Western Michigan University operates on a split trimester calendar. Fall and Spring semesters are each fifteen (15) weeks. Summer I and Summer II sessions are each seven and one-half (7 1/2) weeks.
Approval to add a course after the drop/add period must be obtained from the instructor. A $100 late fee will be assessed per course if at least one course has not been registered prior to the end of the drop/add period. <back>
During open registration students may drop one or more courses for 100% refund and the record of the class will not show on their transcript. Beginning the day after registration closes, students may no longer drop a course. Students now must "withdraw" to officially stop taking a course.
A partial withdrawal means withdrawing from one or more courses but NOT the entire schedule. A "W" appears on the transcript for each course withdrawn. A "W" does not affect grade point average. <back>
A complete withdraw is withdrawing from all courses for the rest of the term. A "W" appears on the transcript for each course withdrawn. A "W" does not affect grade point average. <back>
If a class does not meet for the first time until after the last day to register then the student has a 24-hour grace period to drop the course for a full 100% refund. After that, a student must withdraw to officially stop taking the course. <back>
Depending on the dates, students may receive a partial refund of tuition, however, even if they haven't paid anything they are still financially responsible for their tuition. <back>