Course Selection

Please work with your home institution and/or future institution to determine the appropriate courses for your academic future and if credits transfer. We will advise you on appropriate courses based on your academic profile and the information you provide regarding your academic interests. It is your responsibility to research which courses may transfer to your home institution.


Students can make changes to their schedule free of charge on the second, third, fourth, and fifth days of each session. This timeframe is referred to as the Change of Program Period. Students who wish to add or drop a course during this timeframe can do so by logging on to SSOL during their registration appointment times.

Dropping an individual course after the change of program period

There is no refund of tuition for individual courses dropped after the last day of the change-of-program period. If you wish to drop a course during this timeframe, you must complete an add/drop form.

Important: Failure to attend classes or notification submitted only to the instructor does not constitute dropping a course and will result in a mark of UW (Unofficial Withdrawal) for the course and full tuition will be charged.

View the change of program dates, pass/fail, and drop deadlines.

Refund, Drop and Pass/Fail Deadlines

Add/Drop and Withdrawal

Refund, Drop and Pass/Fail Deadlines

Change of program period

Last day to:
Drop a course or
withdraw for
full tuition refund *

Last day to:
Drop a course or
change to pass/fail *

Fall 2019 Sep. 3–Sep. 13 Sep. 13 Nov. 14
Spring 2020 Jan. 21–Jan. 31 Jan. 31 Mar. 26

* Last day to drop a course or withdraw for full tuition refund (minus nonrefundable deposit)
By 4:00 p.m. This is the last day for students to receive a full tuition refund if they withdraw from the Summer Sessions by dropping all of their courses in a given session. Students may be eligible for a partial tuition refund after this date. There is no refund for individual courses dropped after this date.

* Last day to drop a course
By 4:00 p.m. No refund. This date is also the last day to change to the pass/fail grading option.

Maximum Point Loads

Students may not receive more than 12 points of credit during the fall or spring semester.

Credit Transfer

College Edge students should consult their intended undergraduate institution regarding the transfer of college credits.

Undergraduate courses are typically not credited toward a graduate degree either at Columbia or elsewhere. Graduate courses may result in advanced standing upon entering graduate school, though the degree-granting school is the sole authority for determining applicability of Columbia credit toward a degree.

Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences may confer up to 15 credits toward the M.A. or Ph.D. for work completed as a Postbaccalaureate Studies student. Courses must be completed with a grade of B or better and must be approved by the department.

Columbia’s School of General Studies will accept up to 15 credits from the School of Professional Studies toward the B.A. or B.S. degree.