The registration division of the Office of the University Registrar handles student registration (i.e.; class permission, requisites, and priority registration times) and enrollment/degree verification. In addition, the division trouble-shoots issues with the Faculty and Advising Center.
Fall Semester 2023-24
- Academic advising for Fall semester begins Monday, March 27, 2023
- Priority registration begins Monday, April 3, 2023
- Fall semester 2023-24 begins Monday, August 28, 2023
Spring Semester 2023-24
- Academic advising for Fall semester begins Monday, October 23, 2023
- Priority registration begins Monday, October 30, 2023
- Spring semester 2023-24 begins Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Summer Semester 2023-24
- Open registration begins Monday, February 19, 2024
- Summer semester 2023-24 begins Monday, May 13, 2024
Registration Access Schedule
The registration access schedule will be available for fall on March 16, 2023 to view the days, times, and student groups for registration
Students New to Ohio University
Senior Citizens (60+ Program)
Cancellation of Registration/Withdrawal from the University
Class Attendance - Dropping Non-attending students
Flexibly Scheduled Classes
Grading and Registration Options
Graduate Catalog Continuous Enrollment Policy
Graduate College Provisional Admission Registration Hold
Graduate Students Taking Undergraduate Classes
Registration How To's
Selective Service Registration
Withdrawal from the University/Cancellation of Registration
Students who are new to the University must go through the orientation process as indicated in their admissions material. Information can be obtained by calling the Orientation Office at 740.593.1951 or contacting your regional campus student services office.
Contact the academic school or department for your department orientation information. A general orientation is hosted each fall prior to the start of the semester. Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, Patton College of Education, and the Voinovich School, can obtain their DARS online.
All incoming undergraduate and graduate students must report to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Walter International Education Center, 15 Park Place, with their passports and immigration documents to check in before registering for classes. In addition, these students are required to attend the international orientation program, which may include TOEFL testing. Questions concerning these requirements may be directed to ISSS, 740.593.4330. (This information applies to students at both the Athens and regional campuses.) Undergraduate international students (who will be taking academic classes during their first semester) must also attend Bobcat Student Orientation Graduate international students should contact their academic department/school regarding departmental/school orientations.
To comply with immigration regulations, international students (F-1 or J-1 status) must register as full-time students (undergraduates must take 12 semester hours per semester and graduate students must take nine semester hours per semester to maintain full-time status). Students must not drop any courses that would bring them below full-time status, register late, or withdraw from all classes without having the prior approval of an advisor in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
To register, use My OHIO Student Center (which may be accessed from My OHIO portal --Academics tab). For questions, contact Registrar Services, first floor, Chubb Hall, or your regional campus student services office.
The registration priority order is: Honors Tutorial College, graduate students, and undergraduate students (based on rank and accumulative hours earned).
Fall and Spring Priority Registration:
- Undergraduate students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for classes. All undergraduate students will have a priority registration advising hold until your advisor releases the hold. Note: If an undergraduate student is pursuing more than one major, the student must have their hold cleared by the advisor (or designee) of each major. The student will not be permitted to register until the holds have been released for all majors. You will receive an email when your priority registration advising hold is released.
- Your enrollment appointment (registration access) time is available in My OHIO Student Center. You will receive an email notification when your appointment time has been assigned.
- For planning purposes only, you may add classes to your cart in My OHIO Student Center prior to your enrollment appointment time. You are not registered in your classes until you finalize your registration by clicking "Finish Enrolling" and receive the success message for each class to indicate you are enrolled.
- Since there is no priority registration for summer you do not have to meet with an academic advisor, but it is recommended, especially if you have questions
- Your advisor is listed in My OHIO Student Center in the Advisor box.
- Your advisor is listed on the first page of your DARS report. Your DARS report is available online.
Academic Program Information:
- Your declared academic programs are listed in My OHIO Student Center. Click on My Academics link to find your declared programs. Note: Academic programs to which you have been admitted for a future semester will not display until just before you are permitted to register for classes.
If you have attended Ohio University previously (earned a grade and/or credit) and wish to return at the same level (i.e., undergraduate students returning as undergraduate and graduate students returning as graduate students), please complete the Re-Enrollment Form [PDF] and return to the Office of the University Registrar (undergraduate students) or the Graduate College (graduate students).
For additional information about re-enrolling, visit our re-enrolling students web page.
If you have not attended Ohio University previously (never earned a grade and/or credit), undergraduate students will need to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office, 120 Chubb Hall, 740.593.4100 and graduate students will need to contact the Graduate College, 102 Grosvenor Hall, 740.593.2800.
Cancellation of registration is defined as dropping all classes before the first day of classes. This is determined by the earliest start date of any of your classes taken during the session/semester.
Withdrawal from the University is defined as dropping all classes on or after the earliest start date of any of your classes taken during the session/semester. This means all regular Ohio University classes for which you are registered, whether on one campus or multiple campuses. You must go to the student services office in your college or regional campus student services office to initiate the withdrawal process. Graduate students must contact the Graduate College. Withdrawal from the University is not permitted on or after the last day of classes, as determined by the earliest end date of any of your classes taken during the session/semester.
Note: Canceling your class registration does not cancel your housing. You are required to make an appointment with a Residence Life staff member in your building prior to your scheduled check out date and time to properly check out of your room, sign your Room Condition Report (RCR), and return all keys. If you have canceled your class registration, you are no longer eligible to reside on campus and must move out completely within 48 hours.
International students (F-1 or J-1 status) must contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), 740.593.4330, prior to withdrawing from the University. Failure to do so may lead to serious immigration problems.
