2020-2021 Catalog


Normally, students are limited to 18 units of enrollment per semester. However, students with at least 32 units and whose overall GPA is at least 3.0 may enroll in up to 20 units on a space-available basis on or after the first day of classes. The deadline for adding classes applies. 

Other students may seek approval by petition to enroll in an overload. To be considered, petitions must be submitted prior to the deadline for adding 4-unit classes. In general, overload petitions from students in their first year at Occidental or with an overall GPA of less than 2.7 will not be approved.

Regularly scheduled courses offered for 1- or 2-units may be available for registration through the seventh week of the semester (mid-term) with faculty approval. All add and drop deadlines will be posted in the Academic Calendar prior to the start of the academic year.


Registration procedures are outlined in materials distributed by the Registrar. The Students Accounts Office and the Registrar must approve each student’s enrollment. Students who do not complete clearance by the deadline posted on the Academic Calendar will incur a fee. Registration must be completed by the 4-unit add deadline, or the student may be denied credit for the semester’s work.


Students may add classes online through the four-unit add deadline (see Academic Calendar). Alternatively, students may file a completed Schedule Adjustment Form with the Office of the Registrar. Students adding a course after the deadline will be assessed a late add fee and requires permission of the instructor and the academic adviser.

Some 1- and 2-unit courses have later deadlines for adding, as noted in the online academic calendar. Students wishing to add a class after its deadline must pay a late add fee. No courses may be added after the last day of classes.

Students are responsible for verifying that they have, in fact, enrolled in all classes for which they expect to receive credit. Instructors cannot officially add students to the class roster. Course schedule information can be reviewed online through the myOxy student portal.


Students may drop a course without a recorded grade through the sixth week of the semester. The exact drop deadline is published by the Registrar in the online academic calendar. To drop a class, students must submit a properly completed Schedule Adjustment form (available in the Office of the Registrar and online) to the Registrar by the deadline. Students may not drop first-year CSP courses unless they are withdrawing from the college.  

Students are responsible for making sure that they have dropped classes that they are not attending.  They will receive a grade of F in any such class not dropped. Course schedule information can be reviewed online through the myOxy student portal.

Late Drop

A student looking to drop a course after the aforementioned deadline (starting at the seventh week) is required to submit a Late Drop Form to the Office of the Registrar. Late Drops may be filed through the last day of classes. For Fall 2020, Late Drops may be filed through the end of the semester. Any course dropped after the sixth week of the semester will be noted as a "W" on the transcript. “W” grades are not calculated in the GPA. 

Students should be aware that dropping from classes may put them behind normal progress toward completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree and may have significant consequences for financial aid, major completion, and academic standing.  Such decisions should be discussed with an academic adviser and, where appropriate, with the Financial Aid Office.

See the Academic Calendar for specific drop and late drop deadlines. Unless a course is officially dropped, a grade of "F" may be incurred.