Difference between Add/Drop and Withdraw from Classes

By Vikki Levine, January 18, 2024

With the start of the semester right around the corner let’s talk about the difference between add/drop and withdrawals.

Both deadlines are listed on the academic calendar.


Add/Drop is an option to all students in the FIRST WEEK of the semester. This is the time a student can edit their schedule and add or drop any courses in HomerConnect. Any course(s) dropped during this period, will not show on a transcript. It will be as if the student was never registered for the course.

Tutorials for adding or dropping classes can be found at:

How To Register (Add) a Class | Ithaca College

How To Drop a Class | Ithaca College

Make sure you are in at least 12 credits for full time status. Additional information regarding full time and parttime status can be found at https://www.ithaca.edu/intercom/2021-11-15-part-time-or-full-time-whats-best-you.

Withdrawing from a course:

Withdrawing is very different from add/drop. Withdrawing can only be submitted after the last day of add/drop until the deadline date for a withdrawal. The last day to withdraw from a semester length course is going to be different from a withdraw from a Block I or Block II course. All deadlines are listed on the academic calendar.

To withdraw from a course, a student would fill out the “Withdraw from a course” form on IC Workflow. Once the student submits the form it will go to the Dean’s office for an approval or denial. If it is approved, the student will be notified via their IC email, and it will be processed through the Registrar’s office.

Unlike dropping from a course, the withdraw will be listed on the transcript as a “W.”  It will still appear on a course schedule but instead of showing up as “registered” it will reflect “withdraw.” If a student decides to withdraw from a course, please contact Student Financial Services for further clarification about tuition. Student athletes, please be sure to speak with athletics as this could impact eligibility. 

If a student decides to withdraw from a course as a full-time student but has concerns that withdrawing would make them a part time student, note: the credits will still be applied toward your full-time status. Withdrawn courses still count as attempted credits.  Always check with your advisor and think about your graduation date before withdrawing from a class.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at regsitrar@ithaca.edu.