Register

Adding Courses

You can register for a course online from the beginning of your priority registration date and time through the end of the add period. The add/drop deadlines for each term are defined in the academic calendar. Courses added during the second week of classes require departmental approval in the form of an electronic override.

What if I just want to sit in on a course (aka audit)?

You may not attend a course for which you are not registered. With instructor approval, courses may be taken on an audit basis for no grade or credits. All applicable tuition and fees are charged for audit registration. This is accomplished by completing an Audit Registration form and returning it to the Office of the Registrar by the end of the second week of the term.

How do I change the number of credits on my course?

If the course is available for a variable number of credits you may change the credits on the course throughout the add/drop period. To do so during the second week of classes requires an override from the department.

What do I do if I don’t meet the restrictions on the course?

Contact the department offering the course to discuss your options. Courses may be restricted in many ways: prerequisites, corequisites, majors/minors/options, college, class standing and others. Restrictions are displayed in the class schedule. The ability to make exceptions to these restrictions lies with the department offering the course.

Adding classes during the 2nd week of classes

To add a class during the second week of the term requires an override from the department offering the course. Contact the department directly for their particular policies and procedures for receiving an override. Once an override is entered you must return to your registration and enroll in the course; it is not done for you by the deparment.

Can I get on a waitlist if the course I want to enroll in is closed?

If a course is closed you may monitor the enrollment throughout the add/drop period and enroll if a seat opens. Beginning in Phase II of registration students may register to be on the waitlist for courses that have waitlisting available. Waitlisting for a course is not a guarantee that you will be enrolled in the course.

Late Registration

Late change of registration petitions may be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. The petition will be reviewed and referred to the Academic Requirements Committee for review as necessary.

Registration Dates and Deadlines

Do you want to add another course or perhaps drop a course that you are enrolled in? You only have until a certain point in the term to do so. Familiarize yourself with the registration dates and deadlines so that you are not caught unawares.

Adding Courses

Courses can be added online from your priority registration date through the end of the add/drop period defined in the academic calendar.

Watch a video to learn how to enroll in courses

If you’ve never registered for courses at OSU before watch the Add a Course Video to get started.


Class Search

You may use the Class Search feature in MyOSU to find and register for courses. Login to MyOSU, choose the Student Tab, then Registration tools, choose Add/Drop classes, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the Class Search button. Here you can define the criteria for the courses you are looking for. Review the search results to determine what courses you will enroll in. Once the course is identified select it. Add it to your worksheet if you intend to continue searching for more courses. Once you have selected all of the courses you wish to enroll in click Register. The screen will reload and display the courses you were successfully enrolled in. If you were not enrolled in a course there will be an error message that explains why you were not enrolled in the course. Note: The Class Search feature cannot be used if you have received an override to enroll in a closed class. You will receive the error message “course does not exist”.

Number of Registration Attempts Allowed

During the registration process it can be tempting to use auto refresh features of your web browser or other automated processes such as bots to attempt to register for classes. However, registration attempts are limited, after which your account is locked and all registration activity including Add, Drops, Withdraws and Credit changes will need to be made in person at the Office of the Registrar.

MyDegrees Planner

Now is the time to use the plan you and your advisor developed using the Planner feature of MyDegrees. Login to MyOSU and choose the MyDegrees option from the My Student Stuff menu. Now choose the Planner tab. Use the drop-down box to choose the plan that you intend to build your registration from. Load that plan. Note, you'll need to identify the CRN's of the course sections you intend to enroll in. This can be accomplished by clicking on the still needed course in your degree checklist in the left hand column, this will load information about that course including when it is scheduled, the CRN, and the available seats in the course. You can also search for the courses in the schedule of classes to identify the sections you intend to register for.

Once the plan is loaded, open another browser window, log back into MyOSU, enter the Registration menu, choose Add/Drop classes, and scroll to the bottom of the page. Here you may enter the CRN’s of the courses you wish to enroll in and click the submit button or you can use the class search feature to find the CRN's of the courses on your plan. The screen will reload and display the courses you were successfully enrolled in. If you were not enrolled in a course there will be an error message that explains why you were not enrolled in the course.

Overrides

After you receive an electronic override from a department to allow you to enroll in a course from which you were restricted, you must return to MyOSU to enroll in the course. You will not be enrolled by the department providing the override. If you receive an override to enroll in a closed course you must enter the CRN of the course in the boxes on the add/drop pages and submit the registration change from there. If you attempt to use the Class Search feature you will receive the error message “course does not exist”.

Audit Registration

Audit registration cannot be completed online.

Audit registration permits a student to enroll in a course for no credit and no grade. Course requirements for an audited course will be determined by the course instructor. Audit registration is available to degree-seeking and nondegree-seeking students. The audit registration period runs Monday through Friday of the second full week of classes. See the Academic Calendar for the Audit Registration period.

