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Auditing Courses

See the Academic Calendar for the Audit Registration period. 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. Audit registration begins with the sixth day of classes and ends with the close of registration at the conclusion of the tenth day of classes. Those who want to audit should contact the Registrar’s Office for registration procedures that require approval of the course instructor.

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.


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Changing Grading Options (S/U, A–F)

All courses registered via the Web are given the A–F or P/N grade option as appropriate. Any changes of the A–F option (to S/U) are done in person at the Registrar's Office after completing the appropriate forms. The deadline for these changes is the end of the 7th week of classes.


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Classification Standing
 

Total Credits

Class

1–44

Freshman

45–89

Sophomore

90–134

Junior

135 and more

Senior


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Closed or Cancelled Courses

When you register on the Web, classes that are closed or cancelled will be noted in the "Look-Up Classes to Add" results. We encourage you to have a few alternate courses or sections in mind so that you can complete your registration; or you may try Web registration again at a later time (before the term) to add the closed class.


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Course Restrictions

Enrollment in some courses is restricted by class or major or college or level or alpha sections. If you do not satisfy the course restrictions, Web registration will explain the reason you did not receive the course selected. Generally speaking, departmental requirements on course restrictions are firm. However, if you think your registration merits an exception, please contact the course departmental office. See Registration Restrictions in the How to Read the Schedule section.


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Departmental Approval of Registration for Courses

Some courses require departmental approval (See the schedule of classes column labeled "Restrictions"). Contact the appropriate department or school to obtain approval prior to registering. The department or school will not register you in the class, but will electronically authorize you to register for the course. You will then need to register for the course on your own.


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Holds

Students with registration holds will not be permitted to register until holds are cleared. Registrants are informed of holds and are referred to appropriate departments and offices.

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Late Registration and Fees

A late registration fee will be assessed for all initial registrations beginning the first day of classes of a term according to the following schedule:

 

Fall 2014

Winter 2015

Spring 2015

Late registration fee of $50 begins

September 29

January 5

March 30

Late registration fee of $100 begins

October 14

January 20

April 13

For additional dates, see the Academic Calendar at http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/ChapterDetail.aspx?key=148.


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Lectures/Labs/Recitations/Studios (Multi-Part Courses)

If a course lecture is "linked" to a noncredit laboratory or recitation or studio, you must register for all parts of the course. Web registration will not permit you to register for one part without the other. Likewise, you may not drop only one part of a "linked" course; if you do so, the other part will be dropped automatically. If you want to change one part of a multi-part course, you should drop the part and add a new part at the same time before processing your requested changes. Be sure to process the request after specifying the drop and the add.


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Major and Minor Changes or Declarations

To change or declare a major or minor, students must complete an Undergraduate Change of Academic Program form available at head advising offices, the Registrar’s website under forms, http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/forms, or in MyOSU, select Student, then in Student Academic Services, see Forms and select Registrar.

It is essential for students to keep their major and minor information current.


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Maximum Credit Loads

Undergraduates may register via the Web for up to 19 credits and graduates up to 16 credits. Additional credits may be added, within the guidelines of the academic regulations, by going to the Registrar's Office.

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Open Courses, Open Sections

Available classes can be found by using the "Look-Up Classes to Add" feature of Web registration. Open and current-to-the-minute section availability also can be checked through the Schedule of Classes.

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Prerequisites

Prerequisite courses provide the background necessary for successful performance in a course. The university uses an automated check of students' records—including transfer work—at the time of registration to determine whether students have successfully completed the prerequisites for certain courses.

The online schedule of classes lists prerequisites in the "Restrictions" column, which lists all registration restrictions for the class. The online catalog also lists prerequisites in the course descriptions.

All prerequisites are required.

Prerequisite checking applies to all students regardless of their level, class rank, or college.  

You will be permitted to register only if you have satisfactorily completed or are currently enrolled in the prerequisites for that course. Satisfactory completion may be:

  • A D– grade or higher, or an S or P grade.
  • A test score in the prerequisite. Some mathematics and foreign language courses require a placement test.
  • Accepted transfer work that is considered equivalent to the prerequisite course.
  • Prerequisites will be enforced after grades are processed and students can be disenrolled for not meeting the prerequisites.

