Add or Drop a Class

Adding and Dropping Courses

Regular Adds: 

During the add period (the first week of each term), you can add yourself to classes via CAESAR.  Take note of prerequisites and whether you need permission numbers.  You cannot add yourself to independent studies, internships, honors program classes, or some certificate program classes; the Student Resource Center (the Music and Communication Building, room 5-134) must register you for those.

Regular Drops:

IMPORTANT NOTE: The fifth day of the quarter is the last day you can drop to part time and receive a partial tuition refund. No refunds will be issued for classes dropped after the fifth day of the quarter.

You can drop yourself from a course via CAESAR through the sixth week of classes.  Before dropping a class, see your academic advisor to determine if dropping the class will impact your degree progress, your Undergraduate Registration Requirement, or your full-time status. If you drop a class online, be sure you log off and log back into CAESAR to check that the drop was completed successfully.  Student athletes must see an advisor in athletics to determine their NCAA and NU eligibility requirements and to obtain permission to drop any class.

Late Add/Drop Petition Process

School of Communication Students may not late add/drop courses without approval from the Undergraduate Dean. Late add/drops are only granted under specific circumstances. If you are worried that you may be failing a course but will not have any graded feedback from the professor prior to the drop deadline, contact your advisor before the drop deadline and let them know the situation, a late drop may be approved in those circumstances. Additionally, if it is past week 6 of the quarter, and you encounter an emergency such as a medical condition that seriously affects your physical or mental health, or a serious family emergency, you may request approval for a withdrawal. Contact your advisor and complete a withdrawal request form. All requests must be made by noon on the Friday before exam week, or at least 24 hours prior to the final assessment, whichever comes first. You may also be asked to schedule an appointment with the Associate Dean for Advising and Student Affairs.

To request a late add or late drop, students must complete a Late Add/Drop Petition form and a Registration Exception form from the Registrar’s Office.

1. Complete a Late Add/Drop Petition form (available online at https://society.northwestern.edu/student_resource_center/forms and in the Student Resource Center). The form must be filled out completely, and must be accompanied by a completed Registration Exception form from the Registrar’s (pink form). Your instructor must sign both of these forms for a late add. Your advisor must sign the SoC form (but not the Registrar’s one) for a late drop. For athletes, the athletic advisor must approve both late adds and late drops.

2. Submit the petition to the Student Resource Center, Music and Communication Building, room 5-134. The petition will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Dean and either approved or denied.  Students will be notified by e-mail of the Undergraduate Dean’s decision.

3. Please be sure to circle on the SoC Late Add/Drop Petition if:

            A. You are an athlete, as this transaction could affect your eligibility.

            B. This transaction will drop your enrollment to two credits or below.

            C. This transaction will increase your enrollment to more than 5.5 credits.

            D. This transaction creates a time conflict with another class.

            E. This transaction affects your plans to graduate on time.