Fall 2019 Drop/Add

Wednesday, August 28 – Monday, September 9

Drop/Add begins on Wednesday, August 28 according to the schedule below. You may make schedule changes from your begin time through the end of the Drop/Add period, Monday, September 9 at 4:30 p.m. Refer below for the different methods and procedures for Drop/Add. Please pay attention to the dates for each method. Waitlists will be removed prior to Drop/Add to allow online access to open seats. If you are interested in registering for a course you were on the waitlist for, you will need to add it using one of the methods described below.

Departments Hosting Drop/Add Events

Department Times Faculty Representatives Location
Chemistry / CHEM 101/111 only 9:00-10:30 Gerry Gogel and Julie Chanatry Wynn Lobby (First Floor)
Chemistry / CHEM 263 only 3:30-4:30 Rick Geier and Patricia Jue Wynn Lobby (First Floor)

Drop/Add Procedures

Dropping a Course

Wednesday, August 28 - Monday, September 9

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 (September 9, 4:30 p.m.).

Adding a Course

(Pay close attention to the date ranges) 

Wednesday, August 28 – Wednesday, September 4

  • 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 Wednesday, August 28 through Wednesday, September 4 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. Lots of changes are being made during the whole drop/add period.
Thursday, September 5 – Monday, September 9
Students wishing to add any course (open or closed) after September 4 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 Monday, September 9.

Adding a Fifth Course

Students in the Classes of 2020, 20201 and 2022 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 2023 wishing to add a fifth course must first obtain permission/signature of their academic adviser/FSEM instructor. All required signatures must be brought to the registrar's office for processing by the end of the Drop/Add period (September 9).

Per the university catalog, 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.


Activity Begin Date & Time End Date & Time
Drop courses online Wednesday, August 28 (times vary--see schedule) Monday, September 9 (ends at 4:30 p.m.)
Add open courses online Wednesday, August 28 (times vary--see schedule) Wednesday, September 4 (ends at 4:30 p.m.)
Add closed or permission-required courses with instructor permission at the registrar's office Wednesday, August 28 (during office hours) Monday, September 9 (ends at 4:30 p.m.)
Instructor permission required to add all courses at the registrar's office Thursday, September 5 (8:00 a.m.) Monday, September 9 (ends at 4:30 p.m.)


Students who have financial holds on their records cannot make schedule changes until their hold is cleared. You can check to see if you have any holds via the portal.

Most financial holds are cleared by paying a past-due account balance. Contact the Office of Students Accounts for questions or assistance.

Independent study

Students must submit the completed independent study form, with all required faculty signatures, by the end of the Drop/Add period (September 9).

S/U Grade Option (Classes of 2020 & 2021 only)

Students in the classes of 2020 & 2021 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 (October 30). See the academic calendar for S/U dates for part-of-term courses. For complete guidelines and instructions see the S/U Grading Option web page or the S/U form available in the registrar's office.

Drop/Add Begin Time Schedule

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

Class of 2023 & New Transfer Students

Registration Order (by last name)

  • Beginning at 8:30 a.m.: A-D
  • Beginning at 9:00 a.m.: S-Z
  • Beginning at 9:30 a.m.: L-R
  • Beginning at 10:00 a.m.: E-K

Class of 2020

Registration Order (by last name)

  • Beginning at 11:00 a.m.: L-R
  • Beginning at 11:15 a.m.: E-K
  • Beginning at 11:30 a.m.: A-D
  • Beginning at 11:45 a.m.: S-Z

Class of 2021

Registration Order (by last name)

  • Beginning at 1:15 p.m.: L-R
  • Beginning at 1:30 p.m.: E-K
  • Beginning at 1:45 p.m.: A-D
  • Beginning at 2:00 p.m.: S-Z

Class of 2022

Registration Order (by last name)

  • Beginning at 2:15 p.m.: A-D
  • Beginning at 2:30 p.m.: E-K
  • Beginning at 2:45 p.m.: L-R
  • Beginning at 3:00 p.m.: S-Z

Printing Drop/Add Schedules from the Portal

  • Log in to the Portal using your network log in and password. In the Banner Self-Service portlet, click on the Registrar tab.
  • Click on the “Student Course Schedule (Drop/Add and Final)” link. Choose the term, if prompted
  • Print your schedule as usual from your web browser. If you experience trouble accessing your schedule through the portal, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 315-228-7111 or by e-mail at itshelp@colgate.edu.

If you prefer to have the registrar’s office print a schedule for you, please come to the office (103 Lathrop Hall) during business hours, present your Colgate ID, and a staff member will assist you.

Registrar's Office Hours

Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.