Monday, May 7, 2007

Registration Q&A

How can I find out my registration appointment?
Go to OneStart at, click on Go to Student Center, and then look under Enrollment Dates on the right-hand side of the page. You can register any time after the day and time listed.

The system isn’t letting me register/I have a “hold” on my record. What do I do?
If you have tried to register for classes but are blocked, you may have a “hold” on your record. Having a hold on your record means that Indiana University needs you to fulfill an obligation before being allowed to register. For instance, you may have to pay an outstanding tuition bill, turn in immunization records, or return a library book.

To find out what you need to do to be released to register, go to OneStart at, access your “Self Service” tab, and click on “Holds on My Record.” There should be more information there.

It is a good idea to check your “holds” list several weeks before your registration date every semester.

Am I required to see an advisor before registering?
If you have been admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences as a CMCL major (and CMCL is your only major), then you are not required to see an advisor. However, we strongly encourage you to visit us before registering. To set up an appointment with an advisor, call the department’s main office at 855-7217.

If you are not a CMCL major (including if you are a University Division student), or if you carry an additional major/degree, you may need to see an advisor before registering. Check your “holds” list on OneStart to see if this is true for you. (See above for a description of a “hold.”)

Where can I find this semester’s Schedule of Classes?The schedule of classes on Onestart contains the most up-to-date information about class availability and meeting times/locations.  To access the schedule, log on to Onestart, click on Go to Student Center, and then click on Search for Classes.

The Registrar's schedule of classes is also very useful for browsing course offerings:  Keep in mind that this site is updated every night, so enrollment numbers are slightly out of date (again, for more accurate information about how many seats are open in a particular class, check the schedule on Onestart). 

There is also a very useful new tool that will allow you search for summer 2012 and fall 2012 courses that fill specific degree requirements (e.g., CASE N&M, Critical Approaches, Culture Studies, and Intensive Writing): this will be available for future semesters as well.

You can search on multiple attributes at once, so you can look for a course that counts toward both the CASE A&H and CASE GCC Culture Studies requirements, for example.  You could even look for a first or second eight-week course from a specific department that fulfills those requirements. 

The Registrar's Special Course Listing section ( is also very helpful for finding courses that fill specific CASE requirements. 

Where can I see my class schedule for a particular semester?Check your class schedule on OneStart at Check your “Self-Service” tab, and there is a link to your schedule there.

How do I drop and add courses?

  1. Log into OneStart ( with your IU username and passphrase and click Go to Student Center.

  2. Click Go to Student Center.

  3. Click Register & Drop/Add.

  4. Select the appropriate term and click Continue.

  5. Drop or add classes by selecting Drop or Add from the menu bar at the top of the page. The Student Center will walk you through the dropping or adding process.

  6. Once finished, click My Class Schedule.

  7. Print a copy of your schedule!
    • To print without your name, click Print at the top.
    • To print with your name, click Printer Friendly Page, then click Print at the top.
    • To print a weekly calendar view of your schedule, click Weekly Calendar View.

  8. Be sure to log out of OneStart and close the browser to protect your privacy.

Late Drop/Add (eDrop/eAdd): AVAILABLE FROM THE SECOND WEEK OF CLASSES THROUGH THE AUTO-W DEADLINE (see the academic calendar at for deadlines)

1. Log on to Onestart (
2. Click the Services tab at the top of the page
3. Click Student Self-Service in the left sidebar
4. Click Late Drop/Add Classes
5. Proceed with Drop Only, Add Only, or Drop/Add Pair (note that drop/add pairs will only be approved if both the add and the drop are approved - if one is disapproved, the entire drop/add request will be disapproved).

How do I take a course pass/fail?
If you are interested in taking a class pass/fail, please stop by my office (in the CMCL building at 800 E. 3rd Street, room 259) so we can complete the required paperwork.

Here is some information about the pass/fail option from the College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin ( "During their undergraduate program, students in good standing (not on probation) may enroll in a maximum of eight elective courses to be taken with a grade of P (Pass) or F (Fail). The Pass/Fail option is available for a maximum of two courses per academic year, including summer sessions. For the Pass/Fail option, the academic year is defined as beginning with the start of the fall semester and ending with the end of the second summer session. The course selected for Pass/Fail must be an elective (i.e., it cannot fulfill requirements other than the minimum 122 hours required for the degree, but it can be used to meet the requirement for courses at the 300–400 level). It may not be used to satisfy any of the College of Arts and Sciences Foundations, Intensive Writing, Foreign Language, Breadth of Inquiry, Culture Studies, or Critical Approaches to the Arts and Sciences requirements. Nor may it be counted as a part of the student’s concentration area, minor, or certificate program. During the freshman year, students may elect to take activity courses in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation on a Pass/Fail basis in addition to the two other permitted courses."

I am interested in taking classes at another IU campus or another university. What do I need to know?
Check out the Q&A at the Recorder’s Office website (

Many students are concerned about how the credits they earn will transfer to IUB. It is a good idea to determine before you take a course whether/how it will count for your IUB degree.

If you plan to take a course at another IU campus, see an advisor in the corresponding IUB department for more information about how the course will count at IUB. For instance, if it’s a geology course at IUPUI and you hope to earn N&M credit, talk to the IUB geology advisor about how the course will count.

Courses from other IU campuses with the exact same name and number are almost always equivalent courses (for example, IUPUI's MATH-M 118 Finite Math is exactly equivalent to IUB's MATH-M 118 Finite Math). 

