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At IU, how do I register for classes?

Note: Although original OneStart will be available until spring 2015, you can now use the new One.IU, with simple search and app store features. See About using One.IU, the "OneStart restart".

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Viewing your registration appointment

Your registration appointment is the earliest date and time you can register for Indiana University classes offered during an upcoming term. You can register on that day or at a later date, as long as self-service registration is available for that term.

Note: Your registration appointment is not an appointment to meet with an academic advisor.

To determine when your registration appointment is scheduled:

  1. Log into OneStart. The "Student Center" area should be visible; if it is not, select the Services tab, and choose the Student Self-Service section on the left.

    Click Go to Student Center.

    Note: If your Internet pop-up blocker is set to block all pop-ups, you'll need to turn it off or change the setting to allow them; refer to your browser help for instructions. For further assistance, contact your local Support Center.

  2. On the right, below "Enrollment Dates", click details to view the time and date. Your registration appointment is under "Begins On".

If no appointment for an upcoming term is listed, visit your campus registrar's web site to determine when appointments for a term will be available. You may also contact the registrar for other dates and deadlines in the academic calendar.

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Determining whether you have holds on your record

To determine whether you have any holds on your academic record:

  1. Log into OneStart. The "Student Center" area should be visible; if it is not, select the Services tab, and choose the Student Self-Service section on the left.

    Click Go to Student Center.

    Note: If your Internet pop-up blocker is set to block all pop-ups, you'll need to turn it off or change the setting to allow them; refer to your browser help for instructions. For further assistance, contact your local Support Center.

  2. On the right, in the "Holds" section, click details to see a detailed list of holds on your record. Within this list, in the first column, click Details to find information about resolving the hold item and whom to contact if you have questions.

    Note: Some holds restrict enrollment activity on all IU campuses. If one of these holds has been added to your record, you will see a hold listing for every institution of the university. Review the instruction information for your home campus to determine how to resolve the hold. If the campus office that placed the hold removes it from your record, the hold will also be removed for all other campuses.

  3. To return to your list of hold items, click Return.

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Viewing class permissions

Some IU classes require departmental authorization, meaning students must get permission to enroll in those classes. Departments may also on occasion give a student permission to enroll in a closed class. To view class permissions that have been granted to you:

  1. Log into OneStart. The "Student Center" area should be visible; if it is not, select the Services tab, and choose the Student Self-Service section on the left.

    Click Go to Student Center.

    Note: If your Internet pop-up blocker is set to block all pop-ups, you'll need to turn it off or change the setting to allow them; refer to your browser help for instructions. For further assistance, contact your local Support Center.

  2. Under "Academics", click View Class Permissions, and then select the term you wish to view.

You should see one of three possible permissions for each class:

  • If Space: You can enroll in the class if space is available.

  • Add: You can add the class even if it is closed.

  • Drop: You have approval to drop a mandatory, academic department-controlled class.

Other permission information provided includes:

  • Subject, Catalog Nbr, Class Nbr, Description: These identify the class for which you have been granted permission.

  • Date used: This date will appear when you use the class permission.

  • Expiration date: This is the latest date you can use the class permission.

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Searching for classes

Typically a campus lists an upcoming term's course offerings approximately one month before the start of registration (e.g., spring courses are usually listed in October; fall courses are usually listed in late January or early February). Visit your campus registrar's web site for specific dates.

From the Student Center in OneStart, use the Search for Classes tool to retrieve real-time information about course availability.

Tips for searching

When searching for classes, you must select at least two criteria. "Course Subject" is a required field; use it to search by subject area or department:

  • The subject area is a combination of the department abbreviation and the alphabetic prefix from the course number (e.g., for ENG W131, the subject area would be ENG-W).

  • If you search by department only (e.g., ENG), your search results will include every available class within that department, which most likely will be a very long list.

Note: For a list of department abbreviations, visit your campus registrar's web site.

