Admissions and Records

Late Add-Drop Classes

Late Registration/Schedule Adjustment begins with the first instructional weekday of an academic term and ends on the last day to register late or change academic schedule online through myNorthridge Portal or the CSUN mobile app. Thereafter, a formal request with approval signatures is required.

The last dates to change academic program without a formal request are:

  • Summer 2020: 
    • Sessions 1 and 2: Friday, June 5, 2020
    • Session 3: Friday, July 17, 2020
  • Fall 2020: Friday, September 18, 2020 
    NEW!  Online registration has been extended through Week 4.

Students are responsible for all adjustments to their schedule before, during and after the Late Registration/Schedule Adjustment Period. Failure to follow formal withdrawal procedures may result in the assignment of failing grades, an obligation to pay tuition and other fees, and the need to apply for readmission to the University. Source: University Catalog Withdrawal Policies

A $25.00 non-refundable late fee is charged for Late Registration (adding classes when not currently enrolled in any units). To view charges, log into myNorthridge Portal and select Financial Matters > View Account Information.

Before you add or drop, understand the Precautions for Reducing Units (Footnote 1).

 
CSUN FALL 2020: Change in Academic Schedule after Start of Classes
ActionWEEKS 1 - 42
Aug. 24 -
Sept. 18, 2020
WEEKS 5 - 122
Sept. 21 -
Nov. 13, 2020
WEEKS 13+2
Nov. 16 -
Dec. 23, 2020 and thereafter
Late Registration(adding classes when not currently enrolled in any units)Weeks 1 - 4
Add classes online through myNorthridge Portal.

Week 1: No permission needed. Wait list available.

Weeks 2-4: From Aug. 31, obtain instructor permission.

To avoid disenrollment, pay fees and $25 late fee online according to instructions at time of registration. See Fee Payment Schedule.3

Weeks 5 - 12
NOT PERMITTED

See MORE INFORMATION on this page.

Find the forms below.

Weeks 13+
NOT PERMITTED

See MORE INFORMATION on this page.

Find the forms below.

Add a ClassWeeks 1 - 4
Add classes online through myNorthridge Portal.

Week 1: No permission needed. Wait list available.

Weeks 2-4: From Aug. 31, obtain instructor permission.

To avoid disenrollment, pay fees and $25 late fee online according to instructions at time of registration. See Fee Payment Schedule.3

Weeks 5 - 12
NOT PERMITTED

See MORE INFORMATION on this page.

Find the forms below.

Weeks 13+
NOT PERMITTED

See MORE INFORMATION on this page.

Find the forms below.

Change Basis of GradingWeeks 1 - 4
Change online through myNorthridge Portal with no approval necessary.

Undergraduate Students: See the Credit/No Credit Grading policy.

Weeks 5 - 12
NOT PERMITTED

See MORE INFORMATION on this page.

Find the forms below.

Weeks 13+
NOT PERMITTED

See MORE INFORMATION on this page.

Find the forms below.

Drop a Class

Weeks 1 - 4
Drop one or more classes, but not all, online through myNorthridge Portal with no approval necessary.1

Sept. 11: Last day to drop and be eligible for partial refund.

See Partial Refund Policy and Sign up for eRefund. 4

Sept. 18: Last day to use self-service registration.

Weeks 5 - 12
NOT PERMITTED

See MORE INFORMATION on this page.

Find the forms below.

NOTE: Beginning Sept. 22, students will receive a grade of "W" if requests to drop a class or classes are approved.1, 4

Weeks 13+
NOT PERMITTED

See MORE INFORMATION on this page.

Find the forms below.

Complete WithdrawalWeeks 1 - 4
Drop all classes enrolled for the term online through myNorthridge Portal with no approval necessary.1

See Partial Refund Policy and Sign up for eRefund.4

Weeks 5 - 12
NOT PERMITTED

See MORE INFORMATION on this page.

Find the forms below.

NOTE: Beginning Sept. 22, students will receive a grade of "W" if requests to drop a class or classes are approved.1, 4

Weeks 13+
NOT PERMITTED

See MORE INFORMATION on this page.

Find the forms below.

