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Registration Approvals/Restrictions

There are many situations in which you may need approval before you can register. Use this list to find details about how to gain approval to register under these circumstances.

ALTERNATE PIN

DU prevents undergraduate students from registering before meeting with advisers by placing an alternate personal identification number (PIN) on their PioneerWeb accounts.

Once you've completed your pre-registration advising session, your adviser will remove the alternate PIN. The Office of the Registrar cannot release this alternate PIN before that time.

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT

If you want to enroll in courses at another institution while enrolled at DU, you must petition the Academic Exceptions Committee.

We don't accept transfer credit for courses carried concurrently without prior permission. The total study load allowed may not exceed 19 quarter hours. Courses taken concurrently must not be available at the University of Denver.

CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT

If you're a graduate student who only needs to complete your thesis, dissertation or required internship, you must apply for continuous enrollment to maintain your status as an active student.

You must apply for continuous enrollment each academic year you conduct independent research and other academic work toward completing your degree. You also must register for continuous enrollment each quarter.

How to register
To be eligible for continuous enrollment, complete the Continuous Enrollment Approval Form (PDF). Submit the form to your academic adviser and the dean of your school, college, division or institute. Refer to the form to see which, if any, other signatures are required for your program.

Once you're approved, you'll be able to register online for continuous enrollment for the remainder of the academic year. If you plan to graduate in summer, you must get approved for continuous enrollment during summer session, too.

You'll be bound by regular registration procedures , including our late-registration fee policy .

Course numbers and subject codes
Full-time, active enrollment for students working on theses, dissertations or required internships:

  • CENR 4600—master's-level continuous enrollment
  • CENR 5600—doctoral-level continuous enrollment

For non-enrolled, active students working on theses or dissertations:

  • CENR 4700—master's-level continuous enrollment
  • CENR 5700—doctoral-level continuous enrollment

Failure to enroll
If you fail to enroll for continuous enrollment for two consecutive quarters, you must apply for readmission. We'll charge you continuous enrollment tuition and technology fees for those two quarters. Until you're officially readmitted, you won't be eligible for continuous enrollment.

CO-REQUISITES

We offer some courses as a set, meaning you must register for both during the same term.

When registering for these types of classes, you'll see a co-requisite notation following the course description. Find the two complementary courses, and register for both at the same time.

COURSE PREREQUISITES/RESTRICTIONS

You can always find course prerequisites by viewing the online class schedule. We list prerequisites at the top of each course description.

Transfer students: In some cases, courses you transfer here that are similar to our own won't meet our prerequisite standards. Please contact the Registrar Office.

CREDIT & COURSE LOAD APPROVAL

You're considered a full-time undergraduate student when taking at least 12-credit hours per quarter. Graduate students must take at least 8 credits per quarter to reach full-time status.

With approval, you can take a maximum of 20-credit hours per quarter. We charge you flat-rate tuition for up to 18-credit hours per quarter, and we'll generally charge you on a per-credit basis for anything above that amount. See the Office of Financial Aid  and Bursar's Office website  for more information.

For every 45-credit hours of classes you successfully complete, you move up into a new class. Seniors have completed at least 135-credit hours.

If you'd like to take more than a full course load, you must request approval from the appropriate office, which must provide its approval in writing. You may be approved to take the maximum of 20-credit hours per quarter.

In most cases, you'll seek approval from your adviser, but exceptions include: (These rules don't apply to the Sturm College of Law, which is on a semester schedule.)

  • Undeclared undergraduate students wishing to take the maximum of 20-credit hours per quarter: Contact the Academic Advising .
  • Undergraduate students in the Daniels College of Business wishing to take more than 19-credit hours per quarter: Contact the Daniels College of Business Student Services Office.
  • Graduate students wishing to take more than 18-credit hours per quarter: Contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Undergraduate students in University College or Colorado Women's College wishing to take more than 19-credit hours: Contact your college for approval, and to verify the tuition and fee structure

We grant approval based on your grade point average (GPA), the reason you're requesting the overload and your work schedule.

Contact the appropriate office for overload signatures and forms using the chart below.

DIRECTED STUDY

Directed study allows you to substitute out-of-class study for a University of Denver class under extenuating circumstances.

