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Add/Drop FAQs

For the Fall 2023 full term semester

Add/Drop Deadline (for full term courses): Wednesday, August 30th, 2023 

  • Prior to the add/drop deadline students can freely add or drop courses from their schedules.
  • Prior to the add/drop deadline students will receive a 100% tuition refund for dropped courses and no grade will be assigned on the academic transcript.

Course Withdrawal: Courses dropped after the add/drop deadline will impact a student’s academic transcript and tuition liability. Please see the Registrar’s webpage on Withdrawal for more detailed information.

  • First day “W” grade assigned: August 31, 2023
  • Last day “W” grade assigned: November 8, 2023
  • First day “WF” grade assigned: November 9, 2023
  • Tuition refund deadlines are listed on the Part of Term Dates and Deadlines page

Classes are offered face-to-face, online, and in a hybrid of online and face-to-face instruction modalities.

Learn how to find the instructional method of your courses on Self Service Carolina via the Student Profile or Course Registrations

Learn how to browse for classes by instructional method.

View the Fall 2020 Instructional Methods resource for detailed information on the course delivery methods. 

Video: Before You Drop a Course

Video: Drop a Course


1. Log in to Self Service Carolina:
2. Select Registration
3. Select Register for Classes
4. Select the appropriate term for class you want to drop
5. Select Drop/Withdrawal from the “Action” drop down menu on the bottom right of the screen 

It can. If you have any scholarships or financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid before dropping/withdrawing from a course by visiting their website or calling 803-777-8134.

Depending on the class, it can. Please contact your primary academic advisor before dropping a class to discuss possible implications on progression in your major.

Certain lecture courses and their labs are co-requisites and can only be added/dropped together. If you want to register for the lecture only or lab only and receive an error message, please contact the department of that course.
If you are not returning to USC in the following semester, please complete this brief survey sharing your reason(s) for not returning. We appreciate your feedback. 

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