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Academic Advising:
Add or Drop Classes

Adding Classes

You are responsible for knowing the consequences of changing your class registration. Please contact the appropriate office to obtain information before taking action.

NOTE: If this is your first quarter at Ohio State, you will need to schedule an appointment with your advisor to make changes to your registration.

  • What are the consequences of adding a class now?
  • When can I add a class?
  • How do I add a class?
  • How do I repeat a class?
  • How do I enter a class that requires special permission?
  • How do I add a class that has a time conflict with another class?
  • How do I audit a class?
  • How do I raise my enrollment hours beyond the maximum of 20 credit hours?
  • What if a class is completely full? How do I enroll in it?
  • What is the waitlist, and how do I waitlist a course?
  • What are the consequences of adding a class now?
  • Your fees might increase. If you are below full-time (12 credit hours or more) and add a class, your tuition and fees might increase. Please contact the Office of the University Bursar (614) 292-3337) if this is a concern.
  • You may be taking on too much course work for one quarter. It is sometimes difficult to judge how challenging a course will be, especially when paired with other courses. If your course load is too strenuous, you may find yourself in a position where you have to drop a class. This could put you behind on your degree plan. Please visit an Arts and Sciences academic advisor to help you decide the appropriate class load for a given quarter.
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    When can I add a class?
  • It is best to finalize your schedule before the third Friday of the quarter. For current quarter deadlines, visit the Registrar’s web site and click on “Important Dates” under “Quick Links.”
    • You can add a class online before the first Friday of the quarter.
    • You can add a class after the first Friday and before the third Friday. Bring the signed Course Enrollment Permission Form to the Arts and Sciences Advising Office in 100 Denney Hall.
    • After the third Friday, you cannot add a class except by petition filed in the Arts and Sciences Advising Office. Please schedule an appointment with an Arts and Sciences academic advisor to help you with the petition. You will need supporting evidence for your circumstances, such as your attendance record. Your petition may not be approved.
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    How do I add a class?
  • You can add unrestricted classes online yourself through the first Friday of each quarter using the Buckeye Link web site.
  • If you need assistance adding a class, please completely fill out a Course Enrollment Permission Form and bring it to 100 Denney Hall.
  • Adding any class after the first Friday requires permission and signatures to enroll.
    • After the first Friday and through the second Friday, you must have the permission and signature of the instructor to enter a class.
    • After the second Friday through the third Friday, you must have the permission and signatures of the instructor and the Department Chair of the course you want to take.
    • After the third Friday, you must file a petition in the Arts and Sciences Advising office.
    How do I add classes through the first Friday?
  • STEP 1. Review the consequences of adding classes at this point in the quarter by contacting the appropriate offices.
  • STEP 2. Log on to Buckeye Link by entering your Ohio State username and password.
  • STEP 3. Review the Student Center Reference Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to add a course(s).
  • How do I add a class before the third Friday?
  • STEP 1. Review the consequences of adding classes at this point in the quarter by contacting the appropriate offices.
  • STEP 2. Print and completely fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form and obtain the appropriate signatures.
  • STEP 3. Return the form to 100 Denney Hall. Please know that we are located in 437 Lincoln Tower for autumn quarter 2009.
  • STEP 4. Using the Buckeye Link web site, verify that the course has been added.
  • How do I add a class after the third Friday?
  • STEP 1. Review the consequences of adding classes at this point in the quarter by contacting the appropriate offices.
  • STEP 2. Print and completely fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form and obtain the appropriate signatures.
  • STEP 3. Please make an appointment with an Arts and Sciences academic advisor to help you with the petition process.
  • STEP 4. Your advisor will contact you with regard to the status of your petition.
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    How do I repeat a class?
  • To repeat a class, fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form (mark option H) and obtain any appropriate signatures. Return the form to 100 Denney Hall.
  • When you repeat a class for which the Freshman Forgiveness rule is not applicable, both grades remain on your record and are calculated into your cumulative point-hour ratio. Credit for the course will count only once toward graduation.
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    How do I add a class that requires special permission?
  • Some courses require permission from the instructor to enroll. Other courses may have prerequisites that you do not meet but would like to have waived.
  • To add these types of classes, fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form (mark option A or B) and obtain any appropriate signatures. Return the form to 100 Denney Hall.
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    How do I add a class that has a time conflict with another class?
  • Any class that will overlap with another class in which you are already enrolled requires the signature and permission of one of the instructors (preferably from the instructor of the class from which you will be absent).
  • To repeat a class, fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form (mark option D) and obtain any appropriate signatures. Return the form to 100 Denney Hall.
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    How do I audit a class?
  • When you audit a class, you are requesting to attend a class for which you do not want to be graded. Audited classes do not count toward graduation. Because of this, audited classes do not count as hours toward your financial aid status. Please contact your award provider before selecting this option.
  • If you have not been admitted to Ohio State, please contact the Office of Continuing Education for information on auditing classes.
  • To audit a class, fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form (mark option F) and obtain any appropriate signatures. Return the form to 100 Denney Hall.
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    How do I raise my enrollment hours beyond the maximum of 20 credit hours?
  • To raise your enrollment hours beyond 20 credit hours, you will need permission from your Arts and Sciences advisor.
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    How do I enroll in a class that has reached enrollment capacity?
  • To override a class size limit and enroll, fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form (mark option C) and obtain any appropriate signatures. Return the form to 100 Denney Hall.
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    How do I waitlist a course?
  • If the section you are interested in is full, you will be given the option to waitlist for that section.
  • You are added into a course from the waitlist on a "first-on, first-off" basis as space becomes available that fits your schedule.
  • You should attend the first week of class if your waitlist number is low.
  • The waitlist closes after the first Friday of the quarter. After that time no one will be added to a class from the waitlist.
  • It is your responsibility to know whether or not you have been put into a class and to monitor your waitlist on a regular basis. You will be notified via e-mail if you are added to a class from the waitlist, so be sure to check your e-mail often, in addition to your schedule.
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