Questions about registration

What is registration?

Registration at the university is a process that includes:

1) Academic advising with a faculty or staff member, which is required for some majors, but optional for others,

2) Registering for classes online, and

3) Paying a tuition bill or confirming attendance (if zero bill).

How do I register? Register online using the five-digit unique number of each class you want to take.

What if I'm returning to UT after an absence? If you have been away for at least one fall or spring semester, contact the Office of Admissions to apply for readmission. After you have been readmitted, you may register during specific registration access periods.

What's a bar? It's a restriction placed on your record that prevents registration. Bars are listed on your registration information sheet; for details about a bar on your record, contact the administrative office that put it there.

How do I clear a bar?

  • To clear a financial bar, pay by cash or check in Main Bldg, room 8, or with credit online at What I Owe.
  • To clear a nonfinancial bar, contact the office that put it on your record. See the university's office directory for administrative office numbers.
  • To clear an advising bar, get advised in your major department or dean’s office.

What is a Registration Information Sheet? It's a webpage listing information about your registration times, advising, and any bars you might have. Before registering, make sure you check your registration information sheet to see that your bars are cleared and that you know when to register.

When do I register? You can register only during the assigned access times on your registration information sheet. Continuing students may register early for the following semester. New students register during fall orientation held in the summer, or just before the semester starts.

Can I change my registration time? No. Changes to your registration time will be based upon your progress toward degree.  The closer you are to graduating, the earlier you will register.

How is my registration time chosen? Undergraduate registration times for the first access period are based on your progress toward degree completion. Graduate student access times are based on your status as a graduate student. Review your registration information sheet for your registration time.

How do I decide which classes to register for? Speak to your academic adviser for information on your degree plan.

Are there ways to register other than online? No.

When my screen says 'Registration isn't available at this time,' what does it mean? It means this isn't your access time. See your registration information sheet  for your access periods.

What are optional fees? These are fees you may choose to pay when you register. You may select and purchase Optional Fees during registration or you could return to the page Optional Fees at a later date to select and purchase Optional Fees. For a description of available optional fees, see the General Information catalog.

What can I do if I forget to add an optional fee -- like the sports package? You may visit Optional Fees at any time to review the optional fee choices.  Each optional fee has its own unique site for purchases.

The class I want is full. What now? Join its waitlist, if you're eligible, and let the system wait for a seat to open. If the class has no list, try to add it during add-drop or speak with your academic adviser about alternative classes that may satisfy your degree plan.

What do I do if I can't add a class I think I'm able to add? Contact the department offering the class for more information. Check the university's office directory for offices and phone numbers.

When I've finished choosing classes, how do I ensure my choices? Each time you add, drop, or change a class, your record is updated. Make sure that you go to My Tuition Bill to pay for your classes, or confirm your attendance if a third party is paying for you (or if zero bill), before the payment deadline. Failure to do so will result in your classes being dropped.

What can I do if I miss my registration time? Check your registration information sheet for the next registration times. If classes begin and you're not registered, you will pay a late fee.

How much will a class cost? Check costs by using UT Austin Tuition Rates published by Student Accounts Receivable or contact the cashier’s office at 512-475-7777 for more information.

When do I have to pay? Payment deadlines depend on when you register and change each semester. Information about deadlines appears in the Course Schedule in the When to Register section. Keep your email address updated so you get all tuition notices from Student Accounts Receivable.

How can I drop a class? The process for dropping a class varies depending on when you are trying to do it.

You may drop any or all of your courses through online registration if:

  • You have registered
  • It is your access time
  • You have not yet made payment or confirmed attendance

You may drop all but your last class through online registration if:

  • You have registered
  • It is your access time
  • You have already made payment or confirmed attendance

You must contact your dean’s office to drop classes if:

  • Your last access time has already passed (after the 12th class day in spring and fall and the 4th class day in the summer)
  • You are trying to drop your last class and you have already paid

I have registered for a future semester, but I have decided not to attend. What do I do?

  1. If you have not yet made tuition payment, paid with financial aid, or confirmed your attendance, and registration is still open, you can access online registration and drop your classes during your access time.
  2. After fee bills are created, but before your first payment deadline, you may Cancel Your Registration.
  3. If you do not meet the payment deadline for your classes, they will be dropped without penalty.
  4. If you have already made payment, paid with financial aid, or confirmed your attendance, you will need to contact your dean’s office for the necessary paperwork.

When do classes begin? Important dates, including the first day of classes, can be found in the online academic calendar.

Where can I get information about waitlists? Visit the Using waitlists page.

Where can I get general information about prerequisites? Visit the Prerequisites page. Please note that specific questions about prerequisites or reservations for a specific course should be directed to the department offering the course. 

What does it mean if a class is 'open; reserved'? It means there are open seats in the class, but its department has reserved them to specific groups of students. You can register for the class if you meet its class reservation profile.

I'm adding a course and have met its prerequisites, but am told 'the add was unsuccessful because the class is reserved.' What does this mean? Since prerequisites and reservations are different things, you can sometimes meet a course's prerequisites but not its reservation profile, or the other way around.

What's the difference between a prerequisite and a reservation? Prerequisites set the level of ability needed to take a course, and can include coursework, a minimum GPA, test scores, and an instructor's consent. You can sometimes register for a class even if you don't meet its prerequisites -- but its department decides if you can stay in it. Contact the department offering the class for more information about its prerequisites.

Reservations are sometimes set by departments to limit enrollment to particular groups of students, such as those in a specific major or group of majors. Reservation details often are not listed in the course information provided in the Course Schedule. Contact the department offering the class for information about its reservations.