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Registration Periods

Students are assigned specific dates when they are eligible to register for classes each quarter. Your priority registration date will be listed in MyUW on your registration screen. Registration periods are also listed on the Academic Calendar. 

Students must register for at least one class before the quarter begins. A late registration fee is charged to students who have not registered for at least one course before the first day of the quarter.

Eligibility for Registration Period I

This registration period is open for continuing students currently enrolled or for students who completed the previous quarter.

Priority Registration dates are listed on the Academic Calendar.

Priority Registration dates are based on your completed credits, credits currently registered for, and the last digit of your student number. The student number priority is changed each quarter so that all students have the earliest possible priority every other quarter. One half of the available spaces in each course are reserved for day two of each priority period. if a registration message states that the first day spaces are filled, then the other half will be released on day two of that priority period. You may register using MyUW on, or after, your registration date and make changes to your schedule.

Who is Eligible?

Continuing students

This period is open only for continuing matriculated students who were enrolled for the previous quarter, or for students who completed the quarter prior to the previous quarter.

Currently enrolled undergraduate students or undergraduate students who are quarter-off eligible, should register to the Priority Registration Schedule. Priority registration dates are based on your completed credits, your currently registered courses (as of two days prior to the first day of registration), and the last digit of your student number. The student number priority is changed each quarter so that all students have the earliest possible priority every other quarter.

Students who have applied to Graduate

Graduating seniors or post-baccalaureate students with a degree application on file in the Office of the Registrar may register on the first day of Registration Period I for the final two quarters.

Please Note: If you must postpone your graduation, you may save your two Graduating Senior Priority Registration quarters for your last two quarters of attendance by not registering before the regular senior priority registration day. Students who have used their Graduating Senior Priority registration prior to their last two quarters will revert to regular senior priority registration date.

Continuing Veterans and spouses with Benefits

Continuing students with veteran status and spouses of veterans receiving benefits may register for classes 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 the Veteran and Military Services in order to be eligible for Priority Registration during this period.

Eligibility for Registration Period II

This period is primarily for newly admitted students and returning former students. You may register on, or after your date. Continuing students may register any day during this period.

Who is Eligible?

New Students with veteran status, spouses receiving veteran benefits, & ROTC students

New students with veteran status and spouses receiving veteran benefits are eligible to register earlier than Period II Registration dates. 

Please Note: Your admission offer will not transfer to a future quarter, if you cannot attend UW Tacoma for the quarter for which you have been offered admission, you will need to contact the Admissions Office about your options.

New Students

Newly admitted students may register on or after the Period II Registration date. 

Please Note: Your admission offer will not transfer to a future quarter, if you cannot attend UW Tacoma for the quarter for which you have been offered admission, you will need to contact the Admissions Office about your options.

Returning Students

This period is for newly re-admitted returning, re-enrolled students. Registration materials are mailed to re-admitted students. You may register on or after the Period II registration date.

Please Note: Your admission offer will not transfer to a future quarter, if you cannot attend UW Tacoma for the quarter for which you have been offered admission, you will need to contact the Admissions Office about your options.

Cross-campus registration

Continuing freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and post-baccalaureate students enrolled at one UW campus may register for courses at another UW campus beginning Period II for autumn, winter and spring quarters. In summer quarter, cross-campus enrollment is allowed in Period I as well.

View the requirements for eligibility for UW Cross-Campus Registration.

Eligibility for Registration Period III

This period is from the first day of the quarter through the 7th calendar day of the quarter. It is open to all students for adds and changes. Tuition Exemption Program students (UW Faculty/Staff, Washington State employees, and Washington State National Guard), and Access Students register on specific days within Period III.

Who is Eligible?

Washington National Guard and Access Students register on specific days within Period III. View the Academic Calendar for specific dates.

Also eligible are:

Tuition Exemption students

Tuition Exemption students are eligible to register during this period.

  • UW Faculty/Staff are eligible to register for all classes on the third day of the quarter.
  • Washington State employees are eligible to register for all classes of the fourth day of the quarter.

Non-matriculated students

Non-matriculated Students are eligible to register during this period.

All Students for Late Registration & Schedule Changes

This period is open to all students for late registration, course adds and drops. Courses dropped during this period will not appear on your transcript through the 2nd week of the quarter. Registration and other fees may apply, check with the Office of the Registrar for questions.

Note: If you are using Tuition Exemption Program or are an Access Student, you will need to wait until your registration date during the first week of the quarter to register for classes. 

Late Add Period

This period is open to all students. All courses added during this period will require an Entry Code or Faculty Number. A $20 change of registration fee will be charged for all registration changes made on a single day during this period.

The last day of this period is the last day to add a course or credits. Entry Codes will be canceled at 1 p.m. on that day.

After End of Late Add Period

After the end of the Late Add Period, you cannot add courses through registration on MyUW. If you and your advisor have determined that you need to add a course, you will need to submit a Registration Transaction form to the Registration Office, MAT 253.

You should know that for reasons of public safety and instructional quality, course registration is limited to the approved classroom capacity (100%) after the Late Add Period.

Guidelines for Petitioning

Guidelines for Petitioning to Add a Course after the Late Add Period

This is a request to add a course after the Late Add Period. If you believe you have extenuating circumstances that warrant consideration of adding a course late.

You will need to submit a Registration Transaction Request form with the following required information:

1. Submit your completed form with both the instructor and dean/director signatures and/or supporting documentation with approvals. Requests submitted without all signatures, including your own, will be denied.

2. If the course normally requires an entry code for you to add it to your schedule, please obtain the code from the respective department and complete the applicable block on the form. If a class does not normally require and entry code, it may be omitted from the late add petition.

3. If you are requesting a section change with the same instructor, an entry code is sufficient. You will not need to obtain the required signatures.

4. All independent study courses require a faculty number. If this is missing, the course cannot be added.

5. All variable credit courses require the number of credits to be listed.

When the Registration Transaction form is returned to the Registration Office, the staff will carefully examine it to make sure that you have provided all of the necessary information, along with your phone number or email where you can be reached if we have any additional questions. The staff member will also verify that all of the necessary information has been written on the form, such as the Schedule Line Number (SLN), course name, number, section, and credits to be added. If you are requesting independent study, the Faculty ID number must be on the form. Once the course has been added, you may check MyUW to see that your schedule has been updated.

Dropping Courses During the Unrestricted Drop Period

This period is open to all students. Courses dropped during this period will not appear on your transcript, but are subject to a $20 change of registration fee and tuition forfeiture.

Dropping a Course During the Late Course Drop Period (Annual Drop)

Students may drop one course each academic year (autumn through summer quarters) after the 14th calendar day of a quarter through the seventh week. If used this quarter, no additional courses may be dropped after the 14th calendar day until the next autumn quarter. A "W" and a number indicating the week you dropped the course will follow the course title on your academic transcript. A $20 change of registration fee will be charged and partial or full tuition is forfeited. These optional drops are not cumulative.