Entry, Drop & Faculty Codes

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About Entry Codes

Entry codes, also called "add codes," are five-digit random numbers issued to you by an academic program as authorization to add a restricted course section. Entry codes are not transferable. Courses requiring entry codes are designated with a ">" next to the schedule line number (SLN) in the Time Schedule.

Academic programs reserve the right to require entry codes whether or not the course is so designated in the time schedule. Usually, information on where to obtain entry codes is found with the listings in the Time Schedule. See the information below to determine, which academic program office you will need to contact to make your request.

Entry codes are only valid once and for a limited period of time after they have been issued. If you drop a section that required an entry code to add, then you must obtain another entry code from the program if you wish to re-add the section.

Note: If a course is full, Instructor permission, and an entry code from the program with their approval are required before you will be able to register for the class. See Overload Guidelines for additional information about using entry codes to overload closed courses. ​For more informaton using entry codes, see the Add Code Tutorial.

How to Request an Entry Code 

Entry codes are requested from the program office that offers the course. See below for specific instructions from each program about requesting an entry code from their department.  Using your UW email account, please make sure you include the following information when making a request such as, your full name, student ID#,  the SLN  for the course and the course number, or your request may be delayed.

Make your requests to the following:

Entry Code Requirements

Entry codes are only valid once and for a limited period of time after they have been issued. If you drop a section that required an entry code to add, then you must obtain another entry code from the program if you wish to re-add the section.

About Drop Codes

In some cases, a drop code is required to drop a course. You can obtain the code from the program offering the course.

About Faculty Codes

If you are enrolling in an independent study course (usually numbered 499, 600, 700 or 800) you will first need to obtain a faculty number from the instructor or program. The faculty number is used instead of the entry code to register for these courses. The system will not let you register for these courses without one.