How to Add, Drop and Withdraw From Your Classes

All new students, including freshman, and undeclared students must come in person to their advisor to do all registration transactions.

After the last day of late registration, online registration will no longer be available to students for adding, dropping or registration.

NOTE:  Please be aware that you cannot change courses or sections between sessions after the respective session's Census Day; doing so will result in additional charges.

Adding Courses

Students may add courses online until the published last day to add deadline. Students may not add after that date. See Comet Calendar for last day to add.

  • All new students, freshmen, undeclared majors, and students who need registration clearance must have their advisor's signature to change their schedule.
  • Go online to EZPay to pay any additional charges.
Once a course is added, you will be charged for the course and you will receive a grade of "F" if you do not attend the class and do not drop it. If you do not plan to attend an added course, you must officially drop the course.


Dropping A Course Before Census Day

Until Census Day of the current term, students may drop a course while remaining enrolled in other courses and not receive a W. Students can drop courses online until the published last day for late registration.

  • All new students, freshmen, undeclared majors and students who need registration clearance must have their advisor's signature to change their schedule.

You will receive a 100% refund for a partial drop before the published Census Day in the academic calendar.

Dropping All Courses Before Census Day

Until Census Day of the current term, students may drop all their courses and not receive a W. After the first day of class, students must drop all courses in person at the Office of Enrollment Management. Please note refund policies in General Payment Guidelines to determine the partial refund you will receive.

  • Complete the registration/add/drop form.
  • Obtain all required signatures. All new students, freshmen, undeclared majors and students who need registration clearance must have their advisors signature before complete dropping.
  • If you are receiving financial aid or you are an international student, please be sure to contact your financial aid or international student advisor.
  • Bring form to the Office of Enrollment Management on the first level of the Student Services Building for processing.
    • Don't Wait in Line! Get in line before you arrive. Use UT Dallas' new comet queues.
    • Text "UT DALLAS" to 626-414-3210 OR
    • Call 855-886-7537
  • Pay any outstanding balances online via EZPay at the time you drop. Tuition will be refunded according to the refund schedule. See General Payment Guidelines for refund dates and percentages.

Withdrawing from Courses After Census Day (Complete and Partial Withdrawals)

After Census Day, a grade of "W" is given to all courses that are withdrawn by a student (during the WP/WF period undergraduates will receive a graded W). Students will not receive a refund for partial withdrawals. See General Payment Guidelines for refund dates for complete withdrawals.

  • Complete the registration/add/drop form.
  • Obtain all required signatures. All new students, freshmen, undeclared majors and students who need registration clearance must have their advisor's signature before complete dropping.
  • Bring form to the Office of Enrollment Management on the first level of the Student Services Building for processing.
    • Don't Wait in Line! Get in line before you arrive. Use UT Dallas' new comet queues.
    • Text "UT DALLAS" to 626-414-3210 OR
    • Call 855-886-7537
  • Pay any outstanding balances online via EZPay at the time you withdrawal. Tuition will be refunded according to the refund schedule. See General Payment Guidelines for refund dates and percentages.

I need to add, drop or withdraw and I can't get to the University. What do I do?

If you do not need registration clearance and it is before the last day to withdraw without signatures, you can fax, 972-883-6335, email from your UT Dallas account or drop online. Your request to change your schedule on the fax or email must include:

  • Your name
  • The course you are adjusting (adding, dropping or withdrawing).
  • The last four digits of your student ID.
  • Your signature. On email requests, your UT Dallas email address will be honored as your signature.

All requests made by fax and email are subject to the published deadline dates listed in the academic calendar. You are responsible for all changes to your schedule. Please follow up on your request by logging into Orion and verifying.

Limitations on Course Withdrawals for Undergraduate Students (Texas Six-Drop Rule)

As enacted by the State of Texas Legislature, undergraduate students will not be permitted to withdraw from more than six courses, including any course a transfer student has withdrawn from at another institution of higher education. This rule goes into effect with first time freshman in the Fall 2007 semester and applies if: the student was able to withdraw from the course without receiving a grade or incurring an academic penalty, the studentís transcript indicates or will indicate that the student was enrolled in the course, and the student is not withdrawing from the course in order to withdraw from the institution. Non-academic withdrawals are exempt from counting toward the six drop rule. The process for an approved non-academic withdrawal can be found online in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the Undergraduate Catalog under the heading Dropping/Adding Courses in the Policies Menu. More information about this policy can be found at the "Texas Six-Withdrawals Rule" webpage.

Updated: December 13, 2012