Fall 2021 Drop/Add

Begins Wednesday, August 25

Drop/Add begins on Wednesday, August 25  according to the schedule below. Refer below for the different methods and procedures for Drop/Add. Please pay attention to the dates for each method.

Waitlists are 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.

Drop/Add Procedures

Dropping a Course

Wednesday, August 25 - Tuesday, September 7

All students may drop courses online using Banner Self-Service/the portal. Instructor permission is not required for drops. All drops must be made by September 7, 4:30 p.m. 

Adding a Course

(Pay close attention to the date ranges) 

Open Add - Wednesday, August 25 – Wednesday, September 1

  • 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 25 through Wednesday, September 1 using Banner Self-Service/the portal (no PINs required). 
  • Courses that are closed, restricted, etc. may be added by obtaining the permission of the instructor using the Drop/Add Request form.

Permission-only Add - Thursday, September 2 – Friday, September 3

  • Instructor permission is required to add all courses (open or closed).
  • All drop/add requests should be submitted no later than 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 3. Any requests submitted after 6:00 p.m. on Friday are subject to the approval of the Division Director and the Associate Dean of the Faculty for Curricular Affairs. 

Finalization of Drop/Add - Monday, September 6 – Tuesday, September 7

  • Students who submitted a Drop/Add Request form prior to the deadline on Friday, September 3 may use September 6 - September 7 to finalize schedule changes. 
  • All changes (drops and permission adds) must be made online no later than 4:30 on Tuesday, September 7.

Adding a Fifth Course

Students in the Classes of 2022, 2023 and 2024 are permitted to add a fifth course (up to 5.25 course credits) during the Drop/Add period. Credit limits have been adjusted to allow students in these classes to register themselves up to 5.25 credits online. Students trying to add a fifth course that requires instructor permission may do so online after having a Drop/Add Request form approved by the instructor and processed by the registrar's office. (This may take several days. You will receive a confirmation email when you are eligible.) 

Students in the Class of 2025 wishing to add a fifth course (more than 4.50* course credits) must first obtain permission of their academic adviser/FSEM instructor. All required permissions must be obtained by the end of the Drop/Add period (September 7). Once adviser approval is obtained (using form below), the registrar's office will adjust your credit limit, which will allow you to add additional credits to your schedule, following the appropriate Drop/Add procedures (i.e., add open course online by September 1 or obtain instructor permission using the Drop/Add request form).

*Per the university catalog, students wishing to register for 5.50 course credits must receive permission from their academic adviser. 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.

Adviser Approval for a Credit Overload

Read the information above regarding the policies based on class year. If applicable, use the adviser permission form to request permission to register for a credit overload. Once adviser permission is secured and processed by the registrar's office, you will be eligible to register online for a credit overload but you must identify an open, available course or receive instructor permission to register. If you are approved by your adviser you will receive more information about the process via email. 


Activity Begin Date & Time End Date & Time
Drop courses online Wednesday, August 25 (times vary--see schedule) Tuesday, September 7 (ends at 4:30 p.m.)
Add open courses without permission Wednesday, August 25 (times vary--see schedule) Wednesday, September 1 (ends at 4:30 p.m.)
Request instructor permission Monday, August 23 (form available by noon) Friday, September 3 (ends at 6:00 p.m.)
Add closed or permission-required courses with instructor permission (permissions must be requested by Sept 3 at 6:00pm) Wednesday, August 25 (as permissions are processed) Tuesday, September 7 (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 7).

S/U Grade Option (Classes of 2022 & 2023 only)

Students in the classes of 2022 & 2023 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 20). 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 2025 & New Transfer Students

Registration Order (by last name)

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

Class of 2022

Registration Order (by last name)

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

Class of 2023

Registration Order (by last name)

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

Class of 2024

Registration Order (by last name)

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

Registrar's Office Hours

Registrar office staff are available by phone (315-228-7408) or in person (103 Lathrop) during regular office hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or you can email anytime at registrar@colgate.edu.