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New Undergraduate Students register for classes in conjunction with their scheduled orientation.

Continuing Undergraduate Students control their own registration using Most classes may be added and dropped using the self-service registration module in Classes requiring instructor permission are added using an Add/Drop form. Completed Add/Drop forms are immediately processed when presented at the Office of the Registrar.

Graduate Students exclusively register using an Add/Drop form. Please speak with your graduate department for assistance.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Check your Registration Status prior to the pre-registration period each fall and spring. Resolve any issues that prevent you from registering.
  • Meet with your advisor and pick your schedule. Your advisor is your best resource when deciding which classes to take next term.
  • Verify your schedule using Report any discrepancies to the Office of the Registrar as soon as they are discovered.
  • Complete registration activities before the deadlines published in the Academic Calendar. Failure to do so will result in a late registration fee.
  • Read and understand Whittier College’s Registration Policies. How-To’s

Registration Information

Advising must be completed each term before undergraduate students are permitted to register. Your advisor will remove your advising hold when this requirement is met. It is very important that you meet regularly with your advisor and develop a close working relationship. Whittier College stands ahead of most other institutions in providing open access to faculty advisors. This is a significant benefit not enjoyed by students at most other institutions.

Corequisites are used when two or more classes must be taken simultaneously. This is typically used to link a lecture to a lab but it is also common with the Community (link) and Connections I (pair) requirements in the Liberal Education core. You must register for each class in the corequisite group.

Grade Options exist for most classes. This permits you to take a class for a letter grade (default) or for credit/no-credit (with instructor permission). Classes taken under the credit/no-credit option are excluded from GPA calculations. Taking too many credits under the credit/no-credit option may also prevent you from being considered for the Dean’s List each term, departmental honors, and Honors at Commencement.

Holds are used by various offices to get your attention. Check your Registration Status page in to ensure you have no outstanding holds that prevent you from registering. The office that placed the hold will remove it when you have resolved the triggering issue.

Prerequisites exist for many classes. They are used to ensure that a student is adequately prepared before attempting a more difficult class. The registration system has access to your entire transcript, accepted transfer work, and test scores. If the prerequisite for a class is not found you will not be permitted to add the class. Review the current College Catalog for the specific prerequisites assigned to each course.

Study Load restrictions are used to ensure undergraduate students register for a full-time schedule (12 to 16 credit hours). Please note: There is an additional charge for any credits above 16. First year students and students on academic probation are limited to no more than 12 credit hours per term. Once your study load for a fall or spring term exceeds 12 credit hours you will not be permitted to drop below that threshold. Self-service registration permits you to drop a class and add a class at the same time (even exchange) so that you may change your schedule without receiving a study load error.

Time Conflicts are detected by the registration system and will prevent you from adding overlapping classes. Review the days and times for your selected classes and adjust as necessary to eliminate the conflict.

Waitlists are provided for most classes. Classes requiring instructor permission do not offer waitlists because they may not be added using the self-service registration system. You will be presented with the waitlist option if it is available for a class that you attempt to add and that class has reached its maximum enrollment. Waitlists are maintained in priority order giving preference to higher class standings (seniors, juniors, sophomores, frosh, etc.). Within a classification, priority is assigned based on who waitlisted first. Automated notices are sent via email to your account when a seat is available. You have 48 hours to add the class before your seat is offered to the next student on the waitlist. Waitlists are deactivated 48 hours before the first day of instruction for a term.

Withdrawal from the college is completed by contacting the Dean of Students office and submitting the required paperwork and exit interview. will not permit you to drop your last class. If you stop attending classes and fail to complete the withdrawal process you will receive failing grades.