If you intend to audit a course, you must first register using MyUW, and then inform the Office of the Registrar to elect the audit grade option by completing a Registration Transaction Form. You may select the audit option throughend of the second week of the quarter. Enrollment in courses as an auditor is by consent of the instructor involved and is conditioned on space availability. Permission to audit is ordinarily granted for lecture classes only.
As an auditor, you may not participate in class discussion or laboratory work and your registration may be canceled at the discretion of the instructor. Audited courses are not recorded on your permanent record. To receive credit for an audited course, you must register for the class for credit in a subsequent quarter. Courses audited may not be changed to credit registrations after the second week of the quarter.
With the exception of ACCESS program students, auditors pay standard tuition and fees and must be regularly admitted and registered in the course. Although credits for audited courses will not be listed on your transcript, they will be included in the billing on the fee statement. Such credits count in the calculation of fees.
The University of Washington Tacoma reserves the right to drop students who have not attended class during the first week of the quarter allow space for other students waiting to enroll. However, do not assume that you will automatically be dropped from a course if you do not attend. If you are not going to attend a class, it is your responsibility to drop the course on MyUW or you will be held responsible for the tuition and fees incurred. If you are registered for a course section but do not attend, you may 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 if 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, if they are on an departmental wait list for the course. After the fourteenth calendar day, the unregistered student is no longer allowed to attend.
Undergraduate students should register for 12 or more credits to be considered a full-time. Graduate students should register for 10 or more credits to be considered a full-time student. It is important to note that differing criteria and standards for full-time enrollment exist for eligibility in certain programs. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for its requirements on satisfactory academic progress. The tuition schedule does not reflect full-time credit requirements for loan deferments, teaching assistantships or other programs.
Entry codes are five-digit numbers issued to students by academic departments as authorization to add or drop in restricted course sections.
Entry codes are one time use codes.
Entry codes are not transferable.
All courses require an add code in order to be added beginning the 8th calendar day of the quarter.
Some courses requireAdd Codes that are available through the department offering the course. Courses requiring add codes are designated with the symbol ">" to the left of the schedule line number (SLN) in the Time Schedule.
Add codes are only valid once and for a limited period of time after they have been issued. If you drop a course section that required an entry code to be added, then you must obtain another add code from the department in order to re-add the section.
If a course is full, instructor permission and an entry code from their department are required before you will be able to register for the class. Read about Quarterly Credit Limits for additional information about using entry codes to overload closed courses. For more information using entry codes, watch the Add Code Tutorial.
Some courses require a drop code to remove a course from your schedule. You must obtain the drop code from the department offering the course.
If you want to add an independent study course (usually numbered 499, 600, 700 or 800) to your class schedule, you will first need to obtain a faculty number from the instructor or department. The faculty number is used instead of an add code at the time of registration. The registration system will not allow you to add independent study courses without faculty numbers.
How to Request Course Enrollment or Entry Codes
Academic departments reserve the right to require entry codes whether or not the course is so designated in the Time Schedule. Usually, directions on where to obtain entry codes are found in the comments section of the Time Schedule listing. Or, follow the links below to learn how to request course enrollment or entry codes from each school:
Milgard School of Business (MSB)
Courses: T ACCT, T BUS, TBANLT, TBECON, T BGEN, T FIN, T IS, T MGMT, TMKTG
School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS)
Courses: T AMST, T ANTH, T ARTS T BIOL, TBIOMD, T CHEM, TCHIN, T COM, TCULTR, TECON,TESC, TEST, T EGL, T FILM, T GEOG, TGEOS, T HIST, TIAS, T LAX, T LAW, T LIT, TMATH, TNPRFT, T PHIL, T PHYS, TPOL S, TPSYCH, TRELIG, T SOC, TSPAN, T WOMN, TWRT
Cross-campus registration occurs during Registration Period 2 for autumn, winter and spring quarters. For summer quarter, cross-campus registration may occur during Registration Period 1.
