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Scheduling Considerations

Why are you taking the course?
  • Is the course required for the public affairs major?
  • Is it a prerequisite to a required major course?
  • Does it fulfill a requirement for a specialization track or minor?
  • Does the course meet a general education requirement?
  • Is the course an elective?
  • Is the course part of a sequence, and will you be able to proceed through the sequence in a timely manner?
Are you eligible to take the course?
  • Check prerequisites and restrictions in the Course Catalog/CourseBulletin. The web registration system—Buckeye Link—does not always check for prerequisites or restrictions; you are responsible for making sure you are eligible to take a course.
  • Do you need instructor permission? If so, you will need to obtain it before your enrollment appointment begins, or you will not be able to take the course. Obtaining permission requires getting a Course Enrollment Permission Form from the front desk at 110 Page Hall and having it signed by the instructor. After getting the appropriate signature, you must have the form processed in 110 Page Hall.
Course-specific issues
  • Content: What is the focus of the course? Is this an easy or difficult subject matter for you?
  • How is course content presented—large lecture? Small discussion groups?
  • How will your work be evaluated—midterms and final only? Papers? Projects? Group work? You can get this information by obtaining a copy of the syllabus from the department offering the course or by checking the department’s web site to see if the syllabus is posted there.
  • What are your time commitments for the upcoming semester?
  • How much time will you be able to devote to class preparation and attendance?
  • What are your other obligations—employment, extracurricular activities, family responsibilities, internships, sports and recreation, social activities?
How will you balance your schedule?
  • If your degree plan permits, schedule a combination of GE courses, major courses, and electives.
  • Balance the types of courses—does the course require a great deal of reading and/or writing, memorization of material, frequent homework, laboratory work?
  • Try to take a variety of courses each semester.
  • Balance courses that you know will be difficult with courses that will be easier for you.
  • Balance courses in which you have great interest with those in which you have less interest.
Other considerations
  • Do you need to concentrate on raising your GPA? If so, plan to take courses in which you expect to do well.
  • Is it important to establish a relationship with a faculty member in order to get a recommendation in the future, or to do an independent study? If so, plan on taking a course or courses from a faculty member in your interest area.
  • Check to see whether there are any holds or negative service indicators on your account. Resolve them before your enrollment appointment begins. If you do not have holds removed, you cannot schedule classes.


Scheduling Resources

Academic Advisors:
  • help keep you on track in your major, with the GE, and in your progress toward graduation
  • provide advice based on your individual needs and goals you should see your academic advisors before your enrollment appointment begins if you have questions about what you should schedule.
In order to plan for future semesters, contact the Glenn College, as well as other departments for a listing of prospective future offerings. Individual departments often keep tentative lists of future offerings of their courses.

Course Catalog/Course Bulletin
  • Course descriptions
  • Prerequisites, restrictions
  • Online: buckeyelink.osu.edu
  • The Course Catalog/Course Bulletin is not always reliable about the semesters in which courses will be offered. If you need to know the specific semester in which a particular class will be offered, check with the appropriate department.
Schedule of Classes
  • Lists course offerings for the specific semester and open seats in each section
  • Dates and deadlines
  • Information on using the web registration system, waitlisting, clearing holds
  • Online: buckeyelink.osu.edu
  • Plan a tentative schedule. Since registration is in real time, you will know immediately whether or not you are enrolled in a class. Be prepared with backup times for the classes you would like to take, in case the section you want is filled. You should also have alternate course choices ready in case the course is completely filled.
Degree Audits and Advising Reports (unofficial transcripts) Department and College Offices and Web Sites
  • Information about courses, requirements, opportunities
  • Course syllabi may be available and are helpful in deciding whether or not you would like to take a particular course.
»Academic Advising at Ohio State

Adding Classes

You are responsible for knowing the consequences of changing your class registration. Please contact the appropriate office to obtain information before taking action.

NOTE: If this is your first semester at Ohio State, you will need to schedule an appointment with your advisor to make changes to your registration.

