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Course Registration


Dates and deadlines are located on the Academic Calendar.

There are two periods a semester in which students may register for Hampshire and Five College courses: preregistration and add/drop. At preregistration, students register for courses for the upcoming semester. Before or during this period, students must meet with their advisors to discuss plans and obtain advisor authorization, which is required to participate in preregistration.[1] Students may register and drop courses on TheHub during preregistration and again during the add/drop period at the beginning of the semester. There are two deadlines during the add/drop period: the last day to add a class on TheHub; and the last day to drop a class on TheHub and to submit paper registration forms to Central Records. No record of courses dropped during either preregistration or add/drop will appear on student transcripts. Note that courses will not be removed from the transcript after the drop deadline at the beginning of the semester has passed.

Students who have not registered for courses they are attending by the end of the add/drop period should contact Central Records to petition for late registration.

Students may withdraw from Hampshire and Five College courses between the drop deadline and the published course withdrawal deadline in November for a fall course and April for a spring course. A "W" for course withdrawal is recorded on student transcripts. Note that only successfully completed co-curricular courses appear on student transcripts. Students may not withdraw from courses after the course withdrawal deadline. Failure to withdraw from a course by the deadline could result in a “no evaluation” notation for a Hampshire course or an “F” for a Five College course.  Students with documented medical reasons or other verified, unforeseen grounds of personal or family hardship may contact the Center for Academic Support and Advising to request an exception to this policy. Any request for an exception to registration policy must occur by the drop deadline in the semester after the course in question.

In some cases, faculty may grant students an extension for completing work. See the policy for incomplete courses for more information.

Students who withdraw from the institution or take a medical leave during a semester should refer to the information on academic work in the leave policy.

The need to observe religious holidays will be honored by arrangement with individual faculty members. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts statute ensures that any student who is unable, because of religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study, or work requirement that may have been missed because of such absence on any particular day, provided, however, that such makeup shall not create an unreasonable burden upon the College. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to the student.

For more information about course registration, please visit the Central Records webpage.


[1] Some holds will prevent students from participating in preregistration. Students should check the "Approvals and Holds" page on TheHub for information on holds.