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Registration guidelines

Course prerequisites, corequisites, and registration holds

In order to enroll in some courses, you must either complete or concurrently register for certain other courses, possess particular qualifications, or have the appropriate class standing. These requirements are known as course prerequisites and corequisites. To see the prerequisites, you must select the class number or the course section and view the course description in MyU’s Class Search.

In addition to prerequisites, you will not be allowed to register for classes if you have a registration hold placed on your account. You can see information about holds, including how to resolve them, in MyU. You can also view the Holds on Records and Registration Policy.

First day of class attendance policy

You must attend the first class meeting of every course in which you are registered unless you obtain approval for your intended absence before the first meeting. Without this prior approval you may lose your place in class to another student. If the first day falls during a recognized religious holiday, it does not require instructor approval, but the instructor must be notified in advance. More information can be found within the Instructor and Student Responsibilities Policy.

Excused absences policy

You are expected to attend all scheduled class meetings. It is your responsibility to plan your schedule to avoid excessive conflict with course requirements. However, there are circumstances that lead to excused student absence from the classroom. See more information about Excused Absences on the Academic Policies website.

Repeating a course

Current University Policy (section E.4) states that students may repeat a course only one time (excluding course withdrawals). The registration system will not allow students to enroll in a course for a third time. If you are considering taking a course for a third time, consult with your success coach or academic advisor to explore other options. In some cases, you may be eligible to submit a petition.

Wait lists

If you would like to register for a class that is full, a class may have a wait list that you can join to automatically enroll if a seat becomes available. Please follow the appropriate steps to add yourself to the waitlist (see step-by-step instructions).

Independent study

Most colleges permit independent (or “directed”) study (IND sections) in their regular courses. Through IND registration, you can complete a course by studying independently under the instructor's guidance without attending class. This type of registration requires instructor and department approval. 

Auditing courses

Most faculty permit auditing in their courses. However, if a course is only set up for an A-F grading basis, then it can’t be audited. As an auditor, you enroll in, pay tuition and fees for, and attend classes but do not complete assignments or take examinations. You receive no credit for the class, but the class will be placed on your transcript with the symbol “V” (visitor) to indicate your special registration status. For further information, check with your academic advisor.

Full-time status

The University determines your enrollment status based on how many credits you take each semester. The chart below can help you determine if you are full-, part-, or half-time, and applies whether you are degree-seeking or taking classes as non-degree.

According to the 13-credit requirement, if you are a degree-seeking undergraduate student, including transfer, you are required to pay a flat tuition rate based on 13 credits no matter what your credit load. This means that any credits beyond 13 are available at no additional charge. Even when you take 12 or fewer credits, you will pay the 13-credit flat tuition rate unless you have an approved 13-credit Exemption Request. The requirement does not apply to May or summer sessions.

Student status credit requirements

Full time3/4 time1/2 time< 1/2 time
Veterinary Medicine9+7-84-61-3

* Includes students enrolled in the Graduate School, Dental Fellow Specialist, Master of Business Administration (part time), Master of Education, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Public Health, Medical Fellow Specialist, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Psychology Fellow Specialist programs.

** Includes students enrolled in the Law School, School of Dentistry, and School of Pharmacy programs.

Important Dates


Tue, Jul 6, 2021 Second 4-week summer session begins
Fri, Jul 30, 2021 Last day of instruction for regular 8-week summer session
Fri, Aug 13, 2021 Last day of instruction for 13-week summer session


Tue, Jul 6, 2021 Second 4-week summer session begins
Fri, Jul 30, 2021 Last day of instruction for regular 8-week summer session
Fri, Aug 13, 2021 Last day of instruction for 13-week summer session