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.
  • Financial aid. Will a dropped class or W grade cause you to lose financial aid? Stop by Student Central on Union to find out.
  • Bursar fees. How much will that add or drop cost? Will you end up paying high fees? Or extra tuition? Read about Schedule Adjustment Fees and Fees for Late Drop/Add.
  • 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.
  • Important considerations before withdrawing. Considering withdrawing completely from the university this semester? See the page on withdrawal from all subjects

Schedule change details

For instructions on how to drop a class before or during the first week of classes, watch the video below or visit the Knowledge Base article Drop or add classes at IU.

How to swap classes (add one class while dropping another)


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.

Follow the eDrop/eAdd instructions on Student Central's website.

Video instructions Late Drop and Add


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The Auto-W deadline is the last day you can drop a course and automatically receive a "W." The "W" means Withdrawn.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  • A "W" (stands for "Withdrawn") will be recorded on your Grade Report and will be on your IU transcript for any class you drop by the Auto-W deadline, which you can find on the Official IUB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.
  • You will be charged a Late Schedule Change fee for each course dropped. 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 to One.IU > Track My SIS eDocs.

On rare occasions University Division students are faced with urgent reasons related to extended illness or equivalent distress that make it extremely difficult to drop a class by the Auto-W Deadline or that impede success in a class after the Auto-W deadline. In these rare situations a student may petition for approval for a late withdrawal from the course.

To find out the procedures and criteria for a late drop petition go to Late Drop Petition.

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 Schedule of Classes task in One.IU.
  2. Make sure the Institution is Bloomington, Term (semester) is set for the current term, and the Course Career is set to Undergraduate.
  3. Make sure "Show Open Classes Only" is selected.
  4. Notice the "Search Tips" link. You might click on it, if you want more technical details than provided here.
  5. Scroll down a little and click on "Additional Search Criteria."
  6. Scroll down to find the "session field." In the pull-down menu select:
  7. Eight Weeks – Second = classes that meet during the second eight weeks of the term.
  8. Non Standard Session = classes that start and end at various times during the term. Look at the start and end dates carefully to find classes that have not started yet.
  9. Three Week First = online classes that start after Thanksgiving.
  10. If you prefer all online classes or classes with in-person components, use the "Mode of Instruction" filter to find classes with your preferred mode of instruction.
  11. Push the "Search" button.

    Search for Classes Screenshot