How Do I Add a Course?

The process for adding a course depends on the time of the semester, the availability of space in the course (open vs. closed section), the presence of registration restrictions (open only to students in a designated major, minor or thematic sequence; required prerequisites or co-requisites), and the type of course. Students should also refer to the academic calendar for important dates/deadlines. There is a separate process for students requesting Independent Work (Independent Studies, Internships, etc).

Please note that adding/dropping courses may have an impact on financial aid and/or charges that appear on your bill. More information is available on the following webpages:

Should I drop a course before I add another course in its place?

You should make sure that you are able to add a course before you drop a course, particularly if dropping the course takes you below full-time status and you intend to remain at full-time status. If you are attempting to change sections of a course, you must drop your current section before adding the new section.

Students may add a course themselves via BannerWeb when web registration is open if there is space available in the class and there are not any restrictions on who is permitted to register for the course.

To add a class in BannerWeb:

  1. Log in to BannerWeb.
  2. Select “Student Services & Financial Aid”
  3. Select “Registration”
  4. Select “Look-up Classes to Add”
  5. Select a term and click “Submit”
  6. Select “Class Search” to find the course.
  7. Once a course is identified, click the check box in the “Select” column and click “Register”

If registration restrictions are in place (course is closed or there are specific requirements), students need to request permission to take the course. This is referred to as the Force Add process. The Force Add process varies by department and division:

  • Oxford courses - contact the department to inquire about Force Add procedures.  Students requesting to take any course in the Farmer School of Business (FSB) must use the FSB Force Add Procedure.

  • Regional Campus courses - contact the instructor for a closed section; contact the academic department to for all other restrictions.

If you receive approval to add the course, the department may add you to the course, or the student may be required to take a signed Change of Registration to a One Stop location (Oxford – Campus Avenue Building; Hamilton – Mosler Hall; Middletown – Johnston Hall). Please note, for Oxford courses the signature of the instructor and, in some cases the department chair, is required on the form. For Regional campuses, the signature of the instructor is required.

Check your schedule on BannerWeb to ensure the course has been added.