Tips for navigating fall registration

Fall registration is coming up quickly! Putting together your schedule doesn't have to be a chore. Use these tips, and you'll feel confident as you get ready to plan your courses.

Fall registration is coming up quickly! Putting together your schedule doesn't have to be a chore. Use these tips, and you'll feel confident as you get ready to plan your courses.

Check your registration queue time and hold type: Once these dates and times are assigned (typically mid-semester), you can find this information by logging into MyU and selecting the Academics tab. Click on the Registration link on the top of the landing page. This will take you to your assigned time for registration. You can also find a general registration timeline on One Stop. Your hold type will determine who you meet with for advising. Click on the hold in MyU under your notifications for information on how to schedule that appointment.

Review the Four-Year Plan for your major 

Review your APAS to make sure your record is correct, and to find what lib eds you have remaining: You should check your APAS 1-2 times per semester, typically before getting ready to register for the next semester or in preparation for your advising appointment, and after completing your registration to make sure everything looks accurate. You should be using both your Four-Year Plan and APAS to inform your course selection decisions. Contact your advisor if you have further questions, or something looks out of place on your APAS.

Review registration and grading policies: Be aware of the grade base option you select during registration. All of your major and minor requirements typically need to be taken A-F (with the exception of the Spring 2020-Spring 2021 terms; speak with your advisor if you are considering changing your major courses to S/N, and find more information here). You can find more information about making changes to your registration and grading policies on One Stop's website.

Planning schedules: Many students report using Schedule Builder to develop their schedules. This is a great resource, and can be helpful in navigating the numerous classes and section meeting times at the U. You may also search and register for individual classes via MyU. How-To Guides for different processes (i.e. search for a class, register, drop a course) can be found here.

Registration may take some patience and flexibility: Depending on your queue time and course availability, you might not get the schedule or courses you had hoped for initially. While there may not be a spot in a particular section now, keep an eye on sections that you want. Registration changes are frequent during this time and over the summer, and you could get into your desired course with a little patience and perseverance. Ultimately, it is important to get a spot in a course you need so you are not off sequence with your major, so some flexibility on your part will go a long way in helping you graduate in a timely manner.

Keep withdrawal and change deadlines in mind: Hopefully, the fall schedule you put together now is the perfect one for you! There is always the possibility that something may change, however, once classes start. It is very important to be aware of Fall 2021 deadlines, such as grading basis change, withdrawal, and add deadlines. You can find all of those by visiting this link. Put them in your calendar today!

Summer 2021 courses: Summer 2021 registration at the UMN opened on February 25. If you are planning to take a summer class, whether at the UMN or elsewhere, it is recommended that you check with your advisor for feedback. You can do so via email, drop-in advising (Monday-Friday, 2p-4p via Zoom at, or by scheduling an appointment.

If you have additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact CSE Academic Advising. Your advisor is just an email away. Happy registration!