Registering for Classes

Who Can Register

  • You may register for classes if you are a continuing BYU student or a new student who has received an acceptance notice.
  • Once admitted to BYU, you'll be given registration eligibility. You may not attend class if you are not officially registered for either credit or audit.
  • Those students not admitted for regular day time enrollment have options to take classes as Visiting Students or through Continuing Education.
  • You must have a Continuing Ecclesiastical Endorsement. This means that if you were excommunicated, disfellowshipped, or disaffiliated from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you cannot attend BYU until you are in good standing. 
  • Faculty, Staff, and Spouses - See Full-time Employee Registration.

When to Register (Priority Registration)

It is your responsibility to be aware of all registration dates and deadlines.

Spring and Summer Priority Registration

Everyone has the same priority registration date for Spring and Summer. It is February 1st.

Fall and Winter Priority Registration

You can begin registering on your assigned priority registration date which is determined by the number of credit hours earned through the most recently completed semester or term. For transfer students, this includes transfer credit accepted by BYU. The dates are assigned and posted to MyMAP a few weeks before it begins and an email notice is sent.

New Freshman

If you are a New Freshman admitted to fall semester, you are randomly assigned a date for registration during the second week of June. If you have AP credit or other transfer work, but have not yet attended BYU, you will still be assigned a June registration date. (This includes returned missionaries who did not attend before their mission.) However, for your second semester, all completed/accepted credit hours will be considered when your date is assigned.

Priority Registration Dates

This is a placeholder for a system generated table of Priority Registration dates. Do not remove.

How to Register

First, you need to find the classes you want to take.

  • Browse the catalog for major requirements and course offerings. Use the class schedule to find classes using helpful filters, like time of day or instructor.

Next, go to MyMAP to plan your schedule and officially register. 


Registration Method

You should be aware that there are three different ways that a department can set up a class for registration. 

Method Definition
"O"

Online - students can register for the class online in MyMAP

anytime through the add/drop deadline. 

"F"

First day of class - students can register online until

the first day of class, after which they would need a permission-to-add code.

"S"

"S" used to stand for signature. It means students must

get a permission-to-add code from the instructor.

Most classes are "O" registration method. If a class has "F" or "S" registration method, it will be indicated in MyMAP (after navigating to Add Classes on the Register tab and searching for a class, you'd see a 'Y' in the notes column). You will not be able to add without a permission-to-add code. (See Permission-to-Add Codes below.)

Guest Access

Guest Access allows someone else, such as a parent, spouse, or sibling, to have access to your information. You are invited to watch a short, helpful video explaining guest access here. If you have any questions, contact BYU OneStop at 801-422-4104.​

Class Standing

We base your class standing on your number of earned credits as follows:

Credit Hours Earned Class Standing
0-29.9 Freshman
30-59.9  Sophomore
60-89.9 Junior
90 and over Senior

To find out when you can register, see the priority registration schedule.

Term Classes

A term class is 8 weeks (half a semester). Classes are completed at an accelerated pace, but the tuition deadlines and charges are the same as semester classes. During fall and winter, Term 1 courses run during the first 8 weeks of instruction, and Term 2 courses run during the last 8 weeks of instruction. Registering only for term classes and not registering for Fall/Winter semesters is not encouraged. 

During spring and summer, most classes are taught by term, with a few semester-length offerings.

Make sure you're aware of the dates and deadlines for term classes. Refer to the academic schedule.

Waitlists

Waitlists allow you to be placed in a queue for a class that is full.  

Waitlist Registration & Expiration

  • If a full class is offering a waitlist, a "WL" will appear next to the class in MyMAP. You can add yourself to a waitlist by clicking on the "WL" and accepting the terms.
  • If you are not eligible to add a particular class based on class limitations (e.g. majors only) or registration holds, you will not see the waitlist option.
  • You can check your position or remove yourself from a waitlist at any time in MyMAP. 
  • Waitlists can be available for all classes with “F” or “O” registration method , unless the department turns it off for a class.
  • Waitlists for "F" registration method classes expire the morning of the first day of the semester or term, and waitlists for “O” registration method classes expire evening of the fourth calendar day of the semester or term.
  • If the department changes the class registration method to “S” at any time, the waitlist will expire.
  • You cannot waitlist an envelope (one or more classes bundled together, requiring registration for all of the classes), but you can waitlist a cross-listed class (a class that is listed under different names but is the same class).

Waitlist Terms

  • Once a seat becomes available, and you are first on the waitlist, you will be automatically added to the class.
  • If you no longer want the class, you must remove yourself from the waitlist (from the Register tab in MyMAP).
  • If you are registered for another section of the same class, it will be dropped if the waitlisted section is added. (This doesn't happen with R-suffix classes.)
  • You can only waitlist one section of the same class (except R-suffix classes).
  • Waitlisting does not guarantee that you will get a seat in the class.
  • You will be skipped in the waitlist if you have registration holds, if adding the class will cause you to go over the maximum credit hour limit (e.g. undergrad: 18.0 during Fall/Winter), or if you do not meet other class limitations (e.g. majors only, etc.).
  • Waitlisted classes will be added even if there is a time conflict with another class in your schedule.
  • If the system adds you to a waitlisted class, you will be notified by email.

