Frequently Asked Questions
Can someone else drop my classes for me?
NO. It is your responsibility to drop/withdraw from a class. As an enrolled student, you are entitled to adjust your schedule by adding or dropping classes. There are, however, a number of important deadlines and strict procedures you must follow to avoid penalty, receiving a failing grade, or getting a full or partial refund. The deadlines and procedures can be found in the online Class Schedule or on the Academic Calendar. Dropping a class from your schedule removes the course totally from your record. Withdrawing from a class means that you will receive a “NC” (No Credit) in the class and still owe tuition and fees.
What are Drops and Drop Dates?
A “drop” is the action or process of removing a class from your schedule via ConnectU. For drop deadlines and refund policies, refer to the current Class Schedule or call the Student Accounts office. After these drop deadlines courses may be withdrawn for no credit (“NC”). Remember, it is your responsibility to follow proper procedures for withdrawing from or dropping a class. Failure to attend class does not constitute dropping/withdrawal unless specifically noted in the class schedule under the headnotes or footnotes for each departmental listing.
What happens when I “wait list” a class?
The “wait list” is an official list of students waiting for an opening in a course. You will be absorbed (enrolled) into the course in order, and there are no guarantees you will be absorbed. You should attend all class sessions -- with permission of the instructor. You are responsible for checking your status daily -- via ConnectU or at a Kiosk -- to see if you have been enrolled in the class. You are not charged tuition and fees while you are on a wait list. Once absorbed, you will be charged for the course. Wait list courses do not count toward the total enrollment for financial aid (related to full or part-time status). You are also responsible for dropping yourself from the wait list if you do not wish to be in the class.
What is an “incomplete” ( I )? How do I get one? Do I register for the class again to complete the course?
The “I” notation may be assigned if you were unable to take the final exam and/or did not complete all the out-of-class assignments, due to unusual circumstances -- such as hospitalization. Incomplete work must be complete within one calendar year or earlier, at the discretion of the instructor. If the work is not completed in the allotted time, the notation will change to an “F.” You do not register for the course again.
What are prerequisites? Can I take a course without having the required prerequisites?
Prerequisites are courses or test scores you must have successfully completed/passed prior to registering for the desired course. Prerequisites are listed in the Catalog only. Certain courses may be taken without having the stated prerequisites with permission of the instructor.
How does interinstitutional registration work?
As a MSU Denver student you may register for courses at Community College of Denver. These courses will not satisfy academic residence requirements for a degree from MSU Denver. You may register for a maximum of nine (9) interinstitutional credit hours per term; however, you may not register for more interinstitutional credit hours than you are taking at MSU Denver in any given semester. Interinstitutional courses do not alter MSU Denver degree requirements, may or may not apply toward your degree, must be transferrable, and will be counted as part of the 64 semester-hour transfer limit of community college credits applicable toward your degree. Please see the Office of the Registrar for an Interinstitutional Application.
What are correspondence courses?
Correspondence courses are designed for independent learners who prefer to set their own study pace and do not wish to attend class. To be successful, you must be disciplined and able to follow a set schedule. In most cases, you will have up to a year to complete a fully accredited class. If you are a financial aid recipient, check with a financial aid counselor you may not have a full year to complete a course. You may register for a correspondence course at any time, by phone or Web as you would for any course. Lesson packets and textbooks may be purchased at the Auraria Book Center. Before you register, be sure and check with your major department if you intend for a correspondence course to fulfill a major requirement. There are only a limited number of correspondence courses available check the online Class Schedule for availability, or call 303-450-5111 or 303-721-1313.
How do I change to degree seeking student?
Non-degree-seeking students who wish to declare a major must first change to degree-seeking status by completing a Change of Status form with the Office of Admissions.