Spring 2020 Drop/Add

Sunday, January 19 – Wednesday, January 29

Drop/Add begins on Sunday, January 19. 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 29 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 19 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.

Changes to the Drop/Add Process

Online Registration (Banner self-service) has been upgraded!

Watch these three short tutorials so you know what to expect during drop/add:

Departments Hosting Drop/Add Events

Sunday, January 19

Department Times Location Notes
Chemistry (101/102) 2:15-3:00 Wynn Lobby (First Floor) CHEM 101/102 lectures and labs
Chemistry (264) 3:00-3:45 Wynn Lobby (First Floor) CHEM 264 lectures and labs

Drop/Add Procedures

Dropping a Course

Sunday, January 19 – Wednesday, January 29

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 29, 4:30 p.m.).

Adding a Course

(Pay close attention to the date ranges)

Sunday, January 19 – Friday, January 24

  • 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 19 through Friday, January 24 using Banner Self-Service/the portal (no PINs required). The registrar's office staff are also available to help you add courses.
  • Courses that are closed, restricted, etc. may be added by obtaining the permission of the instructor and bringing proof of permission 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 27 – Wednesday, January 29

  • Students wishing to add any course (open or closed) after January 24 must obtain permission of the instructor and bring proof of permission to the Registrar’s Office for processing no later than 4:30 on Wednesday, January 29.

Adding a Fifth Course

Students in the Classes of 2020, 2021, 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 business hours (see the Adds section above to determine if instructor permission 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 of their academic adviser/FSEM instructor. All proof of permissions must be brought to the registrar's office for processing by the end of the Drop/Add period (January 29).

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 Sunday, January 19
(times vary--see schedule)
Wednesday, January 29
(ends at 4:30 p.m.)
Add open courses online Sunday, January 19
(times vary--see schedule)
Friday, January 24
(ends at 4:30 p.m.)
Add closed or permission-required courses with instructor permission at the registrar's office Sunday, January 19
(during office hours)
Wednesday, January 29
(ends at 4:30 p.m.)
Instructor permission required to add all courses at the registrar's office Monday, January 27
(8:00 a.m.)
Wednesday, January 29
(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 (January 29).

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 (March 25). 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.

Drop/Add Begin Time Schedule

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

Class of 2020 & New Transfer Students

Registration Order (by last name)

  • Beginning at 12:00 p.m.: A-D
  • Beginning at 12:10 p.m.: S-Z
  • Beginning at 12:20 p.m.: E-K
  • Beginning at 12:30 p.m.: L-R

Class of 2021

Registration Order (by last name)

  • Beginning at 12:40 p.m.: A-D
  • Beginning at 12:50 p.m.: S-Z
  • Beginning at 1:00 p.m.: E-K
  • Beginning at 1:10 p.m.: L-R

Class of 2022

Registration Order (by last name)

  • Beginning at 1:20 p.m.: L-R
  • Beginning at 1:30 p.m.: S-Z
  • Beginning at 1:40 p.m.: E-K
  • Beginning at 1:50 p.m.: A-D

Class of 2023

Registration Order (by last name)

  • Beginning at 2:00 p.m.: L-R
  • Beginning at 2:10 p.m.: E-K
  • Beginning at 2:20 p.m.: S-Z
  • Beginning at 2:30 p.m.: A-D

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 Spring 2020 term
  • 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.