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Unofficial Orientation Series 2016: Drop/Add Tips and Tricks

This is an updated repost of Merry‘s 2014 post.

frustrated student at computer

This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.

Disclaimer: While the tips introduced in this post can be applied universally, you should remember that your odds of getting into a class depend primarily not on your effort, but on the professor’s policies and how popular the class is. It’s pretty much impossible to convince a professor of an extremely popular class who simply won’t go over the limit to accept you into their class, even if you do everything right. But, trying can’t hurt, right?

Today’s installment of the Unofficial Orientation Series is mainly about the devil that is known as Drop/Add. If you don’t know what that is, the folks at the registrar’s office have provided this overview. During this period, students are able to add or drop pretty much any class to their schedule, regardless of the limits posed by pre-reg, such as class year distribution. I also highly recommend you check out this FAQ, also kindly prepared by the registrar’s office, as a way to get the basics down before proceeding. This post will not be doing much explaining of Drop/Add itself. It will, however, try to warn you, frosh, about the reality of this brutal race and offer some insights (read: randomly gathered knowledge that may have been the results of embarrassing behaviors of the author herself).

drop/add is lame

Drop/Add hates you. Facebook hates you. All the pillars of your collegiate life hate you. Welcome to college.

Post your drop/add drama here. Please. Let us simmer in our collective misfortunes.

Good Luck with Add/drop

Add/Drop begins today at 8am.

Remember, if you want to get in to a class and it’s full, go to the first class anyway. Tell the professor you are seriously interested in taking the class. Follow up with an email and a possible office hour visit (office hours can be on their department websites). But most importantly, don’t give up! Keep going to the class and the professor will miss the sight of your smiling face so much he or she will just have to keep you. You are their sunshine. Their only sunshine. When you are absent, their skies are gray. You’ll never know, dear, how much they love you. So please, don’t keep their sunshine away.