Registration Eligibility

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Continuing University of Washington Tacoma students who remain in good scholastic standing are allowed the opportunity to register each quarter at UW Tacoma as long as they maintain continuous enrollment (excluding summer quarter) or satisfy the guidelines of the quarter-off policy. Continuation must be in the same classification (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate) and at the same campus. After a student has earned a baccalaureate degree, he or she must apply for readmission as a post-baccalaureate, non-matriculated or graduate student before being allowed to register.

Newly admitted students and students readmitted to the same or a new classification (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate) or admitted to a different university campus are eligible to register during a specified time period. the Academic Calendar for Registration Periods.

Exceptions to the guarantee of registration eligibility include students under disciplinary action, students with a financial hold on their records and students failing to meet conditions of admission and immunization requirements, or not meeting program or university satisfactory progress policies. Additionally, continuing students who withdraw during the first week of two consecutive quarters (summer quarter not included) will not be eligible to register as continuing students for the third quarter and must reapply as former students returning to the university. If an undergraduate does not enroll for two or more quarters (not including summer quarter), he or she must reapply as a returning student using the online application process through the Office of Admissions.

Class Attendance

The University of Washington Tacoma reserves the right to drop students who have not attended class during the first week of the quarter to make space for other students waiting to enroll. However, a student should not assume that they will be automatically dropped from a course if they do not attend. It is the student's responsibility to drop the course through MyUW. Students who are registered for a course section but do not attend will be assigned a failing grade by the instructor.

Restrictions on Attending Classes

No person, other than a faculty member attending informally with the approval of the instructor, may attend a University course in which that person has not been registered. An instructor may allow a student to attend his or her class only if the student's name is on the official class list from the Office of the Registrar. An unregistered student may attend through the fourteenth calendar day of the quarter, if the student is on an official wait list for the course.

Full-Time and Half-Time Status

  Full-Time Half-Time Less than Half-Time
Undergraduate 12 credits 6-11 credits 1-5 credits
Graduate 10 credits 5-9 credits 1-4 credits

To be classified as a full-time student by the University of Washington Tacoma, an undergraduate student must register for and complete at least 12 credits per quarter. A graduate student must register for and complete at least 10 credits per quarter.

To be classified as a half-time student by the university, an undergraduate must register for and complete at least six credits per quarter. A graduate student must register for and complete five credits per quarter.

Please note that financial aid and tuition rates do not necessarily correspond to the above credit requirements.

Class Standing

A student’s initial class standing is determined by the total number of transfer credits awarded by the University of Washington Tacoma, not by the number of years of college study or completion of an associate degree. The following table lists the required credits for each class:

First-year fewer than 45 credits
Sophomore 45-89 credits
Junior 90-134 credits
Senior 135 credits or more

Students should note that satisfying UW Tacoma graduation requirements depends not only on the number of credits completed (a minimum of 180) but also on completion of all program requirements.

Important Dates

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 Periods

Registration consists of three registration periods. For the most complete information about registration periods, visit the Register for Classes page to view course offerings and find out when the exact you will be eligible to register for classes.

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 or ROTC 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.

Registration Priorities for:

Current Veteran and ROTC Students

Continuing students with veteran or ROTC 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 Veteran and Military Resource Center.

Newly Admitted Veteran Students

New students with veteran status may register for classes the day before Period II registration begins.

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.

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.

Tuition Exempt Students

  • UW staff and faculty may register for classes beginning the third day of the quarter.
  • All other eligible Washington State employees may register for classes on the fourth day of the quarter.

Also, certain schools or majors may be limited or have exclusions to the tuition exemption program, please see the school or major for additional information.

Any credits in excess of the six (eligible, tuition exempt) credits are subject to the same "space available" registration dates listed in this section.

Other Registration Guidelines for:

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 per day 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 and fill out a Registration Transaction Request form 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.

Quarter-Off Policy

Undergraduate students who have completed a quarter at the University of Washington Tacoma, may take the following quarter off and remain eligible to register during Registration Period I for the subsequent quarter without reapplying as a returning student. Any quarter from which a student has completely withdrawn does not constitute a completed quarter. Summer quarter enrollment is not required to maintain continuous registration eligibility. The quarter-off policy is not available for graduate students. Graduate students must apply for On-Leave status; please see Graduate Student On-Leave Status.

Summer Quarter

Students should note that due to the shortened session, deadlines for fee payment and registration transactions may vary from those of the regular academic year. See the important dates page on the registration website for specific dates each summer.

Registering at other UW Campuses (cross-campus enrollment)

Undergraduate students who have completed at least 15 credits and first-year students who have completed at least 25 credits at the Tacoma campus are eligible to register for up to five credits per quarter at one of the other UW campuses during Registration Period II. Eligible students may register cross campus using MyUW. Undergraduate students are limited to a total of 45 credits through cross-campus registration.

More information on cross-campus registration.

Repeating Courses

A student may repeat a course once with both the original grade and the second grade computed in the grade point average. However, credit will be allowed only once. Veterans receiving benefits must receive approval from the veterans coordinator in the Veteran and Military Resource Center before a course is repeated.

Duplicate Courses

To protect the student's investment of educational effort and the value of the degree, UW Tacoma will not award credit for classes that repeat course work done elsewhere. It is the responsibility of students who have earned credit at other colleges to determine whether courses they plan to take at UW Tacoma would duplicate any previously earned credit. Duplicate credit will not be awarded for a course that is equivalent to courses previously passed. Students who are in doubt should consult with an advisor before registering.