Use this handy list to check off the items you've completed and print a copy to take with you as you finish the remaining tasks.
Review your APAS report.
Use the APAS Quick Link on the right to get an individualized report on what courses you still need for each of your major and/or minor degree programs.
Meet with your adviser each semester.
Your academic adviser can help you stay on track for graduation. Advising offices are listed here. If you are an undergraduate, you need to register for 15 credits per semester to stay on track for graduation. If you are accepted into a degree program, you pay a flat tuition rate based on a minimum of 13-credits and also pay the student services fee and a full technology fee. For more information on credit loads. If you register for fewer than 13 credits, any credits you take are assessed at a per-credit rate only if you have been approved for a reduced credit load. Go to the 13-credit policy for details and form to complete for approval. All undergraduates must also maintain a minimum 13-credit load to qualify for an earlier date in the registration rotation.
Follow CCE registration requirements.
If you plan to take day, evening, and Online and Distance Learning (ODL) classes from the College of Continuing Education (CCE), you will find them included in the Class Schedule. ODL courses are listed at the bottom of Class Schedule Web pages or on the ODL Web site. You can register at the same time for all classes. See the non-degree students page if you are not admitted into a degree program at the University.
Verify your health plan coverage.
If you are taking 6 or more credits, you are required to have health plan coverage. You must provide verifiable coverage information by the end of the second week of the term, either at the 1) time you register or 2) at the One Stop Quick Link, Health plan coverage. If you do not provide proof of coverage, you will be automatically enrolled in and charged for the University-sponsored Student Health Benefits Plan.
Know your class standing (academic level).
You should register for classes that are appropriate to your class standing (academic level). You class standing is determined by the number of course credits you have successfully completed in a postsecondary institution, including the University of Minnesota. Quarter transfer credits from another institution are converted to semester credits by a standard formula.
Be aware of requirements for non-degree and/or first-time registration.
If this is your first term at the University and you have not been admitted to a degree program (typically this applies to non-degree students in the College of Continuing Education), you must either register in-person at a One Stop Student Services center on campus, by sending an email registration request, or by mailing or faxing a Registration and Cancel/Add Request form. For more information, go to Non-degree registration.
Add name to waitlist for closed classes.
Check the section status tab in the Class Schedule to make sure that the class you want is still open. Some classes fill quickly. You may add your name to a waitlist, if one is available.
Apply to receive graduate credit.
To receive graduate credit for courses taken while not admitted to a graduate program, you must get approval from the department offering the class by completing the Registration Request for Graduate Credit form. In some instances, college approval may be required. See the Graduate non-degree page for more information. Note: These classes do not qualify for financial aid.
Get a class permission number.
Is instructor approval, department approva,l or college approval printed in the prerequisite statement of your class? After the first week of classes? Remember: You must have a class permission number or online course approval to register for these courses. All class permission numbers expire at the end of the second week of the semester. After the second week, you must go to your college office for electronic approval.
Get approval for class time conflicts.
You cannot register for classes that overlap or have less that one (1) minute separation without submitting a Class Time Conflict Approval form signed by the instructors of both courses.
Clear holds on your student record.
You will not be able to register if you have any holds on your student record. Notice of any hold, including the name of the department or office where it may be cleared, isavailable here. Clear your holds as soon as possible. More information about holds.
Review college registration instructions.
You have specific registration requirements to follow or meet if you are a student in the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Education and Human Development, the Carlson School of Management, the Graduate School, and/or an international student.