Wright State is on the quarter system. The academic year is divided into three quarters (fall, winter, and spring) and a summer session. Classes are assigned values in quarter credit hours. The credit hour is based on 50 minutes of instruction each week for one quarter, although there are exceptions. Laboratory courses usually require considerably more time for each quarter hour of credit. Students should carefully plan their academic program with an advisor, especially if they are also working while going to school. However, students are responsible for registering in appropriate classes, scheduling, and fulfilling all university and program requirements for graduation.
The minimum full-time undergraduate load is 12 credit hours per quarter, with the average between 14 and 17 credit hours.
Students enrolled in the typical 10-week course may drop or withdraw from the university without grades through the third week of the quarter, or its equivalent. These courses will not be recorded on transcripts. From the fourth through seventh weeks, or their equivalents, students may drop a course or withdraw, but the course and a designation of "W" will appear on their records. (Students should see the quarterly class schedule for the exact drop and withdrawal dates.) After the withdrawal date, students need to successfully petition to drop; otherwise, the course will appear on their records with a grade.
Students enrolled in courses whose duration is less than 10 weeks have earlier drop dates. Drop dates for these flexibly scheduled courses will be determined by the Registrar and published in the instructor's syllabi.
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