Undergraduate late drop deadline

students listen to a lecture in Lecture Center A

It’s week 10. How are your grades?

Before you get ready for the Halloween parties this weekend, there’s some important business you have to take care of first. In the 10th week of classes and heading into the second midterms, you have to decide if you want to stay in a course that you may be struggling in. The deadline is Friday.

Before you decide what to do, you have to first evaluate your situation.

  1. Is your grade salvageable?
    You may be looking at your grade and telling yourself that it’s a long shot. However, we are in the midst of the second midterm exams, which can significantly boost your grade. There are about six weeks left of classes which should include enough class assignments to pick that grade up. Along with a couple extra credit assignments and you should be in good shape by the end of the semester.
  2. How many “W’s” have you used?
    Asas undergraduates we are allowed to withdraw from a total of four classes. You will receive a W on your academic records but it may be a better option to help your GPA.
  3. Visit your academic adviser
    Now is the time to visit your academic adviser to get advice about what you should do. If you are thinking of changing your major or adding a minor, your adviser will be able to guide you through the process.
  4. Make a decision and live with it
    Last but not least, don’t shame yourself for having to drop a class. In life you have to make adjustments and admit when you don’t understand something. The strength in it is when you learn from your past experiences going forward. Apply what you learned from that class in the next class.


Matthew MaggitMatthew Maggit is a sophomore in accounting in the College of Business Administration. Matthew decided to come to UIC because of the business program’s reputation and because he wanted to study at a campus with a diverse atmosphere. He likes how close the campus is to downtown Chicago and the Willis Tower. In his free time, he loves to surround myself with loved ones, and he enjoys sports and going to the gym. 

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