Students often apply for directed study when a course they need to graduate isn't offered during an upcoming term.

To apply for directed study, undergraduate students must complete the application for independent study/independent research/directed study (PDF) (also available at the Office of the Registrar, on the ground level of University Hall). Graduate students can get the form from the Office of Graduate Studies.

The form isn't complete until it has all required signatures, as noted on the form. Once complete, return it to the Office of the Registrar (undergraduates) or the Office of Graduate Studies (graduates).

Policies

  • You must get pre-approval for directed study from the instructor and department that offers the course.
  • Your directed study title must match the title of the course that you're substituting.
  • All directed study course numbers end in "992."
    • When a 1, 2 or 3 precedes the course number, the course will be undergraduate-level directed study.
    • The number 4 designates the course as graduate-level, and the number 5 denotes a doctoral-level directed study course.
  • The course content for directed study will be the same as that for the course it's substituting.
    • If the original course issues A–F grading, you can't receive a pass/fail grade (or vice versa).
    • You'll receive the same number of credits.
    • You'll be studying under the same department.
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

Register for independent research if you're conducting research for your thesis or dissertation to complete your degree.

Registration
To register for independent research, download the Independent Research Form (PDF). You must get the form signed by the required faculty members, as noted on the form.

When you have all the signatures, return it to the Office of the Registrar or the department in which you study. You'll work with the registrar to register for independent research (course numbers generally ending in "995").

Once you've registered for independent research, you must complete your research project within that quarter. Your project will appear on your transcript with the research topic as the course title.

Oversight
During your independent research project, your instructor will:

  • Approve the course of research.
  • Submit grades.
    • Once you've completed or ended the project, your instructor may use the A-F or pass/fail grading system.
  • Approve the credentials of other faculty involved in your project.
  • Assume responsibility for any problems that arise.
INDEPENDENT STUDY

Independent study allows you to learn outside a formal course. It's a great opportunity for anyone interested in more intensive study and inquiry.

Eligibility
If you're a non-business undergraduate student, you're eligible to take independent study if:

  • You have a grade point average of at least 2.0.
  • You were enrolled as a full-time student during the last quarter of classes.
  • You agree to take at least 1-quarter hour of credit as independent study.

Graduate, non-business majors can take independent study if:

  • You have a 3.0 grade point average or better.
  • You get pre-approval from your adviser and instructor.
  • You've met all other independent study requirements, as determined by an adviser within the college, school, department, program or institute in which you study.

Business majors can take independent study if:

  • You're a junior. (If you transferred credits to the University, you must have completed at least 45 course credits here.)
  • You were enrolled as a full-time student during the last quarter of classes.
  • You have at least a 2.4 grade point average.

Policies

  • Independent study can't replace University of Denver courses. If you'd like to substitute outside study for a class, visit our directed study page.
  • You can take a maximum of 5-quarter hours of independent study credit per quarter.
  • Unless you're a student in our Honors Program, you can apply a maximum of 10-quarter hours to your degree requirements.
  • You must complete your independent study project within the same quarter you started it.
  • Because we assign upper-level credit to any independent study credit you earn, your project must meet upper-division standards of study.

Undergraduate registration
You can't register online for independent study.

Instead, undergraduate students must complete an Independent Study Form (PDF) (also available in the Office of the Registrar, on the garden level of University Hall).
You must get a signature from our office as well as any others listed on the form.

To register, return your completed form to the registration desk in University Hall.

Graduate registration
Graduate students must visit the Office of Graduate Studies to get the graduate-level independent study form. You'll register for course number 4991 if you're earning a master's degree, and course number 5991 if you're earning your doctorate.

Return your completed form to the Office of Graduate Studies to finish registering.

Register for independent research if you're conducting research for your thesis or dissertation to complete your degree.

Registration
To register for independent research, download the Independent Research Form (PDF). You must get the form signed by the required faculty members, as noted on the form.

When you have all the signatures, return it to the Office of the Registrar or the department in which you study. You'll work with the registrar to register for independent research (course numbers generally ending in "995").

Once you've registered for independent research, you must complete your research project within that quarter. Your project will appear on your transcript with the research topic as the course title.