You can use additional criteria to narrow your search, as described in the following sections. However, when you begin narrowing your search, be aware you may be excluding classes from your search results. You should search by Subject and Catalog Number whenever possible.

When you're finished entering your search criteria, click Search to view the classes that meet your criteria.

Search options

The Search for Classes page provides the following basic search options:

  • Institution: Use the drop-down list to select the appropriate IU campus.

  • Term: Use the drop-down list to select the appropriate term.

  • Course Career: Use the drop-down list to select the course career of the course you are seeking (e.g., Undergraduate, Graduate, or Law).

  • Course Subject: Enter the subject area (the department abbreviation combined with the alphabetic prefix from the course number), for example, ENG-W . Alternatively, for a broader search, enter only the department abbreviation (e.g., ENG ). For a list of department abbreviations, visit your campus registrar's web site.

  • Course Number: Enter the course number without the alphabetic prefix (e.g., 131 ). In the corresponding drop-down list, leave is exactly selected.

  • Show Open Only: Select this option to find only classes with seats available. If you uncheck this box, your search results will include closed classes as well as open classes. Uncheck this box if you want to waitlist a class.

Additional search criteria

You may optionally select additional search criteria to narrow your search. (The "Course Subject" field is still required.) If you filled out the "Course Number" field above, you won't need to select any other fields.

Additional search criteria include:

  • Meeting Start and End Time: To find a class that meets or ends at a specific time, enter the time in the Meeting Start Time or Meeting End Time field.

  • Days of the Week: To find or exclude classes that meet on certain days, use the drop-down list to select include only these days, include any of these days, exclude only these days, or exclude any of these days, and then use the checkboxes to specify certain days of the week.

  • Instructor Last Name: To search by the last name of an instructor, enter it in this field. In the drop-down list, select is exactly if you're sure of the spelling. Otherwise, select begins with or contains.

  • Class Nbr: If you know it, enter the section number (e.g., 1136) for a particular class meeting time.

  • Class Title Keyword: Enter a word or phrase from the class title (e.g., wildflowers , algebra , or United States ). This searches for only the standard title and cannot find variable titles.

  • Class Description Keyword: Enter a word or phrase from the class description (e.g., romantic).

  • Minimum/Maximum Units: Narrow your search based on a maximum or minimum number of course credit units (i.e., credit hours). Enter a number, and then use the drop-down lists to select greater than, greater than or equal to, less than, less than or equal to, or is exactly.

  • Course Component: Use the drop-down list to search for a particular type of class (e.g., Lecture, Discussion, or Laboratory).

  • Session: Use the drop-down list to search for classes that meet during a particular session within a term (e.g., Eight Week - First, Summer Session 2, or Intensive Session 3) or throughout the Regular Academic Session. Not all sessions are available every term.

  • Mode of Instruction: Use the drop-down list to search for classes based on how they're taught (e.g., In Person, Independent/Directed Study, or Online Correspondence 75-100% ).

  • Campus: You'll be able to use this drop-down list to narrow your search only if you already selected a value from the "Institution" drop-down list. It allows you to search for classes at your chosen institution that meet on a different campus. For example, if you chose IUPUI for "Institution", you can search for classes offered at the Columbus Campus.

  • Location: You'll be able to use this drop-down list to narrow your search only if you already selected a value from the "Institution" drop-down list. It allows you to search for classes at your chosen institution that meet at a special location. Available values will differ depending on the institution you choose. For example, if you select Bloomington for "Institution", you can search for classes that meet at Bradford Woods or Bloomington High School South, or if you select Kokomo for "Institution", you can search for classes that meet at Kokomo High School South or YMCA, Kokomo.

  • Course Attribute 1 and 2: You'll be able to use the Course Attribute 1 and Course Attribute 2 drop-down lists to narrow your search only if you already selected values from both the "Institution" and "Term" drop-down list. Available values will differ depending on the institution and term you choose. For example, if you select IUPUC for "Institution" and Fall 2013 for "Term", you can narrow your search to classes that have the Arts and Humanities and Transfer Indiana Initiative attributes, or if you select Northwest for "Institution" and Fall 2013 for "Term", you can narrow your search to classes that have the IUN INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION and ONLINE INTERACTIVE attributes.

