Guide to Online Registration

During your assigned registration time-ticket, you may register for courses using any computer on campus, at home, or at work that has internet access. Computers are available in the student labs on campus as well as in the libraries.

We recommend that you read through the entire guide at least once. You may also click on the topics below to take you to specific areas of the document.

Registering for Courses

Login into U-Online and select the following links:

  • Student Services; then
  • Registration; then
  • Register and Add/Drop Classes; then
  • Select the desired term from the pull-down list.
  • Click the Submit Term button

The system will prompt you to enter your Alternate PIN (if one is required). Enter the six-digit number given to you by your advisor and click Submit.

In the Add Classes Worksheet, enter the CRNs for the courses you want into the grid and click Submit Changes.

The Current Schedule screen will show you the courses for which you have been successfully registered. An error grid underneath your registered courses will list the courses for which you were not able to register and will contain a message telling you why the registration was unsuccessful. Explanations of common error messages can be found in this guide.

Dropping Courses

To drop a class, go to the Register and Add/Drop Classes screen to view your current schedule. In your schedule, click on the pull-down menu in the column titled Action. Choose the DROP option and then click the Submit Changes button.

Keep in mind that if you drop a course that is a co-requisite to another course (i.e., a lecture that is linked to a lab), you will be dropped out of BOTH courses and a message will be placed in your error grid. For example, if you are currently registered for a Biology lecture and lab and you drop the lab, BOTH lecture and lab will be removed from your current schedule. You will see a message in the error grid that the lecture was removed because of a "co-requisite" error. To avoid this, always enter the CRN for the new section at the same time as you drop the old section. For example, if you want to switch lab sections, choose the DROP option for your old lab and enter the CRN for the new lab in the CRN grid, then click Submit Changes.

"Replacing" Course Sections

If you want to replace a class already in your schedule with another class (one in your error grid or an entirely new class) you may do so by choosing the DROP option in the Action column of the class you don't want (see instructions on dropping classes), putting the CRN of your preferred class into the grid, and then clicking the Submit Changes button.

Note: You must put the CRN of the preferred class in the Add Classes grid even if the preferred class is in your error grid.

Important: The system will drop you from the class you choose to DROP even if the class you want to replace it with is already full. Be very careful when dropping a class to make sure you can replace it; you will want to check to make sure that your preferred class has open seats. You can do this by finding the course using the Class Search tool and viewing the Detailed Class information.

Common Registration Error Messages

Registration Errors appear in the error grid when you are unable to register for courses because of administrative or academic restrictions. With proper approval, some restrictions may be waived to allow registration. The Registration Restriction Override Form is available from the Registrar's Office.

Closed Section: The course section has reached maximum capacity and is closed to additional registrations. You may attempt an alternate section of the course or choose a different course at this time, or wait until the add/drop period to see if a seat becomes available.

Reserve Closed: This is similar to Closed Section error, see above. Though there may appear to be seats available, those seats have been "Reserved" for various reasons by the Dean's Office. When you get the "Reserve Closed" error, this denotes that you do not fit the eligibility for one of the reserved seats. You may try a different section of the course or you may need to try another course entirely. 

Duplicate CRN or Duplicate Course with Section: You have added the same course/CRN twice. Take no action; the course will be deleted from the "Registration Errors" section. If you are changing sections of a course, you must drop the first section before adding the new section.

Co-requisite Required: You have selected a course that requires one or more co-requisites (such as a lecture/lab or a learning community). Add the course again with the required co-requisites. Remember to submit the CRNs simultaneously. If for some reason you cannot take the course and its co-requisites as prescribed, you must seek approval from the department chair and submit a Registration Restriction Override Form to the Registrar's Office so that an override may be placed on your record.

CRN Does Not Exist: The CRN is not recognized by the system. You may have entered the number incorrectly or the class may have been canceled. Check the CRN in the Course Offerings List to make sure you have the right one. If it still fails, contact the Registrar's Office.

Field of Study - Major or Minor: Registration eligibility is based on your declared major or minor. To register for a course you must seek approval from the department chair and submit a Registration Restriction Override Form to the Registrar's Office so that an override may be placed on your record.