Note that you must also meet any other restrictions that the department has placed on the course.

If you have not completed and are not registered for the prerequisite, then you will receive a prerequisite error message when you try to register. You may ask the department offering the course to consider giving you an override for it, which will allow you to register for the course without having first met the prerequisites. If the department declines to give you an override, then you must take the prerequisite in order to register for this course.


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Registration Cancellation/Withdrawal from the University

Your act of registering constitutes your commitment to attend Oregon State University. As a university student, you are both academically and financially responsible for all classes in which you register.

If you want to cancel this commitment and reduce or eliminate tuition charges for the term, you must officially cancel your registration or withdraw from the university (See the Tuition/Fee Reduction Schedule in Tuition and Fees, Drop/Withdraw Refunds section). Failure to pay tuition or to attend classes does not constitute official withdrawal. Students who simply stop attending classes are financially liable for all charges, and may also receive grades of U, N, or F depending on departmental policy.

Registration Cancellation

Prior to the first day of the term you may cancel your registration using the Web registration system at no charge.

Fall 2014 Cancellation

Winter 2015 Cancellation

Spring 2015 Cancellation

Before September 29

Before January 5

Before March 30

Caution: Do not wait until the last minute to process registration changes via the Web. Although generally available 24 hours per day, the Web online registration system is always down from 11:55 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday. If you wait until 10 p.m. or later on a Friday night, you may encounter "system unavailable" messages or busy signals due to many people trying to use the system at the same time.

For additional dates, see the Academic Calendar at http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/ChapterDetail.aspx?key=148.


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Registration Confirmation

You may confirm your schedule and print a copy of your schedule by loggin in to MyOSU at https://myosu.oregonstate.edu, select the Student tab and under My Student Stuff, click on 'My Class Schedule'.

IMPORTANT: Course offerings, course times and locations, and other important information related to courses may change. The Schedule of Classes in the online catalog on the OSU website always has the latest information. Click on Schedule of Classes. (http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/Default.aspx?section=ClassListing)

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Registration and Schedule Changes Before Classes Begin

You may register or change your schedule on the Web at any time after the priority registration schedule and before the first day of classes. Web registration generally is available 24 hours a day, except Friday evening from 11:55 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

 

Fall 2014

Winter 2015

Spring 2015

Classes Begin

September 29

January 5

March 30

For additional dates, see the Academic Calendar at http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/ChapterDetail.aspx?key=148.


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Schedule Changes After Classes Begin

All Web transactions are done on the "Register/Add/Drop Classes" page of the OSU Web registration system. Login to MyOSU at https://myosu.oregonstate.edu, select Student, then under Registration Tools, click on Add/Drop Classes. Web registration generally is available 24 hours a day, except from 11:55 p.m. Friday evening to 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

All paper transactions are done at the Registrar’s Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

Fall 2014

Winter 2015

Spring 2015

Last day to add a class by Web w/o departmental approval

October 5

January 11

April 5

Second week adds by Web

October 6–10

January 12–16

April 6–10

Audit registration period

October 6–10

January 12–16

April 6–10

Last day to drop a class by Web, 11:55 p.m.

October 10

January 16

April 10

Last day to change to/from S/U grade,
5 p.m.

November 15

February 20

May 15

For additional dates, see the Academic Calendar at http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/ChapterDetail.aspx?key=148.

 


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Second Week Add Procedure


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Time Conflicts

Web registration will not permit you to schedule two classes that meet at the same time. If, however, you want to schedule two time-conflicting courses, register for the first course by Web. You will need to obtain a Time Conflict Override Request from the Registrar’s website at http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/forms. This form is also available in MyOSU at https://myosu.oregonstate.edu. Fill it out and obtain signatures from the instructors of each affected course. Then take the form to the department office from which you need the override. Once you have received the override, you can register for the second course using the Web.


