Registration Policy

Adding a Class

Students can register for classes up until the Last Date to Enroll as long as space is available and all pre-requisites have been met. After the Last Date to Enroll, instructor approval is required. The Last Date to Enroll differs by class but may be up to 7 days after the class start date. However, it is important to register early as classes fill quickly and the Last Date to Enroll for many classes is the class start date.

If a class is reserved for students in a particular program and the student is not admitted into that program, he/she may contact the class instructor to request approval for a pre-requisite override. If approved, the instructor will grant an online permission via their Faculty Center and the student will be notified by email. Note: Receiving an online permission does not enroll students in a class; once a permission has been granted, students must take action to enroll via self-service or with staff assistance.

To learn how to add a class online, view the "Add a Class" tutorial.  

Auditing Classes

Degree credit classes may be audited for no credit or grade on a space-available basis by students who meet all pre-requisites. Non-credit, non-degree, and enrichment classes cannot be audited. Intent to audit must be declared prior to the class start date at the time of registration; staff assistance is required to enroll on an auditor basis so students must call the Enrollment Center at (608) 246-6210 or visit in-person at the Truax Campus, Rm. A1000. A student who enrolls on an auditor basis may not change to a credit basis, or vice versa, after the class start date. Tuition and fees charged are the same as for credit registration except for students 60 years old or older, who are eligible for a Fee Exemption.

A student must meet attendance requirements, participate in the classroom work and complete assignments but may not participate in examinations/evaluations. Audited classes are recorded on the transcript as “AU”  , which is not calculated in the GPA.

Audited classes do not:
  • Fulfill registration or admission pre-requisites.
  • Count towards program certification or graduation requirements.
  • Count towards a student’s enrollment status.
Audited classes are not eligible for financial aid or veterans educational benefits, and are not considered part of satisfactory progress for financial aid purposes.

Visiting Classes

The Classroom Visitation Policy web page outlines the policy for individuals who wish to attend a class that they are not officially enrolled in.

"Officially Attempted"

“Officially attempted” means that the student was enrolled in class after 20 percent of the course’s potential hours of instruction were completed.

Study Load

A full-time student in an associate degree program may take a maximum of 18 credit hours. Students wishing to exceed maximum credit hours should seek approval from the instructor, a counselor or advisor by completing the Study Load Approval Form (PDF, 791 KB). A student who is carrying a 12-hour credit load or is in classroom attendance twenty periods per week is considered a full-time student.

Fee Transfer for Dropped Classes (Class Swap)

Students may add, drop and swap current term courses without penalty or restriction for classes for which they meet all requirements.* There is no penalty if a class is dropped prior to the class start date. Students may not swap classes via self-service after the Last Date to Enroll has passed. For instructions, see Class Swap instructions on the Tutorials web page. For information on other registration options for students adding and dropping classes at the same time, or changing sections, see Section Change & Class Swap.

*Restrictions may apply to any class. Restrictions are designated by the appropriate school office (formerly center office) responsible for the class.


Meet with an Advisor

Academic Advising Services are available for registered students not enrolled in an occupational program and for students enrolled in the Liberal Arts Transfer Program. Professional advisors are available for appointments to help students choose courses, schedule classes and plan their academic program. Assistance is also available for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution.  

Frequently Asked Questions

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