Course Registration

The Office of the University Registrar provides you with the tools and resources you need to register for courses and oversees certain policies and procedures pertaining to registration.

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There are two components to course registration: Advance Registration and Course Selection (otherwise known as Add/Drop).  Please note that permits for courses are granted by academic departments and programs. Students should contact the academic department or program directly to make permit requests.

Advance Registration  

Students request courses for the upcoming semester during the Advance Registration period. During Advance Registration, students submit their preferred courses, as well as alternative courses, using Penn InTouch, the online registration system. Students can submit their course requests at any time during this period. All course requests are processed at the conclusion of the Advance Registration period, regardless of when the request was submitted. There is no advantage to registering early and no guarantee that students will be enrolled in all their requested courses. 

It is very important to take part in Advance Registration. Students who do not advance register may find themselves closed out of the courses they wish to take. 

You can view the timeline for Advance Registration in the Penn Academic Calendar.  

Please review the Advance Registration checklist

Course Selection (Add/Drop) 

The Course Selection period, informally known as Add/Drop, allows students to visit classes and add and drop courses using Penn InTouch before finalizing their schedules. Unlike Advance Registration, during the Course Selection Period courses are filled as students register for them, so timing is important and students will know immediately if they are enrolled. Students should refer to the Penn Academic Calendar for specific dates for each semester. 

Note: Academic departments provide permits for courses. If you have questions about course permits, closed courses, or waitlists, please contact the academic department directly. 

Please review the Course Search Mock Schedule Guide for more information.