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/Swap). 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 Path@Penn, 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. 

Course Selection (Add/Drop/Swap) 

The Course Selection period, informally known as Add/Drop/Swap, allows students to visit classes and add and drop courses using Path@Penn 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. 

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

Permits and Waitlists

Permits are granted by academic departments or programs. If you have questions about obtaining a course permit, registering in a closed course, or being placed on a course waitlist, please contact the academic department or program responsible for the course.

Registration Holds

A hold will prevent a student from participating in Advance Registration and Course Selection (Add/Drop). 

Hold Type Hold Reason Support Contact Information
Financial Overdue balance Email:
Phone: 215-898-1988
Visit for additional information.
Collections  Account in collections Email:
Graduation  Incomplete loan exit counseling Visit to complete your exit counseling online
Immunization Immunization records not up-to-date Visit for information and instructions

Please note that holds can take between 1-5 business days to be removed from a student record.