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Undergraduate Catalog

2013 - 2014


Registration Office
B-130 ASB
(801) 422-2631

Who May Register?

Students are eligible to register if they are either continuing BYU students or new students who have received a letter of acceptance from the Admissions Office for the semester they wish to attend.

Continuing student status ends if a student does not complete day school classes during two consecutive full semesters (fall and winter) or if a student has graduated from BYU. Students who have lost continuing student status must be readmitted by the Admissions Office (D-155 ASB) before registration may begin.

Students must be in good Honor Code standing to register and to continue enrollment at BYU. The term "good Honor Code standing" means that a student's conduct is consistent with the Honor Code and the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Excommunication, disfellowshipment, or disaffiliation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints automatically results in the withdrawal of the student's ecclesiastical endorsement and the loss of good Honor Code standing. Further, a student is not in good Honor Code standing if his or her ecclesiastical endorsement has either lapsed or has been withdrawn, or if the Honor Code Office has placed a "hold" on the student's records.

The Registration Process

Complete registration instructions and deadlines are listed in the current class schedule for each semester or term or on the web site

Registration is based on a priority system (fall and winter semesters only) that allows students to begin registration according to the number of hours completed. Priority begins with graduate students and seniors, then juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. Post-baccalaureate non-degree-seeking graduates will be given access after continuing freshmen. Newly admitted freshmen will register together in a separate priority (fall semester only). However, for fall semester, early registration for mentored courses may be completed through the Freshman Mentoring website.

Students can determine their priority registration for fall and winter semesters by logging onto the AIM system, typing MyMAP in the Quick URL box, clicking on the "Register" tab, then clicking on the "+" near the appropriate semester tab. These dates will be posted 2-3 weeks before registration begins. Students may begin registering for fall semester in April and for winter semester in October by following the instructions in the current class schedule or on the web site.

Summer semester registration is not based on a priority system. Schedules become available sometime in December, and eligible students can register for summer beginning in February. Students have continuous access to the online registration system; however, once school begins some classes must be added with a permission-to-add code.

Adding and Dropping Classes

Students may use the web registration system to add and drop classes until the add deadline. Each academic department determines how classes are added. The add method of each class is noted in the current class schedule with an O (web registration system is open through add deadline), S (department or faculty permission-to-add code required always), or F (web registration system until classes start for a semester—instructor permission-to-add code thereafter).

To add a class that requires a permission-to-add code:

  1. Contact the instructor/department and obtain a permission-to-add code.
  2. Log into MyBYU and select the Registration tab under MyMap.
  3. Select the year-term, teaching area, and class number of the class you want to add.
  4. In the left column select the "P" for the class you want to add.
  5. A pop-up box will appear. Enter the permission-to-add code (they are not case sensitive).
  6. Hit "enter."
  7. Select "OK" to verify the transaction.

To drop a class once school begins:

    Use the AIM registration system during the add period (first six class days of a semester or term).

    Dropping all classes after the first day of class will result in a withdraw date on the transcript.

    Note: A student can be registered for more than one section of an R-suffix course and therefore must drop each unwanted section.

    To withdraw from a class after the add/drop dealine, see "Withdrawal from Classes" below.

Full-, Three-Quarter-, or Part-Time Status

For fall, winter, or spring-summer enrollment purposes, a student who registers for 12 or more credit hours is full-time. Registration for 9 to 11.5 credit hours per semester is deemed three-quarter-time. Registration for 0.5 to 8.5 credit hours gives the student part-time status. International students and students receiving financial assistance may be required to register for more hours to be considered full-time. (Tuition is assessed differently. Please check the tuition tables.)

Verification of Full-Time Status for Graduate Students

Graduate students (master's and doctoral students) who are enrolled for at least 2 credit hours per semester and who can be certified by their department as being engaged full-time in pursuit of their degrees can petition for graduate full-time status. Requests for such an exception should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies (105 FPH or call [801] 422-4091).

Withdrawal from Classes

Students who choose to withdraw from a class must do so officially. Students who do not officially withdraw before the published deadline will receive a failing grade. Refer to the current class schedule for the appropriate procedure and deadlines and fees.

