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Registration guidelines

Course prerequisites 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. 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.

Class time conflict

You cannot register for classes that overlap in time or have less than one (1) minute separation unless you complete the Class Time Conflict Approval form, signed by the instructors of both courses that overlap (see the quick start guide).

If you are enrolled in a class, but would prefer to be enrolled in a different class, you can swap a class to drop one class and replace it with another simultaneously. If the class you are trying to swap into is full, you can do a future swap.

If you enroll in classes with conflicting final exam times, find out how to resolve exam conflicts.

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

Repeating a course

Current University Policy (section F) 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 were considering taking a course for a third time, consult with your success coach or academic advisor to explore other options.

Extra credit

Many colleges permit extra credit (EXC sections) in their regular courses. Through EXC registration, you can earn extra credits (with a limit of 3) in a class by arranging with the instructor to complete additional work or explore a subject in more depth. This type of registration requires instructor and department approval.

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 empty. Automatic processes to swap and future swap classes are available while you register for classes.

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.

Credit hours & enrollment status (full time, half time, or less)

Students are not charged tuition above the 13 credit band. This means that any credits beyond 13 are available at no additional charge. Students taking less than 13 credits will be charged per credit. You can review tuition rates here.

Full, half, or less than half-time enrollment status is based on the credit hours of enrollment in a term (Fall, Spring, Summer).

Listed below are the requirements that constitute full-time student status for official enrollment certification purposes by the Office of the Registrar and for financial assistance.

Credit hours determining enrollment status

Full-time for MN State GrantFull-timeHalf-timeLess than half-time
Undergraduate15 hours12 hours6 hoursLess than 6 hours
GraduateN/A6 hours3-5 hoursLess than 3 hours
Medical SchoolN/A6 hours3 hoursLess than 3 hours
College of PharmacyN/A12 hours6 hoursLess than 6 hours

* See Verification Facts & Policy for additional details
** See International Summer-Only full time course enrollment policy
***See UMD policy - Credit Standards for Instruction and Student Work

Maximum Semester Credits (Term overload)

No undergraduate student may enroll for more than 20 credits per semester without college approval (15 for summer term).  If you would like to enroll for over 20 credits complete the Term overload form. Some colleges or programs may set a minimum credit limit.  For more information, check with your college advisor.

Important Dates

Academics

Fri, Apr 28, 2017 Last day of spring classes
Mon, May 1, 2017 Final exams for spring (thru 5/5/17)
Fri, Jun 2, 2017 Last day of May session classes

Registration

Wed, Mar 29, 2017 Dropping spring courses after this date is not permitted
Fri, Mar 31, 2017 2nd Half of Semester Last day to drop a class with a 50% refund, Grade of W Recorded
Mon, Apr 3, 2017 Fall registration begins by appointment (queued) for currently and previously enrolled students