Oversight
During your independent research project, your instructor will:

  • Approve the course of research.
  • Submit grades.
    • Once you've completed or ended the project, your instructor may use the A-F or pass/fail grading system.
  • Approve the credentials of other faculty involved in your project.
  • Assumes responsibility for any problems that arise.
INTERNSHIP CREDIT

If you're an undergraduate student who's completed at least 90-credit hours, you can register to earn up to 10-quarter hours of internship or cooperative education credit.

To get approval to use an internship for course credit (non-business students):

  1. Contact the department through which you hope to earn credit (except for students in the Daniels College of Business) to learn what requirements it enforces for internships.
  2. Contact the internship's faculty adviser and/or director of internships and cooperative education to get approval. The approver(s) can provide you permission to register and begin working online or by submitting an add/drop form to our office.

Check in regularly with your faculty adviser and your cooperative education instructor to complete assignments.

Students in the Daniels College of Business:

  1. Pick up an internship form in the Office of Undergraduate Programs (inside Margery Reed Hall).
  2. Get signatures for approval to use the internship for credit from a supervising faculty member, department chair and the Office of Undergraduate Programs.
  3. Return the form to the Office of the Registrar.

While you can't register for internships online, you can register for your cooperative education course in our office, when you submit your approval form.

Check with the department offering your major to see how many internship credits you can apply toward your degree.

LINKED COURSES

Linked courses pair a lecture with its unique, complementary laboratory session. You must register for the pair of class sessions at the same time to ensure you're taking them during the same term.

Be sure to read the linked course requirements carefully; you'll receive a registration error if your lecture and lab sessions don't match.
PREREQUISITES & TEST SCORES
In most cases, you can't register for the upper-level courses in a subject or degree program until you've completed its basic, lower-level courses.

Some exceptions:

  • Some programs accept test scores in place of prerequisites.
  • Some programs allow students to enroll in the prerequisite and upper-level course during the same quarter.

If you receive a "prerequisite or test score" error when registering for a class, you can request a prerequisite override by contacting the department that offers the course. Faculty can provide overrides by sending a signed drop/add slip to the Office of the Registrar or with online approval.

Once our office receives and confirms the override, you're responsible for officially registering for the course.

NO-CREDIT COURSE APPROVAL

With instructor approval, you may be able to take classes for no credit.

While we charge you regular tuition for no-credit classes, you won't earn any academic credit or progress toward your degree, and your performance in the course won't affect your grade point average. We'll note the course on your academic record with a grade of "NC."

Changing courses to or from no-credit status
If you want to change a no-credit course to one that earns you credit, you must do so within the first five days of the quarter.

You can't change a credit-earning course to a no-credit course after the end of the sixth week of the quarter.

REPEATING COURSES

You'll receive a "repeat course" error when registering for a class you've already completed—or one comparable to it.

If you want to retake the course, you must get approval from the department or college offering your major or minor. We'll charge you regular tuition for the retaken course, regardless of what grade you earn.

Repeating courses for better grades
In some cases, a department or school may require you to repeat a course for which you've earned a D or F.

To gain full credit for the retaken course, you must receive a grade of C or better. We'll factor in both grades you've earned for the course when determining your cumulative GPA.

Repeating transferred courses
You don't need to register for a University of Denver course if we accept credit you've earned from another school as a substitute. You may, however, want to check with our office to see if the credit has been applied toward a requirement you need.

If you want to take the course anyway, get approval from the department that offers it.

ROTC CREDIT

Upon approval, you can earn a maximum of 18-credit hours of elective credit from the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC).

The University of Denver partners with the University of Colorado at Boulder to offer an ROTC program. While you'll register for ROTC credit through DU, classes are usually held on the CU Boulder campus.

The classes also run on the CU semester calendar rather than the University's quarter system.

For more information on how to take ROTC credit, contact:

Army ROTC Enrollment Officer
University of Colorado at Boulder
Department of Military Service, 370 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: 303-492-3549

For more DU ROTC program information, visit AIR FORCE ROTC and ARMY ROTC.

