Registration Restrictions

Course Overloads

For reasons of public safety and instructional quality, course enrollment in each section will be limited to the approved classroom capacity. The Office of the Registrar monitors course enrollments throughout the quarter according to the following guidelines:

Through the first seven calendar days of a quarter, a student may add a section without permission unless the class is full or requires permission; then an add code is required. Beginning the eighth calendar day, add codes are required to add any course. The registration system will accept course overloads up to 115% of classroom capacity to compensate for expected course drops.

The registration system closes for course adds at the end of the Late Add Period.

Credit Limits

Undergraduates will be limited to 19 credits during Registration Periods I and II to allow all students a chance to develop a basic schedule. Additional credits may be added during Registration Period III and the Late Add Period. The limit is 30 credits per quarter.

Entry/Add Codes

Entry/Add codes are five digit random numbers issued to you by academic departments as authorization to add or drop in restricted course sections. Codes are not transferable. All courses require codes to add beginning the 7th calendar day of the quarter. Courses requiring codes are designated with the symbol > to the left of the schedule line number (SLN) in the Time Schedule.

Please note that departments reserve the right to require codes whether the course is so designated in the Time Schedule or not. Directions on where to obtain a code is in the comment section of the Time Schedule listing, either as a comment after the course section or following the title of the course.

Contact the department offering the course if the registration system advises you a code is required and the location for obtaining one is not identified in the Time Schedule. Instructors may issue codes to students when a class is full which will allow registrations or overloads above the limit set by the department.

Once you have used a code, the computer removes it from the list of viable codes and will not accept it again. If you drop a section that required a code to add, then you must obtain another  code from the department if you wish to re-add the section.

Drop Codes

Some courses require a drop code to remove a course from your registration. Obtain the code from the department offering the course.

Faculty Numbers

If you are enrolling in independent study courses such as 499, 600, 700, or 800, you will first need to obtain a Faculty Number from the instructor or department.


If you want to register for a course that requires a co-requisite course, you must first register for that co-requisite course before registering for the primary course. Courses with co-requisites are identified in the comment section of the course listing in the Time Schedule. Courses with co-requisites cannot be dropped until the co-requisite is dropped.


Certain courses require that you have prerequisites in order to add that course to your schedule. These courses are identified by the word "Prerequisite" in the title bar in the Time Schedule. Prerequisites may be one or more courses, a minimum test score, or a minimum grade in a prerequisite course. You may add a course section even if you have not completed the course prerequisite provided you are currently registered for the prerequisite course. However, departments may elect to have the course that required the prerequisite dropped from your schedule if you do not satisfactorily complete the prerequisite course. Courses subject to cancellation are identified by by stating "Prerequisites (cancellation in effect)" in the Time Schedule. If you do not satisfactorily complete the prerequisite course, the course that required the prerequisite will be dropped from your schedule no later than the third calendar day of the quarter.

Sequence Courses

Departments may establish a registration priority for students enrolled in sequence courses. For example, students enrolled in a foreign language 101 course may have priority to register in the next course sequence (102) for the succeeding quarter.

Time Conflicts

You may not register for two courses that meet at the same time or for courses with overlapping meeting times. If you want to add a course that conflicts with another, you must add the second course, in person, at the Registration Office, UW1 Room 160. Students must obtain verbal approval of both instructors to add a course that conflicts one hour a week or less. Instructor signatures on a Registration Transaction form are required for courses that conflict more than one hour a week.

Variable Credits

Some courses are offered for a variable number of credits. See the department to obtain the appropriate number of credits in the appropriate registration field and submit the transaction. Beginning the third week of the quarter, all variable credit changes require the signature of the instructor on departmental letterhead or the Registration Transaction form (available in UW1 Room 160). Beginning the second week of the quarter, a Change of Registration Service Fee is assessed for all changes.

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