Continuing University of Washington Tacoma students who remain in good scholastic standing are guaranteed 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, they must apply for re-admission 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. See 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 or not meeting program or university satisfactory progress policies.
Additionally, continuing students who withdraw during the first week of two consecutive quarters (excluding summer quarter) will not be eligible to register as continuing students for the third quarter and must submit a request for re-enrollment as a former students returning to the university. If an undergraduate does not enroll for two or more quarters (excluding summer quarter), they must submit a request for re-enrollment through the Office of Admissions.
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 UW Tacoma course in which that person has not been registered. An instructor may allow a student to attend their 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.
Auditing a Course
Students who intend to audit a course must first register for the class through MyUW, 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.
Full-Time and Half-Time Status
Less than Half-Time
To be classified as a full-time student by UW 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.
A student’s initial class standing is determined by the total number of transfer credits awarded by UW 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.
Fewer than 45 credits
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.
Each quarter, the Office of the Registrar publishes a list of important dates for the upcoming quarter on the Registration website. This Office of the Registrar website 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. Visit the Registration webpage to view course offerings, find out when students are eligible to register for classes and other important details.
Registration Period 1
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 class standing, the last digit of the student number and the student’s veteran or ROTC status.
Undergraduate students cannot register for more than 19 credits prior to the first day of the quarter.
Registration Period 2
New undergraduate and graduate students, as well as returning students, register during Registration Period II and are encouraged to check in with their advisor before registering.
New freshmen students must meet with an advisor prior to registration.
Registration Period 3
Registration Period III registration is open to all students for late registration, course adds and drops.
Non-matriculated students register during this period as well with the exception of summer quarter.
Period III registration begins on the first day of the quarter through the seventh calendar day of the quarter. Certain fees and tuition charges may apply.
Registration Priorities for:
Current Military/Veteran, Spouses Receiving VA Benefits 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 veteran 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 business 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).
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. Courses requiring lab fees are ineligible for the Access program. For more information, visit the Office of the Registrar website.
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.
Schools or majors may have limits or exclusions to the tuition exemption program. Please contact 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. Please visit the Office of the Registrar website for more information.
Late Add Period
An entry code or enrollment request through the academic department is required to add any class during the late add period, which is open through the second week of the quarter. A $20 fee is charged for each additional day registration 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 specific dates.
Current Quarter Drop
The Current Quarter Drop process differs depending on the time of the quarter: students use their Quarterly Drop via MyUW or use the Advisor-Assisted Drop Request process. 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.
A student who stops attending without officially dropping their course(s) is given a grade of 0.0. Students should be aware that dropping a course might impact their student account. Please see the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog. Check in with:
Students dropping a course through the two weeks of a quarter, also known as the Unrestricted Drop Period, shall have no entry on their permanent academic transcript unless they do a complete withdrawal from the university. 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. When a student drops all courses, a complete withdrawal date is recorded on the transcript.
Late Course Drop Period
Students may drop one or more courses each quarter from the third week through the last day of instruction, also known as the Late Course Drop Period. An “RD” 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.
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. Review the Important Dates PDF on the Registration website for specific dates each summer.
Undergraduate students who have completed a quarter at UW Tacoma, may take the following quarter off and remain eligible to register during Registration Period I for the subsequent quarter without re-enrolling 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.
Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and post-baccalaureate students enrolled at UW Tacoma may register for courses at another UW campus (Seattle or Bothell) beginning in Period 2 registration via MyUW.
All students may cross-register during the summer quarter and they may register during Period 1 registration. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and post-baccalaureates must complete the required number of home-campus credits first.
With the approval of the academic department offering the course, 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.
A second repeat (taking a class for a third- or greater-time) cannot be done using MyUW. Grades in the third or subsequent takings will not be included in the grade-point average (GPA).
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 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 academic advisor before registering.
Withdrawal for Military Service
Students who are called to active military duty may withdraw through the end of the seventh week of instruction and receive a full refund but no academic credit. A copy of the student’s military orders is required. If a student withdraws after that date, the student may receive either a full refund or academic credit and no refund. Students who withdraw for military reasons will be allowed to return to the university without having to pay another application fee. Documentation in the form of military orders will be required. Please consult with the Office of the Registrar for complete details.
Complete Withdrawal for a Registered Quarter
Dropping all courses for the quarter
It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from all courses if they are unable to attend. Students may withdraw on MyUW through the Unrestricted Drop Period. Official withdrawals must be submitted through the Advisor-Assisted Current Drop process prior to the final day of instruction.
Tuition owed will be based on the date the complete withdrawal is received. Withdrawals are not accepted after the last day of instruction for the quarter.
The tuition forfeiture schedule for complete withdrawal from the university is as follows:
Students who withdraw on or before the seventh calendar day of the quarter do not pay tuition.
Students who withdraw after the seventh calendar day through the 30th calendar day continue to owe one-half of their tuition.
Students who withdraw after the 30th calendar day continue to owe full tuition.
The following principles apply to complete withdrawal from the university:
Courses dropped as part of a complete withdrawal from the university during the first two weeks of a quarter are not recorded on the student’s UW transcript; however, the date of the complete withdrawal is recorded.
Students may petition to drop courses for a former quarter using the Former Quarter Drop process. The Registrar will grant such a petition if, in their judgement, the student was unable to complete the course in question. Approved drops will be annotated on the student’s transcript as an RD (Registrar Drop).