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Courses

Registration

Online Registration

Online registration for courses commences the week before the semester begins.  It officially ends after the second week of class.  All registration changes made after this initial two-week window must be submitted by paper form.

The GSAPP does not permit in-person registration.  All GSAPP students (with the exception of Special Students) must complete their initial registration for courses through Student Services Online (SSOL) using their Columbia email and password.  All students are assigned individual registration appointment times during which they can sign-up for core and elective classes.

We invite all students to consult the Degree Program Requirements page before completing registration.  It can be accessed HERE.

Status

All GSAPP students must be registered fulltime at the University.  To be considered fulltime, students must enroll in a minimum of 12 points.

GSAPP students may register for 12 - 19 points without incurring additional fees.  Students who register for more than 19 points will be charged extra for every point over that limit ($1,554 for the 2013 - 2014 academic year).

Grading

When completing registration online, students will be given the choice between the letter grade and pass/fail option.  All GSAPP students must select the letter grade option. 

The letter grade equivalent for the GSAPP is Low Pass (LP), Pass (P), High Pass (HP) and Fail (F).  For more information on GSAPP grading, see HERE.

Special Students and/or students enrolled in the NY/PARIS program who need letter grades for transfer to another institution should notify the Student Affairs Office (400 Avery Hall) before the ADD/DROP deadline for the course.

Waivers & Advanced Standing

Students waiving courses should submit a waiver form signed by the course instructor to the Student Affairs Office (400 Avery Hall). Waiver forms are available at the 4th floor reception desk.

While students do not have to register for courses they intend to waive, we recommend that students carefully review their degree program requirements before selecting another course. 

Students who do register for courses for which they later receive a waiver are responsible for dropping that course online through SSOL or by submitting an ADD/DROP form to the Student Affairs Office by the deadline.

Adding Individual Courses

Students may add full semester courses and mini-session courses without penalty throughout the duration of the online registration period (first two weeks of class).  After the online registration window closes, GSAPP students may ADD courses via paper ADD/DROP form for Session B mini-courses only. 

ADD/DROP forms are available at the 4th floor Reception desk or online HERE.  All forms must be submitted by the deadlines listed in the schedule below.

Students who register for the first time after classes have begun will be charged a late registration fee by the University.

GSAPP students may register for 12 - 19 points for the same tuition fee.

Dropping Individual Courses

The online registration period (first two week of class) is the window during which students can drop individual courses from their schedule without consequence.  Students do not require permission from department advisors to drop courses, although they may choose to seek consultation.

After the online registration period closes, students must drop courses via paper ADD/DROP form, available at the 4th floor reception desk of online HERE.

Deadlines for dropping courses appear below.  Courses dropped by the applicable deadline will not appear on the student's transcript.  Students who fail to drop a course by the deadline must ask the professor for a grade of UW (unofficial withdrawal).  The grade of UW will appear on the student's transcript.

With the exception of Special Students, GSAPP students pay a flat tuition fee for 12 - 19 points so any courses dropped within this range will not affect tuition.  Special Students will receive a full tuition refund for all courses dropped within the registration period only.

Withdrawing from all courses

GSAPP students may also withdraw, meaning drop all courses, during the registration window (first two weeks of class) and receive a full tuition refund.  There is a $75 withdrawal fee.  Students may not withdraw online.  They must complete and submit a notice of withdrawal form in person in the Office of Student Affairs (400 Avery Hall).

GSAPP students who choose to withdraw after the registration window will receive a percentage of their tuition back, in accordance with the withdrawal schedule listed below.  If entitled to a refund, students must request it through SSOL one week after the withdrawal form has been processed. 

Students who withdraw after the two-week registration window will not receive a refund of their student fees.

Students may view the withdrawal refund schedule HERE.

schedule

Fall 2013
FULL-SEMESTER COURSES (3 points) Deadline
Last day to ADD online September 13, 2013
Last day to ADD via paper form September 13, 2013
Last day to DROP online September 13, 2013
Last day to DROP via paper form November 14, 2013


SESSION A MINI COURSES (1.5 points) Deadline
Last day to ADD online September 13, 2013
Last day to ADD via paper form September 13, 2013
Last day to DROP online September 13, 2013
Last day to DROP via paper form September 13, 2013


SESSION B MINI COURSES (3 points) Deadline
Last day to ADD online September 13, 2013
Last day to ADD via paper form October 25, 2013
Last day to DROP online September 13, 2013
Last day to DROP via paper form October 25, 2013

Spring 2014

FULL-SEMESTER COURSES (3 points) Deadline
Last day to ADD online January 31, 2014
Last day to ADD via paper form January 31, 2014
Last day to DROP online January 31, 2014
Last day to DROP via paper form November 14, 2013


SESSION A MINI COURSES (1.5 points) Deadline
Last day to ADD online January 31, 2014
Last day to ADD via paper form January 31, 2014
Last day to DROP online January 31, 2014
Last day to DROP via paper form January 31, 2014


SESSION B MINI COURSES (3 points) Deadline
Last day to ADD online January 31, 2014
Last day to ADD via paper form March 28, 2014
Last day to DROP online January 31, 2014
Last day to DROP via paper form March 28, 2014