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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 in the Mandatory Attendance at First Class Session and Consequences for Absence 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 an Academic Policy 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).

Directed study

You are allowed to enroll in directed study courses with faculty permission. Directed study courses are numbered 3393. They are graded A-F or S/N, and they can be used toward the Capstone requirement without limit. Three credits of directed study may be used toward the upper-division requirement.

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 time credits3/4 time credits1/2 time creditsLess than 1/2 time credits

*Biological Sciences & Computational Biology (BICB) and Occupational Therapy (OT)

Maximum credit load

If you are an undergraduate student, you may not register for more than 20 credits per fall and spring semester, or 15 credits during summer, without approval. If you are interested in enrolling in more than the maximum credit load in one semester, you must contact your Success Coach to help with an academic petition requesting to exceed the maximum credit load.

Important Dates


Tue, Jul 5, 2022 Second 4-week summer session begins
Fri, Jul 29, 2022 Last day of instruction for regular 8-week summer session
Fri, Aug 12, 2022 Last day of instruction for 13-week summer session


Tue, Jul 5, 2022 Second 4-week summer session begins
Fri, Jul 29, 2022 Last day of instruction for regular 8-week summer session
Fri, Aug 12, 2022 Last day of instruction for 13-week summer session