May 20, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

Academic Regulations on Registration & Attendance

Student Classification

Students who have been admitted to the college are classified as follows: 0 to 27 credit hours earned - first-year student (freshman); 28 or more credit hours earned - second-year student (sophomore).

Placement Status Maximum Concurrent Credit Hours Limits by Session Length

The chart below documents the maximum number of credits for which a student may be concurrently enrolled based on their placement status and the length of session in which the course(s) is scheduled.


13-15 Week Session

5-12 Week Session

4 Weeks or Less Session

English Composition Eligible 








Note: Academic standing also impacts the maximum credit hours per term.                   

An exception to the limitation on credit hours may be granted by an academic advisor for a student with English Composition Eligible status if the student has an adjusted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher that includes at least one full-time term of courses for which a GPA of 3.00 has been earned.

Credit and equivalent hours are noted near course titles in the Courses section of this catalog. Limitations on credit hours are calculated as the sum of all the credit hours and equivalent hours for which a student registers for a given term.

Assessment Testing

All students who wish to earn a degree or certificate must be assessed. Prior to assessment, students are placed in a provisional status and may enroll in courses that do not require English and/or math eligibility. Students may retest for English one time. Retesting in English is not allowed after attending or starting English or Academic Literacies classes. Students must take a refresher course or seek permission from the math department prior to retesting. Retesting in mathematics is not allowed after enrollment in mathematics classes. Attempting to take an assessment test more than the approved policy allows violates the college’s Academic Integrity Policy. Any assessment test score which is found to be the result of unauthorized repeat testing will be discarded.

Audit of Courses


Students who wish to be under no obligation for regular attendance, preparation, recitation or examination, and who do not wish to receive any credit, may register for a course for audit (AU). In a 15-week term, students may change registration status between credit and audit during the first three weeks of classes. For terms shorter than 15 weeks, the audit period will be defined proportionately.

Since no credit hours are attempted or earned and no quality points are given for an audited class, the course will not be included in calculation of the student’s grade point average. Audited courses are not eligible for graduation requirements, calculation toward students’ full-time or part-time enrollment status or toward financial aid. The designator AU will be entered on the student’s academic record. Regular tuition and fees apply to audited courses. A student may not receive credit for a course that is audited.

Enrollment/Changing a Schedule


Change between Noncredit and Credit

Some courses are offered as both credit and continuing education noncredit. Students who register may wish to change from one status to the other. In a regular term, students who wish to make this change must do so during the first three weeks of a 15-week term. For terms shorter than 15 weeks, the change period will be defined proportionately.

Register/ Add/ Adding Classes/ Class Enrollment

Students must register for a course before they enter or participate in the class and may not enroll after the established last day to add a class. Students must switch class sections of a course or add a course during the add period. Visit for details.

Drop/ Dropping Courses

On or before the drop deadline (see chart), students may drop a course, which means that all entries for the course are dropped completely from students’ transcripts. To accomplish this, students must submit a Credit Registration • Add • Drop Form at the Records and Registration office, e-mail the form to, or drop the course through MyAACC. All courses in which a student is enrolled after the final drop date will be entered permanently into their academic record.

When students stop attending and do not drop or withdraw from a class, they will receive a failing grade and they will continue to be financially responsible for all tuition and fees.

Withdraw/ Withdrawal from Courses

A student may withdraw from a class after the final drop date through the 12th week of a 15 week session or the equivalent date in a shorter session. When a student withdraws an entry of W signifying withdrawal is entered into their record. Students must withdraw from courses using MyAACC. For additional information, contact the Records and Registration office at

Late Withdraw

After the final withdrawal date and through the last day of classes, as specified in the academic calendar, students may make a request to withdraw from the college or from individual courses by consulting with an academic advisor in the Advising & Transfer Advising office, obtaining an advisor’s signature on a late withdrawal form, and filing the late withdrawal form at the Records and Registration office. Students who are passing on the date of the withdrawal will be assigned a grade indicator of WP (withdraw passing) on their permanent record. Students who are failing on the date of the withdrawal will receive a grade of F.

Students who have withdrawn and received a grade of F may petition the Committee on Academic Standards (see Petitions to Committee on Academic Standards  ) to authorize the instructor to change the grade of F to WF (withdraw failing). Such students must provide verification to the committee that they could not complete the course for one of the following reasons:

  1. Death in immediate family.
  2. Student incapacitated due to serious illness.
  3. Change in hours or location of employment.
  4. Uncontrollable circumstances of a serious nature.

