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Adding Courses

Registration is a continuous process at Penn State, beginning with the student's first day to register and continuing until the first day of classes for the semester. Once the semester begins, the process of changing the student's course schedule is referred to as dropping/adding courses (policy 34-87). Before registering or making any registration changes consult with your academic adviser.

Adding a Course During Regular Add Period
Adding a Course that is Full
Adding a Credit Overload
Adding a Course that is Departmentally Controlled
Late Adding a Course

Adding a Course During Regular Add Period

The period of time at the start of each course when adding a course can be made without a $6 drop/add fee.

  • The add period for full-semester courses ends at 8:00 a.m. ET on the eleventh day of the fall/spring semester and is a calculated proportional length for all other courses (see eLion Course Drop Dates" application)
  • No signature(s) required
  • No fee

Process:

  1. Obtain the Schedule Number from the Schedule of Courses.
  2. On eLion using the "Drop/Add" application.
  3. In person using a Registration Add Form. Submit the form to the department offering the course, the advising center or the Registrar's office.

 

Adding a Course that is Full

No seats available in the course.

  • Obtain the signature of the course instructor required
  • $6.00 fee for each transaction after the regular add period

Process:

  1. Obtain the Schedule Number from the Schedule of Courses.
  2. In person using a Registration Drop/Add Form. Submit the form to the department offering the course or the Registrar's office.

 

Adding a Credit Overload

Adding a course that will take a student over 19 credits for the semester.

  • Cannot process until the first day of classes
  • Approval of the adviser is recommended
  • $6.00 fee for each transaction after the regular add period

Process:

  1. Obtain the Schedule Number from the Schedule of Courses.
  2. On eLion using the "Drop/Add" application.
  3. In person using a Registration Drop/Add Form. Submit the form to the department offering the course or the Registrar's office.

 

Adding a Course that is Departmentally Controlled

The department has restricted registration, department approval to add the course must be obtained.

  • Department approval required
  • $6.00 fee for each transaction after the regular add period

Process:

  1. Obtain the Schedule Number from the Schedule of Courses.
  2. In person using a Registration Drop/Add Form. Submit the form to the department offering the course or the Registrar's office.

 

Late Adding a Course

Course add occurring after the add period.

  • Adding a course after the regular add period ends
  • Signature of course instructor
  • $6.00 fee for each transaction

Process:

  1. Obtain the Schedule Number from the Schedule of Courses.
  2. In person using a Registration Drop/Add Form. Submit the form to the department offering the course, the advising center or the Registrar's office.