Medical Withdrawal

Weeks 1 -4

Undergraduate students:
Contact Undergraduate Studies by Sept. 18 for partial or complete medical withdrawals. Find forms at Medical Withdrawals below1

Graduate students:
Apply for any kind of medical withdrawal to the Graduate Studies Office using the Late Change in Academic Schedule for Graduate Students (.pdf) form.1, 4

All students:
So that the medical withdrawal can be recorded, do not drop courses online.1, 4

Weeks 5 - 12
Undergraduate students: Follow the instructions on the Late & Retroactive Change in Schedule for Undergraduate & Second Bachelor's Students (.pdf) and the Student Consent (.pdf) forms.1, 5

Graduate students: Follow the instructions on the Late Change in Academic Schedule for Graduate Students (.pdf) form.1
Weeks 13+
Undergraduate students: Follow the instructions on the Late & Retroactive Change in Schedule for Undergraduate & Second Bachelor's Students (.pdf) and the Student Consent (.pdf) forms.1

Graduate students: Follow the instructions on the Late Change in Academic Schedule for Graduate Students (.pdf) form.1
  1. IMPORTANT! Precautions for Reducing Units: Reducing the number of enrolled units may affect your eligibility for Campus Housing, Financial Aid, International Student Status, and more. A Financial Aid student who reduces the number of units or completely withdraws (including medical withdrawal) may be subject to REPAYMENT. In addition, reducing units or withdrawing from courses may impact Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Before changing your schedule, review Impact of Academic Schedule Changes and contact the appropriate office(s) for guidance. If you are adding units, check your student financial account balance in myNorthridge Portal for a possible fee increase and the payment due date (see University Cash Services).
  2. Students enrolled in accelerated and online courses must adhere to the same deadlines and procedures as those outlined in this table.
  3. If adding units, check your student financial account in myNorthridge Portal for a possible fee increase, including nonresident tuition if applicable, and the payment due date. If units increase to 6.1 or more, additional fees will be charged. For tuition and other fees and the fee payment schedule (deadlines), see University Cash Services.
  4. For refund information including how to sign up for eRefund, see University Cash Services.
     

To view or print current Late Add-Drop Charts in PDF, select the fall or spring button below.

Current fall late schedule adjustment chart.
Current spring late schedule adjustment chart.

Late Add-Drop Forms (Required)

Choose the appropriate form(s) for your class level based on the timing of your late schedule change request.

Undergraduate and Second Bachelor's Students:

Graduate Students:

All Students:

After the 20th day of instruction (see table), students will receive a grade of "W" if requests to drop a class or classes are approved.

More Information

Guidelines for All Students

Changes in academic schedule after the Late Registration/Schedule Adjustment Period concludes following Week 4 (i.e., after the 20th day of instruction) of the fall or spring semesters, are rarely approved and only in cases where the student can provide documented evidence of serious and compelling circumstances that have arisen from events beyond their control.

Students who think that their situation meets the criteria for serious and compelling circumstances for which there is no viable alternative should review the next section, "General Policy & Procedures."

Courses associated with disciplinary action by Student Affairs will not be considered for withdrawal.

Students who wish to be excused from obtaining faculty signatures for Title IX matters, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, should contact the Offices of Undergraduate Studies or Graduate Studies based on their class level.

Before dropping classes, review Precautions for Reducing Units on this page and the Impact of Academic Schedule Changes.

General Policy & Procedures

You should know:
  • Enrollments recorded by the end of the Late Registration/Schedule Adjustment Period, defined for each academic term in the Late Change of Schedule Charts, are considered official and unalterable.
  • Students are solely responsible for taking the correct actions described in the text, charts and forms on this page to adjust their schedules before, during and after the Late Registration/Schedule Adjustment Period.
  • Failure to follow formal withdrawal procedures may result in the assignment of failing grades, an obligation to pay tuition and other fees, and the need to apply for readmission to the University. See also Withdrawals, Student Initiated.

Weeks 1-4:

In the fall and spring semesters, partial and complete withdrawals (i.e., dropping one, some or all classes) should be completed online in the first three weeks of classes.

After Week 4: 

Withdrawals after the fourth week and prior to the final three weeks (Last 20%) of instruction may be assigned only for serious and compelling reasons. Permission to withdraw during this time shall be granted only with the approval of the instructor and the associate dean as described by campus policy. All requests to withdraw under these circumstances and all approvals shall be documented as prescribed by the campus. The requests and approvals shall state the reasons for the withdrawal. Records of such approvals shall be maintained in accordance with the campus record retention policy.

Last 3 Weeks of Instruction and Retroactive: 

Withdrawals shall not be permitted during or after the final three weeks (Last 20%) of instruction except in cases, such as accident or serious illness, where the cause of withdrawal is due to circumstances clearly beyond the student's control and the assignment of a grade of Incomplete is not practicable. Withdrawals of this sort may involve total withdrawal from the campus or may involve only one course, except that course grade and credit or an Incomplete may be assigned for courses in which sufficient work has been completed to permit an evaluation to be made. Requests for permission to withdraw under these circumstances shall be handled and filed as indicated in the preceding paragraph, except that such requests must be approved by the faculty and the Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies or Assistant Vice President of Graduate Studies; the academic administrators appointed by the president to act in such matters. To ask your instructor for an Incomplete, please review the routing instructions at Student Forms and complete the Request for a Grade of Incomplete (.pdf) form.

