Add Courses Before the Semester Begins

Every term you are an active student, you will be assigned a date and time to register before the semester begins. On or after that date through the first date of instruction for the term, you can log on to your myRAM Portal and add classes. Please refer to our Registration Page for instructions on how to register before the semester begins.


Add a Course After the First Day of Instruction

During the First Week of Instruction

  • During the first week of instruction, if the class still has space available, you can continue to add the class in your myRAM Portal without any instructor permission.  
  • If a class is full, you can request to add the class.  Submit a Class Add Request under your Student Portal and the instructor will determine if they have space and notify the student if they do.

After the First Week of Instruction

  • Beginning the second week of instruction, if you want to add a class whether it has space or is full,  you can submit a Class Add Request in your myRAM Portal.
  • If the instructor has space in the class, they will approve you to add the course and will notify you through your CCSF email.  
  • You must then add the class in your myRAM Portal.

Guides for Adding Classes

To ADD a course:

  1. Log in to your myRAM Portal
  2. Select Student Portal
  3. Select Student Registration
  4. Select Register Now
  5. Once you have arrived at the scheduler, select the appropriate term and campus. 
  6. Select the Add Course option.
  7. Use the scheduler to find and add courses, select +Add Course for each course you are adding. Once completed, select Done.
  8. You will then press Generate Schedule and View to see all created schedules.
  9. Add your courses to your Shopping Cart and press the Register button.

About Class Adds

  • A Class Add Request can only be submitted on the first day the course has started. An error message will appear if you attempt to submit a request before the course has started.
  • Students may continue to sign-up for a waitlist as part of the regular registration process prior to the 1st day of class; however, students will be removed from the waitlist before the 1st day of class.
  • Students on a waitlist prior to the 1st day of class will no longer automatically transfer to the class add request list. If you are still interested in adding the course on or after the 1st day of class, you must submit a Class Add Request at ccsf.edu/classaddrequest.
  • Students who submit a class add request will be prioritized by their original priority registration appointment date/time.

How to Submit a Class Add Request

  1. Login to your myRAM portal and select ‘Student Portal’
  2. Select ‘Class Add Request’
  3. Enter the CRN of the course you are requesting to add and press the Go button
  4. You will be prompted with a confirmation screen. Review the information and press Confirm to submit the request
  5. You will receive confirmation that your request has been submitted. Currently, you can only have a maximum of six (6) class add request at any time.
  6. Press Main Menu to return and you will see your request listed. Currently, you can only have a maximum of six (6) class add request at any time.

After Your Submit Class Add Request

  • You will receive a confirmation to your CCSF email
  • You will also receive an email to your CCSF email if you have been approved. If approved, you must add the class through your myRAM portal

Drop a Course

You may drop or withdraw through your myRAM Portal commencing with the first day of instruction or you may come in person to the Registration Center. If you have registered for a class but no longer attend it or have never attended it, you must drop or withdraw from the class.

Follow the steps below to drop a class

  1. Log onto myRAM Portal
  2. Select Student Portal
  3. Select Student Registration
  4. Select Register Now
  5. Once you have arrived at the scheduler, select the appropriate term and campus
  6. Select Current Schedule
  7. Select Edit or Drop Classes
  8. Select the drop-down menu under Registration Status
  9. Select Drop/Remove
  10. Finally, press the Save button

Notes About Dropping a Class

  • If you wish to drop a class with no notation on your permanent record, you must initiate a drop on or before the deadline for full and short term length courses.
  • You are liable for all fees for courses dropped after the published deadline dates.
  • Students are responsible for class prerequisites, academic calendar deadlines, services information, and registration procedures.

Deadlines for adding, dropping, and withdrawing from a full-term course are listed in the class schedule.  

Go to the Class Schedule 

Calculate Deadlines for Classes that Meet Less than Full Term

Classes with different start or end dates may have different add, drop, or refund deadlines.

Description Calculation
Last date to drop with a refund 10% of class meeting times
Last date to add 20% of class meeting times
Last date to drop a class without a W 20% of class meeting times
Last date to apply for pass/no pass 30% of class meeting times
Last date to withdraw with a W 75% of class meeting times
Course Repetition

Q. What’s Happening?

Effective Fall 2013, most of the courses at City College of San Francisco that have been repeatable will lose that repeatability. Students who have taken one of these courses and gotten a passing grade will, in general, not be able to enroll in that course again. In addition, courses in Art, Dance, Music, Physical Education, and Theatre Arts will have further restrictions. The faculty in those departments has grouped these courses into course “families”. Students will be limited to a total of four enrollments in courses that are grouped into a family.

Q. Why is this Happening?

City College of San Francisco operates under the requirements of state regulations, which include regulations regarding course repetition. These regulations were changed in July 2012, to be implemented in Fall 2013.

Q. How can I find out the details of course families in Art, Dance, Music, Physical Education, and Theatre Arts?

Information about families will be printed in both the College Catalog and the Time Schedule.

Q. Is City College of San Francisco doing anything to provide more options to students?

Yes! In an effort to continue to serve students, faculty in Art, Dance, Music, Physical Education, and Theatre Arts have created new courses to help ensure students continue to have as many opportunities to take their courses, within the limits of these new regulations.

