Course Registration Policies and Procedures
All Lincoln College students work closely with their assigned academic advisor to register for classes in their chosen campus program. In all campus programs, registration for summer classes and fall semester classes begins in March of each year; registration for spring semester classes begins in October of each year. Students should register early since class sizes are limited. Course registration procedures differ slightly between the campus programs as indicated below.
Traditional Academic Program Registration Procedure (Lincoln campus)
All Lincoln College students enrolled in traditional academic programs must meet with an academic advisor to discuss course choices. Registration for classes is then conducted by the student online through the MyLynx student self-service portal. Once the student registers for courses online via MyLynx, the academic advisor will review the student’s entered schedule and approve the registered courses or suggest alternative registrations as appropriate.
Accelerated (ABE & New Normal) Program Registration Procedure (Plans of Study)
All students must meet with an ABE academic advisor to discuss course choices and register for classes. Each new student meets with his or her academic advisor to develop an original Plan of Study. The student’s Plan of Study serves as a guidance document and provides suggested courses for which the student should register during each planned semester of attendance. Registration for classes is then conducted by the student online through the MyLynx student self-service portal. Once the student registers for courses online via MyLynx, the academic advisor will review the student’s entered schedule and approve the registered courses or suggest alternative registrations as appropriate.
Each semester, the academic advisor will partner with the student to update the Plan of Study. If the student wishes to change registration plans for upcoming semesters, the student should notify the academic advisor in writing before the start of the registration period. Registration for summer classes and fall semester classes begins in March; registration for spring semester classes begins in October. Students who wish to deviate from their signed Plan of Study should notify their advisor in writing prior to each registration period to ensure that the Plan of Study remains current and up to date.
Course Registration Holds
Regardless of campus program, if a student has an outstanding obligation to the College, a hold may be placed upon registration and the student will be unable to register for future classes or graduate with their degree until that obligation is met. Examples of unmet obligations and the attending registration holds include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Registrar Hold (e.g., missing official transcripts from an educational institution)
- Health Services Hold (e.g., required health records and immunization forms not on file)
- Financial Aid Hold (e.g., entrance or exit counseling not completed)
- Business Office Hold (e.g., student has an outstanding, unpaid balance on their account)
No student may register for classes for a subsequent semester unless the registration hold is cleared by the office which placed the hold. Students should consult the appropriate office to meet the obligation and remove the hold.
Course Credit Loads
Students may enroll at Lincoln College on either a full-time or a part-time basis. For the purpose of enrollment verifications, the following definitions apply for each campus program:
Traditional Academic Program Credit Load Status (Full-time/Part-time)
Traditional program students on the Lincoln campus must maintain enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester to be considered a full-time student. Financial aid awards, as well as eligibility for residency in College housing, are based on full-time status. Sixteen credit hours is considered an average load for a student, and students must have the permission of their academic advisor to enroll in more.
Accelerated (ABE & New Normal) Program Credit Load Status (Full-time/Part-time)
All 5-week ABE students enroll at Lincoln College as part-time students and are enrolled in a maximum of 9 credits per semester (3-4 credits per session/sub-term at three sub-terms per semester). 8-week ABE students in the New Normal program generally enroll as full-time students in a maximum of 12 credits per semester (6 credits per 8-week session at 2 sessions per semester). New Normal 8-week students may enroll as part-time students as well (less than 11 credits in the semester) and should consult with their academic advisor regarding the timeline of the Plan of Study if they choose to do so.
Students are primarily responsible for management of their course registrations and the making of adjustments to their course schedule subject to academic advisor approval. Policies governing changes to a student’s schedule are detailed below. Students should be aware that changes in the number of credit hours for which a student is registered may impact the student’s status as full- or part-time, tuition and fees charges, financial aid eligibility including satisfactory academic progress, eligibility for on-campus housing, and the timeline for degree completion. All students should consult with the appropriate offices to determine the effect of a change in credit hour registration.
Procedures and timelines for adding/dropping/withdrawing from a course vary between campus programs according to the nature of the delivery format of the campus program as indicated below:
Adding/Dropping a Course
Traditional Academic Program Add/Drop Period (See Academic Calendar for specific dates)
Adding a course: During the registration period and extending through the first week of each semester, traditional program students may add a course if space is available. Students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss their course registration plans and academic progress. Registration for courses is then conducted by the student online through the MyLynx student self-service portal and subject to approval of the academic advisor. No course may be added after the Registration Period ends on the published date.
Dropping a course: During the first two weeks of each semester, traditional program students may drop from a course without academic record. To drop a course, a student must take action via the MyLynx student portal to drop themselves from the course. Until the official Drop process is completed through the MyLynx portal, the student remains enrolled in the class.
Accelerated (ABE) Program Add/Drop Period (5-week and 8-week Formats)
Adding a course: An ABE student may add a course if space is available prior to the first week of the session/subterm in which the course is scheduled. Registration for the course is conducted by the student online through the MyLynx student self-service portal and subject to approval of the academic advisor. Under certain circumstances, a student may be allowed to add a course after the session/subterm begins, but no course may be added after the first class meeting has begun. To add a course after the registration period, but before the first class meeting, students must contact their academic advisor to complete a registration form to be filed with the Office of the Registrar indicating the course addition.
Dropping a course: An ABE student may drop a course without academic record until the end of the first week of the course. To drop a course, a student must take action via the MyLynx student portal to drop themselves from the course. Until the official Drop process is completed through the MyLynx portal, the student remains enrolled in the class.
Course Withdrawals (Withdrawing from a Course)
Traditional Academic Program Course Withdrawal (See Academic Calendar for specific dates)
To withdraw from a traditional program course after the end of the Add/Drop Period, a student must meet with his or her academic advisor who will assist the student in completing an official withdrawal form which must be signed by both the student and the academic advisor. Until the official withdrawal process is complete, the student remains enrolled in the class.
A grade of “W” will be recorded when the withdrawal is processed prior to the posted deadline in the traditional program Academic Calendar. After that date, a grade of “WF” is recorded when a student is doing “D” or “F” work; a grade of “W” is recorded when the student is doing work of “C” or better. All withdrawals should be processed prior to the last two weeks of the semester. No students will be allowed to withdraw after that point unless approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Accelerated (ABE) Program Course Withdrawal (5-week and 8-week Formats)
To withdraw from a course after the end of the first week of the course, an ABE student must contact their academic advisor who will assist the student in completing an official withdrawal on the registration form which must be signed or be accompanied by the student’s written request to be withdrawn from the course. Until the official withdrawal process is complete, the student remains enrolled in the class.
If the withdrawal is processed prior to the end of week three (3) of a five week course or week six of an eight week course, a grade of “W” will be recorded on the student’s official record (see the Academic Calendar earlier in this catalog for session start-end dates). After the start of week (4) of a five week course or week seven of an eight week course, a grade of “WF” will be recorded if the student is doing D or F work at the time of the withdrawal; a grade of W will be recorded only when the student is doing C or better when the withdrawal is processed after the start of week four.
ABE students should be aware of how a withdrawal may affect tuition charges, financial aid eligibility, satisfactory academic progress, and their Plan of Study completion timeline.