To withdraw from a class:

  1. During the withdraw period (seventh through fiftieth day of a semester or seventh through twenty-fifth day of a term) students may use the AIM registration system to withdraw from classes. A $10 fee per class will be charged to the student's account and a W will be posted on the student's transcript (a "W" does not affect GPA).
  2. To withdraw from classes for extenuating circumstances after the withdraw deadline, students may petition for an exception to university policy through the Petitions Office (B-150 ASB) and pay a $10 fee per class.

The university reserves the right to assign a failing grade for academic dishonesty reasons even if the student is able to withdraw him/herself from the class before the failing grade has been assigned.

Class Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend classes for which they are registered. Each class instructor may determine the relationship of class attendance to the final grade for the course. Faculty should tell students what relationship attendance has to the final grade for the course, but students must take responsibility for their actions. Notification to teachers of emergency absences (death in the family, serious illness, etc.) is the student's responsibility.

Auditing Classes

Students who wish to audit a class (take a course without receiving any credit for it) must add the class with a permission-to-audit code within the first six class days of a semester or term. Audited classes do not appear on transcripts for completed semesters and do not count for verification purposes. Students must be officially enrolled either for credit or audit to be eligible to attend class.

Class Preparation Time

The expectation for undergraduate courses is three hours of work per week per credit hour for the average student who is appropriately prepared; much more time may be required to achieve excellence. These three hours may include one hour of lecture plus two hours of work outside class, three hours in a laboratory with little outside work, or any other combination appropriate to a particular course.

Maximum Hours per Semester

An undergraduate student in good standing may register for as many as 18 credit hours in any one semester by following the regular registration procedure. College advisement centers may authorize a student who has demonstrated superior academic ability to register for a maximum of 21 hours per semester. This authorization is given by the advisor flagging approval on a student's record. The student will not be able to register for the additional hours until the first day of the semester/term. Registering for classes through Continuing Education or auditing classes constitutes a part of the total registration. Through a petition process after the first day of school, exceptions to these rules may be granted by the university registrar (B-150 ASB).

Final Examinations

The university schedules exam preparation and examination periods. An examination period occurs at the end of each semester and term. The examination period is preceded by exam preparation days, which give time for conscientious review, study, and synthesis of the semester's work. The exam preparation and the examination periods are firmly scheduled parts of the semester; students must not make plans that interfere with these important academic activities. Students may not take final examinations early. If illness or other uncontrollable circumstances prevent a student from taking an examination at the scheduled time, that student is responsible to inform the class instructor as soon as possible.

The instructor may give the grade Incomplete for nonacademic extenuating circumstances occurring after the discontinuance deadline. The incomplete cannot be given unless the student and instructor together prepare a contractual agreement (see Grading and Records for further information.) In cases where a student has conflicting examinations or three or more examinations in one day, individual arrangement for alternative test times may be made by the instructor.

Registration Holds

The university may place a hold on a student's records that will block registration privileges. The hold will be indicated on the registration system. It is the student's responsibility to contact the appropriate office to clear any holds before attempting to register for classes.

Academic Standards:

Academic Support Office (801) 422-2723

Ecclesiastical Endorsement:

Honor Code Office (801) 422-2847

Financial Status (prior balance):

Student Accounts (801) 422-4104

Graduate School:

Office of Graduate Studies (801) 422-4091


Collections Office (801) 422-7648
Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (801) 422-4104

Advisement Centers (CAC holds):

    Education (801) 422-3426
    Engineering and Technology (801) 422-4325
    Family, Home, and Social Sciences (801) 422-3541
    Fine Arts and Communications (801) 422-3777
    Humanities (801) 422-4789
    International and Area Studies (801) 422-3548
    Life Sciences (formerly Biology and Agriculture) (801) 422-3042
    Marriott School of Management (801) 422-4285
    Nursing (801) 422-4173
    Physical and Mathematical Sciences (801) 422-2674
    University Advisement (Open Major) (801) 422-3826