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.

All full semester courses and mini-session A courses must be added by the end of change of program period (refer to the schedule below for deadlines). Mini-Session B courses must be added by the date on the below schedule.

All GSAPP students (with the exception of Special Students) must complete their initial registration for courses through Student Services Online (SSOL) using their Columbia UNI and password. All students are assigned individual registration appointment times during which they can sign-up for core and elective classes.

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

Add / Drop

Students may add / drop full semester courses and mini-session courses without penalty during the first two weeks of class (the change of program period). This can be done in SSOL when students have online registration appointment times.

After the online registration window closes, GSAPP students must add and drop courses via paper ADD/DROP form at 400 Avery.

Full-Semester Course (3 pt) Add/Drop Deadlines:

  • The deadline to ADD full-semester classes is 2 weeks after the first day of class (the end of change of program).

  • The deadline to DROP full-semester classes is approximately 2 months after the end of the change of program period.

Session A Course (1.5 pt) Add/Drop Deadlines:

  • The deadline to ADD & DROP Session A courses is 2 weeks after the first day of class (the end of change of program).

Session B Course (1.5 pt) Add/Drop Deadlines:

  • The deadline to ADD & DROP Session B courses is 1 week after the beginning of Session B.

Deadline to Drop a Course With Refund:

  • The deadline to drop a course with refund is 2 weeks after the first day of class (the end of change of program). If a student is registered for over 19 points after this deadline, they will not receive a refund if classes are subsequently dropped. This applies to ALL courses: Full-semester, Session A & Session B.

For specific deadline dates for each semester, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

Dropping Individual Courses

Students do not require permission from department advisors to drop courses, although they may choose to seek consultation to insure they are on track to meet their degree requirements.

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.

Paper Add / Drop Form

Click here to download Registration Adjustment Add/Drop Form.

Please print out and return to 400 Avery Hall.

Cross Registration Policies
For information on how to cross register with other schools at Columbia, and for information on how non-GSAPP students can cross register at GSAPP, please click here.
Status

All Columbia 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 (for the per point rate check the current Tuition & Fees).

Grading

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

The letter grade equivalent for the GSAPP is:

  • Low Pass (LP)
  • Pass (P)
  • High Pass (HP)
  • Fail (F)

More information on GSAPP grading

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.

Withdrawing from All Courses

Columbia 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).

Columbia 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.

View the University withdrawal refund schedule.

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