ECpE Students: Adding and Dropping Courses

From the day a student’s Registration Access Number (RAN) activates until the end of the first week of the semester, students can add or drop courses using AccessPlus. If courses are full or have restricted sections, or if you want to add a class after the first week of classes, there are some extra steps you’ll need to take to add the class. If you want to drop a class after the first week of classes there also are additional steps you’ll need to take to drop the class.

See the ISU Academic Calendar for official add/drop deadlines and the ISU Schedule of Classes to see how many seats are open in courses. Follow the steps below for your circumstances.

Adding a Full Course Section, Before or During First Week:

  1. Try to add the course on AccessPlus using the “Add” button. Although you will get a message that says the class is full, this will put you on a “demand list.” This tells the department how many students are interested in the class, and some departments may use this list to determine which students have first access to seats that open up. You will not automatically be added in when a seat opens. (Note: You can make multiple schedule changes on one Add/Drop Slip.)
  2. Get an Add/Drop Slip from the ECpE Student Services Office. Take the Add/Drop Slip to the advising or student services office of the department offering the class and see if they will sign you in. Do not go directly to the instructor unless you are told to do so.
  3. If the Add/Drop Slip is signed, take it directly to 10 Enrollment Services Center for processing. You do not need an adviser’s signature, and no fee will be charged. Or, if the department will not sign the Add Slip, check AccessPlus regularly to see if any spaces open. If the possibility of not getting into this course will cause a major problem with your degree program, consult your academic adviser.

Adding a Class After the First Week:

  1. Get an Add/Drop Slip from the ECpE Student Services Office. Take it directly to the course instructor and see if he or she will sign it.
  2. Take the instructor-signed Add/Drop Slip to ECpE Student Services Office to get an academic adviser’s signature.
  3. Take the Add/Drop Slip to 10 Enrollment Services Center for processing. A fee will be charged to your U-Bill.

Adding Restricted Sections, Anytime:

Sometimes when students attempt to register for a class on AccessPlus, the system will tell the student that a section is restricted. Do the following to try to add a restricted section:

  1. Check the ISU Schedule of Classes to see if there is a section for which you are eligible, and try to register for it.
  2. If you are not eligible for any sections or the sections for which you are eligible are full, follow the appropriate steps above for adding a course.

Adding Second-Half Semester Courses:

Second half-semester courses begin halfway through the semester, but once the first week of the semester is over, no schedule changes can be made through AccessPlus. To register for an open second half-semester course after the first week of the semester, do the following:

  1. Through the end of the first week of the second half-semester course, get an Add/Drop Slip from the ECpE Student Services Office. Take it directly to the course instructor and see if he or she will sign it.
  2. Take the instructor-signed Add/Drop Slip to ECpE Student Services Office to get an academic adviser’s signature.
  3. Take the Add/Drop Slip to 10 Enrollment Services Center for processing. A fee will be charged to your U-Bill.

Changing to a Different Course Section:

 

Section changes should be treated like adding a class. On AccessPlus, do not drop the old section; it will be dropped when you add the new section. With an Add/Drop Slip, you only need a signature for the section you are going into, not for the section you are leaving. However, if you do a section change several weeks into the semester, you may want to get a signature for your old section and talk to the instructor to make sure your grades are transferred.

Dropping a Class After the First Week of the Semester:

Before dropping a course, be sure to know if you have reached your drop limit (see ISU Catalog for details on drop limits. Dropping all of your classes is called withdrawal, and involves a different procedure than the one below.

  1. Check how many credits you will have left if you drop this course and see if you will maintain full-time status. Full-time status can affect your scholarships, financial aid, and eligibility for your parents’ health insurance, so check these things before dropping below full-time status. You may be able to add a second half-semester course to stay full time.
  2. Check AccessPlus to see if you have enough drops left. Freshmen start with 5, transfer students with 4, and students who already have a degree with 2. (Exception: Your drop limit is “reset” after your first semester; drops made in that first semester don’t count.)
  3. Check to see how dropping this class might affect your degree program. Consult the 4-year degree plans or your program of study.
  4. If there are any issues involving Steps 1-3, talk to your academic adviser. If you have completed Steps 1-3 and find no problems, get an Add/Drop slip from the ECpE Student Services Office. (Note: You can make multiple schedule changes on one Add/Drop slip.)
  5. Take the Add/Drop Slip to your instructor and have him or her sign it.
  6. Take the Add/Drop Slip to the ECpE Student Services Office to get an academic adviser’s signature.
  7. Take the Add/Drop Slip to 10 Enrollment Services Center for processing. You will lose one of your drops, and a fee will be charged to your U-Bill.

Dropping Second Half-Semester Courses:

Once the first week of the semester is over, no schedule changes can be made through AccessPlus. You can drop second half-semester courses through the end of the first week they meet by going to the ISU Scheduling Office in 10 Enrollment Services Center. After the first week, follow the Dropping a Class After the First Week of the Semester steps listed above.