Prerequisite and Test Score Error: You have not satisfied one or more prerequisites required for the course. To register for the course you must seek approval from the department chair and submit a Registration Restriction Override Form to the Registrar's Office so that an override may be placed on your record. If the missing prerequisite is a transfer course, contact the Registrar's Office so that we may research the course and place an override (if appropriate) on your record so that you may register.

Time Conflict with (CRN): Either select another course or, if you prefer this course to the course with which it conflicts, change the "Action" of the registered course (the first column in the Current Schedule section) from "None" to "DROP " by using the pull-down menu. Then, re-enter the CRN of the course you want in the "Add Class" section, and "Submit Changes."

Maximum Hours Exceeded: You may register for up to 18 credits through the internet. Additional credits may be added, within the guidelines of the academic regulations, by going to the Registrar's Office.

Class Restriction: Registration is based on your calculated class level. If you believe that there is an error in your recorded class level, please contact the Registrar's Office so that it may be determined if an override may be placed on your record.

Program Restriction: Registration is based on your enrolled program of study. To register for the course you must seek approval from the department chair and submit a Registration Restriction Override Form to the Registrar's Office so that an override may be placed on your record.

Campus Restriction: Registration is based on the campus of your enrolled program of study. To register for the course you must seek approval from the department chair and submit a Registration Restriction Override Form to the Registrar's Office so that an override may be placed on your record.

Searching for Courses and Looking up Course Enrollment

To get to the Class Search tool:

  • Select Student Services; then
  • Registration; then
  • Register and Add/Drop Classes; then
  • Class Search

In the search screen, you may use one or several criteria to search for a course, but you must select at least one subject to use the search mechanism. To select more than one subject: on a Mac, hold down the Apple key on your keyboard as you select each subject. On a PC, hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard as you select each subject. Highlight the other criteria on which you want to search and then click the Class Search button.

Be patient while the system compiles your search results; it may take a few moments. If you want to stop a search, click the Stop button on your browser to interrupt the process.

Search Criteria

Once you have selected one or more subject areas, you may narrow your search by selecting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Course: The specific catalog course number. You may use % as a wildcard. Example: If you were looking for all 400 level courses, enter 4% next to course and all course numbers beginning with 4 will be returned.
  • Title: The specific catalog course title. You may use % as a wildcard to search a partial title. Example: If you were looking for all courses with the word "child," enter %child% and all courses with "child" in the title will be returned.
  • Campus: The campus where the course will be taught.
  • Part of Term: Different programs with different start and end dates are identified by parts of terms. For example, courses for Undergraduates students are identified as Standard Full Term. Non-Standard Term courses are those that have a start and end date different from the standard term published in the Academic Calendar.
  • Instructor: The primary instructor of the course. You may select one or more by using the same navigation for selecting multiple subjects.
  • Attribute Type: Special identifiers are attached to courses that fulfill the various elements of the core curriculum. For example, to find all Exploration courses, select Explorations, and all courses identified as satisfying the Explorations requirement will be returned.
  • Time/Days: You may narrow your search to a more specific time period or day.

The system will return a list of classes that corresponds to your search criteria. If there is a checkbox in front of the CRN, it means there are still spaces available in the course. If a "C" appears in front of the CRN, it means the course is closed. By using the horizontal scroll bar across the bottom of your screen, you can view how many seats are left in the class as well as other information.

To register for a course from the search screen, check the box next to the CRN of the course you want and click the Register button at the bottom of the screen. If there are no conflicts, this course will be add to your schedule.

If you know that you want to register for a course on your Search screen, make sure to click the Register button and not the Add to Worksheet button. The Add to Worksheet button will only put the CRN in the grid in the Add/Drop Class screen; clicking this button will NOT register you for the course.

Selecting Variable Credits

Login into U-Online and select the following links:

  • Student Services; then
  • Registration; then
  • Select Variable Credit; then
  • Select the desired term from the pull-down list.
  • Click the Submit button.

The Select Variable Credits screen will display the courses for which you have registered and the number of credits currently associated with each course. Variable credit courses will display the minimum credits as a default and will have an edit box next to them to allow you to change the number of credits. You may change the number of credits you wish to take as long as it is within the range established for the course and does not place you over your maximum credit hours. Enter the new number of credits and select Submit Changes.

When you check your class schedule on the add/drop page or the schedule detail page, the new credit hours will display and will be included in your total registered credits. Please be aware that changes in credit hours may affect your enrollment status, financial aid status and fee assessment.