Here are some things you need to know about adding classes, dropping classes and dropping with a grade of "W."

How to Add a Class

  1. Search the Open Courses list to find what you need.
  2. Attend the first meeting of the class and get an Add Code from the instructor, if there is space in the class. The Add Code is the instructor's permission for you to add the class.
  3. Log in to MyPortal and look under the Registration Tab. Click on “Add or Drop a Class.”
  4. Enter the 5-digit CRN for the class into the Add Classes Worksheet at the bottom of your screen and click “Submit Changes.”
  5. A form to enter the Add Code will pop up. Follow the prompts from there.
  6. If you need more detailed instructions, see the MyPortal Registration Guide.

What if I'm on a waitlist?

  • If you were on a waitlist and received an Add Code, see the instructions for “Adding a Class with an Add Code” in the MyPortal Registration Guide.
  • Waitlisted students get first consideration for available seats in classes, but it is still possible for other students to try to add courses once school begins.
  • See the Waitlists webpage for more information.

When is the last day I can add?

  • Check the Academic Calendar for the last day to add classes in each quarter.
  • During fall, winter and spring, the Add Code will work one time only and will be valid for the first two weeks of the quarter.
  • For summer session (and non-standard classes during 12-week quarters), you’ll find the deadlines for adding in MyPortal: Look under “View Your Class Schedule.” It’s best to add the class in MyPortal with the Add Code on the same day that you receive it.

What if I don't have a computer?

If you don't have personal access to the Internet, you can use campus computers in any of the following locations

  • Registration & Student Services Building
  • Open Media Lab, Learning Center West (only during first two weeks of school)
  • The Internet Lab, second floor of the Learning Center (Library)

Tip

If an instructor gives you an Add Code before the first meeting of the class, the Add Code will not work until AFTER the first class meeting. You will need to wait until then to add the class in the MyPortal registration system.


How to Drop a Class

Students are responsible for dropping classes. Visit the Admissions Office if you are unable to drop online. 

If you drop

During the first two weeks of the quarter

  • You may drop classes online by logging into MyPortal and clicking on the “Add or Drop Classes” link under the Registration tab. (See page 10 of the MyPortal Registration Guide.) There will be no grade recorded if you drop before the deadline. You may also be eligible for a refund, but students must submit their refund request from MyPortal.
  • If you don’t show up for the first day of class, the instructor has the option to drop you from the class. If you are unable to attend for a legitimate reason, you should notify your instructor before the class meets. You can request that your place be held, although it is instructor’s option.

During the third through eighth week of the quarter

  • You may drop classes online by logging into MyPortal and clicking on the “Add or Drop Classes” link under the Registration tab. (See page 10 of the MyPortal Registration Guide.)
  • If you drop after the second week of the quarter, you will be assigned a grade of W. This also applies to courses dropped after 20 percent has elapsed of a class that lasts less than 12 weeks.

After the eighth week of the quarter

  • You may drop classes online by logging into MyPortal and clicking on the “Add or Drop Classes” link under the Registration tab. (See page 10 of the MyPortal Registration Guide.)
  • If you withdraw after the eighth week of the quarter, you will receive an appropriate grade for whatever work you completed. Classes may not be dropped at the end of the term, without documented extenuating circumstances.
  • If you are receiving financial aid or veterans’ benefits, or if you are an international student or a student athlete, you may not petition to drop after the deadline except in extreme circumstances. You must submit an Extenuating Circumstances Petition, which you will find on our Admissions and Registration Student Forms webpage.

During a summer session

  • Check the Academic Calendar for important deadlines.
  • If you decide to drop classes before classes begin, use the online registration system. Log into MyPortal and clicking on the “Add or Drop Classes” link under the Registration tab. (See page 10 of the MyPortal Registration Guide.) If you drop after the refund period, you will receive a grade of W.
  • Summer classes have unique deadlines and very short periods of eligibility for refunds or Ws. Please check with your instructor or the Admissions Office for class drop dates during summer session. 



Important 

  • Be sure to check the Academic Calendar for important deadlines.
  • If you withdraw with a "W," that may count toward the maximum of three times that you are generally allowed to enroll in a particular course. Learn more on our Course Repeatability webpage.
  • If you drop a Creative Arts or Chemistry course, you may still owe fees for materials or equipment. A "hold" will be placed on your college records and a collection agency may be notified if the balance isn't paid or the items are not returned.