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How do I add or drop a course? How do I withdraw from a course? What is a waitlist?

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Dropping/Adding Courses

During the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters, students have the ability to drop and add courses using Albert.  (See the Academic Calendar for specific dates.)  [NOTE: The timeline is condensed in summer.] Students need instructor permission before adding a course after the first class session. When dropping courses, students should be aware of the Tuition Refund Schedule. Tuition refunds are given according to the Bursar's schedule, and registration and service fees are never refundable once the semester begins.

Courses beginning after the University Add/Drop deadline (e.g., 7-week session 2 classes), in most cases may be dropped within 1 business day of the first class meeting without a W appearing on the student's transcript with 100% tuition refund, but no refund of fees. 

Any registration transactions after the two-week Add/Drop period must be done manually. Please email Academic Services with your registration request.

Students attempting to drop one course and add another should use the Swap function in Albert. With Swap, Albert first checks for availability before dropping the original selection.  Students who drop a course in one Albert transaction and then add a course in a separate Albert transaction may be subject to additional registration fees and tuition charges based on the tuition refund schedule.

If students have concerns, they should consult their program administrator or the Office of Academic Services at wagner.academicservices@nyu.edu before making a change.

Withdrawing from Courses

Non-attendance in class does not automatically withdraw students from a course.  To withdraw officially after the Add/Drop period, students must contact Academic Services at wagner.academicservices@nyu.edu. Withdrawing from a course means the course remains on the transcript, but the student is awarded a "W" instead of a grade.

If a student withdraws from a required course, s/he must repeat the course in the next semester it is offered by re-registering and paying the full tuition and fees.  Withdrawing from a course constitutes an attempt at completing the course.  Students are reminded that they are only allowed two attempts at any given course.

Be sure to consult the Tuition Refund page for information about withdrawls and complete withdraws.


While it is not common for courses to have waitlists, some occasionally do.  Students who place themselves on a waitlist should remember the following:

Waitlists are part of the computerized system on Albert.  The next person on a waitlist is automatically enrolled when a space opens up in the course.  No confirmation is sent.  Therefore, it is extremely important that students check their waitlist status daily and drop courses as needed.  All registered credits are subject to the Tuition Refund Schedule.

Students should adjust their schedule so that their potential enrollment in the waitlisted course does not take them above their maximum credit load. Albert will not enroll students from the waitlist if doing so would take student above their maximum credit limit for the term or if the class conflicts with the meeting time of another class on the student's schedule. Waitlists expire by the end of the second week of classes, but students who no longer wish to be on a waitlist should drop themselves in order to avoid confusion.

For more information on registration, visit:
Add/Drop & Course Withdrawals



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