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Fostering Undergraduate Student Success Information

Please check this website often as we update and expand upon these changes in policy. Last updated: 8/4/14.


In an effort to improve consistency across the University of North Carolina system campuses, the University of North Carolina adopted the Fostering Undergraduate Student Success policy on April 29, 2013 for implementation in Fall 2014.  To comply with this policy NC State University will be putting several changes into place that are effective for all new, continuing and returning undergraduate students enrolled Fall 2014 and after. For background details of UNC policy 400.1.5[R], also known as Transmittal 83, please see the Fostering Undergraduate Student Success Details page.


Updates to the Add/Drop Regulation:

  • Undergraduate students are expected to complete all courses for which they are enrolled as of census date (the official enrollment date defined as the 10th day of fall and spring terms and the 3rd day of summer terms).
  • Undergraduate course drops after census date will now be considered to be course withdrawals and will result in W grades on the transcript.
  • Undergraduates will be limited to a maximum of 16 hours of course withdrawals after census date for their entire undergraduate career at NC State. These course withdrawals will count as attempted hours for course repeat, financial aid satisfactory academic progress, and tuition surcharge calculations. Course withdrawals due to extenuating circumstances (submitted via an approved Schedule Revision Form) will NOT count toward the 16 hour limit or tuition surcharge.

Procedures for Dropping Classes

  • Undergraduate students may still use MyPack Portal to drop classes until the "8-week Drop Deadline"; however, any drops after census will result in a W grade and will count toward the 16-hour maximum. We plan to have a pop-up alert in MyPack to warn undergraduates of this consequence when they attempt to drop a class after census.
  • Undergraduate students may still submit an approved Schedule Revision Form to drop below full-time status after census, but drops after census will result in a W grade. Unless the drop is approved due to extenuating circumstances (indicated on the Schedule Revision Form), the course will count toward the 16 hour maximum.

Based on an analysis of undergraduate cohort data, less than 3% of NC State undergraduates drop more than 16 hours after census date over their entire undergraduate career. Of the small population that does reach the 16 hour maximum, some portion of those course withdrawals after census will be due to extenuating circumstances which, once flagged in SIS, will not count towards the 16 hour limit, thus reducing the number of students impacted even further. So, more than 97% of our undergraduate students will never encounter the new 16 hour limit imposed for course drops (course withdrawals) after census.


Full Regulation: Add/Drop


Updates to the Withdrawal Regulation:

  • Undergraduate term withdrawals (dropping all courses for a term) after census will only be approved due to extenuating circumstances. These withdrawals will not count toward the 16 hour maximum.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, 95% of undergraduate withdrawals after census date were due to approved extenuating circumstances. Term withdrawals for undergraduate students will continue to be processed through the Counseling Center.


Full Regulation: Withdrawal


Updates to the Grade Exclusion Regulation:

  • Hours from courses excluded through undergraduate Grade Exclusion or First Year Course Repeat will count as attempted hours for course repeat, financial aid satisfactory academic progress and tuition surcharge calculations.

Full Regulation: Grade Exclusion


Updates to the Academic Progress & Standing Regulation:

Undergraduate students are required to maintain a 2.0 TGPA to be considered in good standing. Students failing to meet this minimum will continue to have options available for continuation or appeal.

These options are currently under discussion, and will be published once they have been vetted and approved by the appropriate academic governing bodies.