What are the consequences of adding a class now?

  • Your fees might increase. If you are below full-time (12 credit hours or more) and add a class, your tuition and fees might increase. Please contact the Student Service Center (614) 292-3337) if this is a concern.
  • You may be taking on too much course work for one semester. It is sometimes difficult to judge how challenging a course will be, especially when paired with other courses. If your course load is too strenuous, you may find yourself in a position where you have to drop a class. This could put you behind on your degree plan. Please visit a Glenn College academic advisor to help you decide the appropriate class load for a given semester.

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When can I add a class?

  • It is best to finalize your schedule before the second Friday of the semester. For current semester deadlines, visit the Registrar’s web site and click on “Important Dates” under “Quick Links.”
  • You can add a class online before the first Friday of the semester.
  • You can add a class with instructor permission after the first Friday and before the second Friday of the semester. Bring the signed Course Enrollment Permission Form to 110 Page Hall.
  • After the second Friday, you cannot add a class except by petition filed in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Please schedule an appointment with a Glenn College academic advisor to help you with the petition. You will need supporting evidence for your circumstances, such as your attendance record. Your petition may or may not be approved. If approved, you will be chareged a late fee of $100 for adding a class after the second Friday.
  • First and second term sessions have different add and drop deadlines. Please visit registrar.osu.edu for a complete list.

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How do I add a class?

  • You can add unrestricted classes online yourself through the first Friday of each semester using the Buckeyelink web site.
  • If you need assistance adding a class, please completely fill out a Course Enrollment Permission Form and bring it to 110 Page Hall.
  • After the first Friday and through the second Friday, you must have the permission and signature of the instructor to enter a class.
  • After the second Friday, you must file a petition in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs

How do I add classes through the first Friday?

  • STEP 1. Review the consequences of adding classes at this point in the semester by contacting the appropriate offices.
  • STEP 2. Log on to Buckeyelink by entering your Ohio State username and password.
  • STEP 3. Review the Student Center Reference Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to add a course(s).

How do I add a class before the second Friday?

  • STEP 1. Review the consequences of adding classes at this point in the semester by contacting the appropriate offices.
  • STEP 2. Print and completely fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form and obtain the appropriate signatures.
  • STEP 3. Return the form to 110 Page Hall.
  • STEP 4. Using the Buckeye Link web site, verify that the course has been added.

How do I add a class after the second Friday?

  • STEP 1. Review the consequences of adding classes at this point in the semester by contacting the appropriate offices.
  • STEP 2. Print and completely fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form and obtain the appropriate signatures.
  • STEP 3. Please make an appointment with an Glenn College academic advisor to help you with the petition process.
  • STEP 4. Your advisor will contact you with regard to the status of your petition.

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How do I repeat a class?

  • To repeat a class, fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form (mark option H) and obtain any appropriate signatures. Return the form to 110 Page Hall
  • When you repeat a class for which the Freshman Forgiveness rule is not applicable, both grades remain on your record and are calculated into your cumulative point-hour ratio. Credit for the course will count only once toward graduation.

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How do I add a class that requires special permission?

  • Some courses require permission from the instructor to enroll. Other courses may have prerequisites that you do not meet but would like to have waived.
  • To add these types of classes, fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form (mark option A or B) and obtain any appropriate signatures. Return the form to 110 Page Hall

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How do I add a class that has a time conflict with another class?

  • Any class that will overlap with another class in which you are already enrolled requires the signature and permission of one of the instructors (preferably from the instructor of the class from which you will be absent).
  • To repeat a class, fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form (mark option D) and obtain any appropriate signatures. Return the form to 110 Page Hall

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How do I audit a class?

  • When you audit a class, you are requesting to attend a class for which you do not want to be graded. Audited classes do not count toward graduation. Because of this, audited classes do not count as hours toward your financial aid status. Please contact your award provider before selecting this option.
  • If you have not been admitted to Ohio State, please contact the Office of Continuing Education for information on auditing classes.
  • To audit a class, fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form (mark option F) and obtain any appropriate signatures. Return the form to 110 Page Hall

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How do I raise my enrollment hours beyond the maximum of 18 credit hours?

