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Undergraduate Registration

Below is information about:

How to Register for Classes

Undergraduate students should register for classes during the  registration period. Students wishing to register after the registration period has ended should see an advisor in the College Center for Advising Services  (CCAS).

See the student portal page on the four steps to prepare for registration and registration instructions page  for more information about registering for classes online. Additional training materials are also available, as well as the webinar below.

UR Student Registration Information Session Video

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Prerequisite Courses

Course descriptions can be found at or within UR Student. Quick reference cards and videos are available to help you with this process. (See: find course sections, create plan and register).

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Signatures, Permissions, and Restrictions

When a course is closed in you will need to request permission to register from the instructor in UR Student. Guidance is available as quick reference cards and videos. (See: requesting permission to register).

All undergraduates who want to repeat a course for a grade need to get the dean’s approval through CCAS. Trying to register for a repeat course will produce a warning in UR Student.

All first-year students and sophomores who have not been officially accepted into a major need to meet with their pre-major advisors before they register.

All undergraduates in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must get permission from their department before registering for classes.


When troubleshooting registration issues, use the quick reference cards and videos are available to help you with this process. (See: troubleshooting course registration).

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Underloads and Overloads

UR Student manages credit hour (minimum and maximum) limits automatically. Underload (less than 14 credit hours) and overload (more than 19 credit hours) programs for undergraduates must be approved by the Dean’s Office through CCAS and will have to stack approvals in person using a drop/add form.

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Auditing a Course

Students who want to audit a course select audit grading basis when registering or building a course section schedule in UR Student. (See the UR Student training page for information on how to register for a course prior to open registration or how to register for a course during open registration.)

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Bursar Hold Information

The payment agreement is part of UR Student onboarding tasks (see training completing required onboarding )

If you have a past due balance, you can settle your account with the Bursar’s Office. You will need financial clearance to register for the next term’s courses. All prior year balances must be paid in full before the start of the next academic year.

Students whose past due balance is $5,000 or greater, or who submit a check that is returned by the bank, are subject to cancellation of registration for the current semester and withdrawal from the University.

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Independent Study Courses and Internships

You can add independent study courses and internships any time before the end of the third full week of classes, but be sure to leave enough time for the entire approval process and enough leeway to substitute another course if you do not receive approval.

How to register for an independent study:

  1. Plan the course with a full-time instructor who will work with you and evaluate your work at the end of the semester
  2. Submit the online Independent Study Form (instructions)

Questions will be handled by mail or email. Receipt of the student’s copy by mail is confirmation that the study is approved.

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The Drop/Add (Swap) a Course Procedures

Students can drop/swap or add courses in UR Student until the end of the drop/add period. First-year students and sophomores are required to communicate with their advisor before dropping or swapping within UR Student. (See the UR Student training page for information on how to drop or swap a course, how to register for a course during open registration, and how to add a course.)

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Registration for Graduate Students and Other Schools

All master’s students will be considered full-time students if they register for at least 12 hours of credit for the semester, or if they register for at least nine hours of credit for any semester during which clinical contact hours or a lab component are required.

Before adding or dropping a course, be sure you understand the rules, deadlines, and implications.

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Registration for Non-Matriculated Students

For Arts, Sciences and Engineering

All non-matriculated (visiting/non-degree seeking) students (first time and returning) must fill out an online application for non-matriculated students. This application allows you to submit personal information to the University and is necessary in order to set up your student online accounts and/or verify that your student online accounts are still active.

Once the online application is completed, you will receive an email within three to five business days with your registration confirmation and instructions on how to set up your relevant student online accounts or on how to access these accounts.

See the registration schedule for current registration dates. You will not be able to register for courses until the listed date. Please note that this registration process can take three to five business days and should be taken into account when submitting your non-matriculated application.

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Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) – Inter-Institutional Registration Procedures

The Inter-Institutional Undergraduate Student Enrollment Form can be used only when the following circumstances occur:

  • The requested course is NOT available at the home school.
  • The student is a full-time undergraduate student at his or her home school throughout the duration of the requested course. A full-time student is defined as a matriculated student carrying no less than 12 credit hours.
  • The course is applicable toward the student’s undergraduate degree program.
  • The course is not a summer course.
  • The student is an undergraduate.
  • The course is not graduate-level or at the School of Nursing.

Registration for inter-institutional courses is on a space-available basis. Students are governed by the academic policies of the institution visited with regard to course requirements, withdrawal policies, etc.

Consult with your dean or registrar regarding the policies of transfer credit and inclusion of quality points. The fees associated with the course(s) may be charged. Please be prepared to pay these fees at the time of registration.

Registration instructions:

  • Download the Inter-Institutional Registration Form. This form is an interactive PDF allowing you to fill in the various fields online.
  • Obtain approval signatures in the order indicated. All signatures are required for each course selected.
  • Proceed to the visiting school’s website and follow the registration procedures of that institution.
  • Submit the completed form (original) to the Registrar's Office of the visiting school by the end of the drop/add period.
  • A copy will be forwarded to the home school to complete the registration.
  • Students must sign this form in order to have an official transcript forwarded to the home school.

To drop an intercollegiate course that you are registered for, you must notify the registrar of your home and visiting school and follow the procedures outlined by the visiting school for dropping or withdrawing from a course.

Please note that participating colleges have different ending dates for their semester or quarter. Grades, therefore, may not be available prior to a student’s commencement date and may delay graduation. Prior to enrolling, graduating students are advised to review this issue with appropriate officials at their home institution.

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Language Course Waitlist

If a language course is closed and you want to be added to the waitlist, you can sign up for the waiting list online.

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