All students, including new and readmitted students, are required to
complete their registration at an assigned time several days before the
beginning of each semester. Students are advised when to arrive for this
registration. Students who are authorized to begin classes later in the
semester register on the Thursday or Friday before their first course
All students must either make full payment, or make appropriate
arrangements for payment, with the Enrollment Center at or prior to
registration. Payment procedures and payment plans are described under
the Tuition and Fees
section in the current Catalog. A student whose payments are past due
may be suspended from the University; that means that the student will
not be permitted to enroll or continue in courses, to remain on the meal
plan, or to live in campus housing. Diplomas, certificates, or
transcripts will not be issued to or for a student whose account is in
arrears. Payments may be made online.
The University reserves the right to limit the enrollment in any
course, and to withdraw any course if too few students have registered
or due to other unforeseen circumstances.
Changing Classes (Add/Drop)
The block system requires that even on the first day of the course
much material must be covered. For this reason, students are advised to
plan ahead; if you are unsure about which course to take, it is
recommended to meet with your advisor to make any changes to your
schedule before the block starts.
To change from one course to another, students must see their
graduation advisor. You will need an “Admit to Class” slip from your
graduation advisor entry into the new class. No changes are allowed
after the first day of a two-week block or after the second day of a
four-week block. Certain classes may require attendance from the first
Students may withdraw from a course for any reason before a course
starts or during the first half of a course. It is advised that first
year students see the first year advisor and other students see the
graduation advisor before withdrawing from a block. After the midpoint,
students may only withdraw for reasons of illness or family emergency.
If a student stops attending during the second half of the course for
any other reason, they will receive a grade of NC. Under other
extenuating circumstances, the Dean of Students may recommend the
student be allowed to withdraw with a grade of W. Students withdrawing
from a course who live on campus may recover from illness in their room,
and then must either return to class, move off campus for the remainder
of the block, or engage in other activity as approved by the Dean of
Students. Students must withdraw within three days of their last day of
attendance in class or they will receive a grade of NC.
Forms for class withdrawal are available from your graduation advisor
in the Enrollment Center. This form must be completed for every
withdrawal. It includes a statement of the withdrawal policy and
requires the signature of your graduation advisor.
Course Withdrawal Procedures
Leaving the University
Students who wish to take a break from their studies need to inform
their graduation advisor before leaving campus. The graduation advisor
will remove the unattended classes from the student’s record and fill
out a “Change in Charges” form for the student if an adjustment of
charges and/or refund is warranted. Students who are absent for an
entire semester must apply for readmission through the Office of
Admissions when they desire to return. Details
Directed study is allowed only in special cases, such as a course
required for graduation not offered at a time the student can take it.
Students may apply for Directed Study by following these guidelines:
Directed Study forms submitted after the block begins may not be accepted.
Internships and Fieldwork
Class Meeting Times
Classes in standard programs generally meet Monday through Friday
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. with an hour break for lunch, and from
10:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday. Attendance at all classes is
required. (Each nonstandard program has its own class schedule.)
Students are expected to attend and participate in all classes,
except when they are sick or have a family emergency or some other
compelling reason. This allows students to gain the maximum from
Repeated unexcused absences and tardiness are a violation of the code
of student behavior. In addition to academic consequences described in Academic Policies, students with repeated unexcused absences are subject to the following actions:
- If a student misses four sessions of a 4-week class or 2 sessions of
a 2-week class for reasons other than the allowable sickness or family
emergency, the student will be placed on Attendance Alert 1.
- If the student then has another unexcused absence in that class, the
student will be invited to a conference with an Associate Dean of
Students, who will place the student on Attendance Alert 2.
- If a student on Attendance Alert 2 misses yet another class without
proper excuse, the Associate Dean of Students will call a Student
Support Meeting, and the student will likely be suspended from the
See Attendance and Punctuality for details.
Students in standard programs normally register for 21 to 23
semester hours (sh) of credit in each semester (20 to 22 sh of
instructional courses and 1 sh of DC courses.) All students are expected
to be enrolled in every block. Enrollment in nonstandard programs
varies from program to program.
Undergraduate students may major in two disciplines by satisfying the
departmental requirements for each. The second major must involve at
least 24 semester hours of course work outside the first major
department, and all course work for both majors must be completed before
the degree is conferred.
Enrollment of Undergraduates in Graduate Courses
A senior who is within eight credits of graduation and who has been
accepted to a graduate program may, with the approval of the academic
department and the Dean of the Graduate School, take graduate level
classes while completing requirements for the bachelor’s degree.
Admission to graduate study must be approved before course work applying
to a graduate program is undertaken. Undergraduate students are not
eligible for graduate assistantships, other forms of graduate student
financial aid, or those services and prerogatives normally reserved for
graduate students. Students enrolled in graduate classes while enrolled
in an undergraduate program will be given an undergraduate status until
the baccalaureate degree has been awarded. However the graduate
department may accept credit toward the graduate degree earned while the
student was enrolled in an undergraduate degree.
Additional Courses for Graduate Students
A graduate student admitted with deficiencies in academic background
may be required to take academic work in addition to the prescribed
courses of a program. Credits earned in these courses generally do not
count toward the minimum credit requirements for a degree.
Students who have been away from the University for one semester or
longer, have officially withdrawn from the University, or who have been
suspended for three or more blocks must apply for readmission by
completing an application for admission. Readmission is not automatic;
applicants are subject to admissions review. Applications should be
returned as early as possible.
Doctoral Research Off Campus
Candidates for the doctoral degree may, with the approval of the
advisory committee, carry on some of the research work off campus.
Arrangements for registration may be made by applying at the Enrollment
Class selection is held each spring for the next academic year. All
returning students who are attending classes at that time must complete
class selection for the next year’s classes. This facilitates
registration in the fall. The online schedule of classes is updated each April with courses for the following school year.
Course Number System
||Technical Training or Certificate Courses
|1xx and 1xxx
||Undergraduate First-Year Courses
|2xx and 2xxx
||Undergraduate Upper Division Courses
|3xx and 3xxx
||Undergraduate Advanced Upper Division Courses
|4xx and 4xxx
||Undergraduate Advanced Upper Division Courses
(open to some graduate students)
|5xx and 5xxx
|6xx and 6xxx
||Advanced Graduate Courses
The content of this page was reviewed in August 2011.