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Using the Enrollment Shopping Cart

The Enrollment Shopping Cart is a Student Center tool you can use to build a list of classes that interest you. The items and information in your shopping cart are retained until the end of the current semester.

To access the Enrollment Shopping Cart:

  1. Log into OneStart. The "Student Center" area should be visible; if it is not, select the Services tab, and choose the Student Self-Service section on the left.

    Click Go to Student Center.

    Note: If your Internet pop-up blocker is set to block all pop-ups, you'll need to turn it off or change the setting to allow them; refer to your browser help for instructions. For further assistance, contact your local Support Center.

  2. In the Student Center, click Enrollment Shopping Cart.

Adding classes

To place classes in your cart:

  1. If necessary, select the radio button for the term and institution for which you are registering. Click Continue.

  2. The first time you access this service, you will see an information screen. Read it to familiarize yourself with the features of the service, and then click Next.

  3. Make any needed changes or additions to your address information, and then click Next.

  4. Review the "Optional Services", select any that interest you, and then click Next.

  5. On the Add Classes to Shopping Cart page, select Class Search.

  6. Enter the course subject and course number for your class. If you do not know the subject, click Select Subject. If you do not know the course number, use the drop-down list to broaden your search.

  7. The Show Open Classes Only box is automatically checked; if you want to see closed classes as well as open ones (e.g., in case you want to waitlist a class), uncheck the box. Use the other checkboxes to further narrow your search as desired. To access more options for limiting your search results, use the additional search criteria.

  8. Click Search.

  9. On the search results page, click details for more information about a specific class. When you find a class to add, click select class.

  10. The Enrollment Preview page will display. If your campus uses waitlists, a "Waitlist" column with checkboxes will display.

    If you choose to waitlist a class, a "Drop if Enroll" column will display. If you have a class you want to drop if you successfully enroll in the waitlisted class, click the magnifying glass icon in the "Drop if Enroll" column, and then select the class to drop from your schedule.

    Note: You must be enrolled in a course to select it as a "Drop if Enrolled."

  11. To add the course to your shopping cart, click Add to Shopping Cart.

  12. Start again from step 5 until you have added all the classes you want to your cart.

Classes will remain in your shopping cart through the end of the current semester, and will be removed after you use the shopping cart to register for them. The "Status" column for remaining classes updates dynamically every time you view your shopping cart, showing you if the classes are open or closed.

Prior to your enrollment time, you can check to see whether these classes have time conflicts or unmet prerequisites, or require class permission to enroll. Select the classes to check, and then click Validate. After reviewing the validation results, click Shopping Cart to return.

Registering from your shopping cart

When your registration appointment has arrived, you can use your shopping cart to register for the classes you selected. If you are already in your shopping cart, select the desired courses, and then click Enroll. Then, click OK to go to the Register & Drop/Add service; alternatively, you can go to this service directly (for instructions, see the next section).

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Using Register & Drop/Add

You can use the Student Center Register & Drop/Add service to enroll for the upcoming term or adjust your current schedule. You can register for classes only after your assigned enrollment date.

To access the Register & Drop/Add service:

  1. Log into OneStart. The "Student Center" area should be visible; if it is not, select the Services tab, and choose the Student Self-Service section on the left.

    Click Go to Student Center.

    Note: If your Internet pop-up blocker is set to block all pop-ups, you'll need to turn it off or change the setting to allow them; refer to your browser help for instructions. For further assistance, contact your local Support Center.

  2. In the Student Center, click Register & Drop/Add.

  3. If necessary, select the radio button for the term and institution for which you are registering. Click Continue.

Registering for classes

To register for classes, from the Register & Drop/Add service:

  1. Select classes to add. You may do this by entering a class number and then clicking enter, or by selecting either Class Search (to choose from the schedule of classes) or My Planner (to choose from courses stored in your planner), and then clicking Search. Repeat this until you have selected all of your classes for the term.