Q. What will happen when I try to register for classes?

In general, our registration system will not allow you to register for a course that you are ineligible for, and you’ll get an error message instead. For Fall 2013 only, you may be able to initially register for a course in excess of the “family” limits described above. Our system will look for students that exceed these family limits and will un-enroll them nightly. An update will be implemented by Spring 2014 to prevent initial enrollment in excess of the “family” limits.

Q. Will this affect noncredit classes?

No. Students are still able to enroll in noncredit courses more than once.

Will I still be able to repeat a course if I get a D or F?

Yes, you will still be able to re-enroll up to two times in a course in which you got a substandard grade.

If I took a course at another community college, can I repeat a similar course at CCSF?

Yes.

Q. Are there any exceptions?

There are a small number of courses that will be able to keep their repeatability. Those courses are indicated in the Catalog.

You will be able to re-enroll in work experience courses, up to a certain credit limit. Limits are published in the Catalog.

You may be able to petition to repeat a course you previously passed based on a significant lapse of time, if there were extenuating circumstances that led to your previous grade, if there was a significant change in industry or licensure standards, or if repetition is legally required for employment (e.g., a CPR course for child care workers). Contact the Dean of Admissions and Outreach for details.

Repetition of credit courses is allowed under the following general circumstances:

  1. When the course has been designated as repeatable.
  2. When repetition is necessary to meet a legally mandated training requirement as a condition of continued paid or volunteer employment.
  3. To allow a student to alleviate a substandard grade of D, F, NP, or NC.
  4. When the district determines that there has been a significant lapse of time since the course was taken.
  5. When the district finds that the student’s grade is, at least in part, the result extenuating circumstances.
  6. When the student is repeating a course in occupational work experience.
  7. When a student with a disability is repeating a special class for students with disabilities.

Details of each circumstance are included below.

Before repeating any course, it is required that a student seek the advice of his or her counselor. In some cases, a course cannot be repeated more than twice without the advice and approval of the department’s faculty advisor or the department chair.

Students should be aware of the following:

  1. When a student repeats a course, the original grade is not removed and therefore remains a part of the permanent record.
  2. When a student repeats a course in which he or she has received a grade, any withdrawal with a “W” or “MW” counts as a repetition.
  3. When a student repeats a course to alleviate a substandard grade of D or F, the original grade will not be used in calculating the student’s CCSF grade point average.
  4. When a course is repeated, the latest grade will count for the purposes of GPA calculation even if it is lower than the original (except for “notation only”).
  5. When a student repeats a course in which he or she has received a passing grade (for example, because of a significant time lapse) the student will not receive a second grade or a second set of units unless the course has been designated as repeatable. The notation “Post Grade Only” will be used instead.
  6. Course repetition may affect a student’s financial aid or other benefit status. Please check with the appropriate office.

Please fill out the Course Repeat Petition and submit it to Admissions and Records, MUB 188 or at admit@ccsf.edu.

Late Withdrawal

Students seeking late withdrawals after the established withdrawal deadline must request the late withdrawal within two (2) calendar years of the last day of the semester in which the student was enrolled in the course.

Late withdrawals are only permitted if the request is due to extenuating circumstances which are "verified cases of accidents, illnesses or other circumstances beyond the control of the student" (Title 5, 55024(a)(2)) that occurred between the last day for an official student- or instructor-initiated withdrawal and the final examination for the course. Extenuating circumstances may include institutional error, health, jury duty, military service, accident, family emergency, incarceration, extended litigation, or work conflicts.

Students incurring extraordinary hardships that prevent a request within the time frame of two (2) calendar years may file with the Admissions and Records Office a Petition for Waiving College Regulations

Extenuating circumstances are defined as:

  • Accident
  • Health
  • Jury Duty
  • Work Conflict
  • Incarceration
  • Extended Litigation
  • Military Service
  • Family Emergency
  • Institutional Error

NOTE: A Late Withdrawal Petition will not be authorized without the instructors approval.

If the instructor does not approve, the request is denied. If the instructor has left the College, the decision will be made by the Department Chair or designee.

Please fill out the Late Withdrawal Petition and submit it to Admissions and Records, MUB 188 or at admit@ccsf.edu.

Pass/No Pass and Variable Units

Some courses offer the grading option of Pass/No Pass. In order to change your grading option:

  1. Log onto myRAM Portal
  2. Select Student Portal
  3. Select Student Registration
  4. Select Register Now
  5. Once you have arrived at the scheduler, select the appropriate term and campus
  6. Select Current Schedule
  7. Select Edit or Drop Classes
  8. Select the drop-down menu under Class Settings
  9. Select Pass/No Pass
  10. Finally, press the Save button

There is a deadline to change your grading option to Pass/No Pass. Please check the Registration and Academic Calendar for more information.

Some courses offer the option to change the number of units you can take a course for. In order to change your Variable Units option:

  1. Log onto myRAM Portal
  2. Select Student Portal
  3. Select Student Registration
  4. Select Register Now
  5. Once you have arrived at the scheduler, select the appropriate term and campus
  6. Select Current Schedule
  7. Select Edit or Drop Classes
  8. Select the drop-down menu under Class Settings
  9. Select the number of Units you wish to take
  10. Finally, press the Save button

There is a deadline to change your grading option to Pass/No Pass. Please check the Registration and Academic Calendar for more information.