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Office of the Registrar

How to Register

If you're new to the University, we'll provide you orientation and registration information.

  1. New, undeclared students: You must attend our Discoveries Orientation to learn about the advising and registration processes. (Colorado Women's College and University College students excepted.)
  2. New students already admitted to a school or college: The program that admitted you will send you information about orientation and registration.

Get started by following the general registration procedures:

  1. Prepare for Advising Session
  2. Make an appointment with your advisor
    • Delete Alternate PIN
  3. Know your login
    • DU ID
    • Password (PIN)
  4. Check for Restrictions, Approvals and Prerequisites
  5. Check your Registration Status
  6. Clear all holds
  7. Register classes online
  8. Print your Class Schedule
  9. Verify Billing and Address Information
  10. Check Classroom Locations

Registration roadblocks

You must be officially registered in a course to attend it and earn its credits. You may need to get approval from a department or our office before registering for certain courses. Some circumstances in which you might need pre-approval or be unable to register include:

  • The course has prerequisites you haven't fulfilled, and you need approval to take it.
    Check the online class schedule on Pioneerweb for updated information about prerequisites. If you've transferred credits to DU and aren't sure if they're acceptable as prerequisites, contact the department offering the course you'd like to take.

    To request approval to take a course, or to request an override of a course restriction, contact the department offering the course you wish to take before registration opens. (This is particularly important if you're taking a study-abroad course.)

    If you receive an error when trying to register for a class, it's likely because you need pre-approval or must complete a form. Register for all other courses you want to take before getting approval. This ensures you get into the majority of your classes.

  • Current and continuing students generally get priority registration.
    The more credit hours you've completed, the earlier we'll allow you to register for classes. Exceptions include students with special needs, honors students and varsity athletes.

  • You have one or more holds on your account preventing you from registering.

  • The course is closed, either because it's full or too few students enrolled. Learn more about how to get on a waitlist for a full course.

  • We issued you a time assignment for registering , and your time hasn't yet come.
    Check your assigned time ticket by logging in to your PioneerWeb account and viewing your registration status.

  • You're a graduate student elsewhere who's visiting DU—or you're taking graduate courses but aren't enrolled in a degree program—and you haven't yet submitted the required Special Status Form (PDF) . (Note: This does not apply to those in the Daniels College of Business.)
    Submit this form each quarter you're enrolled at the University to ensure you can register for classes.

  • As a visiting, non-degree-seeking or special-status student , you won't be cleared to take classes until the first week of the term.

  • You're a non-U.S. Citizen who must contact the Office of International Admission at 303-871-2790 before registering.

  • You must complete a form to apply for independent study, independent research and directed study .
    Visit our office, on the ground level of University Hall, to complete and submit this form.

  • By registering for the course, you'd be repeating a course you've already taken.

If you think you've been blocked from a course by error, contact the Office of the Registrar at 303-871-4095.

Click here for Registration Instructions.