Once admitted, first-year students must complete 25 credit hours at their home campus before registering for courses at the other UW campuses.
The credit hours minimum requirement at the home campus does not apply to first-year students in Marching Band or Air Force ROTC. Contact the Office of the Registrar for registration assistance.
Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Post-baccalaureate students
Students with a class standing from sophomore to post-baccalaureate must complete 15 credits at their home campus before cross-registering at another campus.
There are no restrictions regarding cross-campus registration.
Non-matriculated students are not allowed to enroll cross-campus except for summer quarter. This includes non-matriculated students taking courses under the University of Washington staff or Washington State tuition exemption.
A maximum of 15 credits per academic year (autumn through summer quarter) may be taken on a campus other than the home campus.
Undergraduate students are limited to a maximum total of 45 credits through cross-campus registration that may be counted toward their degree.
Final-year Residency Requirement
Undergraduate students are required to complete 45 of their final 60 credits as matriculated students in residence at UW Tacoma. Some degree programs may have stricter residency requirements.
To seek an exception to the residency requirement, you need to submit a graduation petition to the UW Tacoma Registrar for review by the Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee. If an exception is granted, you still must present a minimum of 45 credits taken in residence as a matriculated student to be awarded a UW degree.
Prerequisites and Registration Restrictions
All registration restrictions (e.g., class standing, entry codes) still apply. However, prerequisites taken at the home campus might not be recognized when you register for classes via MyUW. In that case, please contact the academic department offering the course.
You maydeclare a major on only one campus. You cannot declare a cross-campus double major or double degree. If you wish to complete two majors on two different campuses, you must first graduate with a major from one campus, and then gain admission as a post-baccalaureate student to complete the second major at the other campus.
Only credits taken at the campus granting the degree are considered residence credit. Credits transferred from another UW campus do not count as residence credit, and do not count toward the final-year residence requirement.
Quarterly Credit Limits
Undergraduate students are limited to registering for no more than 19 credits during Registration Periods I and II to allow all students a chance to develop a basic schedule. Additional credits may be added during Registration Period III. The maximum limit is 30 credits per quarter.
There are additional tuition charges for any credits over 18 credits. See the Tuition Rates for charges on registering for any credits over 18 credits.
All students who remain in good standing and in compliance with other rules and regulations are guaranteed the opportunity to register each quarter as long as they maintain continuous enrollment (with the exception of summer quarter). Continuation must be in the same classification, i.e., undergraduate, post-baccalaureate (fifth-year), graduate. Once a student earns a baccalaureate degree, they must apply for re-admission as a post-baccalaureate (fifth-year), non-matriculated, or graduate student.
Exceptions to this guarantee include:
Students under disciplinary action
All students who are enrolled on any of the three University of Washington campuses (Tacoma, Seattle, or Bothell) are held accountable to the Student Conduct Code. The code outlines both the expectations for behavior and the procedures for handling violations of the conduct code
If a hold is on your student account, you will not be permitted to register or add courses until the hold has been released. If you attempt to register before your hold has been released, the system will indicate which office has placed the hold and where to go to get it released. Examples of holds and contact information are listed in the table below.
You will not be eligible to register if you have an outstanding balance on your tuition and fee account, past due housing charges, and financial aid charges. You must contact the Student Fiscal Services at 206-543-4694 and pay any fees due in order to register.
Your degree will be posted to your record but if a hold exists, your diploma will not be released until your account is clear.
Navigate to the home screen (page with all modules listed).
On the home screen select "MENU" on the top right.
If you have completed the course a "Completion Certificate" box will display below the “Print Orientation” box in the pop-out window.
If you do not have a completion certificate you have not completed the course. Proceed to an open module on the home screen to complete the course requirement.
If you have a completion certificate but not able to register for courses, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students not meeting the University's satisfactory progress policy
Each quarter during week 4, students are notified about the university Satisfactory Progress Policy which can involve both warning and hold messages.
Students dropped for low scholarship will need to be reinstated to the University.
