FAQs: Fall Term 2016 Start, Tuition Refund, and Drop/Withdraw Dates

Start Date Related:

Q: Why is the fall quarter starting two days early when Veterans Day is only one day?

A: Due to the loss of class time for multiple holidays observed, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day, the OSU academic calendar for fall 2016 is changing for all campuses. The first day of class will now take place Wednesday, Sept. 21, during Welcome Week. The following week, starting Monday, Sept. 26, will officially be referred to as Week 1. The changes were necessary to both honor veterans and to maintain the number of class days in the term.


Q: What is a Welcome Week and is it only for incoming freshmen?

A: Welcome Week used to be known as Connect Week. It is renamed to indicate the changes to the fall term start date, and includes events that go on for the new and continuing students at OSU.


Q: Are winter and spring quarter start dates changed?

A: No, only fall term start date is changed. The rest of the start dates are the same as before.


Q: Is Welcome Week considered the first week of the fall term?

A: No, the first full week of the quarter is considered the first week of the quarter. For fall 2016 quarter, it is the week of September 26, 2016.

Tuition Refund Related:

Q: When is the last day to receive a 100% tuition refund according to the new refund deadlines?

A: Last day to drop a class and receive a 100% tuition refund is on Sunday after the first full week of classes. For fall term it is Sunday, October 2, 2016, at 11:55 pm, before midnight.


Q: When is the last day to receive a 50% tuition refund for classes I withdrew from?

A: Last day to withdraw from a class and receive a 50% tuition refund is Sunday after the third full week of classes. For fall quarter it is October 16, 2016 at 11:55 pm (before midnight).


Q: Are there any other tuition refund deadline tiers besides 100% and 50%?

A: No, there are only 2 tiers to tuition refund: 100% and 50%.


Q: Why did the refund periods change?

A: The new pro-rated tuition period now aligns with the new deadlines. For unexpected individual circumstances, the tuition appeal process will still be available.

Add/Drop/Withdraw Date Related:

Q: Why did the date change for drop and withdraw deadlines?

A: The shorter time frame encourages student success by solidifying schedules earlier in the term and increasing time in class.


Q: What happens if I want drop a class during week two?

A: W grade will be recorded on your transcript if you withdraw from a class during the second week onwards. In Fall term 2016, W grades will be recorded starting Monday, October 3, 2016.


Q: What other deadlines around registration have changes?

A: The changes are around drop and withdraw dates. No changes have been made to the course add deadline. To view all term dates, please visit the Academic Calendar at Office of the Registrar website.


Q: I get an error message when I try to add during week 2, what is happening?

A: You need instructor permission and a departmental override to add a course during week 2. Please contact the department offering the course for assistance.


Q: What do I do once permission is received?

A: You should register for the class as normal through Online Services.