  • To raise your enrollment hours beyond 18 credit hours, you will need permission from your Glenn College advisor. You will also be charged additional tuition for each hour you take beyond 18.

How do I enroll in a class that has reached enrollment capacity?

  • To override a class size limit and enroll, fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form (mark option C) and obtain any appropriate signatures. Return the form to 110 Page Hall.

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How do I waitlist a course?

  • If the section you are interested in is full, you will be given the option to waitlist for that section.
  • You are added into a course from the waitlist on a "first-on, first-off" basis as space becomes available that fits your schedule.
  • You should attend the first week of class if your waitlist number is low.
  • The waitlist closes after the first Friday of the semester. After that time no one will be added to a class from the waitlist.
  • It is your responsibility to know whether or not you have been put into a class and to monitor your waitlist on a regular basis. You will be notified via e-mail if you are added to a class from the waitlist, so be sure to check your e-mail often, in addition to your schedule.
»Academic Advising at Ohio State

Dropping Classes

You are responsible for knowing the consequences of changing your class registration. Please contact the appropriate office to obtain information before taking action.

NOTE: If this is your first semester at Ohio State, you will need to schedule an appointment with your advisor to make changes to your registration.


Should I drop a class?

Dropping a class is a serious decision and can have many consequences. Please contact your Glenn College advisor to determine if you should drop a class.

What are the consequences of dropping a class now?

Your financial aid, scholarships, work-study, and other awards may be adjusted.

Dropping a class can affect your eligibility for certain types of financial aid including loans, work-study, scholarships, benefits received under the G.I. Bill, and employee tuition benefits. You may be required to pay back money you have already received. This is particularly true if you are dropping below full-time enrollment (12 credit hours or more). To determine whether dropping a class will affect your financial status, please contact the appropriate office before you take any action:

Your academic record may be affected.

Depending on the specific week of the semester, you could receive a notation of a “W” on your academic transcript. If you have a significant number of W’s on your record, it may suggest a pattern of careless enrollment which could be considered in applications for graduate or professional programs.

Progress toward your degree may be delayed.

Certain classes may require prerequisites in order to proceed with the next class. Some classes are only offered once a year or at irregular times. These factors can delay your progress significantly as the opportunity to retake a class might not be available for awhile. Please contact your Glenn College advisor and your major advisor to determine course availability and to reconsider your degree plan.

Health and automobile insurance coverage may change.

Health and automobile insurance companies sometimes base eligibility for coverage and discounts on enrollment. Falling below full-time status (12 credit hours or more) could cause you to lose your benefits. Please contact your insurance provider to determine how you will be affected.

Residency qualifications for residence halls or visas may be affected.

Your residence hall contract may require you to be enrolled for a specific number of hours. Similarly, for international students, your eligibility to continue studying in the United States may be affected. Please contact the appropriate office before you take action:

Employee tuition benefits may be retracted.

Depending on the time in the semester, you may be required to pay back tuition benefits that you received. Please contact Human Resources for more information before proceeding.

Athletic eligibility could change.

Dropping a class could change your academic status and render you ineligible to participate in athletic programs. It is imperative that you see a Glenn College advisor before you take any action.

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When can I drop a class?

You can drop a class on or before the 10th Friday of the semester. For current semester deadlines, visit the Registrar’s web site and click on “Important Dates” under “Quick Links.”
  • On or before the fourth Friday, no record of your enrollment will be recorded on your transcript.
  • After the fourth Friday, you will receive a “W” on your transcript.
  • After the seventh Friday, you cannot drop any classes except by a successful petition filed in the Glenn College Advising Office. »Click here to download the Registration Petition Form. The form must be filled in with an advisor present.
If, because of extreme extenuating circumstances, you need to drop a class after the 10th Friday, make an appointment with a Glenn College academic advisor to help you with the petition.
  • You will need supporting evidence for your circumstances.
  • You cannot drop after the 10th week solely because you are doing poorly in a class.
  • Your petition may not be granted.
  • Plan to continue attending the course until a decision on your petition hasbeen made.