Please note: not all communications/speech classes offered on other IU campuses will count toward the CMCL major/minor. IUB’s Department of Communication and Culture is very different from the communications departments on other IU campuses. If you hope to take a class that will count toward your CMCL major or minor at another IU campus, please see a CMCL advisor before enrolling.

If you plan to take courses at another university, check out the Credit Transfer Service on the IU Office of Admissions website ( It lists the course equivalencies of many non-IU courses.

If your course is not listed there, you should fill out a Credit Transfer Agreement and file it with Admissions. The form is available here:

Sometimes Admissions will be able to equate the course to a specific IU course.  In other cases, Admissions may just place the course in a particular department (for example, undistributed credit in Criminal Justice).  If you just need the course for elective credit, it is fine to let the credit remain undistributed.  If, however, you need the course to fill a specific degree requirement (e.g., major/minor requirement, N&M, foreign language), you will have to get the course evaluated by the appropriate IU department.  This normally requires at least a syllabus, sometimes more.  If you take a course at another school, just be sure to save all course materials (notes, tests, projects, etc.) in case they are needed during the evaluation process.
Note that most IU coursework from other campuses will automatically appear on your transcript, but non-IU coursework must be transferred. After you complete the course(s), have an official copy of your non-IU transcript sent to the IU Office of Admissions (300 N. Jordan Ave. Bloomington, IN 47405). The Office of Admissions will add the course(s) to your IU academic record. Remember, in order for a course to transfer, you must earn a minimum grade of C.

Can I take correspondence or online courses to fulfill my requirements?
There are certain courses like COLL-X 112 Traditions and Cultures of IU that are offered online during the regular semester timeframe. These courses may be taken without any prior approval. See an advisor to discuss other online offerings during the semester.

Online and correspondence courses were previously offered through IU's School of Continuing Studies, but these courses will no longer be available as of May 31, 2012.  Even when they were available, they could only be taken with permission from the College in extreme circumstances (e.g., incarceration, military deployment, hospitalization). 

You can take online courses from other schools and transfer the credit back to IU.

Waitlist:How long does the waitlist exist?During the first week of classes, until 11:30pm Friday.

Should I attend my waitlisted course?
Yes! This will allow you to keep up with the content in the class, and it will demonstrate your interest in the course.

I’m on a waitlist – will my request be fulfilled?
There is no way to know for sure - you will have to use your best judgment. If it is a large lecture course and you are at the top of the waitlist, maybe. If it is a small course or you are at the bottom of the waitlist, then it is probably less likely.

Will it help to ask an advisor to let me into a waitlisted course?
NO!!! We have no power to help you jump ahead in the waitlist.

Will it help to ask my professor to let me into a waitlisted course?NO!!! Your professor has no power to help you jump ahead in the waitlist. However, it might help to let your professor know that you are attending the class because you hope to add the class (see below).

Then how does the waitlist work?
The waitlist runs automatically during the first week of classes, until 11:30pm on Friday. As students drop the class, others from the waitlist are added. Check your class schedule frequently after you register to determine where you are on the waitlist. You should also receive an email if your waitlist request is successful.

If you do not get in to your waitlisted class by 11:30pm on the first Friday of classes, your professor MAY be able to add you to the class at his/her discretion. Be aware that space limitations may not permit your professor to add you to a class, particularly in classes with limited seating (such as Intensive Writing sections, where enrollment is limited to 25 students).

You should let the professor know during the first week of classes that you are attending the class and would like to add it. That way, the professor will know you are attending if you request to get in during the second week of classes.

What should I do if I don’t get my waitlist request?If you cannot be added to the class, you should continue with your current schedule or talk to an advisor about adjusting your schedule.

I am #1 on the waitlist. Why am I not in the class when there are open seats available?
Call the Registrar at 855-0121 to get a more definitive answer. Common culprits include the following:

You have waitlisted a class session that conflicts with another class. You should check your schedule to make sure that you have no time conflicts with your waitlisted class, including time conflicts with other discussion sections, labs, or exam times.

You have waitlisted a class time in a course in which you’re already enrolled. You cannot waitlist a course to obtain a preferred class schedule. If you are already enrolled in a course and wish to switch class times, you will need to un-enroll from your class and re-enroll in your preferred class. (NOTE: this is risky, so be sure that your preferred class is open before you decide to drop your class!)

The lecture component of the course is open, but the lab or discussion component you waitlisted is not open. If a lecture appears open, but if your discussion or lab is not open, you will not be added to the class.

A certain number of seats have been reserved for a particular group of people—for example, for CMCL majors or for incoming freshmen. For instance, in the fall large sections of most Critical Approaches classes are reserved for freshmen. Once the non-freshman enrollment limit has been reached for a particular Critical Approaches class, a junior trying to register for this class will be waitlisted even though 30 seats are still open in the class. These 30 seats have been set aside for incoming freshmen, who will not register until the summer.

Check and see if any of the above apply to you, and if the reason for your waitlist trouble is still unclear, contact the Registrar.

Can I automatically drop one of my classes if my waitlist request is successful?
Yes, by using the 'drop if enrolled' option when registering - however, you must select this option at the time you originally waitlist the course. You cannot arrange for an automatic drop after your waitlist request.

Before waitlisting, make sure that you register for your second-choice course. Then, when you attempt to waitlist your first-choice course, you can request that your second-choice course be dropped if you are enrolled.

If you fail to use this option when you originally waitlist, you must remove yourself from the waitlist and redo your request.