Each quarter, the Office of the Registrar publishes a list of important dates for the upcoming quarter on the Registration website. This page contains links to the schedule of classes, academic calendar, final examination schedule, registration period dates, deadlines (including graduation application deadlines), information about tuition and fees, and registration and withdrawal procedures. It is the responsibility of the student to know and understand these procedures and deadlines.
Registration consists of three registration periods. For the most complete information, including the exact dates for each registration period, please visit the Registration Guide website.
Registration Period I
Registration Period I is open to currently registered, matriculated students and those eligible to register under the quarter-off policy. Period I registration occurs during the latter half of the quarter preceding the quarter for which the student is registering. (For example, currently enrolled students registering for autumn quarter do so in spring quarter.) Actual registration dates are based on your class standing, the last digit of your student number and your class or veteran status.
Undergraduate students cannot register for more than 19 credits prior to the first day of the quarter.
Registration Period II
New undergraduate and graduate students and returning students register during Period II. New undergraduate students register after attending a New Student Orientation. New freshmen students must meet with an advisor prior to registration.
Registration Period III
Period III registration is open to all students for late registration, course adds and drops. Non-matriculated students register during this period as well. Period III registration begins on the first day of the quarter through the 7th calendar day of the quarter. Certain fees and tuition charges may apply. Please see the Tuition and Fees section.
Veterans Registration Priority
Continuing students with veteran status and spouses of veterans receiving veteran benefits may register on the first day of Period I registration. Students who are not currently receiving veterans benefits will need to provide proof of veteran status to the Office of Veteran and Military Services.
Graduating Senior Priority
Graduating seniors or post-baccalaureate students who have submitted a graduation application may register on the first day of Period I for their final two quarters. Students who postpone their graduation may save their priority quarters by not registering before their regular senior or post-baccalaureate priority day. When students have used their graduating senior priority for two quarters, their registration priority reverts to the regular senior or post-baccalaureate schedule. Students may not register for classes in any quarter beyond the quarter for which they have applied to graduate (except summer quarter). New Veterans may register for classes one day prior to Period II registration.
Registration for the Access Program for Older Adults
UW Tacoma allows Washington residents 60 years of age or older to audit certain courses on a space-available basis. Registration for Access students begins the third day of the quarter. Students who attend the university under the Access program are limited to two courses per quarter. There is a nominal registration fee, but Access students do not pay tuition. As auditors, students do not receive credit, participate in discussions, complete laboratory work or take examinations.
Late Add Period
Open during the second week of the quarter. An entry code is required to add any class. A $20 fee is charged for each additional day transactions are processed. This fee is in addition to any tuition increase or forfeiture as a result of the change. See the Academic Calendar for deadlines.
Dropping a Course
Students dropping a course during the first two weeks of a quarter shall have no entry on their permanent academic transcript unless they do a complete withdrawal from the university. If a student drops all his or her courses, a complete withdrawal date is recorded on the transcript. A course drop made during the third through the seventh week of the quarter will be recorded on an undergraduate student’s transcript with a W grade and a number designating the week of the quarter in which the course was dropped. Students may drop only one course each academic year (autumn through summer quarters) from the third through the seventh week of the quarter. This is referred to as the “annual drop.”
To drop a course officially, a student must either drop through MyUW or submit a Registration Transaction form to the Office of the Registrar. A student who stops attending without officially dropping their course(s) is given a grade of 0.0. Students receiving or applying for financial aid should check with the financial aid counselor or veterans benefits advisor before dropping a class because it may affect financial aid eligibility. Students should be aware that dropping a course may affect their student account. Please see the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog.
During summer quarter, the timeline for dropping a course is abbreviated due to the shortened session. Please consult the Important Dates page on the Registration website for specific dates.
Unrestricted Drop Period
Continues through the second week of the quarter. Courses dropped during this period do not appear on the academic transcript. A $20 fee is charged for each additional day drop transactions are processed. This fee is in addition to any tuition decrease or forfeiture as a result of the change.
Late Course Drop Period/Annual Drop
Students may drop one course each academic year (autumn through summer quarters) from the third through the seventh week of the quarter. A “W” and a number indicating the week in which the course was dropped will follow the course title on the academic transcript. A $20 fee is charged for the day that the drop transaction is processed. This fee is in addition to any tuition decrease or forfeiture as a result of the change.
Auditing a Course
Students who intend to audit a course must first register for the class through MyUW and then go in person to the Office of the Registrar to elect the audit grade option. The deadline to change to audit status is listed on the Academic Calendar each quarter on the registration website. A $20 fee may be imposed depending on the timing of the transaction. Permission to audit is granted by the course instructor and is generally allowed only for lecture classes. Auditors may not participate in discussion or laboratory work. Standard tuition and fees apply.