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Auditing Courses

Auditing courses may be approved on a space-available basis. In addition to paying course fees, the student must obtain approvals of the instructor and dean of the college offering the course. Immunizations also are required. Audited courses are not reflected on the academic transcript. Information on procedures for auditing courses is available from the Office of the University Registrar. Students auditing a course to complete course requirements should refer to the Grades/Grading Policies section.

Course Load Requirements

The minimum full-time load for undergraduate students is 12* credits. The minimum full-time load for a six-week summer term is 6 credits and for the twelve-week summer term is 12 credits. Postbaccalaureate students are considered undergraduates.

*Students with disabilities, registered with the Disability Resources Program (Dean of Students Office), are eligible for full-time status and all the benefits thereof at or below 12 credit hours. For more information, contact the Disability Resources Program in the Dean of Students Office.

The minimum load for full-time undergraduate student benefits from the Veterans Administration or Social Security Administration is 12 credits for fall and spring, 8 credits for Summer C and 4 credits for the six-week summer terms. Refer to the Campus Life and Student Support section of the catalog for enrollment requirements for students receiving financial aid and students with disabilities.

University regulations allow a maximum load of 15 credits for a student whose previous term average was below a C. Some colleges have differing maximum loads that are stated in the college sections of this catalog.

Students with college approval may register for less than the minimum or more than the maximum load. After late registration, no student may drop below the minimum load without successfully petitioning his or her college dean.

Simultaneous enrollment in correspondence courses or extension work at another college or university is counted when computing the maximum course load but not the minimum course load.

Dropping Courses

Courses may be dropped or added during the drop/add period without penalty. (Classes that meet for the first time after the drop/add period may be dropped without academic penalty or fee liability by the end of the next business day after the first meeting. This does not apply to laboratory sections.) After drop/ add, a course may be dropped up to the date established in the university calendar. A grade of W will appear on the transcript, and students will be held liable for course fees.

All drops after the drop/add period must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar by the deadline and are subject to the following restrictions:

  • Students get two (2) drops in their first 60 credit hours attempted at UF (hours carried plus S/U credits, not counting full-term withdrawals from all courses).
  • Students get two (2) more drops beginning the term after the first 60 hours attempted.
  • Students with disabilities who need to drop a course due to disability-related reasons are allowed to petition for additional drops. For more information, contact the Disability Resources Program in the Dean of Students Office.
  • Students transferring to UF with an AA degree from a Florida public community college or with 60 or more transfer credits earned from another college or university get only two (2) drops.
  • Students who can document extenuating circumstances may petition their college for additional drops.
  • Approval to drop a course must be obtained from the studentís college.
  • After the deadline, students may petition to drop provided they can document sufficient reason to drop, usually hardship or medical condition occurring after the deadline.

Failure to attend a class does not constitute a drop.


The Dean of Students Office coordinates withdrawal procedures. Withdrawal formally drops all courses in a term. Students who withdraw after drop/add and before the deadline for withdrawal will receive a grade of W for all courses. Any student who withdraws after the deadline will receive WF grades in all courses and will be subject to dismissal. Students who leave UF without withdrawing normally receive failing grades.

Students on academic probation who withdraw from UF before the deadline will continue on probation until their grade point deficit is reduced to zero. Students on Admissions Committee probation must meet the terms of their probation.

Nondegree Registration

Nondegree enrollment is restricted to participants in special programs, off-campus programs, university-affiliated exchange programs, those participants with nondegree educational objectives at the university, and high school/college dual-credit enrollment. (Special regulations govern high school/college dual enrollment for academically advanced students in Florida high schools.)

Students who have been denied admission to UF for any term are not eligible for nondegree registration. Students who have previously attended UF in a degree-seeking status who did not subsequently earn a bachelorís degree are not eligible for nondegree registration.

Visiting Students Attending UF

Undergraduate students in good standing at another accredited collegiate institution can enroll full time at UF as nondegree transient students to complete work to transfer back to the parent institution. The university has limited space for transient students during the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters).

UF will not evaluate work previously completed, and it is the studentís responsibility to secure approvals required by the parent institution. Certification to Social Security and Veterans Administration programs also is the responsibility of the student, who must request each institution to furnish records. Nondegree enrollment is subject to the availability of faculty, space and facilities. No application for admission is required; the non-degree registration form is available from the Office of the University Registrar.

Nondegree students are subject to the following restrictions:

  • Nondegree students must meet State of Florida immunization requirements.
  • Course enrollment requires the approval of the college at the beginning of each term. The college of enrollment has the authority to terminate a nondegree enrollment prior to registration for any term. Generally, nondegree registration is for one term only.
  • Registration is not permitted until the last two days of the drop/add period and must be completed by the last day of late registration; failure to register by that deadline will result in a late registration fee.
  • The same grading system is applicable to degree and nondegree students. Nondegree credit is not applicable to a UF degree except by subsequent admission to degree status and successful petition for application of such credit. Authorization to enroll as a nondegree student in no way implies future approval for admission as a degree-seeking student.
  • Nondegree enrollment status will be denied any student under suspension/dismissal from a postsecondary institution or not in good standing at any institution previously enrolled, including UF, even if the student has subsequently attended another institution. Nondegree students are subject to other regulations and restrictions imposed by the college or department in which they wish to enroll.
  • Nondegree students taking courses at the university will be required to register for and to attend classes under the university calendar. Nondegree students must pay appropriate UF fees based on course level, number of credits and residency status.
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