Add/drop procedures

Add/Drop Course (Prior to Add/Drop Deadline)

  • Go to  BU BRAIN.
  • Click Student tab
  • Select 'Registration' menu item
  • Select 'Add/Drop or Withdraw from Courses' menu item
  • Select TERM

Add course(s)

  • Locate the Course Registration Number (CRN), a five-digit code corresponding to each course in the schedule of classes.
  • Enter the CRN in the course field at the bottom of the screen. If the course has multiple components (i.e. Lecture and Lab) enter the CRNs for all parts of the course.
  • Click SUBMIT CHANGES to save your added course(s)
  • Reminder: Courses may be added until the add/drop deadline.

Remove or drop course(s)

  • Click on the drop-down menu next to the course, select 'web drop'
  • Click SUBMIT CHANGES to update your schedule
  • Reminder: Courses may be dropped up until the add/drop deadline

Note: You cannot drop your last class for fall or spring through this process; summer and winter classes can be dropped through this process, but with date restrictions. If you intend to drop your last class, you must fill out a Semester/University Withdrawal form. View more information about semester withdrawal.

Withdraw, Late Add or Late Withdraw from a Course (after Add/Drop Deadline)

Note: Undergraduates only. Graduate students must visit the graduate school for proper forms

Check here for Add/Drop/Withdrawal deadlines

Withdraw from a Course (After Add/Drop Deadline)

  • Go to BU BRAIN
  • Click Student tab
  • Select 'Registration' menu item
  • Select 'Add/Drop or Withdraw from Courses' menu item
  • Select TERM
  • To withdraw from a course, click on the drop-down menu next to the course, select 'Web Withdraw'
  • Click SUBMIT CHANGES

Petition to Late Add or Late Withdraw from a Course

  • With approval from the instructor and appropriate Academic Advising or Dean's Office, students may petition to Late Add or Late Withdraw from individual courses. 
  • A twenty ($20) fee per course will be charged to your student account for a Late Add or Late Withdrawal.
  • Note: Students wishing to remove a course from their schedule after the add/drop deadline must first withdraw from the course on BU BRAIN.

Late Add or Late Withdraw from a course after the deadline via BU BRAIN petition:

  • Go to BU BRAIN
  • Click Student tab
  • Select 'Registration' menu item
  • Select 'LATE Course Add or Withdrawal Petition' menu item
  • Select TERM of the course you wish to LATE ADD or LATE WITHDRAW from

Late Add a course:

  • Enter the CRN in the CRN fields (boxes). If the course has multiple components (i.e. Lecture and Lab) enter the CRNs for all parts of the course. CRNs may be found in the schedule of classes.
  • Click SUBMIT CHANGES
  • In the REASON FOR REQUEST text field, enter the justification for the petition request. Be as specific as possible. You may enlarge the field by dragging down the bottom right corner of the text field.
  • Click Continue with Request
  • Click SUBMIT REQUEST
  • Review your submission prior to submitting your petition request.

 Late Withdraw from a course:

  • Click on the appropriate checkbox next to the course.
  • Click SUBMIT CHANGES
  • In the REASON FOR REQUEST text field, enter the justification for the petition request. Be as specific as possible. You may enlarge the field by dragging down the bottom right corner of the text field.
  • Click Continue with Request
  • Click SUBMIT REQUEST
  • Review your submission prior to submitting your petition request.

 Check the status of your Petition request:

  • Click LATE ADD/WITHDRAWAL to view requests already in progress.  As the petition moves through the approval process, the STATUS, DECISION and SUBMISSION DATE will update appropriately.
  • NOTE: Look for a confirmation email via your BU email account. If your instructor requires additional information, you will be contacted via email.