Students who have more than 10 entries of W, WP and WF may be required to meet with an academic advisor to review their educational plan before their next registration.

Students receiving financial aid should consult the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy before withdrawing from any courses.

Drop/ Withdraw/ Refund Deadlines
Note: The last day upon which courses may be dropped is also listed on the students’ MyAACC page under My Class Schedule. After the final drop date, a student may withdraw from a class through the 12th week of the 15th week session. For terms shorter than 15 weeks, the withdraw period will be defined proportionately.
  • Students may drop the class for five calendar days after the date of the first scheduled class meeting and receive a full refund.
  • Students may drop the class for two calendar days after the date of the first scheduled class meeting and receive a full refund. No refunds will be given after that date.
  • Students have five additional calendar days to withdraw from the class and receive a 60% reduction of the tuition, general student fees and lab fees charged for the class.
  • For hybrid and online classes, the first day of the session is considered the first scheduled class meeting.
  • If a student withdraws more than 10 calendar days after the date of the first scheduled class meeting, no refunds will be issued.
  • For hybrid and online classes, the first day of the session is considered the first scheduled class meeting.

Honors Versions of Classes (Registrar’s Guidelines)

  AACC offers qualified students the opportunity to participate in an Honors Program.  Honors versions of courses are identified by the letter H at the end of the course prefix. For example, SPA-111H, Elementary Spanish is the honors version of SPA 111. The prerequisites, lab fees, and other characteristics for the non-honors version of a course also pertain to the honors version. The honors version of the course has additional requirements as described in the course listing of the College catalog. Furthermore, if the non-honors version of the course serves as a prerequisite, corequisite or requirement for a major or program, the honors version of the course will also meet the same requirements.  Credit cannot be awarded for both the non-honors and honors version of the same course.

Registration Policy

  Students at Anne Arundel Community College must register for class before the first scheduled class meeting. In the case of online or hybrid classes, a student must register the day before the first day of the session.  Detailed information is provided within our Registration webpage.

Developmental Courses


Students required to take developmental courses in English/reading or math must pass those courses to be eligible to register for a credit English or math course. Developmental courses do not carry college credit and may not be used toward graduation.

Class Attendance

  1. Attendance
    • Regular attendance is expected of students who are registered in face-to-face courses and in distance education classroom environments.
    • For hybrid courses, attendance is defined as regular and substantive student participation in virtual learning activities as well as attendance at required face-to-face meetings.
    • For online courses, attendance is defined as regular and substantive student participation in virtual learning activities.
    • Attendance requirements and policies specific to each course are stated in the course syllabus. Students should be aware that lack of regular attendance and/or lack of substantive student participation as appropriate for the course format will adversely affect their grades in those classes in which attendance is a stated requirement. For courses in which attendance is not a stated requirement, student grades may be adversely affected by failure to satisfactorily complete assignments and course work.
    • Regular attendance and active participation promote student success.
  2. Visitors (Guests)
    • Only students officially registered for a course may attend.
    • No visitors (including children, family members or substitutes) shall be allowed to attend or participate in any course without the permission of the faculty member.

Short and Long-term Military Deployment

Reasonable accommodation will be granted to students showing satisfactory academic progress who are called to military service (appropriate documentation is required). All active duty and reserve military students should check with instructors on or before the first day of class to determine course policy with regard to short term deployment (e.g. the attendance policy for the course). Most courses are structured such that a single deployment of one to two weeks during a term allow for the student to complete the work missed upon return or take an incomplete. Incompletes may be taken only with permission and cooperation of the instructor and must be requested by the student. It is the responsibility of the student to complete all work missed whether taking an incomplete or completing the work in a timely manner within the term enrolled. Students taking an incomplete should refer to the Incomplete Work section. Student communication with the instructor is key.

However, a few courses have internal or external requirements such that make-up work cannot be accommodated. Students deployed while taking such a course must withdraw (see above). Students showing satisfactory academic progress and having to leave a program due to military service requirements must withdraw from the course(s) and will be allowed to re-enter the program by retaking the course or courses from which they had to withdraw. There are courses in some programs in which the student may be able to take an “incomplete” and finish the course in cooperation with the instructor, even with deployments that extend beyond one to two weeks of time. Military students suspending studies in courses with required lab components, clinical components, and/or competency requirements will be allowed re-entry provided the student meets standard departmental and/or program entry requirements. The student will be re-entered into an open seat in the next available class cycle.