Adding & Dropping Classes


Adding Classes


Add Procedures

Students can use MaineStreet to add courses to their Spring 2020 schedules through January 27th, and to drop courses through February 3rd.  Students can also see Drop and Withdrawal deadlines for any class by clicking on the Calendar icons on their MaineStreet Class Schedule.   Students sign into MaineStreet using their maine.edu email login and password.  Directions for placing oneself on a Wait List can be found on the tab above.

Students who choose to add and drop courses using the paper-based system must obtain the signature of their advisors on an add-drop form which can be obtained from and must be returned to the Student Services Center or the Registrar’s Office by the indicated dates.


Add Deadline - January 27th

No student may add a course after the start of the fourth class hour of that class without the written approval of the instructor and their advisor (last day to add a course: January 27, 2020).  For courses which do not run the full length of the semester, the add deadline is the 7% point of the course (equivalent to first week of a normal semester).


Late Course Add

Students wishing to add a semester-long course after the end of the third week (after February 8th) must complete a Late Course Add Form and obtain the written approval of the instructor, advisor and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students must indicate the compelling reasons for adding a course this long after the add deadline. The student and the instructor must also indicate on the form the manner in which the student will make up the work missed at the beginning of the semester.

A Late Course Add Form must also be used by any student wishing to add a course which meets during a session shorter than a full term, if 20% of the session has already passed.


Dropping Classes


Drop Procedures

Students can use MaineStreet to drop classes from their Spring 2020 schedules through February 3rd.

Sign into MaineStreet using your maine.edu login and password.  Navigate to your Student Center and click on the Enroll link.

Students can also see Drop and Withdrawal deadlines for any class by clicking on the Calendar icons on their MaineStreet Class Schedule.


Drop Deadline - February 3rd

Students who are not withdrawing from school completely may reduce their course load without any financial penalty through the first two weeks of the semester (last date to drop a course: February).

For classes which do not run the full length of the semester, the drop deadline is the 14% point of the course (equivalent to the first two weeks of a normal semester).  Dropping a course during this period will leave no record of course registration on the student’s record.


When the Drop Deadline has passed

After the drop period has passed, students may withdraw from a course using the Course Withdrawal form. See Withdrawal Procedures and Deadlines.


Wait Lists

Some classes have been designated to maintain a Wait List in MaineStreet. Students may place themselves on a Wait List by checking the “Wait List if Closed” box when adding classes to their MaineStreet schedule.  The system will indicate to the student their position on the Wait List. 

Students on the MaineStreet Wait List will be automatically enrolled when seats become available provided there are no time conflicts, enrollment holds, or requirement restrictions.  If the MaineStreet Wait List is not an available option for a desired class, students may contact the department offering the class and inquire about a Wait List maintained within the department. Each department has the option of utilizing the automated Wait List feature in MaineStreet, or to manage lists manually. In either case, the following applies:

  • Departments will review the Wait List and when openings occur, staff will either enroll or reorder students with the highest need based on class level, need for major, or classes needed to remain in course sequence.
  • Responsibility lies on the student to be certain that classes for which they have been placed on a Wait List do not conflict with classes for which they are already enrolled. Should any conflicts exist, no enrollment from the Wait List will occur and the student will remain on the Wait List.
  • Responsibility lies on the student to drop a class in which they have been enrolled as a result of the Wait List process, should the student no longer desire the class. Students enrolled in a class as a result of the Wait List process will receive email notification via their @maine.edu email address.
  • A student may have a maximum of eight total Wait List hours for a term.


Students who Stop Attending

Students who stop attending classes during the drop period will be removed from those classes, since the university is obligated by law only to report as enrolled those students who are actually attending or participating in classes.  In online classes, signing into Blackboard will be considered attendance or participation in the class.

After the end of the drop period, students who disappear from classes, but fail to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of L, which has the same value as an F on the student’s grade point average.  Financial aid may be adjusted depending on the student’s last reported date of attendance.

Calendar Icon.  Check the Calendar icon  next to each course on your MaineStreet Class Schedule, especially if you are taking classes from several UMS institutions.  The drop and withdrawal deadlines will be listed for each class.