Registration rules

Before you register for a class, please consider the following registration rules, which includes University policies, different types of registration, wait lists, and enrollment status based on credit load. We encourage you to talk with your success coach or academic advisor if you have any questions regarding registration.

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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.

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. For more information, see the Excused Absences policy.

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. 

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 based on how many credits you take each semester. For more information about your enrollment status and the 13-credit requirement, see full-time credits.

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.