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Registering for classes

Learn about the steps to register for classes.

Late registration

Registering for any class after the deadline requires approval from the college or school offering the course and is an exception to university policy. There is no guarantee that a late request will be approved.

Courses for which the deadline to register has passed are marked in the schedule of classes by a gray "add" button. When this button is selected, students are directed to a page that prompts them to select the appropriate link for the college offering the course. Policies and procedures vary by college and school.

Dropping and withdrawing from classes

Dropping or withdrawing from a class

The timing of when you make your request to remove courses from your current schedule determines whether the removal of a course is considered a drop or a withdrawal.

  • Check the Academic Calendar for the drop and withdrawal deadlines.
  • Dropping a class is the removal of a class from your current schedule before the relevant deadline. A drop will remove the class from your current schedule with no record of your enrollment in the class on your official transcript.
  • Withdrawing from a course is the removal of a course from your current schedule after the drop/add deadline and before the complete session withdrawal deadline. A withdrawal will remove the class(es) from your current schedule and will result in a grade of “W” on your official transcript. A grade of “W” has no impact on your GPA.
  • Please refer to the Tuition Refund Policy to determine if dropping or withdrawing from classes will generate a tuition refund.

Dropping and withdrawing from courses may have a financial and academic impact. Please be sure to speak with Financial Aid and Scholarship Services as to what the impact will be on your student account. If you have questions or need assistance with dropping or withdrawing, see your graduate support coordinator. 

Learn more about dropping or withdrawing from courses.

Complete session withdrawal

If you no longer plan on attending or completing all of your classes in a given session, you can remove all of them from your current schedule by requesting a complete session withdrawal up until the relevant deadline. You may request a complete session drop/withdrawal by signing in to My ASU, clicking on the Registration link in your My Classes box, and selecting Drop/Withdrawal, or by mailing the Complete Session Withdrawal form to any University Registrar Services office location. Please keep in mind that a complete session withdrawal will result in a break in continuous enrollment. If you break enrollment you will need to reapply to your degree program. Learn more about complete session withdrawals and please refer to the Tuition Refund Policy to determine if dropping/withdrawing from classes will generate a tuition refund.

ASU does not drop or withdraw students for non-payment of tuition or non-attendance.

Course override

Course overrides are approved by the individual college or department at ASU. Before submitting a request, be sure to check that the course is offered by the college you are contacting.

Reserved course overrides: For use when seats are reserved for specific campus-based majors.

  • Students must meet the criteria set for reserved courses, with no exceptions.
  • Overrides are not given for seats that are reserved for campus-based majors.

Space overrides: For use when all sections of a class are full.

  • Will be accepted for review no earlier than 30 days prior to the start of each session.
  • Must include an instructor approval.
  • Will not be considered if the classroom has reached maximum fire code occupancy.

Prerequisite course override: For use when you do not meet prerequisites or took the prerequisite(s) at another institution.

  • Will be considered when there are specific extenuating circumstances.

Time conflict override: For use when two classes you wish to enroll in have an overlap in time offered.

  • Permission from both faculty is required to process this request. The faculty need to concur on which class will be either left early or joined late for you to register in the classes.

Department consent override: For use when the course is restricted for enrollment by department.

  • Some classes require approval of the department or faculty to enroll (for example, reservation for specific majors). Please email CHSgrad@asu.edu with the course prefix and number and we will assist you.

Course load limit

A minimum full-time course load for a graduate student in fall or spring semesters is nine credit hours. The maximum course load for which a student may register in fall or spring semesters is 18 credit hours, with a maximum of nine credit hours in each A or B session.

The credit load limit for summer sessions is three semester hours for each six-week session, five semester hours for the eight-week session, and may not exceed a total of 14 semester hours for any combination of sessions. Requests in excess of seven credit hours per summer session must be approved by the college.

A student wishing to register for more than the maximum should contact their graduate support coordinator about the appeal process. In the College of Health Solutions, students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and previously have taken class loads of 17 to 18 hours in order to be considered.

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