In most situations you can make course changes online (Read the directions for adding and dropping classes.), but be aware that a paper Add/Drop form is required during the first three days of every block and in some other situations. Refer to the charts below for details on the process to follow for:

Course availability & additional information

To check the availability of seats in a course, use the "Section Search" feature in Self Service and refer to the Available Seats column. The full text of the regulations related to course changes may be found in the current Cornell College Catalogue under "Academic Information, Adding and Dropping Courses."

Course changes for future blocks

Timeframe / Situation Signatures Required Process
Any time, except in cases noted below.
  • None
Make course changes online. Read the directions for adding and dropping courses.
Days 1 - 3 of any block, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the Friday before the block
  • Academic advisor
  • Instructor of the course you're adding
  • Instructor of the course you're dropping
Complete a paper Add/Drop form.
You have received permission from an instructor to go over the posted course capacity or to waive a prerequisite.
  • Academic advisor
  • Instructor of the course you're adding
  • Instructor of the course you're dropping
Complete a paper Add/Drop form.
You want to add a vacation block or an individually arranged course such as a tutorial or a research seminar.
  • Academic advisor
  • Instructor of the course you're adding
  • Instructor of the course you're dropping
Complete a paper Add/Drop form.

Course changes for the current block

Timeframe Signatures Required Process
Days 1 - 3 of the block, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the Friday before the block
  • Academic advisor
  • Instructor of the course you're adding
  • Instructor of the course you're dropping
paper Add/Drop form before 4 p.m. on the third day of the block.
Days 3 - 14 of the block Add/Drops not accepted for the current block unless you have health or family emergency (see catalogue)
Day 15 of the block
  • Academic advisor
  • Course instructor
You're only eligible for a fifteenth day withdrawal if you've been attending the class faithfully; have complete all tests and required assignments; and have made a determined effort to learn the course material.