How to Register for Classes

Are you a new student?

New students should attend one of our New Student Orientation & Registration events.   Sign up now! 

Current Students

Learn how to use the new course planning tool!

Current students can register for classes online (WebAdvisor) or in-person at Student Central.

To register for classes:

  1. Be sure to meet with your advisor to determine what courses you need to complete your degree.
  2. Review the class offerings
    • When searching for course-sections, pay careful attention to the details in the “comments” column. Specific details are often provided regarding prerequisites, unique dates, sections restricted to designated students, etc.
  3. Map out your tentative schedule. You can use the conflict worksheet (pdf) to avoid time conflicts
  4. Download, print and complete the  Registration Worksheet (pdf).
  5. Calculate tuition and fees and determine your method of payment. Review the  Financial Responsibility Agreement (pdf).
  6. Register online using WebAdvisor 
  7. Pay your bill
    • Please Note: The Student Accounts Office will not cancel registrations for students who fail to make payment. Students must drop their courses before the semester begins to cancel tuition and fee charges.  

Dropping or Adding a Class

  • The schedule adjustment period, listed on the Academic Calendar, refers to the time at the start of a term that you may change your class schedule.
  • If you drop a course after the start of classes, you may receive a partial refund. Please see our Tuition Refund Schedule for deadlines and details.
  • Degree seeking students should meet with an academic advisor before changing their schedule.
  • If you do not drop before the first day of a semester, you will be liable for a percentage of your tuition and fees.


Students who wish to withdraw from a course must officially do so. Students must drop courses prior to the start of the semester to receive a full refund. The last day to drop and remove a class from the official transcript is the end of the third week* of the semester. After the third week of the semester, drops are considered withdrawals and are recorded with a grade of “W” on the transcript. The last day to withdraw from a course is three weeks* prior to the last day of classes. Discontinuance of class attendance or notice to the instructor does not constitute an authorized withdrawal.

  • Deadlines for courses other than 15 weeks in length are adjusted proportionally.
  • Check with the Financial Aid Office and the Advising Center to find out how a withdrawal will affect your program and financial aid status.

Change to Audit Status

Students may elect to declare audit status instead of withdrawing. To declare audit status during the term, the student must obtain the instructor's written approval. The final day to declare audit status is five weeks prior to the last day of classes. Once approved for change to audit status, the requirements of Academic rule III.C apply.

How to request a Complete Withdrawal

Students that need to withdraw completely from all courses in a given term are strongly encouraged to meet with a Counselor in the Counseling Center, located in Coulter Hall. Before officially withdrawing, be sure to:

  1. Determine how it will affect your degree program
  2. Find out how it will affect your financial aid status

Failure to attend class does not result in an automatic withdrawal from that class. A withdrawal from a course may affect your residence hall eligibility, ability to participate in athletics, veteran’s benefits, graduation, financial aid, and tuition benefits. Please be sure to discuss any withdrawals or concerns with your advisor or with a counselor in the Counseling Center.

Auditing a Class

Audit status should be declared at the time of registration. Audit students must meet all course prerequisites and co-requisites, if applicable, or receive permission of instructor. Auditing a course means that the student enrolls and attends the class, but does not receive a grade or earn credit. Students who choose to audit will not be allowed to take the final exam. Mid-term and other coursework evaluation will be at the discretion of the instructor. The "AU" designation will be awarded in the case of satisfactory attendance, as determined by the instructor. A change from audit to credit status may not be made. Students may audit a course only one time.

Minimum Age Requirement

A student whose high school class has not yet graduated, and who wishes to take classes at Onondaga Community College as a non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) student, may do so under the following conditions:

  1. the student should have no more than two years of high school studies remaining;
  2. if the student is below the age of compulsory attendance in New York State (i.e., the end of the high school year in which the student turned 16), permission to attend during either the fall and/or spring semesters is contingent upon concurrent high school attendance.
  3. The Permission to Enroll form must be completed in its entirety and submitted prior to the last date to register for classes.

Exceptions to the requirements outlined in 1, 2, and 3 above may be authorized in special circumstances by the Director of Registration and Records with the approval of the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management.

Please return this form to:
Admissions Office
Onondaga Community College
Gordon Student Center
4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215

Senior Citizen Registration

Senior citizens (60 or older) wishing to audit courses at no tuition charge may do so on a space available basis. Senior audit must be declared at the time of registration. Applicable course fees are payable at the time of registration.

Senior registration is held the Friday before the semester begins, regardless of the start date of the individual course sections. For example, if a section starts two months into the fall semester, senior registration is held the Friday before the given full semester begins.

Senior citizen students that wish take advantage of registration (including waitlisting), prior to senior registration day, will be considered traditionally registered. That is, senior audit status will not be declared and full tuition and applicable fees will be assessed. Seniors who would like to receive a grade in the course may register through our traditional registration process. This will produce a bill and will need to be paid in full.