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I'd like to change my major. Can I do that?

Perhaps; it depends upon whether or not the major has open space for new students and on whether or not you have met the minimum requirements for admission to your intended major. Please contact the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) staff  to discuss any potential changes to your intended major.

Can I add a minor or a second major?

Not right now; new students cannot declare additional majors or add minors during their first semester at UD. Very often, though, it will be possible for you to take a course for the program you're interested in. Please feel free to contact us  to adjust your schedule accordingly.


How do I view my schedule?

First, log into UDSIS. Once your Student Center screen loads, click on "My Class Schedule" under the heading "Academics." This will show you your current schedule in both a course-by-course view and a calendar view. You may notice that on the calendar view, it appears that there is no space between your courses; a look at the course-by-course view will typically show a 15-minute gap between the end of one course and the start of another. Fifteen minutes is usually plenty of time to get from one class to another.

I didn't get all of the classes I requested. What can I do about this?

You should first understand that the CAS staff members will schedule the courses you need for the major before scheduling your other selections. If one of your elective or breadth choices conflicts with a course you need for the major, we will select an alternate course that you identified in your meeting with your NSO advisor.

Between your NSO advisement meeting and the time that schedules are finalized, CAS may continue to adjust your schedule based on scheduling availability. If you are unsatisfied with your schedule once schedules have been finalized, please contact us .

Can I adjust my schedule on my own?

It's really best to check in with a CAS staff member  before you make any changes. While we realize you may not have your favorite classes or that you don't like the start times for your classes, the classes have been scheduled to the needs of your major and are based on course availability. While you may not prefer to take an 8:00AM course, it is possible that the 8:00AM time slot is the only one available or the only one that will work around your other courses.

If you have identified a change you'd like to make, please send us a message  with the course you'd like to drop and the course you'd like to add (including the section number) and we'll let you know if the change is possible and explain any related circumstances. If the change is OK, we'll let you know that you can go ahead and make the change on your own.

What is "Free Drop/Add"?

The Free Drop/Add period is a time at the start of each when students are able to make schedule adjustments with neither financial penalty nor academic penalty. After this date tuition and a $25 processing fee will be charged for change of registration; students withdrawing from courses will receive a grade of "W" on their permanent record.

How can I find out which courses are available?

You can use UD's courses search page to review course offerings: On this page, you can select the term, "Courses with Open Seats" and other criteria that interest you.

I found a class that I want to take but the course description indicates that it is reserved for students in the AA program. Can I still take it?


Most of my friends are taking ENGL110 this semester, but it's not on my schedule. Is there something wrong?

Probably not. While some students in CAS do take ENGL110 in their first semester, many students may take it in their second term. The University of Delaware offers ENGL110 in every term (including winter and summer sessions) so you will have many opportunities to take it. 

I accidently dropped a class and can't get back in because it's full. Can you help?

Unfortunately, in most cases we cannot. Staff members in the College of Arts & Sciences UAS have no authority to add you into a class that is full. If the course you dropped was required for your major, please contact our staff  for assistance.


Who is my advisor and when can I meet with him or her?

For majors in the College of Arts & Sciences, students will be assigned a faculty advisor from their major department. Most academic departments will make advisor assignments by the end of the Free Drop/Add period. If you have not been assigned an advisor by that time, please contact your department.

How does faculty advisement work? What can my advisor help me with?

Here's a link that will help you to understand faculty advisement.


Do I have to take the math placement exam?

Yes, all students MUST take the Math Placement Exam. Failure to complete the placement process (including remediation) by that date will preclude you from being enrolled in your required classes which, in turn, may hinder you from completing your degree within the normal 4-year time frame.

If you have additional questions about the placement exam, please review the Math Department's website.


My AP Scores have arrived and I think I need to adjust my schedule. What do I do?

Please contact the CAS staff . We’ll need to know your name, student ID number, major, the name(s) and score(s) for each exam that you took.

I have had transfer credit re-evaluated for course equivalencies, but the changes have not been made on my transcript. Is there something I need to do?

Please be sure that you have taken all of the steps on this page

If you have completed all steps, and the Registrar has received confirmation (via email from the evaluating faculty member(s)), please allow several weeks for the updates to be made to your record. If the changes have not been made to your record by mid-semester, please contact the Registrar directly at (302) 831-1551 or .

I have received credit for my transfer work, but the registration system does not recognize my pre-requisites, so I can’t register for certain courses. What can I do?

Please contact the CAS staff . We will need to know your name, major, student ID number, and the course you’d like to add (including the section number). We’ll also need you to forward us documentation of the approval from the appropriate faculty member.

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