Course changes include
- Adding or dropping a course
- Changing the number of credits
- Changing from credit to auditor status or vice versa
- Changing the grade option
Make a course change
Before the course change deadline
Current Cornell students and those in the Employee Degree Program: You may make course changes in Student Center prior to the add/drop deadlines.
All other students:
- Fall / Spring Electronic Add/Drop/Change Request Form
- Winter Session Electronic Add/Drop/Change Request Form
- Summer Session Electronic Add/Drop/Change Request Form
Precollege students: Please do not use this Summer Session add/drop/change form. Instead, see Course Changes on the Precollege website for instructions.
- Review the instructions for using the Electronic Add/Drop/Change Request Form
After the course change deadline
After the add/drop/change deadlines have passed, you must submit a petition form for requested changes. Visit the Petitions and Appeals page for instructions.
Additional instructions for Cornell employees not in the Employee Degree Program
If you wish to drop a class, in addition to submitting either the Electronic Add/Drop/Change Request Form or the petition form, you are required to submit course change approvals from both your direct supervisor and department head.
Please collect these approvals and email them together to the School of Continuing Education at firstname.lastname@example.org after you have submitted the either the Electronic Add/Drop/Change Request Form or the Petition Form.
For questions about which forms to use, contact your College Registrar's Office.
Course change deadlines
You must make course changes before the course change deadline for your session:
As noted above, a petition form is required for all course changes requested after the course change deadline. Visit the Petitions and Appeals page for instructions.
- If you stop attending class without officially dropping the class, you are liable for all tuition and fees, and you will receive a grade of F.
- If you drop a class after the drop deadline, a mark of "W" will appear on your transcript in place of a grade for that class.
- If you want to withdraw from an off-campus program, consult the program director.
See also refunds and withdrawals.