The only way to override the waitlist is to ask your instructor for a permission-to-add code. It is your instructor’s decision on whether to give you a code or not. There is no other way for faculty or staff to move students up on the waitlist.

Waitlist Information for Faculty

Faculty are able to see the waitlist for any section they can access via the class roll. The waitlist queue will indicate a time stamp of when the student was added to the waitlist. There is also an option to send a message to selected students on the waitlist. If the department adds more seats to the class, students on the waitlist will be added first.

If there is a long waitlist, the department may decide they would like to add another section of the class. If this happens, they would need to inform students of the newly created section.

Permission-to-add Codes

Permission-to-add codes allow you to register for a class that is either full, has a limitation that you don’t meet, or needs special authorization. These codes are valid for the specific class, section, and year-term. They only work once and expire after the add/drop deadline. They will not work if you have a registration hold. The instructor or the department must be willing to give permission-to-add codes; they may choose not to. 

If you want to add a class and need a permission-to-add code, use one of the following options:

Option 1: Get a code from instructor

  1. Contact your instructor/department to obtain a permission-to-add code.
  2. Login to MyMAP and select the Register tab.
  3. Click the "Add a Class" button under the correct semester/term.
  4. In the popup,Select the year/term, teaching area and class number of the class you want to add.
  5. On the left column select the “P” for the class you want to add.
  6. A pop-up box will appear. Enter the permission-to-add code (they are not case sensitive) and hit “Enter.”
  7. Select “OK” to confirm the transaction.

Option 2: Instructor gives permission with their mobile device

  1. The instructor must have already given you permission on their mobile device.
  2. Log into MyMAP and select the Register tab.
  3. Click the "Add a Class" button under the correct semester/term.
  4. On the popup, you should see the class you've been given permission to add. You must click on the "A" to add the class.
  5. Select "OK" to confirm the transaction. 

Prerequisite Course Enforcement

Some classes have prerequisite courses that you must take before you can register for them.

The following are rules concerning prerequisite course enforcement:​

  1. You cannot register for a class until you complete the course prerequisites through BYU coursework, transfer equivalencies, or substitutions.
  2. You must complete the prerequisites with a passing grade.
  3. You can register for a course in a future semester if you register for its prerequisite in a current or earlier semester.
  4. If you fail the prerequisite, you will need to drop the course that requires the prerequisite.
  5. If you drop or discontinue the prerequisite, you will automatically be dropped from the course that requires the prerequisite.
  6. If you do not meet course prerequisites, the system informs you at the time of registration.
  7. You cannot take a course and its prerequisite course in the same semester or term.
  8. Prerequisite courses are not title code specific.
  9. Permission-to-add codes override prerequisite enforcement.

Maximum Credit Hours

Undergraduate Students

  • If you are in good academic standing, you may register for up to 18 credit hours per semester or 9 credits per term.
  • You can take 21 credit hours per semester or 11 credits per term if your college advisement center approves it.
  • You cannot register for the additional hours until the first day of the semester.
  • If you are taking Continuing Education classes or audit classes, these count as credit hours.
  • For exceptions, you must go through a petition process after the first day of school.

Graduate Students

  • You may take up to 22 credit hours per semester, 11 per term.
  • To take more than the maximum, you must work with the Graduate Studies Office (105 FPH, 801-422-4091).

Variable Credit Classes

Some departments offer variable credit classes. You can choose from a given range of credits which corresponds with the amount of coursework required. You should consult with your professor or advisor before choosing the number of credit hours.

If you want to adjust the number of credit hours after you have added the class to your schedule, you have two options: (1) Drop the class from your schedule and add it again for the new number of credit hours; (2) Contact the Registrar’s Office at 801-422-2631 and ask them to adjust it for you without dropping the class (best option if class has a waitlist). 

Auditing Classes

Definition of an Audit

  • To audit a class means to register for a class without receiving credit or a grade. Audit classes and classes for credit have the same tuition cost.
  • Audited classes do not count toward your number of credits. Audits do count toward the maximum credit hours allowed for a semester or term.
  • An audit class will show on your current semester or term registration with a "V" in the grade column. After the end of the semester or term, the class will not appear on your transcript.

Registering for an Audit Class

  • Your instructor or department needs to give you a permission-to-audit code during the first 6 days of a semester or term.
  • To change a class to audit, you must drop the class and then add it with a permission-to-audit code for audit. The first 5 digits of the permission-to-audit code must say "AUDIT" to add the class for audit. You will have to wait until the first day of classes to receive and use a permission-to-audit code.

Continuing Education

Please refer to the following pages if you are interested in taking classes other than daytime enrollment classes:

Accessibility

BYU offers a variety of accommodations for students with disabilities. If you need help with registration or other academic services, contact the University Accessibility Center.