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Transfer of Academic Colleges

If you wish to transfer from one OSU college to another, please do so prior to registration. You can obtain the form from your head advisor, from the Registrar’s home page at http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/forms, or MyOSU at https://myosu.oregonstate.edu. Print out and complete the Undergraduate Change of Academic Program form for undergraduates and postbaccs. Approvals are required.


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Transfer Work


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Variable Credit Courses

If a course is taught for variable credits, for example 1 to 16 credits, Web registration will prompt you to enter the correct number of credits for which you wish to enroll. If you need to change that number later, you may do so via the Web.

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Registering by Web


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Withdrawal from the University for the Term

Beginning with the first day of the term, you may withdraw from the university for the term by completing the online withdrawal survey available through the Registrar's website at http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/withdraw-term. Students may withdraw from the university for any reason prior to the beginning of finals week. See Academic Regulation 13 for details. See the Tuition/Fee Reduction and Refund Schedule in the Fees and Fee Payment section for information on the financial implications of withdrawing from the university.

Summer Term: Students may withdraw from any courses during Summer term as indicated by the appropriate session deadlines. A student who remains enrolled in a course(s) after the Withdraw Course deadline for a session is responsible for completing the course(s) in that session and is not eligible for a university withdrawal for the Summer term. A student who has dropped/withdrawn from all Summer session courses in accordance with posted deadlines will be considered as having withdrawn from the university for the term. University withdrawal processing will be completed at the conclusion of the Summer term. Note: Withdrawals resulting from a university withdrawal (as defined in Academic Regulation 13) do not count in the undergraduate 12-Class withdrawal limit specified in Academic Regulation 12.

Note that withdrawal from the university does not disqualify you from registering for the next term. If you have any questions, contact the Registrar’s Office, 541-737-4331, B102 Kerr Administration Building.

Fall 2014 Withdrawal

Winter 2015 Withdrawal

Spring 2015 Withdrawal

September 29 to December 5 by 5 p.m.

January 5 to March 13 by 5 p.m.

March 30 to June 5 by 5 p.m.

For additional dates, see the Academic Calendar at http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/ChapterDetail.aspx?key=148.


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Undergraduate Planned Educational Leave Program

The Undergraduate Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP) is a voluntary, temporary, planned interruption or pause in a student’s regular, full-time education. Its purpose is to enhance an undergraduate student’s prospect of successful completion of their academic program. The PELP provides one opportunity1 for a student to arrange a voluntary absence for as many as six consecutive regular academic terms (not including the summer terms). The PELP is designed to allow a student to pursue other activities that will assist them in clarifying their educational goals, such as job opportunities and experiences away from campus, military deployment, time to resolve personal or medical problems, or other similar pursuits. The PELP allows an undergraduate student to temporarily suspend their academic work for a period of time (in accordance with AR 13a, 13b, and 13c), and resume their studies with minimal procedural difficulties. The PELP $25 non-refundable application fee allows an undergraduate student to maintain their official standing as a student at OSU and reserves the student’s right to keep their original academic catalog2 active during their absence. Beginning with the 2011–2012 academic year, all OSU undergraduate students3 are eligible to request leave through the PELP. The university reserves the right to consider a student’s current academic standing and any existing student conduct issues prior to approving the voluntary PELP leave request. Students who withdraw from OSU prior to the 2011–2012 academic year and who are away from campus for four or more consecutive regular academic terms (not including summer terms) must re-enroll with OSU to re-establish their relationship as an OSU student and their academic catalog will be reset to the academic year they return to OSU.

Transcript Notation

A notation of the dates of any approved leave will be indicated on each student’s official transcript.

Footnotes:

1 Military deployments are an exception to this limitation. All military personnel who are deployed for military service may submit a voluntary leave request for each deployment.
2 In accordance with the university’s catalog policy on the inside cover of the General Catalog.
3 The PELP began with the 2011–2012 academic year (Summer 2011). Any former OSU students who attended OSU prior to the 2011–2012 academic year and have been absent for four or more consecutive regular academic terms will be held to OSU’s prior policy that resets the academic catalog to the catalog in effect at the time they return to OSU.

 


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