Priority Registration Rules

Priority registration is designed to enhance the University's ability to attract, retain, and graduate the students it wishes to serve.  As such, the priority registration system rewards students based on academic performance and progress toward degree.  The system also accommodates students with special circumstances that impact their ability to access the classes they need to maintain satisfactory progress toward the completion of their degree.


The following rules shall determine the priority registration system and the academic advising schedule for the University.

1. Priority Registration Schedule

  • 1.1. Students will be allowed to register in the following order:
  • 1.1.1. Group 1: Priority Students
  • 1.1.2. Group 2: Graduate Students
  • 1.1.3. Group 3: Undergraduate Students: Appointment times for this group are assigned by classification and the student's semester credit hours earned. Appointments are set in descending order, such that seniors are first, followed by juniors, sophomores, and freshmen.
  • 1.1.4. Group 4: Non-degree seeking
  • 1.2. The priority registration schedule will be published and distributed to the students and the campus community by the Registrar's Office

2. Academic Advising Schedule

  • 2.1. Academic advising will reflect and support the priority registration schedule.
  • 2.2. The academic advising schedule will be published and disseminated to the students and the campus community by the academic colleges when the priority registration schedule is published.

3. Categories of Group 1 (Priority) Students

  • 3.1. Category A
  • 3.1.1. Graduating Seniors/Students
  • 3.2. Category B
  • 3.2.1. Students with certain disability-related needs may qualify to receive priority registration on a case-by-case basis as a reasonable accommodation.
  • will need to provide the Disability Services for Students (DSS) Office with appropriate documentation that justifies their need to receive this type of accommodation. The DDS office will determine eligibility based upon the documentation of the disability and will establish if eligibility will be given on a short or long term basis. Upon approval, the DSS office will submit the student's name and identification number to the Registrar's Office upon the next registration period.
  • 3.3. Category C
  • 3.3.1. Students who participate in a University activity that significantly hinders their ability to access the classes they need to maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree. (See Section 4.2 for general eligibility criteria)
  • 3.3.2. The coordinator of the activity must apply to the Priority Registration Committee, on behalf of the students, for possible inclusion in Category C.
  • 3.4. Category D
  • 3.4.1. Students on a Presidential Scholarship.

4. Implementation of Category C

  • 4.1. Coordinators of all groups in Category C who wish to apply for Priority Registration on behalf of their students must apply to the Priority Registration Committee. The Priority Registration Committee shall then recommend to the President which groups should receive priority registration. Any group that is not granted Priority Registration may re-apply the following year. The Priority Registration Committee shall provide any group that has not been recommended for priority registration with a written explanation of why priority registration was not recommended for the group.
  • 4.2. Eligibility Criteria
  • 4.2.1. There are three criteria that must be met in order to be granted priority registration under Category C.
  •, the student must participate in a university activity that significantly benefits the university.
  •, priority registration must be necessary for the student to successfully participate in the activity. If the student can successfully participate in the program without priority registration, priority registration will not be granted.
  •, priority registration must be necessary to allow a sufficient number of students to participate in the activity to ensure its success.
  • 4.2.2. Priority registration will be granted only if all three conditions are met.

5. Review of Priority Groups

  • 5.1. The Priority Registration Committee shall re-examine the groups of students with priority status every two years to determine whether they continue to meet the guidelines for priority status.

6. Composition of the Priority Registration Committee

  • 6.1. The Priority Registration Committee shall consist of a representative from each academic college, one student representative selected by the Student Government Association, and the Registrar who shall chair the committee. The Registrar shall be a non-voting member.
  • 6.2. The college representatives will be appointed by the Academic Deans.

7. Priority Registration Committee Meeting Schedule

  • 7.1. The Priority Registration Committee will meet once a year during the Spring Semester in order to make priority registration recommendations to the President for the following academic year. Applications for priority registration are due to the Priority Registration Committee no later than February 1.