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Spring 2016 Drop/Add

Sunday, January 17 – Wednesday, January 27

Drop/Add begins on Sunday, January 17. Please refer to the schedule below for your begin time. You may make schedule changes from your begin time through the end of the Drop/Add period Wednesday, January 27 at 4:30pm. See the following sections for the different methods and procedures for Drop/Add. Please pay attention to the dates for each method.

Note: the registrar’s office will be open on Sunday, January 17 noon-3:00 to assist students with Drop/Add.

Waitlists will be removed prior to Drop/Add to allow online access to open seats. If you are interested in a course you were waitlisted for, you will need to add it using one of the methods described below.

Click here for a list of departments hosting drop/add events.

Drop/Add Procedures

Sunday, January 17 – Wednesday, January 27

All students may drop courses online using Banner Self-Service/the portal. Students may also come to the registrar’s office to have drops processed by staff members. Instructor signatures are NOT required for drops. All drops must be made by the end of the Drop/Add period (January 27, 4:30pm).

(Pay close attention to the date ranges)
  • Sunday, January 17 – Friday, January 22
    To add a course that has available seats and no pre-reqs or restrictions, you may add it online beginning at your assigned time on Sunday, January 17 through Friday, January 22 using Banner Self-Service/the portal (no PINs required). The registrar's office staff is also available to help you add courses.

    Courses that are closed, restricted, etc. may be added by obtaining the signature of the instructor on the drop/add schedule and bringing the signed schedule to the Registrar’s Office for processing.

    You should continue to check the course offerings to see if a seat has opened during the intervening times.

  • Monday, January 25 – Wednesday, January 27
    Students wishing to add any course (open or closed) after January 22 must obtain the signature of the instructor on the Drop/Add schedule and bring the signed schedule to the Registrar’s Office for processing by Wednesday, January 27.

Adding a fifth course
Students in the Classes of 2016, 2017, and 2018
are permitted to add a fifth course (up to 5.25 course credits) during the Drop/Add period. A fifth course may be added by visiting the registrar's office during regular business hours (see the Adds section above to determine if a signature is required). No student will be permitted to register online for a fifth course.

Students in the Class of 2019 wishing to add a fifth course must first obtain permission/signature of both their academic adviser/FSEM instructor and their administrative dean. All required signatures must be brought to the registrar's office for processing by the end of the Drop/Add period (January 27).

Per the university catalogue, students wishing to register for 5.50 course credits must receive written permission from their academic adviser (on their Drop/Add schedule). Students registering for more than 5.50 course credits must be approved to do so by both their academic adviser and the associate dean of the faculty.



Begin Date & Time

End Date & Time

Drop courses online

Sunday, January 17 (times vary--see schedule)

Wednesday, January 27—4:30pm

Add open courses online

Sunday, January 17 (times vary--see schedule)

Friday, January 22—4:30pm

Add closed or signature-required course with instructor signature at the registrar's office


Sunday, January 17—12:00pm

Wednesday, January 27—4:30pm

Signature required to add all courses at the registrar's office.

Monday, January 25—8:00am

Wednesday, January 27—4:30pm

Students who have financial holds on their records cannot make schedule changes until their hold is cleared. Students who are on financial hold must go to the Student Accounts Office to pay their fee, prior to making schedule changes. You can check to see if you have any holds via the portal.

Independent study:
Students must submit the completed independent study form, with all required faculty signatures, by the end of the Drop/Add period (January 27).

S/U Grade Option (Classes of 2016 & 2017 ONLY):
Students in the classes of 2016 & 2017 may choose to take a course using the satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading mode. The S/U form must be completed and submitted to the registrar's office before the end of the full-term course withdrawal period (March 23). See the academic calendar for S/U dates for part-of-term courses. For complete guidelines and instructions see the University Catalogue or the S/U form available in the registrar's office.

Drop/Add Schedule

Drop/Add begin times are based on class year and last name (reverse order from registration).

Class of 2016 & New Transfer Students

Registration Order (BY LAST NAME)

Beginning at 12 noon


Beginning at 12 noon


Beginning at 12:10 p.m.


Beginning at12:10 p.m.


Beginning at 12:20 p.m.


Beginning at 12:20 p.m.


Beginning at 12:30 p.m.


Beginning at 12:30 p.m.



Class of 2017

Registration Order (BY LAST NAME)

Beginning at 12:40 p.m.


Beginning at 12:50 p.m.


Beginning at 1:00 p.m.


Beginning at 1:10 p.m.



Class of 2018

Registration Order (BY LAST NAME)

Beginning at 1:20 p.m.


Beginning at 1:30 p.m.


Beginning at 1:40 p.m.


Beginning at 1:50 p.m.



Class of 2019

Registration Order (BY LAST NAME)

Beginning at 2:00 p.m.


Beginning at 2:10 p.m.


Beginning at 2:20 p.m.


Beginning at 2:30 p.m.


Instructions for Printing Drop/Add Schedules from the Portal

  1. Log in to the Portal using your network log in and password.
  2. In the Banner Self-Service portlet, click on the Registrar tab.
  3. Click on the “Student Course Schedule (Drop/Add and Final)” link.
  4. Choose the Spring 2016 term
  5. Print your schedule as usual from your web browser.
If you experience trouble accessing your schedule through the portal, please contact SOURCe at 315-228-7111 (option 3) or e-mail them at sssource@colgate.edu.

If you prefer to have the registrar’s office print a schedule for you, please come to the office (126 McGregory Hall), present your Colgate ID, and the staff will assist you.

Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.