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Adding and Dropping Courses

Course registration is a multi-step process that supports your academic progress through careful planning. This page provides information on how to register. If you need help regarding the specific courses that are required to progress you toward your degree, please use DegreeWorks and consult with your academic advisor prior to actually registering for courses.

Please note that not all students will have the ability to register for courses online. There are specific programs and disciplines of study that require academic advising offices to register students for courses (e.g., newly admitted first-term students). Please check with the academic advising office of your college or school if you are uncertain if you should be registering online.

Preparing Your Preferred Schedules in Advance of Registration

The Schedule Ahead resource allows students to create sample course schedules for an upcoming term prior to their time ticket registration period. This feature will enhance students' ability to map their academic progress and create up to 10 alternate schedules for an upcoming term, providing greater opportunities for effective planning. Once the student's registration time ticket has opened, they will have the option to complete registration based on a sample schedule created prior.

You can use the Student Guide: Schedule Ahead Registration Feature [PDF] to help you use this new tool.

Additionally, please note the following important aspects of the Schedule Ahead resource:

  • The preparation resource is available from Week 4 through Week 1 of an upcoming term (i.e., a student can create sample mock schedules for the winter 2019–2020 term from Week 4 of fall 2019–2020 up through Week 1 of the winter term).
  • A student can create up to 10 mock schedules for an upcoming term.
  • Students with registration holds will be able to use this feature, but will remain unable to complete actual course registration until their holds are resolved.
  • Course restrictions and registration errors will not show when using the feature. Students should fully investigate each course they use in a sample schedule to ensure there will be no restrictions or errors when they attempt to complete actual course registration.
  • Using this resource is for planning and demonstrative purposes only; creating a sample schedule does not guarantee a seat in any of the courses selected.
  • As with all course planning, students should continue to utilize DegreeWorks and consult with their academic advisors

Information About the Course Registration Interface

You can download a PDF for information about the registration interface to the registration experience or watch the video below:

Student Guide: Registration Interface [PDF] – Download the guide as a reference for navigating the registration interface.

Student Guide: Using DegreeWorks [PDF] Download the guide as a reference for utilizing DegreeWorks.

Auditing a Course

The audit option provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to attend a course, but carries no earned credit with no standard letter grade. Participation in the course will be evidenced by the "AUD" grade designation on the transcript. The "AUD" grade designation does not affect a student's GPA.

Additionally, the following policies apply to audited courses:

  • Credits for courses taken using the audit option are not counted in clearance for graduation (Granting of Degrees policy); thus major requirements cannot be fulfilled using the audit option.
  • The credits for courses taken using this option count toward the maximum term credits allotted to full-time students for their program of study. Full-time undergraduate students who audit a course that raises their term credits above the maximum are billed on a per-credit basis for the term credits above 20. Full-time graduate students and all part-time students will be billed for the audited course on a per-credit basis. 
  • Due to pedagogical or other considerations, some courses may not be audited.
  • In order to take a course using the audit option, you must secure approval from both the instructor and your academic advisor before the close of the course add/drop period.
  • Students may not change the option to audit courses or petition to take these courses for credit after the end of the course add/drop period.
  • Instructors will not be able to assign a grade during grade submission for students electing this option.
  • Students electing this option will receive an automatic grade of "AUD."

Registering a Course as an Audit

You may register for courses using the audit option during the course add/drop period. Registration is subject to the approval of the course instructor and your academic advisor. Your academic advisor will assist you in determining whether the audit option is an appropriate option for you.

  • Registration is subject to course availability within established enrollment limits. No new course sections will be added.
  • If you wish to add a course using the audit option, please contact your academic advisor to begin the course addition process.
  • Course audit requests must be submitted by the end of the add/drop period for the term in which you wish to audit the course.