Course Registration, Change of Schedule, Maximum Course Load

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Course Registration
and Change of Schedule

During the third month of the spring and fall terms each student should, in consultation with the faculty advisor, select courses for the following term and submit the selections to the Office of Registrar on a preregistration form. Any change in the course of study must be made during the first two weeks of the start of the semester with written permission.

Courses discontinued (with permission) after the first two weeks of the fall or spring term are recorded WA (authorized withdrawal). Courses dropped after the date announced in the registration bulletin for each long term will automatically get the grade of WF (withdrew failing).

The deadline is announced at each registration. Courses marked WF are counted as hours attempted in the grade point ratio while grades of WA are ignored in computing the grade point ratio.

Course Add

During the pre-enrollment period through the end of the second week of each semester, all students, with the exception of 1st term freshmen, may add courses that are free from restrictions/ permissions. Instructor or academic unit approval is conditional on class size limitations. Regardless of when a student adds a course, the student is responsible for meeting all course requirements as mandated by the specific course syllabus.

Course Drop

Please note that “dropping” a course and “withdrawing” from a course are distinct actions and are governed by different policies (See “Course Withdrawal Policy” below). For both graduate and undergraduate students, courses may only be dropped during the “drop period” lasting from the beginning of the enrollment period through the end of the second week of the quarter. Dropping a course results in the course being removed from the student’s academic record without a “W” appearing on the transcript, specifically, neither the course nor the grade of “W” appears on the student’s transcript. Freshmen and new first-term transfer students must meet with their academic advisors to drop courses during the first quarter.

For “accelerated courses,” which normally last five weeks, the drop period is limited to the first week of the course. Thus, for accelerated courses given during week one through five of the regular term, the drop period is week one; for accelerated courses given during week six through ten of the regular term, the drop period is week six (of the regular term)

Maximum Course Load

The maximum course load during regular semester is 21 semester hours, but the student of the Bachelor in Biblical Study degree may exceed 18 hours with approval of the Academic Dean of VACU. A normal course load (full-time) of B.A. is 12 hours(credits) per semester for all courses and a normal course of Master degree is 9 – 15 hours per semester. But the student of Master degree may exceed 18 hours with approval of the Academic Dean of VACU.

The maximum time to complete the Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Study degree is six years from the date of matriculation and the maximum time to complete Master’s degree is five years from the date of matriculation in VACU.