An undergraduate student who has been dropped for low scholarship will be readmitted to the university only at the discretion of the pre-major reinstatement committee or if in a major, the student’s academic program. In most cases, a student may be required to sit out one quarter. A student readmitted after being dropped under these rules reenters the university on academic probation. The student’s GPA is the same as when dropped from the university, and the student may not use grades from other colleges or universities to raise his or her UW grade point average. A readmitted student is dropped if they fail to attain either a 2.00 grade point average for the following quarter’s work or a cumulative UW grade point average of 2.00 at the end of that quarter. The student is removed from probation at the end of the quarter in which a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better is reached. The petition for reinstatement form is available online through the Office of the Registrar or the student’s academic program.
Please note: The University of Washington transcript is comprised of course work and grades from all three campuses. Students who are dropped for low scholarship from one campus and reinstated at another will remain on academic probation until their cumulative grade point average reaches 2.0.
A senior who has completed the required number of credits for graduation, but has not met the graduation requirement of a cumulative 2.0 GPA, will be placed on probation and be required to complete coursework that would bring up their GPA to meet the graduation requirement. It is advised that the student should meet with their academic advisor to discuss options. A degree will not be awarded until the student has met all graduation requirements and is removed from probation.
If you are a former UW Tacoma student, have not attended classes for the last two or more quarters at the university, and you have been dropped for low scholarship, you will follow the returning student process and meet with an academic advisor to complete the paperwork for a Petition for Reinstatement. Reinstatement to the UW Tacoma requires approval of the student's academic program, or in the case of pre-major students, the Reinstatement Committee. Students who have been dropped from UW Tacoma for low scholarship will be required to sit out one quarter unless exceptional circumstances exist.
To be considered, you must have submitted a Returning Student Form and the reinstatement petition must be complete and submitted to your academic advisor three weeks prior to the start of the quarter. Reinstatement decisions must be finalized one week prior to the start of the requested quarter of reinstatement.
Excessive course repeats and/or drops
The Academic Policy Curriculum Committee may terminate your enrollment if you have demonstrated a lack of academic progress as evidenced by excessive course repeats, course drops, or University withdrawals and cancellations. You may be reinstated with the approval of your college and the committee.
Repeat a Course
With the approval of the academic department offering the course, a student may repeat a course once.
Restrictions may include:
Only allowing registration after Period I
Only allowing registration after the quarter has begun, or
Requiring an Entry Code for a repeat registration
Courses considered to have been taken once include any numerical grade or those with grades I, CR/NC, or S/NS. Withdrawn or dropped courses and courses with X or no grade reported will not count as the first taking of a course.
Repeating a course at University to get a better grade will not replace a lower grade; both the original grade and the second grade will be computed in the grade-point average, but credit will be allowed only once.
A second repeat (taking a class for a third-or greater-time) cannot be done using MyUW. A second repeat requires the department or the Registrar's Office to register you into the course. Grades in the third or subsequent takings will not be included in the grade-point average (GPA).
If you are pursuing a baccalaureate degree, you are expected to make satisfactory progress toward the attainment of that degree and are expected to enter a major and graduate after completion of a reasonable number of credits and quarters. The satisfactory progress policy looks at your total credits, but when counting quarters, only regular academic-year quarters — autumn, winter and spring — are considered. The courses and credits you take during summer quarters count towards your degree requirements and are included in your credit total. Summer quarters are not added to your satisfactory progress quarter total and, thus, do not count against the number of quarters you may complete before the satisfactory progress credit limit is enforced.
Each quarter during week 4, students are notified about the university Satisfactory Progress Policy which can involve both warning and hold messages.
Please note: Individual departments may have additional satisfactory progress requirements. For Financial Aid satisfactory progress information, click here.
Undergraduates must declare a major by the time they have completed five (5) academic-year quarters and earned 105 credits or a hold will be placed on their registration until they either declare a major, or meet with an advisor and receive a pre-major extension. The hold is placed on the student record when five (5) or more academic-year quarters and 105 or more credits have been completed. Transfer students who are admitted to the University with 105 or more credits are expected to declare a major before their second quarter at the UW, or obtain an extension from their advisor.
