experiencing.
Consider alternatives to withdrawing including changing grade status to Pass/Fail or Listener/Audit. Discuss these options with your advisor to determine what is best for you.
Review UD’s academic deadlines
After the Free Drop/Add Period, students will receive a grade of W for any course that is withdrawn and they will be responsible for tuition and fees for the course. Additionally, they will be charged a $25 change of registration fee.
After the Academic Penalty Deadline, students need documented, extenuating circumstances to withdraw from a course or to change the grading for the course.
When in doubt regarding dropping/withdrawing and the procedures, contact your advisor.
If you decide to remain in the course
Implement the steps you discussed with your professor and advisor to be successful.
Stay in touch with your professor and advisor through the rest of the semester for support, assistance, and guidance.
If you decide to withdraw from the course
Do so in a timely manner and be aware of the deadlines. Avoiding dealing with the issue will not make it go away.
If you need assistance with withdrawing from the course, contact your advisor or the Professional & Continuing Studies Student Services ACCESS Office (302-831-8843) immediately.
If you are interested in readmission into a “restricted major,” you should consult with your academic advisor for the best course of action.
In order to be readmitted, you will need to complete UD’s online application for readmission. Readmission applications are accepted for the fall or spring semesters, as well as for the winter or summer sessions.
Consult the UD academic calendar to identify the deadline for submitting the readmission application for the term for which you are applying.