Transfer credits

You must work with Office Of the Registrar to ensure credits you've earned elsewhere are transferable. The University of Denver may accept credits you've earned at other colleges or universities when:

  • The school provides courses that meet DU's academic standards.
  • The subject matter of the course(s) is similar in scope to those offered at the University.
  • You've earned a grade that DU deems acceptable.

For more information, see our transfer credit policy.

 

UNDERGRADUATES REGISTERING FOR GRADUATE COURSES

Undergraduates may request to enroll in graduate courses that are well suited to their programs of study. This opportunity is available to seniors whose academic achievement makes graduate-level work appropriate. This policy applies to graduate courses with course numbers of 4000 and above. Some 3000-level courses are approved for either undergraduate or graduate credit. Undergraduate courses may not be taken for graduate credit.

Graduate courses for undergraduate credit
Students must be classified as a senior and have an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The student must obtain approval of the course instructor; chair or program director of the graduate program; Office of Graduate Studies; and the student's major advisor. Graduate courses taken for undergraduate credit may not be subsequently used to satisfy graduate requirements unless the student is in an approved dual undergraduate/graduate degree program.

Graduate courses for graduate credit
Students who have been admitted to a DU graduate program do not require permission to register for a graduate course for graduate credit. Otherwise, undergraduate students must be classified as a senior and have an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The student must obtain approval of the course instructor; chair or program director of the graduate program; and Office of Graduate Studies. Courses taken for graduate credit may not be used to satisfy undergraduate requirements unless the student is in an approved dual undergraduate/graduate degree program.

APPROVAL FORMS


FORMS & SPECIAL PERMISSION


If you're trying to register for a course that requires special permission via a form (e.g., independent study), visit our office on the garden level of University Hall to complete the form and the registration process.

If, however, you receive a registration error when trying to add the course, register for all your other courses online, then visit/contact the appropriate office(s) to get approval. This way, you ensure your spot in the bulk of your courses before gaining approval for the outstanding course.

The following chart will detail where these signatures and forms can be obtained.

Activity Required Signatures Form Required
  UNDERGRAD
Non-Business & Undeclared
UNDERGRAD
BUS ADMIN.
(WITH FEWER THAN 90 HOURS)
UNDERGRAD
BUS ADMIN.
(WITH MORE THAN 90 HOURS)
 
Priority Registration Advisor Advisor Advisor Registration
Form/Alternate PIN
Overloads Over 19 hours
1.Advisor, Center for Academic Resources,
DUC36
Over 19 hours
1Advisor, Center for Academic Resources
DUC36
Over 19 hours
1. DCB Student Services
DCB 147
Drop/add Form or Permit-Override on System
No-Credit Registration 1.Instructor 1.Instructor 1.Instructor Drop/Add Form
Undergraduate
Registering for
a 4000-Level Class
for Undergrad. Credit
1.Instructor
2.Department Head
3.Assoc. Dean
4.Grad. Dean
Not Allowed Not Allowed Form at the Center
for Academic Advising,
Driscoll South, RM 36
Drop/Add –
First Five Days
None None None Drop/Add Form or on-line
Add –
Second Week of the Quarter
1.Instructor 1.Instructor 1.Instructor Drop/Add Form
Late Registration
and Add –
After the Second Week of the Quarter
1.Instructor
2.Advisor,
Center for Academic Advising , DUC36
1.Instructor
2.Advisor,
Center for Academic Advising , DUC36
1.Instructor
2.Advisor
3.DCB Student Services
DCB 147
Registration Form
Drop –
Until 6th Week of the Quarter,
Automatic “W” Given
None None None Drop/Add Form
Drop –
After 6th Week of the Quarter,
“W” will be Given with Approval
1.Instructor
2.Advisor,
Center for Academic Advising
DUC36
1.Instructor
2.Advisor,
Center for Academic Advising
DUC36
1.Instructor
2.DCB Student Services
DCB 147
Drop/Add Form
Independent Study or Research 1.Registrar
2.Instructor
3.Department Head
Non-Business Courses
1.Registrar
2.Instructor
3.Department Head
1.Registrar
2.Instructor
3.Department Head
4.DCB Student Services
DCB 147
Independent Study Form
(available in Registrar Office, University Hall, garden level)