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Course Load and Credit

Course Load

A typical course load for undergraduates is 4.25 credits, with a minimum load of 3.50 for full-time enrollment, and a maximum load of 5.00. A typical course load for graduate students is 2.00 credits, which is the minimum for full-time enrollment. The maximum course load for graduate students is 4.00 with exceptions for specific areas of study. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for details.

Any student who is part of a Mills sports team is required to be registered for a minimum of 3.5 Mills semester course credits to be eligible to compete.

Waitlists

Students who attempt to register online for a course which is closed and has a waitlist, will get an error message indicating the waitlist option. Pushing “submit” will place the student on the waitlist for that class. Changing the dropdown menu to read “None” and pushing “submit” will not place the student on the waitlist. Faculty are given the choice to have a waitlist available for their courses, so not all courses will have the waitlist option.

Choosing to be on a waitlist obligates students to check their email on a regular basis since the faculty will invite students from the waitlist to enroll in the course via email. Students will have two business days to bring the email “invitation” to the M Center to register in the course. Faculty have been instructed not to invite students to enroll during the break.

Auditing Courses

Regular Mills students may audit one or more courses in a given term. To audit a course, Audit should be chosen under the Grade Option dropdown menu once the student registers for the course through the online process. To register for an audit in the M Center, the grade mode “A” should be indicated on the Add form or the Registration Agreement form. Full-time students may register to audit a course for no additional charge. Part-time students will be charged one-half the normal tuition rate to audit a course.

Regular students may not register for a class with an audit grade option, or change from an audit to graded or pass/no pass grade option after the first two weeks of the term.

Auditors

Non-Mills students may apply to audit a course by completing the “Application for Auditor Status” available in the M Center. The signature of the instructor and the Department Chair is required. Once these signatures are obtained and the application returned to the M Center, the student will be registered in the course. The cost of auditing a course at Mills College is one-half the regular per-course-credit tuition rate.

Special Courses and Credits

Registration for the following types of courses requires the appropriate form. Students cannot register online for these courses:

  • Independent Study
  • Teaching Practicum
  • Directed Research
  • Academic Internship
  • Advanced Teaching Practicum
  • Management Practicum

Independent Study, Teaching Practicum and Directed Research forms are available in the M Center or online under Registrar & Records/Academic Records Forms. Academic Internship forms are available in the Career Center. Internship Petitions must be submitted to the M Center for review by the Academic Standing Committee. The Advanced Teaching Practicum form is in the English Department Office, and the Management Practicum form is in the MBA Office. These forms must be submitted to the M Center by the add deadline.

Variable Credit

When registering for a course which is listed in the course schedule as having a range of credit, such as .50 - 1.00, students will select the appropriate amount of credit, based on discussions with their advisor, during the registration process.

Credit Value Change

Undergraduate students have the option to register for any undergraduate 1.00 credit course for between .25 and 1.25 credits. To exercise this option, students register initially for 1.00 credit and then complete and submit a “Credit Value Change Form” available online and in the M Center to indicate the revised amount of credit. Increases must be submitted by the add deadline; decreases by the drop deadline. If credit is being increased and this increase creates a course overload, the student must petition the Academic Standing Committee for overload approval before the form can be processed.

Music Individual Instruction

Students may register online for up to two music individual instruction courses. Following registration, students must contact the Music Department to make arrangements to audition for placement. The M Center will receive a list of those students who have been placed in individual instruction from the music department and will then register students in the appropriate courses. Students who are NOT placed in individual instruction are responsible for dropping the course.

Changing Your Schedule

Adding or Dropping Classes

Throughout online Continuing Student Registration in April and online registration for Entering and Readmitted students in August, students may add or drop classes at their convenience. Online registration will be available to continuing and returning students for course adds and drops from Tuesday, January 2o, 2009 to Wednesday, February 4, 2009. Students may drop courses in person in the M Center through Wednesday, March 18, 2009, the last day to drop courses. Students may also add or drop courses by bringing an add/drop form signed by their advisor to the M Center during normal business hours. Add/Drop forms brought to the M Center must have the required signatures. (See Required Signatures below.)

All classes, including Independent Study, Internship, Directed Research or Teaching Practicum must be added by the end of the first two weeks of the term; and classes must be dropped by the end of the eighth week of the term. These deadlines must be strictly adhered to. Independent Study, Internship, Directed Research or Teaching Practicum must be added by bringing the appropriate form to the M Center.

Students wishing to add a class after the first two weeks of the term must petition the Academic Standing Committee for approval. If approved, the student will be charged the $150 Late Add Fee. Students wishing to drop a class after the drop deadline, including an Independent Study, Internship, Directed Research or Teaching Practicum, must petition the Academic Standing Committee for approval in addition to paying the $150 Late Drop Fee, if approved.

Withdrawing from a Course

Students who wish to withdraw from a course may do so during the ninth or tenth week of the term by completing the Add/Drop form. Advisor and instructor signatures are required to withdraw from a course. Courses from which a student has withdrawn will appear on the student's academic transcript with a "W" grade. Students who wish to withdraw from a course after the applicable deadlines must petition the Academic Standing Committee and pay a $150 Late Withdrawal Fee if the petition is approved.

Changing the Credit Value for an Undergraduate Course

Undergraduate students who wish to increase or decrease the credit value of a 1-credit undergraduate course must complete a Change of Credit Value Form available online and in the M Center. If the student is adding credit to the course, the form must be submitted by the add deadline. If the student is decreasing credit for the course, the form must be submitted by the drop deadline. Increasing credit in a course after the add deadline or decreasing credit in a course after the drop deadline requires a petition to the Academic Standing Committee and payment of a $150 late fee if approved.

Changing the Credit for a Course with Variable Credit

Students will be able to change the credit value online for any course with variable credit. After online registration closes, changes to the amount of credit in variable credit courses are done at the M Center by submitting an add/drop form. Increases in credit are due by the add deadline; decreases in credit by the drop deadline. Changes in credit after the applicable deadline require a petition to the Academic Standing Committee and payment of a $150 late fee if approved.

Changing the Grade Option for a Course

During online registration, students will be able to change the grade option for any course for which grade options are permissible. After online registration closes, students wishing to change the grade option from Graded to P/NP or P/NP to Graded for a course may do so up until the drop deadline, which is the end of the eighth week of classes, by completing an Add/Drop form and obtaining the signatures of their advisor and instructor(s). Changing a grade option after the drop deadline requires a petition to the Academic Standing Committee and payment of a $150 late fee if approved.

Required Signatures

From November 10, 2008, through February 4, 2009, the end of the first two weeks of classes, students adding or dropping courses at the M Center need only their advisor's signature, unless they are adding a course that is closed or one which requires the instructor's permission. In these cases the instructor's signature is also required. From February 5, 2009, both the instructor's and advisor's signatures will be required for all schedule changes. Signature requirements do not apply for students who add and drop courses online. However, students must arrange for their advisor to release their web-registration hold prior to regular registration and again prior to the add/drop period.

 

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Last Updated: 3/26/09