You will be granted a pre-major extension if your advisor decides that you are pursuing a reasonable goal, and have a good chance of gaining admission to your intended major. The extension will be granted for the number of quarters it should take you to complete the admission requirements of your major.
You will receive a warning letter from the University as you approach five (5) academic-year quarters and 105 credits, if you have not yet declared a major. If you complete five (5) academic-year quarters and 105 credits and are still a pre-major, the registration system will not let you register for the next quarter. To avoid registration delays, meet with your advisor at least one quarter before you complete five (5) academic-year quarters and 105 credits.
Students who have completed 165 or more credits and 11 or more academic satisfactory progress quarters and who do not have a graduation application or graduation plan on file will receive a registration hold, and must meet with their advisor and start planning for graduation. In order to remove the hold, the student must submit a graduation application or a graduation plan.
Students whose plans include multiple degrees or whose intended time at UW extends beyond the satisfactory progress limits should complete a graduation plan at this time. Graduation plans must be completed with your academic advisor and record on your advising record.
The University's satisfactory progress policy requires students to complete their undergraduate degree programs within 30 credits beyond the minimum required for the degree. Because most degrees require 180 credits, students generally must complete their programs by the time they earn 210 credits. The timing for enforcement of this policy is as follows:
For a student who first matriculates at the University on a freshman application the satisfactory progress policy is enforced after a student has completed 12 academic-year quarters, not including summer quarters, at the University.
For a student who first matriculates at UW on a transfer application, the satisfactory progress policy is enforced after the student has completed
Twelve (12) quarters at the University if the student enters with less than one year of college work (less than 45 credits transferred from another institution).
Nine (9) quarters at the University if the student enters the University with more than one year of college work and less than two years (more than 44 and less than 90 credits transferred from another institution).
Six (6) quarters at the University if the student enters with two or more years of college work (90 or more credits transferred from another institution).
Undergraduates who have completed over 210 credits will be notified by email the third week of the quarter that a block is being placed on their registration due to lack of satisfactory progress. Students ineligible to graduate will be permitted to register for succeeding quarters only if they receive approval from their program after filing a graduation plan.
Students receiving satisfactory progress registration blocks should immediately contact their advisor to file a graduation application or to initiate an advising plan.
Tampering and Abuse
A student who tampers or attempts to tamper with the registration records of another student, including but not limited to dropping courses and adding courses, may be subject to disciplinary sanctions as defined in the Student Conduct Code (WAC 478-121).
The registration system is provided for the sole express purpose for students to register themselves into sections. Any use of the registration system other than for this purpose is considered abuse of the system. Such abuse includes, but is not limited to, buying or selling one’s seat in a class, or otherwise registering for a section that one has no intention of taking.
To help conserve University resources and ensure the registration system is available to all, students are locked out of Web Registration after a specific number of excessive submission attempts and/or transactions are made per day. This threshold is sufficient for students’ regular use and should not interfere with typical use. The use of robots and other automated tools to submit registration requests is expressly forbidden.
A student whose account is locked out for excessive use must wait until the registration system removes the lockout – within 24 hours. The Office of the Registrar is unable to override a locked account.
Because use of scripts, robots, or other automated queries can adversely impact University network and computing resources and interferes with equal access to registration, such automated querying of registration-related resources is expressly forbidden. Violators may have their access to University network and computing resources terminated and may be subject to action by the University under applicable law, regulation, or policy, including but not limited to, discipline under any applicable University conduct code.
You may not register for two courses that meet at the same time or for courses with overlapping meeting times. If you want to add a course whose schedule conflicts with another, you must add the second course via Registration Transaction Form. Students must obtain approval from both instructors to add a course that conflicts one hour a week or less; instructor signatures are required for courses whose schedules conflict more than one hour per week.