Add, Swap, Drop, & Withdraw from Course

UCSC Summer Session differs from Fall/Winter/Spring, other UC campuses, and other universitiesRead through the following policies regarding adding, dropping, refunds, and deadline exceptions carefully.


  • There is no credit minimum in summer.
  • There is a 15 credit maximum per session.
  • There is a 30 credit maximum for the entire summer.  

If you would like to exceed this maximum, you need approval from your college adviser, who should email with permission. 

Summer Waitlist

  • Summer Session waitlists turn on May 1 for all classes and will turn off after the add deadline (for each session). The waitlist process runs every half hour.
  • As spots open up or course capacity is expanded, students are automatically added to the class according to their waitlist position. If students are not automatically enrolled, it is usually due to a time conflict, unmet prerequisite, having already met the credit max, etc. 
  • At this time, there is no notification. Students need to check their portal to confirm waitlist positions or addition to waitlisted courses.
  • Unfortunately, you cannot take the class if you are not automatically added before the waitlist shuts off. 
  • Information on enrolling, editing, or seeing your position on the waitlist is on the Register FAQ.
  • Remember, over Summer Session; you must drop yourself from any class you enroll in, including those you are auto-enrolled in from the waitlist. You will NOT be dropped for not attending the first class meeting or for not paying. Visit the summer add/drop and request for "W" policies.

Adding Courses in Summer Session

  • You can add or swap classes in MyUCSC until the add deadline for each session. There is no "Add by Petition" in summer; the deadline is firm.
  • Read the "Class Notes" section of each class for summer-specific instructions. Some prerequisites and restrictions are lifted in certain classes for different populations. 
  • This enrollment PDF shows you how to add a summer class. This orientation video was made for incoming students adding fall classes, but it does show you the visual steps in your MyUCSC portal. 
  • If you are using a permission code to add a class, you can reference the How to Enroll PDF (#10) or this Permission Code How-To Video. As a reminder, if you already have the class in your shopping cart, you may need to drop it, then add it again if you do not see the permission code option. Over the summer, permission codes do not override a full class, but they are used to join a waitlist. 

Trouble Adding Courses in Summer Session

  • Spring fail - If you try to enroll in a summer class that you did not pass in spring, your portal will not let you enroll until the spring grade posts. Permission codes do not override that. So please be patient - as soon as the spring grade posts, your portal will allow you to enroll in the summer course.
  • Max repeat - You will need college adviser approval to retake a course if you are exceeding allowable repeats. Email your approval to 
  • Time conflict - To override the time conflict, you’ll need to make sure that the instructors for BOTH courses impacted are ok with this overlap and that you have a plan in place for any missed work or attendance. Then make sure you will not end up with two finals at the same time. If you meet these criteria, forward the confirmation from your instructors along with the 5 digit class number for the course and any associated section that you would like to add, and we can assist with overriding.

Dropping Courses in Summer Session

  • YOU must officially drop your course in your MyUCSC portal by the deadline to avoid receiving an F or NP (No Pass) and being responsible for tuition and fees. Click here for step-by-step directions.
  • There are no automatic drops over summer.
    • Even if you never attend class (remotely or in-person) - you need to drop yourself.
    • Even if you don't pay - you need to drop yourself.
    • If you are eligible for UC Financial Aid but decline it, you must still DROP your classes to avoid paying for them. 
  • You must drop them using your Student Portal (
  • Drop deadlines for each course are firm.

Failure to drop your course will result in billing you full tuition and fees. 

To Request a W from a Summer Course(es)

All of the 2021 deadlines have passed. Please see the exception information below. 

After the drop deadline has passed, you may withdraw from a class by filing a Request for "W" form until the deadline. You cannot request a "W" in a class through your portal. Request for "W" forms are not processed after the deadline specified in the Summer Session Calendar

Please note:

  • There are no tuition refunds for a request for "W" - you are responsible for full tuition and campus fee. 
  • Once you submit your Request for "W" form, you cannot rescind it.
  • When you withdraw from a course, a (W) grade appears on your transcript. It will not be calculated in your GPA and cannot be removed. This may impact academic standing and may jeopardize your Financial Aid. Some graduate programs may not look favorably on W notations.
  • There are, however, times when withdrawing from a class is the right choice. Consult with an adviser at your college about the benefits and drawbacks of withdrawing from a course.

To Request a "W" Grade, we are now using DocuSign:

  1. You will be required to authenticate your form. An email will come to your UCSC email to complete the authentication process.
  2. Once we receive the form, Summer Session staff will withdraw you from your course within 3 business days. When completed, you will receive a confirmation from DocuSign and see a (W) grade in your portal.

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Deadline Exceptions

Medical/Emergency Withdrawal

Continuing Students 
  • After the deadline, Request for "W" forms are considered for documented medical or other emergency reasons - contact an adviser at your college if you would like to pursue this option. Summer Session does not need to see medical or emergency documentation.

Visiting Students 

  • After the deadline, Request for "W" forms are considered for documented medical or other emergency reasons - contact if you would like to pursue this option. Do not send medical documentation in your request. 

Change Grade Option 

Continuing Students 

Visiting Students 

  • After the deadline, Requests to Change Grade Option will only be considered for documented medical or other extraordinary reasons - contact if you would like to pursue an exception. Do not send medical documentation in your request.