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How do I drop a class?

NOTE: If this is your first semester at Ohio State, you will need to see your advisor to make changes to your registration.

How do I drop before the third Friday?

You can drop classes online yourself during the first four weeks of each semester, but it is strongly recommended that you seek advising before dropping a class.
Ohio State students drop classes using the Buckeye Link web site:
STEP 1. Review the consequences of dropping at this point in the semester by contacting the appropriate offices.
STEP 2. Log on to your Student Center by entering your Ohio State username and password.
STEP 3. Click “Drop a Class,” choose the semester and year for which you are currently enrolled, then click the “Continue” button.
STEP 4. Select the course(s) you wish to drop.
STEP 5. Review the Student Center Reference Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to add a course(s).
Once you update your schedule, you cannot undo the course drop. Please be careful when selecting a course to drop.
If you need assistance dropping a class, please print and completely fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form (mark option L) and return it to 110 Page Hall.

How do I drop before the 10th Friday?

You can drop classes before the 10th Friday, but there may be possible academic and financial consequences. It is strongly recommended that you seek advising before dropping a class.
STEP 1. Review the consequences of dropping at this point in the semester by contacting the appropriate offices.
STEP 2. Print and completely fill out the Course Enrollment Permission Form marking option L.
STEP 3. Return the form to 110 Page Hall
STEP 4. Verify that the course has been dropped by going to your Student Center.

Once you have dropped a class, you cannot undo the action. Please be careful when selecting a course to drop and be aware of the consequences of dropping.

How do I drop a class after the 10th Friday?

You cannot drop or modify your schedule after the 10th Friday except by a successful petition filed in the Glenn College Advising Office.

If, because of extreme extenuating circumstances, you need to drop a class after the 10th Friday, make an appointment with a Glenn College academic advisor to help you with the petition.

»Click here to download the Registration Petition Form
. The form must be filled in with an advisor present.
  • You will need supporting evidence for your circumstances.
  • You cannot drop after the 10th week solely because you are doing poorly in a class.
  • Your petition may not be granted.
  • Plan to continue attending the course until a decision on your petition has been made.
Note: First and second session classes have different add and drop deadlines. For a complete list, please visit registrar.osu.edu

Petitions and Appeals

All college students have the right to petition to have college requirements modified or decisions reconsidered.  You should not be hesitant about exploring the petition process.  Each student’s case is unique; the process exists precisely because individual circumstances vary and because no rule can always cover every contingency that may arise.

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs will consider petitions on such matters as:
  • Applications of general or special transfer credit to the General Education Curriculum
  • Permission to take a course overload
  • Retroactive course drops and adds
  • Changes from audit to credit and credit to audit
  • Withdrawal from the University after the seventh Friday
  • Modification of general education requirements
  • Modification of Public Affairs core curriculum requirements
  • Modification of specialization track requirements
  • Dual/second degrees
  • Reinstatement after academic dismissal (Please see advisor)
You should make an appointment with your Glenn College advisor to discuss you petition.  Frequently during such a discussion, you will be asked to secure and present supporting documentation for the petition.  The documentation may include (but is not limited to) statements from instructors, health officials, or employers.  It is often necessary for a student to present written documentation when a hardship is claimed due to an illness or death in the family.

The completed petition may be acted on by an advisor or by a Glenn College administrator, depending on the issue at hand.  You may consult with your advisor regarding the action taken on your petition or you may appeal the decision to the Glenn College. 

All petitions are reviewed thoroughly and fairly.  By definition, all petitions are special requests, and routine approval should not be assumed.

Click here to download forms for:
Dual Degree/Second Degree Petition
Curriculum Petition
Personalized Specialization Track Petition
Registration Petition



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