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Scheduling & Registration FAQ

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Answers to your frequently asked questions about Scheduling, Registration, and Dropping & Withdrawing.

Scheduling FAQ

How many classes should I take each semester?

In order to graduate in 4 years, it is recommended that you take 15 credits each semester.

What is the difference between full-time and part-time enrollment?

Full-time enrollment for undergraduate students is 12 to 18 credits. Part-time enrollment for undergraduate students is 1 to 11 credits.

How can I view my schedule?

You are able to view your schedule through the MyESU portal.

I want to take a credit overload. How do I get permission?

  • A credit overload is more than 18 credits in fall or spring or more than 7 credits in an individual summer or winter session.
  • If you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, you may be allowed a credit overload.
  • Permission will not be granted for more than 24 credits in a fall or spring semester or more than 10 credits in an individual summer or winter session.
  • You may request an overload permission by obtaining the instructor’s and dean’s approval on an “APPROVAL TO REGISTER FOR MORE THAN 18 CREDITS" card.
  • If you carry more than 18 credits in a fall of spring semester, you will be responsible for additional tuition charges at the standard rate per credit hour.

What is Degree Works and how can I find it?

Degree Works is a comprehensive, web-based academic advising, transfer articulation, and degree audit tool that helps you navigate curriculum requirements. To access Degree Works, you log in to MyESU portal. Go to Registration tools and select “Degree Works Access."

How should I arrange my class schedule?

To decide what classes to take, always consult your advisor. Use your DegreeWorks and major/minor advising sheets as guides. The ESU academic catalog contains your major’s four-year plan of study.

Registration FAQ

How do I register for a class?

  • To register for a class, meet with your advisor to discuss your schedule. He or she will give you a pin number.
  • Log on to your MyESU portal and click on "Students" at the top of the page.
  • Click on "Look Up Classes."
  • "Search by Term" for the semester or session you want to enroll in and click "Submit."
  • Choose the department that offers the course you want to register in. Click "Course Search" for course choices.
  • Click on "View Sections" to display the details of the course (place, time, professor, seats remaining in class).
  • If class is open, there will be an option to "Select" on left of the screen; check "Select" if you would like to register for the class. Once you select the class, click "Register."
  • A message will tell you if you have successfully registered for the class.

How does a waitlist work?

A waitlist is an electronic list of students who are waiting to register for a filled course. Wait lists are set on select courses. Not all courses will have a wait list. When a class reaches its maximum enrollment, you may attempt to add the class and if you are eligible, you will be able to enroll on the wait list. If a seat becomes available in the class and you are the first student on the wait list, you will be notified by e-mail. You have a limited window of time to register for the section. You are not automatically added to the section. If you do not register by the deadline, you will be dropped from the waitlist for that section and the next student on the list will be notified. If you are no longer interested in being on a wait list, it is your responsibility to drop the course.

How do I add a class?

  1. Go to your MyESU portal
  2. Click on the “Students" tab
  3. Under Registration Tools, click “Add or Drop Classes"
  4. Enter your student identification number (9 digits) and pin (6 digit birth date)
  5. Click on “Student"
  6. Click on “Registration"
  7. Click on “Add or Drop Classes"
  8. Select the term in which the class is to be added. Then click “Submit"
  9. The Add or Drop page will appear with all the classes you are taking in the term selected.
  10. Enter the CRN on the Add or Drop Classes page. Then select Submit Changes.

What is a hold?

A hold can keep you from certain processes. For example, if you have a revenue hold, then you will not be able to register for classes or receive academic transcripts. You are able to view your holds through the MyESU portal.

Dropping & Withdrawing FAQ

How do I drop a class?

  1. Go to your MyESU portal
  2. Click on the “Students" tab
  3. Under Registration Tools, click “Add or Drop Classes"
  4. Enter your student identification number (9 digits) and pin (6 digit birth date)
  5. Click on “Student"
  6. Click on “Registration"
  7. Click on “Add or Drop Classes"
  8. Select the term in which the class is to be dropped. Then click “Submit"
  9. The Add or Drop page will appear with all the classes you are taking in the term selected
  10. Use the the options available in the “Action" pull down menu. Select “Dropped via Web." Then select “Submit Changes"

Remember: To drop a class, permission is needed from the Dean after the 10th week of classes.

How do I withdraw from a class?

Starting the ninth day of a full semester, you are able to withdraw from a class. The final grade on your transcript will be a "W" grade. A "Drop Card" needs to be signed by the professor and returned to the Student Enrollment Center. Drop Cards are located at the department or at the Student Enrollment Center located in Zimbar Hall. The last day to withdraw from a course is during the tenth week of the semester. Detailed dates can be found on the Registrar’s homepage.

What is the difference between a course withdrawal and a term withdrawal?

A course withdrawal is withdrawing from one or more courses with a grade of “W." A term withdrawal is withdrawing from all courses for that term. If you want to withdraw from a full semester, you must fill out a formal withdrawal form available at the Student Enrollment Center located in Zimbar Hall.

How does a term withdrawal affect my financial aid?

Withdrawing from a semester may affect your current financial aid. Federal Aid may have to be returned, but that is dependent on the date you withdraw. Future eligibility for Federal Aid may also be affected. It is best that you speak with a financial aid counselor. No appointment is necessary. You should also review the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.