Student Handbook

Registration Procedures

Revised August 4, 2020

Registration Instructions for Arcadia Courses

Each student plans course selection in consultation with an adviser who is a member of the teaching faculty. The adviser outlines the various programs and opportunities available within the objectives and interests of the student and must approve the final selection of courses each semester.

A student must be registered for a course by the end of the drop/add period in order to attend the class. For those students that have previously attended Arcadia but have not registered for any courses, no new registrations after the first week of classes is permitted. Students that are currently registered and are changing their course schedule during drop/add would not be impacted by this policy.

Current students register in April and November for the succeeding semester. Students in the Honors Program, or any student receiving Veteran's Administration education benefits, as well as any student who self-identifies as a veteran or any student majoring in any of Arcadia's 2+2, 3+2, 3+3 or three-year degree programs are allowed to register for courses on the first day of priority registration. Students identified by the Department of Athletics as being a student-athlete will be scheduled as thou 32 credits have been added to their already completed credits in order to determine their first day of priority registration. Student-athletes should contact the Department of Athletics or the Registrar’s Office for more information. Students who would like to request priority registration due to a disability or medical condition, can contact Disability Support Services at 215-572-4033 for more information.

New full-time students entering the University in the fall term are expected to attend a summer placement and registration day as well as the Orientation program. Full-time students entering in the middle of the year are invited to an Orientation program a few days before classes start. The placement inventories are given in English, Modern Languages and Mathematics.

New and transferring, part-time students entering the University at any point during the academic year are expected to meet with the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies. The Associate Director will oversee all necessary placement inventories, as well as the registration process. An overview of the campus and general student information also will be provided to all part-time students.

Adding or Dropping a Course

If you need to make a change in course registration after your initial registration, secure a drop/add form for this purpose from the Office of the Registrar. Your faculty adviser must approve the change. The completed form must be returned within the drop/add period stated in the current University catalog and academic calendar. Courses may not be added after the drop/add period. A student must be registered for a course by the end of the drop/add period in order to attend the class.

Withdrawing from a Course after the Drop/Add Period

With the approval of your adviser, you may withdraw from a course any time during the first ten weeks of the semester without academic penalty. Use the drop/add form available in the Office of the Registrar. After the first ten weeks of the semester your academic adviser, the department chair, the course instructor and the appropriate Dean must also approve withdrawal from a course by using the “Petition for Exception to Academic Policy” withdrawal from course request form available from the Registrar’s Office. Notice of withdrawal will be accompanied by a passing or failing notation (WP/WF) that will be included on your grade report. A grade of F is recorded if you stop attending a course without approval or without completing the official procedures for withdrawal from school. Petition forms are available in the Registrar’s Office.

Course Abandonment

Course inactivity, non-attendance, or failure to make or complete payment does not constitute a course drop or withdrawal. Students remain financially responsible for a course registration unless the student notifies the Registrar's Office in writing to drop or withdraw from the course. Fees are assessed according to the current refund policy. Neglecting to drop or withdraw officially will result in a failing grade on the transcript.


If you are a full-time student, you can audit courses with the approval of your faculty adviser and permission of the instructor. The course is recorded on your permanent record and the instructor assigns a final grade of “AU”. Part-time students may request to audit one or two courses on a non-participatory basis during the regular semesters for a fee (one credit). Auditing is not typically permitted during Summer session.