Add/Drop/Withdraw Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I drop a course?

Students can drop a course during the first four weeks of a regular fall or spring semester. A dropped course from a student will not show up on their official transcript.

First semester freshmen require the signature of their advisor in order to drop any course. All other students can drop a course online using Web Banner.

How do I drop a course after the drop period?

After the drop period for a course has passed, a student must withdraw from a course instead if they wish to no longer take the course.


How do I withdraw from a course?

Students can withdraw from a course after the first four weeks of a regular fall/spring semester has passed. You can withdraw from a course using our course withdrawal form.

What are the consequences of withdrawing from a course?

Students incur liability for tuition over the first five weeks of the semester and students are liable for courses dropped in addition to new courses added. More information can be found on our student accounts website.

Unlike a course that is dropped, any course that a student withdraws from will show up on their official college transcript with a "W" to signify that they withdrew from the course.


How do I add a course?

First semester freshman cannot make adjustments to their schedule online and require the signature of their advisor and instructor when adding/dropping a course.

All other students can edit their course schedule online using Web Banner if it is within the acceptable window of time (typically after major reservations and before the first week of classes). See the questions below for special circumstances.

How do I add a course during the late add period?

The late add period occurs during the second and third weeks of a fall/spring semester. There is a $20 fee to add a course during this time period. You can follow the instructions for registration overrides on our course registration webpage.

How do I add a course after the late add period?

The signature of the appropriate Dean is required to add a course after the late add period has ended. A $20 fee will be charged. The permission form can be obtained from the Office of Registration and Records or online.

How do I add a course when I have a hold on my account?

You cannot add a course while you have a hold on your account. Only the office that placed the hold on your record has the ability to clear it.

How do I add a course that is full or join a waitlist?

If a course is full, you need to contact the course instructor to see if they are allowing any more students to register for the course. If they are, you can follow the instructions for registration overrides.

If a course has a waitlist, you will be given the option to join during the registration process. Once on the waitlist, if a seat becomes available you will receive  notification through your Brockport email. You will then need to register within the allotted time stated in the email. 

Last Updated 10/27/20

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