Add or Drop Courses

You can use the Add/Drop period to make adjustments to your class schedule. Specific dates and deadlines for each semester are listed on the University's Academic Calendar.

Note: The following information does not apply to Outreach College courses (i.e., summer sessions and extension terms).

      ○   Drop Courses with a "W" Grade
      ○   Complete Withdrawal from UH Mānoa       ○   Audit a Course


Add Courses

You may add a course in STAR GPS Registration up to the last day to add courses. Review the Academic Calendar for specific Add dates and deadlines for your student classification.

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Drop Courses

You may drop a course in STAR GPS Registration until the last day to drop courses without a "W" grade. If you have a Hold for a financial obligation while attempting to drop a class online, you must process the drop in-person at the Office of the Registrar or send an email to uhmanoa.records@hawaii.edu for assistance.

Any changes to your enrollment status may impact benefits you are receiving (e.g., financial aid, veterans benefits). With this in mind, carefully consider the implications of decreasing your credit load. See Grades & Credits for more information.

If you drop a course, your tuition and fee charges are subject to the university's refund policy.

Note: If you are dropping or withdrawing from ELI 070, 072, 073, 080, 082, or 083 after the semester begins, you must first obtain permission from the English Language Institute.

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Drop Courses with a "W" Grade

To drop a course after the last day to drop without a "W" grade, you must complete the Drop Form (PDF) and it must be signed by the instructor.

Approval from your college or school is also required for students in the following programs:

  • Architecture -ARCH 202
  • Business Administration
    Undergraduate Students -BUSAD B101
    MBA and MAcc Students -BUSAD G202
    MHRM and EMBA Executive Program - BUSAD A303
  • Dental Hygiene -HEM 200B
  • Engineering and Pre-Engineering -HOLM 250
  • Law Students -LAW 117
  • Natural Sciences - KELL 213
  • Nursing and Pre-Nursing -WEB 201
  • Ocean & Earth Sciences & Technology -HIG 135
  • Public Health Sciences -BIOMD D204
  • Social Work and Pre-Social Work -GAR 203
  • Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources -GIL 1st Floor

Consult the Advising office listing for college or school contact information.

Bring your completed form to the Office of the Registrar.

You will receive a "W" grade for each course you drop. If you do not officially drop a course, an "F" or "NC" may be awarded by the instructor in place of a passing grade.

If you withdraw from a course, your tuition and fee charges are subject to the university's refund policy.

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Complete Withdrawal from UH Mānoa

Visit Withdrawing from UH Mānoa to learn how to completely withdraw from the University.

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Switch Sections of the Same Course

You may switch sections of a course in STAR GPS Registration up to the ninth day of the semester. To switch sections of the same course, you may drop a section and add another section of the course. Click Submit Registration.

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Change Grading Options

You may change your grading option up to the ninth day of the semester. Grading options include normal grading (A-F), credit/no credit (CR/NC), or audit (L).

Note: The grading option you select must be an acceptable grading mode for the course. Check with the department offering the course.

For instructions on how to change grading option in STAR GPS Registration, refer to the Registration Help Book.

Further information about grading options can be found in the University Catalog. Undergraduates should consult "Undergraduate Education" and graduate students should consult "Graduate Education."

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Audit a Course

You may audit a course up to the ninth day of the semester.

In order to choose the Audit grading option, it must be an acceptable grading mode for the course. Check with the department offering the course. Your instructor must complete the Audit Approval Form (PDF); bring your completed form to the Office of the Registrar.

Once registered in the audit grading option, you may not change to the A-F or CR/NC grading option unless you have written permission from your instructor on an Add Form. Return the form in-person to the Office of the Registrar by the deadline to add classes if you wish to change the grading option back to A-F or CR/NC.

Note: You must pay full tuition and fees for an audited course. Credits taken for audit do not count toward full-time/part-time enrollment status and are not included in your financial aid eligibility. Auditors do not take course examinations and receive no academic credit. You will receive an "L" grade on your transcript for courses you audit.

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Change Credits for a Variable Credit Course

You may change the number of credits for a variable credit course up to the ninth day of the semester.

For instructions on how to change credits for a variable credit course in STAR GPS Registration, refer to the Registration Help Book.

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Payment/Refund Information

Changing the number of credits for which you are enrolled may affect your tuition and fees. To check for changes in your student bill:

  • Login to MyUH Services
  • Search for or click on Student Services Menu
  • Select View My Charges/Make a Payment
  • Select View My Account (charges and payments) for Each Term

If you add a class after you have paid your bill, you must pay any additional tuition and fees by the appropriate deadline. Learn more about Payment Deadlines.

If you decrease your credit load you may be entitled to a refund. Learn more about Refunds.

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