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Office of the Registrar

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Adding/dropping courses

Full-term courses

You may use the Student Information System (SIS) to add or drop courses. Generally speaking, from the beginning of the semester, you will have two weeks to add courses and eight weeks to drop them. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for specific add and drop deadline dates.

If you wish to petition to add or drop classes after the published deadline, you may do so using a Late Add/Drop Form. Please note that after the instructors signature (if required), the form must also be approved by either the Advising and Learning Assistance Center (for undergraduates) or the Office of Graduate Education (for graduate students). The locations of these offices is included on the form.

  • If you receive approval to drop a course after the deadline, you will receive a grade of "W" in the course.
  • If you do not attend a class for which you have registered, or fail to unoffically notify the instructor, this does not constitute dropping a course, and you will receive an Administrative "F" ("FA") grade.
Click here for additional detailed information on Late Drop Policy and Procedures

Half-term Courses

Rensselaer's course listing includes some seven-week (half term) courses, and you may register for these on-line using the Student Information System (SIS). For these courses, you have one week to add and three weeks to drop from the start of the particular class.