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Registering for Classes 

Prior to registration, don't forget to. . .

==> MAKE THE $100 DOWNPAYMENT in the Business Office, Schofield 108. You cannot register until this payment is made and a Payment Plan Agreement form is signed online.

==> Attend Orientation if you are a newly admitted student or transfer student.

==> Consult your adviser about the classes you are going to take. Freshmen and sophomores must get a PAC (Personal Advising Code) from their advisers in order to register. If you are a new student, this will be done during Orientation.

==> Questions? Contact Registration Services in Schofield 128 or your adviser for additional help.

If a required course is closed, contact the department. Some departments keep waiting lists and others allow overloads.

If you cannot attend the first day of class, contact your instructor. If you do not show up for the first class period you may be dropped from the class!!!

Registration Terms to Know
Placement Testing
Planning a Schedule

Registration Terms To Know

Academic Standing - The University expects each student to maintain a level of academic achievement. Academic standing is determined at the end of the fall semester and at the end of the spring semester. There are consequences when a student falls below good academic standing. Refer to the UW-Eau Claire Catalogue for complete information and academic policies.

Consult - Credit will be granted. However, course equivalent needs to be determined by consultation with the appropriate department. Take your Transfer Course Evaluation and, if possible, a course outline or syllabus (including the title of the textbook used) and a copy of your school catalogue, to the appropriate UWEC department.

Defer - Credit currently has not been awarded.  Further course information is required to determine if the course meets transfer eligibility.  Take your Transfer Course Evaluation and, if possible, a course outline or syllabus (including the title of the textbook used) and a copy of your school catalogue, to the appropriate UWEC department.  There is a possibility you will not receive credit..

Degree Audit - A document you receive with your registration materials.  This computer generated list tells you which classes you have taken and which classes you still need to complete for your particular degree.  If you are thinking of changing majors, you can request a “What If” Degree Audit from MyBlugold to see where you would stand in that program.

Drop/Add - Dropping or adding classes to your schedule is possible, but only during certain periods of the semester -- typically the first week -- and with certain signatures. Consult the Registration website for deadlines each semester.

MyBlugold/CampS - Is a computerized system for students to register for courses, obtain degree audits and transcripts, check on financial aid, fee payments, and obtaini grades.

Preassignments - Some courses require permission from the department prior to registering. This is called a "preassignment."

Prerequisites - These are courses you must take, or conditions you must meet, before taking a course. Both the online Class Schedule Bulletin and the UWEC Catalogue list the prerequisites.

Registration - The process of enrolling in classes each semester.

S/U Grading - This means that you are taking a course on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading basis rather than for a letter grade. A grade of "S" means a "C" or better. A grade of "U" means C- and below. There are restrictions as to who can take courses on an S/U basis, and when. Consult your UWEC Catalogue and your adviser before registering for any course on the S/U basis. S/U does not affect grade point average.

Withdrawal - Withdrawing from a class is possible up to a certain point in the semester--typically the tenth week. Consult the Registration website for deadlines. A "W" remains on your transcript. Withdrawing from a class after the deadline will result in an "F" on your transcript. Also, read the section of your UWEC Catalogue under "Academic Policies and Regulations" and consult with your adviser to determine the best course of action for your situation.

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Placement Testing

All students who do not have credit for college level English or mathematics are required to take UW-System placement tests.  If you intend to take a foreign language and would like to take a placement test, these are available in French, Spanish, German and Japanese. If you have taken placement tests at another UW-System school we can usually obtain those scores for you.  The Academic Testing office is located in Schofield Hall 226.

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Planning a Schedule

Each of the universities four colleges (Arts and Sciences; Business; Education and Human Services; and Nursing and Health Science) has its own requirements for earning a degree.  Read your catalogue and your degree audit, and speak with your adviser to find out the requirements for your degree. Your adviser will help you understand degree requirements. 

Course Numbering System:

  • 001-099 are remedial courses which cannot be counted toward your degree but in some cases are still required
  • 100-199 are primarily for freshmen
  • 200-299 are primarily for sophomores
  • 300-499 are open to juniors and seniors
  • 500-699 are junior/senior courses that are also approved for graduate credit
  • 700-799 are open to graduate students only

In general, you are allowed to enroll in courses numbered one level above your classification (freshman, sophomore, etc.).

How many courses to take: a general guideline is that you should plan on studying a minimum of 2 hours for every hour you are in class.  So, for example, if you have a 3 credit class, that translates to a minimum of 9 hours per week (3 hours in class and 6 hours of study outside of class). Most nontraditional students need to coordinate work and family responsibilities with their academics.  
Here is a guide to balance your course load with working hours:

Weekly Job
Course Load Suggested
9 hours or less
14-16 credits
10-19 hours 10-13 credits
20-29 hours 7-9 credits
30-39 hours 4-6 credits
40 hours plus 1-3 credits


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