Procedures:

Students whose situation is serious and compelling for which there is no viable alternative can file the appropriate form(s) for their student group:

Before dropping classes, review Precautions for Reducing Units on this page and the Impact of Academic Schedule Changes.

Medical Withdrawal

A medical withdrawal usually constitutes complete withdrawal from the University for the academic period in question. Medical withdrawals may be granted solely for established medical purposes and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Medical withdrawals due to illness in the family will be granted only if the attending physician stipulates that the student is needed to care for the family member. To request a medical withdrawal to care for a family member, follow the procedures described below for your student group—undergraduate or graduate—and submit the appropriate forms as required as noted below.

In cases where medical evidence and the specific physical demands and environment of the classes overwhelmingly support withdrawal from only a portion of a student's program of study, a partial medical withdrawal may be permitted. Requests solely seeking a reduced course load without specific and focused medical justification do not demonstrate the required link.

Medical withdrawals will not be granted if the student has taken final exams. Petitions requesting retroactive withdrawals beyond one year after the conclusion of the semester for which the withdrawal is requested will not be considered.  In cases of severe illness, students are advised to provide written permission for a representative or, if mentally incapacitated, a student’s legal representative to request a withdrawal on their behalf.

Students seeking a complete or partial medical withdrawal for themselves, or to care for a family member, must take the following steps:

Undergraduate & Second Bachelor’s Students

  1. File the appropriate Late Change in Academic Schedule form:
  1. For medical withdrawals at any time after the start of classes or retroactively:
    --At any time after start of classes: Complete the Student Consent and Health Care Provider Guidelines form (.pdf) 
    --During online, self-serve registration: Complete the Medical Withdrawal Verification in Weeks 1-4 (.pdf) 
  2. Prepare required supporting documents and obtain all required signatures following instructions on form.
  3. Your request must describe a direct correlation between the medical condition and the particular course(s) being petitioned.
  4. Submit the completed, signed withdrawal and consent forms along with attachments to the appropriate University administrator as directed on the withdrawal form.

Graduate: Masters, Doctoral, & Credential Students

  1. Request any type of medical withdrawal by applying directly to the Office of Graduate Studies, telephone (818) 677-2138 or email graduate.studies@csun.edu.
  2. Complete the Late Change in Academic Schedule for Graduate Students Only .(pdf)

All Students

Before dropping classes, review Precautions for Reducing Units on this page and the Impact of Academic Schedule Changes.

 

Late Add-Drop Forms (Required)

Undergraduate & Second Bachelor's Students

Graduate Students

Use the same form for nonmedical and medical withdrawals:

Late Change in Academic Schedule for Graduate Students Only (.pdf)

All Students

Before dropping classes, review Precautions for Reducing Units on this page and the Impact of Academic Schedule Changes.

What happens next?

Important: Before dropping classes, make sure you understand the effect it might have on your financial aid, international student visa status, housing contract, and more. See Precautions for Reducing Units on this page. If you are adding units:

  • If you already had an unpaid balance due in your student financial account, any additional approved classes might not be added. Check your account in myNorthridge Portal.*
  • Any newly added classes might also increase your tuition and other fees. Be sure to check for charges and payment deadlines in your Student Financial Account in myNorthridge Portal.*
  • Dropped classes might result in a prorated refund.

*See Helpful Links at the end of this section.

1. How will I be notified of the decision?

The answer depends on the timing of your late schedule change request.

Weeks 5-12 Requests

For requests to change schedule in the fall or spring semesters, Associate Deans of Colleges will normally make their decisions within five (5) business days of receiving the Weeks 5-12 request form.

Weeks 13+ and Retroactive Requests

For requests to change schedule in the fall or spring semesters, the Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies will normally decide within five (5) business days of receiving the Week 13+ and Retroactive request form.

2. What should I do while waiting for the decision?

You should continue to attend class while waiting for decisions.

3. What will happen if my request is granted?

After the fourth week of classes, the approver of your request will send his/her decision directly to Admissions and Records. Please note:

  • Any courses for which withdrawals are approved will result in a grade of “W” on student transcripts (a “W” has no academic penalty).
  • Adding units may result in increased tuition and other fees. Dropping classes may result in a prorated refund before the 60% point of the fall or spring semesters.
  • Check for charges, fee payment deadlines, and/or refunds in your Student Financial Account in myNorthridge Portal.

*Helpful Links: