Procedures for Adding and Dropping Classes (and Withdrawing)

Procedures for adding a class or changing sections

For students without a registration hold:

Students without any holds that block registration may add a class or make a section change online through the My Missouri State portal or through the Office of the Registrar.

For students with a registration hold:

  • Students with any hold that prevents web registration will need to clear the hold with the appropriate office before initial registration can take place. Visit the Hold Codes page to understand how to remove your holds.
  • Students with current registration, may make a change of schedule by contacting the Office of the Registrar.

Special circumstances:

  • If permission is required as a course prerequisite, that permission must be granted by the department before the class can be added to registration.
  • University athletes must process all registrations and change of schedules in the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center.

Changing schedule after schedule change deadline:

After the stated deadline to add/change classes, departmental approval will be required to add a class or change sections of a class. Students must go the department office which offers the class with the Registration/Change of Schedule Form with the proper signature and department stamp, and take the completed form to the Office of the Registrar for processing.

Procedures for dropping a class

The date each drop is completed shall be the date used in determining the refund of fees and the assignment of grades. For exception to drop after the stated deadline to drop a class, refer to the "Exception" section of the Change of Schedule policy.

For students without a registration hold:

Students may withdraw from one or more of their classes online through their My Missouri State portal on the Academics Tab or through the Office of the Registrar.

For students with a registration hold:

Students, including athletes, who have a hold that prevents using the web registration system can drop the class or classes by accessing the Registration Status page in the My Missouri State portal, on the Academics tab.

Important Notes:

Drops are not allowed after the last day to drop deadline for the course. Students may find the specific deadlines for their courses through their My Missouri State portal, on the Academics tab, under the "Refund Drop Deadlines."

Students should use the drop procedure judiciously as dropping courses will generally result in extending the time required to complete a degree. In addition, dropping below a full-time or half-time enrollment status may jeopardize insurance, financial aid, scholarship, athletic participation eligibility and immigration status for F-1 or J-1 students.

Students dropping a class because of a concern regarding their grade in a course are encouraged to consult with the instructor prior to dropping a course. Students who are concerned about the impact of dropping a course on their progress toward graduation are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor prior to dropping.

University athletes must process all registrations and change of schedules in the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center.

Additional procedures for dropping all classes

Drops are not allowed after the last day to drop deadline for the course. Students may find the specific deadlines for their courses through their My Missouri State portal, on the Academics tab, under the "Refund Drop Deadlines." For exception to drop after the stated deadline to drop a class, refer to the "Exception" section of the Change of Schedule policy.

Important information for students who withdraw from all classes during a semester:

Meal Plans: Contact the Dining Services Office regarding their refund policy for meal plans which are independent of a housing contract.

Parking: Parking permits must be returned to the Parking Administration Office by students who wish to receive a refund of the parking permit fee.

Residence Halls: Students living in University housing must terminate their housing contract and vacate their room or apartment within 24 hours of the date of the drop. For information, contact the Office of Residence Life and Services.

Veterans: Recipients of veterans benefits must report drops to the Veteran Student Services Office.

BearPass Card: Students who have a BearPass Card Debit Account must complete a BearPass Card Debit Account Withdrawal form which is available at the BearPass Card Office. This form will cancel the account and authorize a refund of the account balance.