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Advising Handbook

Adding Courses

Beginning with registration and through the second week of the semester, students can add courses to their program using the online registration system. In the event that a course requires the permission of the instructor, the student would enter the instructor’s PIN number during the registration process. 

Regular courses can be added after registration until the end of the fourth week of the semester. The following types of courses have special deadlines:

  • WRT 105/105E courses must be added by the end of the second week of the semester
  • Four-credit independent study courses must be added by the end of the third week of the semester using the online independent study form
  • One- and two-credit courses that meet for the whole semester must be added by the end of the third week of the semester
  • One- and two-credit courses that meet for the part of the semester must be added no later than the end of the second week of classes

See the academic calendar for exact dates. 

In general, it is not a good idea to add a course as late as the fourth week of the semester unless the student has been attending it. Students should decide their courses as early as possible in the semester and discuss their selections with their advisors.

Adding a Course after Registration

To add a course, you must complete an add/drop form, which is available at, and should be submitted to, Lattimore 312. There are separate drop/add forms for the fall and the spring semesters.

Signatures

If you are adding a course during or later than the third week of classes, you must get the signature of the instructor whose course is being added.

First-year students and sophomores who are not yet official majors need the signatures or authorization of their pre-major advisors.

Students in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences need the permission of their faculty advisor and a department stamp.

Adding a Course after the Deadline

To add a course after the deadline, you must present a petition with the reasons for requesting a late change to the College Center for Advising Services (CCAS). This petition will be reviewed by (and requires the approval of) the Administrative Committee. Approval is not automatic.

Students are not permitted to add a course late more than once during their academic career.