Add / Drop a Course

With the first day of classes almost here, you may have some questions about what the beginning of the semester will look like, especially in regards to course selection. A few quick notes:

  • Classes start on Monday, January 25.
  • Add/drop runs from Monday, January 25 through Friday, February 5.
  • Add/drop is a great time to email your dean about adding or dropping majors or minors. You should also check your degree audit once your spring schedule is finalized to confirm that all of your courses are fulfilling requirements as expected; discuss with your dean if you have questions or if anything looks off. (This is especially important if you are planning to graduate this spring!)

MyAccess remains open until Friday, February 5 at 11:59 PM EST to add or drop courses. Please be mindful of this if you are in a different time zone. The Registrar has created an Add/Drop Form for students to use to add into a closed course or a course with an active waitlist. You will need to download an email from the professor of the course confirming that they agree to add you in. Once you submit the form, the student’s dean will approve and the Registrar will enroll the student within 48 hours.

If you are trying to add an open class that is restricted in some way (prerequisite, class year restriction, major restriction), you do not need to fill out the form. Instead, forward your dean the professor’s override of the restriction, your dean will code the override, and you’ll be able to enroll yourself directly.

A student who wishes to visit a class will need to contact the professor ahead of time to see if the professor is willing to share the Zoom link (or other guest access) to the course. Any student hoping to visit the course should contact the professor at least 48 hours in advance.

You can add/drop/waitlist spring classes through MyAccess until Friday, February 5 at 11:59 PM EST. Beginning February 6, you will need to submit a request on MyAccess to withdraw from a course you no longer wish to take.

All overloads (anything above 17.5 credits) must be approved by the student’s dean. Students may add six courses via MyAccess – you must complete an Overload Request Form.

While some of your classes may have some elements of asynchronous learning, we expect that professors will overwhelmingly make class meeting times important avenues for building community and skills just as they would for in-person classes. Time conflicts will only be considered if the overlap is small and does not exclude the student from important synchronous aspects of the course.The faculty for both of the overlapping courses would need to confirm in writing that they support the proposed work around or alternative arrangement. Please reach out to your academic advisor if you have questions.

The size of a classroom is only one factor that goes into class size; other factors include the professor’s time, the resources devoted to the course (TAs, materials, software), and the learning environment necessary for the best student experience. If a professor is teaching twice as many students, they presumably have half as much time to devote to each. Class sizes have been assessed carefully and are something students should expect to remain at their currently listed values.

Students are generally expected to enroll in a full-time course schedule, but given the challenges of the Spring 2021 semester, the Dean’s office is extending the availability of part-time status to all students.

Under ordinary circumstances, students must complete a minimum of six semesters of university study, four of which must be full-time and in residence in Georgetown College. A minimum of 60 credits must be completed in residence. See the university bulletin for more details on course load and registration status.

By exception, part-time status in Spring 2021 will count toward residency requirements.

Students can apply to be part-time by filling out the Part-Time Application. All questions about part-time tuition should be directed to the Office of Student Accounts

Students who are concerned about the spring plan for their programs are encouraged first to consider part-time status, taking a smaller number of virtual courses, to fit their life circumstances in order to be able to progress toward completion of their degree. The university offers a broad range of hybrid and virtual courses, allowing students to continue to progress toward their chosen degree. Returning students requesting an elective leave of absence or part-time status should contact their academic advisor in the appropriate dean’s office.

Undergraduate students will have the option to choose one of two grading frameworks, either:

  • a letter grade, or
  • Satisfactory (S); Credit (CR); or No-credit (NC): (S=grades A through C; CR=C-, D+, D; NC=F)

Students can make this choice in MyAccess, beginning on Monday, February 8 until the last study day on Tuesday, May 11 at 11:59 PM EST. The choice to take a class S/CR/NC can apply to any course: core, major, minor, certificate, or free elective. The choice can be made without permission from the deans (per the usual process). The S/CR/NC options will not be counted toward the stated maximum of student’s degree programs (e.g., “six” as outlined in the Undergraduate Bulletin). A transcript notation for Spring 2021 will explain that S/CR/NC was instituted because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once this option has been selected, it cannot be reversed. Please make sure you’re certain of this decision before selecting this option. 

Registration for courses in the McDonough School of Business opened to College students on Thursday, January 14 and will close on Friday, February 5, the last day to add/drop classes. 

Not all McDonough courses are available for registration. The MSB will confirm the list of available courses on the morning of January 14. Students MUST meet the appropriate class year and prerequisite restrictions to add the course to their schedule. Check the Schedule of Classes for prerequisites.  

Any questions should be directed to the MSB Undergraduate Program Office at

The course withdrawal date will be extended to the last study day, Tuesday, May 11, at 11:59 PM EST. Modular courses within the term will have the withdrawal deadline of the last day of class for that module. Students can withdraw from a class in MyAccess. 

You will soon receive an email from the ARC with an electronic release form. Once you’ve signed the release, the ARC will send the letter to you for electronic distribution to your professors.