If you miss the first two meetings of a class where the meetings are fewer than 80 minutes or the first meeting of a class where the meeting is 80 minutes or longer, the instructor has the option of not admitting you to the class whether or not you are registered for it. If you miss the first two meetings (or first meeting if 80 minutes or longer), check with your instructor to verify your status in the class. If you have not been admitted, you will need to drop the class by accessing My OHIO Student Center.
Note: If the instructor does not admit you to the class, you must still drop the class from your schedule by accessing My OHIO Student Center . Otherwise, you will receive an F, an FN (failure never attended), or an FS (failure stopped attending) for the class at the end of the semester.
To be considered a full-time student, you must register for a minimum of 12 semester hours. Full-time undergraduate students usually carry a normal load of 15-20 semester hours (even those students on academic probation). Student athletes and students receiving financial aid must carry a minimum of 12 semester hours. Most students receiving scholarships have to carry up to 15 semester hours. Students scheduling more than 20 semester hours must have permission and will be charged an additional fee for each hour taken above 20 semester hours.
To be considered a full-time student, you must register for a minimum of nine (9) semester hours. Students with graduate research, teaching, or graduate assistantship appointments must register for a minimum of 12 graduate semester hours. Some departments require more. Those with fellowships or tuition scholarships must register for a minimum of 15 graduate semester hours. Undergraduate courses, courses taken for audit, and OPIE language courses cannot be used to meet minimum requirements for graduate student course loads. Students scheduling more than 18 semester hours (whether graduate, undergraduate, or a combination) must have permission and will be charged an additional fee for each hour taken above 18 semester hours.
To comply with immigration regulations, international students (F-1 or J-1 status) must register as full-time students (undergraduates must take 12 semester hours per semester and graduate students must take nine (9) semester hours per semester to maintain full-time status). Students must not drop any courses that would take them below full-time status without having the prior approval of an advisor in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
Maximum Semester Hours Allowed Without Permission
Undergraduate students may register for a maximum of 20 semester hours and a graduate student may register for a maximum of 18 semester hours in a given semester. For example, an undergraduate student already registered for 18 semester hours may not add a three-hour (3) course, because this would exceed the limit. If there is a need for a student to exceed the maximum hours, an undergraduate student should contact the student services office in his/her college or regional campus student services office for permission, and a graduate student should contact the Graduate College. Students granted permission to exceed the maximum hours will receive a Permission to Exceed Maximum Hours form, which should be returned to Registrar Services, first floor, Chubb Hall. Graduate students registering for more than 18 semester hours or undergraduate students registering for more than 20 semester hours will see an increase in tuition charges. For details about additional charges, see Tuition and Fees located on the Office of the Bursar's website.
A student who is close to the maximum and needs to add a class (and drop another section of the same course) can avoid exceeding the maximum by using the swap feature. To request a class be changed using the swap feature after the Friday of the first week and through the Friday of the second week of the semester you must visit Registrar Services, first floor, Chubb Hall, or your regional campus student services office.
Flexibly scheduled classes are classes that do not meet for the full session/semester. Therefore, the last day to add, drop, or withdraw from classes might be different from the dates listed in the Academic Calendar. Deadlines to add, drop, and withdraw can be viewed on Course Offerings. Contact the Office of the University Registrar, Chubb Hall, 740.593.4324, or your regional campus student services office for more information.
A continuous enrollment (CE) policy will go into effect in the Fall of 2022. This policy affects students in research/creative activity-based terminal graduate degrees (Ph.D., Ed.D., and MFA only). Students in other master's programs or in professional doctorates are not affected by this policy.
Under the CE policy, students in Ph.D., Ed.D., and MFA programs must enroll for a minimum of 0.5 credit hours for two semesters of each academic year that they are working toward the degree unless on an official leave of absence.
Find additional information on the Graduate Catalog Continuous Enrollment Policy | Ohio University webpage.
If you are a graduate student admitted with a provisional admission, you must provide the Graduate College with a final/official transcript or academic document showing the conferred degree (see policy in the Graduate Catalog). A registration hold will remain on your record until the Graduate College receives appropriate documentation.
Instructions for mailing a final/official paper transcript or academic document
You must request previous institutions/universities send paper transcripts to:
1 Ohio University
Grosvenor Hall 102
Athens, OH 45701.
Instructions for an electronic transcript (U.S. institutions only)
You must request previous institutions/universities use email@example.com as the delivery notice address.
Find additional information in the FAQ on the following Graduate College web page.
Graduate students are eligible to register for undergraduate classes. Any undergraduate classes taken by a graduate student automatically will become part of the student's undergraduate record (transcripts and DARS reports). To enroll in undergraduate classes, graduate students should contact the Graduate College and complete a Graduate Seeking Undergraduate form. Undergraduate courses are included in the 18 credit hour registration limit. They do not count toward registration requirements for graduate appointments. Please note graduate students taking undergraduate courses pay graduate fees.
Some students may find that they are prevented from registering or receiving other University services because a hold has been placed on their academic record. Holds are placed when students fail to meet financial or other obligations. Students need to clear the hold with the office that placed the hold before they will be allowed to register or receive other University services.
You are required to meet all of the requisites for a given course. Failure to meet requisites can prevent your registration for the course or result in a drop or withdrawal for that course. Requisites are listed for each class in Course Offerings. A detailed explanation of a requisite can be found on the Requisite Key.
Students can view their schedules anytime at My OHIO Student Center. Notifications to check schedules will be sent periodically.
It is the student's responsibility to check the accuracy of his/her schedule and make any adjustments by the Friday of the second week of the semester.
Frequently Asked Questions regarding registration.
Office of the University Registrar
Chubb Hall, first floor
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701