How to register for university courses

You have been accepted to the colleges of your choice. Then, after months of consideration, you have decided on the school you will attend this fall.

Now what?

Over the past four years, your high school counselor has probably been setting your class schedule. It’s college and the responsibility has been transferred to you, but you don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, we have you. Here’s what you need to know about getting a class schedule for the fall semester.

Before you can register: First

Are you admitted?

Before you start enrolling in classes, make sure you get admitted to the university. Most universities provide their applicants with a student portal to review their admission status. Students must be admitted to a school before they can enroll in classes.

Registration calendar

You also need to locate the university’s calendar/enrollment schedule. Enrollment often begins in the spring, and in most cases upper-grade students have the option of enrolling first.

At the University of Nevada, Reno, our new freshmen can begin the classroom registration process as early as January of their senior year of high school through a process called advanced registration.

Complete pending tasks

Universities may require additional steps to be taken before enrolling in courses. Some examples include submitting vaccination records, SAT, ACT or placement test results.

Students at the University of Nevada, Reno must submit some type of placement documentation. If a student does not submit ACT/SAT scores, AP/IB scores, dual credit, or transfer work, they are required to take the ALEKS and DSP. ALEKS is a placement tool used for mathematics and is free for incoming students. The DSP, or Directed Self-Placement, is a brief survey for job placement in English. Your application portal is a good starting point to determine if these items are in demand.

The registration process

Tuition Deposits

Most universities require a deposit to enroll in classes. Since the students are enrolled in genuine college courses, the filings show that the student is serious about attending college. Deposits may be non-refundable, partially refundable, or fully refundable depending on university policies and deadlines.

At the University of Nevada, Reno, the registration deposit is fully refundable if you notify the University that you will not be attending by the deadline. Waivers or deferrals may be available based on financial aid or financial need. Check with the admissions staff at your school of choice to determine if this applies to you.

Creating a lesson schedule

Incoming freshmen often have a different enrollment process than students currently attending that university. Although the process for each university may be different, here are two things you need to know.

  1. You must meet the academic prerequisites of the college course to enroll. Eligibility for prerequisites is often based on your SAT, ACT, IB, AP, dual credit, and/or placement exams. If you have questions about a course’s prerequisites, consult the college’s course catalog.
  2. A university may have a process in place that automatically enrolls students in their first semester courses based on their major and prerequisites. For example, at the University of Nevada, Reno, the advanced registration process selects courses for freshmen based on their major and placement scores. We use a questionnaire to allow students to indicate a course preference when available. For example, if you are required to take a fine arts course, the questionnaire will allow you to select a first choice fine arts course. Keep in mind that the lesson plan created for you is not set in stone (see below).

Meeting with an advisor

Most freshmen must meet with a counselor before starting college. Universities recognize that it is imperative that students understand their degree requirements early in their academic career. Freshman counseling can be done in many ways, including self-paced online options, virtual dating, and group counseling, to name a few.

At the University of Nevada, incoming freshmen from Reno meet with a counselor during orientation over the summer. An advising hold is placed on our incoming student accounts until the academic advising is completed.

Changing your schedule

We see every year that students are very concerned about the need to change their class schedule. Many high school students are enrolled in dual credit, IB, or AP courses during the college application process. Do not worry. You will have plenty of time to modify your class schedule until the start of the school year.

Changing a class schedule is completely normal. Some reasons students change their class schedule include current enrollment in courses (AP, IB, dual credit), intending to take a placement exam or ACT or SAT, awaiting the results of a exam, change of major, and move to a preferred class time.

Change one’s mind

A question we often get is whether you are committed to attending a school once your class schedule is created. This answer to this question varies by university. However, at the University of Nevada, Reno, if you change your mind about attending the University, you can withdraw from classes assigned to you. It is very important to review all dates, deadlines and steps for withdrawing from classes to avoid penalties and additional fees.

Freshman Enrollment Process at the University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno course registration process is called Advanced Registration. Students can begin the advanced enrollment stages as early as October of their senior year in high school. Here is our process:

  1. Be accepted to the University.
  2. Submit required immunization records.
  3. Submit SAT, ACT, IB, AP, dual credit, or placement scores (if applicable).
  4. Pay the fully refundable advance registration deposit in MyNEVADA.
  5. Complete the advanced registration survey in MyNEVADA.

Once all of the advanced registration steps have been completed, you will be placed in a queue to receive a class schedule developed by an advisor.

You will also attend academic counseling, new student orientation, and NevadaFIT during the summer months.

Visit our Admitted Students website for the most up-to-date information.

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