Adding or Dropping a Course

University Policy

School of Management Policy

Please pay attention to the University deadlines for the last day to add or drop a course for courses with standard dates. For courses with non-standard dates (i.e., SM 108 or SM 411), please see the deadlines listed with the course on the University Class Schedule on the Student Link. Generally, you may add courses through the second week of classes and drop courses online through the fifth week of classes without receiving a ‘W’ on your transcript.

Please note: students only have the first week of class to add or change your Writing section, regardless of level.  This is before the official Add deadline, so please plan accordingly!

Students who were unable to WebReg for a course or section needed to graduate on time or fulfill their athletic obligations can submit the SMG Waitlist Request Form. The Undergraduate Program Office will accommodate all reasonable requests.

To add an SMG course or change the section of an SMG course after the first day of classes, students must follow these steps:

  • Pick up an Add/Drop form from the Undergraduate Program office or in the Office of the University Registrar, located at 881 Commonwealth Avenue.
  • Fill in the top section of the form with all personal information.
  • Fill in the appropriate section with the course information.
  • Check the Student Link to make sure that the course has open seats. Please realize, however, that it is the professor’s decision whether or not to sign students into the course, even if the course appears to have open seats.
  • Attend the first class session or contact the course professor to see if he/she is willing to allow you to register for the course. Get his/her signature on the add/drop form.
  • Take the completed form to the Undergraduate Program office (until the day before the scheduled Last Day to Add) or the Office of the University Registrar.
  • After three business days, check the Student Link to verify that your registration has been adjusted.

For CAS and CFA courses, students may add a course that shows open seats via WebReg through the add deadline. For courses in other schools or colleges, please contact the department for add/drop instructions as their policies vary.

To drop a course:

  • Drop the course by going to the Academics tab on the Student Link, until the last day to drop without a ‘W’ (permanent final grade indicating Withdrawal).
  • After three business days, check the Student Link to verify that your registration has been adjusted.
Important Notes
  • ** For courses with non-standard dates (i.e., SM 108, SM 411, or Honors Program seminars), please see the deadlines to add, drop and withdraw listed with the course on the University Class Schedule on the Student Link.
  • Students may only add courses during the first two weeks of the semester with the instructor’s permission. The course instructor has complete discretion over which students are added to the course.
  • Students may only add courses during the first two weeks of the semester with the instructor’s permission. The course instructor has complete discretion over which students are added to the course.
  • Students dropping a course should refer to the dates included in the academic calendar to determine whether or not it will be recorded on their transcripts.
  • Students dropping a course should refer to the refund schedule for possible adjustments to their tuition charges.
  • Dropping a course could affect the sequencing of courses: i.e., if the course is a prerequisite for another course or if the course is only offered once a year.
  • Dropping a course could affect eligibility for financial aid and/or housing.

Please note that students are required to complete a minimum of twelve academic credits per semester during each academic year (not including Summer Term) in order to be considered for renewal of financial aid.

  • Dropping a course could affect visa status for international students. Our international students must be sure to complete at lease twelve credits worth of coursework with grades of ‘D’ or better in order to maintain proper visa status. ‘W’ grades do not count as completed coursework for visa purposes.
  • Dropping a course could affect eligibility to continue in SMG. Please note that students are required to complete at least six academic courses per academic year (not including Summer Term) with a minimum of four credits in each course to be eligible to continue in SMG. If you add or drop a course, it is your responsibility to check during the semester to be sure the transaction is complete.