Review the Basics of Course Registration
Even if you registered during your orientation session, it is a good idea to review the information below. This is pertinent for future registration periods, including any add/drop periods.
A. BEFORE YOU REGISTER
1. Meet your advisor
Academic advising is recommended for every student and is required in some departments. Advising is more than just choosing classes; academic advisors help students explore educational opportunities and life goals. When meeting with an academic advisor, you will have the opportunity to:
- Learn about educational options, degree requirements, and academic policies and procedures.
- Clarify educational objectives.
- Identify programs consistent with your abilities, interests, and life goals.
- Use university resources to your best advantage.
Ultimately, you are responsible for seeking adequate academic advice, knowing and meeting degree requirements, and enrolling in appropriate courses to ensure timely progress toward a degree.
2. Check your Registration Information Sheet (RIS)
The Registration Information Sheet (RIS)
lists information pertinent to your registration, such as:
Your RIS displays the local, permanent, and e-mail addresses you have on file with the University. Tuition bills, reminders, and other important information will be sent to your e-mail and your choice of mailing address.
Your RIS displays advising information including current standing, current major(s), hours completed (including transferred hours), and cumulative GPA.
Your RIS lists all times you are eligible to register. Your access period is assigned based on your classification at the time your registration record is created and is not updated automatically when you claim credit through testing or have transfer work applied to your record. Access times are updated after each access period. Be sure to check your RIS regularly to ensure you don't miss any opportunities to make changes to your schedule.
Your RIS will list any bars that might prevent access to registration. All bars must be cleared before access to the registration system will be allowed.
3. Plan your schedule
Check the Course Schedule for details about course offerings, course descriptions, registration, access times, waitlists, and final exam schedules. The Course Schedule is posted on the Registrar's Web site about two weeks before registration starts each semester. It is recommended that you register for 14-16 hours of coursework each semester to stay on track for four-year graduation. You can check your degree progress with the Interactive Degree Audit system (IDA). More information about the IDA can be found on the Registrar's website
4. Check for prerequisites
A prerequisite is a requirement (typically a course or placement exam score) you must meet before taking a course. You need to be aware of any course prerequisites before you register. The online registration system will not always enforce prerequisites: sometimes it will simply tell you that you do not meet a prerequisite and sometimes it will do nothing. If you are able to add a course but do not meet its prerequisites, the department offering that course may drop you from it. Find out about prerequisites prior to registration using the Undergraduate Catalog, the Course Schedule (click on the unique number to link to "Course Details"), or the prerequisite check system available on the Registrar's Web site.
5. Take any necessary placement or credit-by-exam tests
Some courses have credit-by-exam or placement test prerequisites. You will not be allowed to register for these courses if you haven't taken the required tests. Many of these tests are available during orientation, such as math, foreign language, chemistry, and the Texas government tests. If you've taken AP or other exams, but don't have the scores, discuss your options with your advisor.
6. Clear your bars
A bar is a code placed on your record that prevents registration. All bars will be listed on your Registration Information Sheet (RIS). Types of bars that may appear include:
In most cases, financial bars may be paid in cash or by check at the Cashier's Office in MAI 8, or cleared online through the "What I Owe" page on UT Direct.
You must resolve a non-financial bar in person at the administrative office that imposed it.
Many majors require students to be advised before registering for classes. Check your RIS to see if your major department requires advising.
1. Plan for Registration
Identify several course options prior to registration. Find classes you'd like to take to fulfill your degree requirements and use these to create various schedules. Hundreds, if not thousands, of students may access the system at the same time and an open class may only have a few seats remaining. When formulating potential schedules, be sure to write down the five-digit unique numbers, as they are what you will use to register for classes.
The registration system can be accessed several different ways. We recommend starting from your Registration Information Sheet (RIS) so you are aware of any bars on your registration. You can also access the system directly from the Registrar's website. In addition to having a browser window open for registration, you may want to have one open with the Course Schedule so you check the status of a class before attempting to register. When you access the registration system for the first time, you will go through the following steps:
Upon accessing the registration system, you will be asked to confirm your e-mail address. If you have established an @utexas.edu address but have not updated your listing to reflect that, now is a good time to do so.
Next, you will be given a list of optional fees. These include the Longhorn All-Sports Package, student surface or motorcycle parking, access to various performances, and the University yearbook. Most of these items can be purchased later if you want to go directly to registration. For more information, see the General Information Catalog.
The registration page follows the list of optional fees. You will be given options to add and drop classes as well as change them to or from a pass/fail basis (see the General Information Catalog for more information on taking classes pass/fail). To add classes, simply select the "add" option, enter the unique number for the class you want, and submit. If you find that a class conflicts with one you previously added, you can select the "drop dependent on adding" option. This ensures that you still have a class if you are unable to add the new one.
In order to waitlist a class, you must attempt to add the class. You are then given the option to waitlist and designate a "swap" course (i.e. one that will be dropped if you can be added to the class from the waitlist). It is imperative to designate a swap class if the waitlisted course conflicts with one of your other classes or if adding it would put you in more than 17 hours (the maximum number students can register for without getting special permission.) For more information on how waitlists work, including how to designate swap classes, go to Waitlists
C. AFTER REGISTRATION
1. Pay your bill
The University sends a tuition bill to your e-mail address that is on record once the registration period ends. Your registration is not complete unless you pay your tuition and fees by the payment deadline. You have the option to pay in full or use the installment plan (except in summer). Even if you have financial aid, you should still confirm that all your payment deadlines have been met and no further action is required of you. You may pay online at My Tuition Bill or in person at the Cashier's Office located in MAI 8. For payment details, visit Student Accounts Receivable or the Course Schedule.
Students who do not pay their fee bill in full by the deadline or meet the first installment deadline are dropped from all classes. Then, they have to re-register at a later time, when it is unlikely they will recover the original schedule.
2. Adjust your schedule (if necessary)
Students who have registered and paid during a previous registration period may adjust their schedules by adding or dropping classes during assigned access periods.
3. Stay on track
Keep an eye on your graduation goals. Learn about degree requirements in your appropriate University catalog. Check progress toward your degree with an Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) on the Registrar's site and take advantage of academic advising.
4. Withdraw, if necessary
See the General Information Catalog for policies and procedures related to withdrawing from the university.
D. IMPORTANT REGISTRATION WEB SITES:
The University of Texas at Austin Home
The university's home page offers news, links, and search capabilities.
When in doubt, start here for links to academic support, registration, financial matters, and more.
What I Owe
This website allows students to view and pay any non-tuition charges they may owe the university. It also provides a link to My Tuition Bill.
My Tuition Bill
Students can view and pay their tuition bills online.
Registrar Services Online
The Registrar's online services require a UT EID and password. From here, students can register for courses, check grades, and check class availability, among other things.
Registration Information Sheet
The Registration Information Sheet (RIS) allows students to view registration access times and any bars that must be cleared prior to registration.
The Course Schedule contains course offerings for the entire University (including class times, locations, and instructors), the University calendar, registration procedures, tuition information, advising bar information, final exam schedules, and a campus map.
Student Testing Services (STS), a Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment (DIIA), coordinates examinations for course credit and placement.
Sending Exam Scores
Go to this Web site for information on sending Advanced Placement, CLEP, and other test scores to UT.
This Web site, while for transfer students, does provide tools and information related to the transfer of course credit from other institutions - including dual credit.