Students wanting to audit a course must bring a completed Audit Registration form with the instructor’s permission to the Office of the Registrar for registration (http://registrar.oregonstate.edu/forms).

Audit courses are assessed instructional fees at the same rate as credit courses. Any changes to an audit registration are subject to the same procedures, deadlines, and special fees as registration changes to regular courses. Upon completion of an audited course, the designation of "AUD" will be recorded on the transcript. The designation of "WAU" will be recorded on the transcript for students who withdraw from an audited course.

Change Course Credits

The credits for a course cannot be changed from those published in the schedule of classes. However, some courses are offered with a range of possible credits. When students enroll in courses with variable credits they are automatically enrolled in the course for one credit only.

It is the responsibility of the student to alter their registration within the add/drop period to reflect the number of credits they will be completing.

Registration Restrictions

Courses can be restricted to only allow the appropriate student population to enroll in the course. Restrictions can include prerequisite requirements, major/minor/option restrictions, class standing restrictions, and more.

Before beginning registration, verify that you meet all restrictions on courses you intend to register for. Course restrictions are listed in the schedule of classes. Don’t be caught off guard at the time of registration.

To request an explanation of—or an exception to—the restrictions on a course, contact the department offerring the course.

Second Week Adds

With departmental approval students can enroll in courses online during the second week of the term. Inform the department of all restrictions that would prevent you from enrolling in the course (closed course, major/minor/option restriction, etc.). The department will need to provide an override for each restriction as well as second-week approval. Departmental approval is provided in the form of an electronic override. Contact the department that offers the course to request an override.

Once an override is entered you need to log into MyOSU again and enroll in the course. You will not be enrolled by the department providing the override. If you receive an override to enroll in a closed course you must enter the CRN of the course in the boxes on the add/drop pages and submit the registration change from there. If you attempt to use the Class Search feature you will receive the error message “course does not exist”.

Please note:  OSU charges fees for second week adds. Please see "Late Registration Change" under the Special Fees section of the online catalog for more information.

Waitlisting Courses

If the course you want to enroll in is closed, see if it has an available waitlist. Courses can be waitlisted online during Phase II registration; refer to the priority registration calendar.
Watch a how-to video about how to waitlist courses

If you’ve never waitlisted a course before, watch the Waitlisting Video to get started.

If you know the CRN of the course: Login to MyOSU, click on the Student tab, and under Registration Tools choose Add/Drop classes, scroll to the bottom of the page, enter the CRN and click submit. The page will reload. Scroll to the bottom, use the action column to choose waitlist, and click submit again. Scroll to the bottom of the page and verify that you have been waitlisted for the course.

When waitlisted for linked courses such as lecture and laboratory or lecture and recitation, both CRNs, for lecture section and laboratory/recitation section must be present. If a laboratory/recitation section is waitlisted, from the dropdown menu for the waitlisted section of course select “Register” AND enter the CRN for the Lecture in the CRN box before you click “submit changes” to register. If you are waitlisted to the lecture, select “Register” from the dropdown menu AND enter CRN for the laboratory/recitation section in the CRN box before clicking “submit changes” to register for the linked course.

To waitlist a course using the Class Search feature: Login to MyOSU, click on the Student tab, and under Registration Tools choose Add/Drop classes, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click Class Search. Here you can define the criteria for the course you are looking for. Once the course is identified select it and click Add to Worksheet. The Add/Drop classes page will reload. Submit the request. Scroll to the bottom, use the action column to choose waitlist, and click submit again. Scroll to the bottom of the page and verify that you have been waitlisted for the course.

Waitlist Information

With the exception of Summer term, waitlisting will be available only in Phase II of the priority registration schedule.

Not all classes have waitlisting. Departments choose which sections will have a waitlist. The online schedule and course look up will display waitlist details for each section including the waitlist maximum and the remaining waitlist seats.

All registration restrictions (prerequisites, major/minor/option, etc.), with the exception of Duplicates, Links, and Time conflicts, are enforced at the time a student waitlists the course. However, any duplicates, links, and time conflicts must be resolved at the time the student enrolls in the waitlisted course.

Waitlisting remains active through Sunday midnight at the beginning of the second week of classes. Students may waitlist up to 3 courses.

Check out our WL FAQs for more information.


How does it work?

Once you are on the waitlist for a course, monitor your ONID email account frequently.

When an opening becomes available you will receive an email directing you to return to your registration and enroll in the course within the designated 24-hour window.

If you do not enroll in the course within 24 hours, you will be removed from the waitlist.

At the time you attempt to register for the course the system will check for registration errors including Time Conflicts, Duplicates, and Link Errors. If you have a registration error, you must resolve it and enroll within the 24 hours or you will be removed from the waitlist and the available seat will be passed on to the next student on the waitlist.