    Alternatively, to enroll in all of the classes in your cart, in the "Shopping Cart" section, click click to enroll in class(es) in your shopping cart.

  2. The Confirm classes page will display. Examine the "Status" icons to make sure your chosen classes are available.

  3. To complete the enrollment process, click Finish Enrolling.

  4. You will see a View results page. A "Success" message and a green check mark in the "Status" column indicates successful registration for a class. Note any errors or messages regarding your registration.

    Note: Courses with errors will be automatically placed in your shopping cart. You may take action to correct and enroll later, if desired.

  5. To view your class schedule, click My Class Schedule. You will now see your class schedule with the status of "Enrolled".

  6. To add additional classes after you've enrolled, click Add, and then click Class Search and continue from step 1 above.

If your campus uses waitlists, you can enroll in a class that is full and get placed on the waitlist. Depending on the method of enrolling you are using, once you have selected your courses, you will be taken to a screen similar to the Class Schedule page.

To add yourself to the waitlist for a class:

  1. Check the Waitlist box corresponding to your desired class.

  2. You will have the opportunity to specify a different class that you want to drop if you are taken off the waitlist and placed into the requested class. To select a class you want to drop:

    1. Click the magnifying glass icon in the "Drop if Enrolled" column.
    2. Select the class you want to drop. The class number will be placed in the "Drop if Enrolled" box.

If you are removed from the waitlist and enrolled in the preferred class during the waitlist processing period, you will automatically be dropped from the class specified.

Dropping a class

To drop a class, from the Register & Drop/Add service:

  1. Click Drop.

  2. Select the class(es) to be dropped.

  3. Click Drop Selected Classes.

  4. You will receive a confirmation page. Review the information; if the confirmation page is correct, click Finish Dropping.

  5. Examine the "Status" column to be sure your changes were successful. Dropped classes will have a status of "Withdrawn".

To view your schedule after dropping the class, click My Class Schedule.

Editing classes with variable credit

To edit a class with variable credit hours, from the Register & Drop/Add service:

  1. Click Edit.

  2. Courses with hours eligible to be adjusted will have a Select button to the right. Select the course to be edited.

  3. From the drop-down box, select the desired hours, and then click Finish Editing.

Swapping classes

When you don't want to drop an enrolled class until you are safely enrolled in a new class (e.g., when you are changing sections of the same course), you may want to use Swap function. From the Register & Drop/Add service:

  1. Click Swap.

  2. Select the class you want to remove from your schedule, and then select a replacement; you can choose a replacement from your shopping cart, planner, or class search.

  3. You will receive a confirmation page. If the information is correct, click Finish Swapping. This will complete the class swap, and you will be able to view your class schedule.

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Viewing class schedule details

To view your Indiana University class schedule, you can either use the Student Center in OneStart or visit the Office of the Registrar on your campus.

Note: The UITS Support Center is unable to tell you your schedule.

To view your schedule through the Student Center in OneStart:

  1. Log into OneStart. The "Student Center" area should be visible; if it is not, select the Services tab, and choose the Student Self-Service section on the left.

    Click Go to Student Center.

    Note: If your Internet pop-up blocker is set to block all pop-ups, you'll need to turn it off or change the setting to allow them; refer to your browser help for instructions. For further assistance, contact your local Support Center.

  2. Your class schedule for the present week is always displayed. You can see a list of academic calendar deadlines by clicking the Deadlines icon in the left column of the "This Week's Schedule" section.

    To view additional details about your class schedule, click Class Schedule Details. To return to the Student Center, click the double-arrow icon beside "Student Center" at the top or bottom of the screen.

To view your class schedule in person, bring your photo ID to the Office of the Registrar on your campus; see How do I contact the Office of the Registrar at each IU campus?

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