Registering for Classes

Whether you are an incoming student or you are in your final semester at BGSU, understanding when and how you should register for classes is important. You should review the following information very carefully to ensure your schedule is set up for success.

GET TO KNOW THE STEPS:

UNDERSTAND THE BASICS

You are responsible for scheduling your classes. Meeting with an advisor does not mean your classes have been scheduled. Your advisor will go over any questions you have, your class options and help you understand what courses are required for graduation, but they will not schedule your classes for you. The remaining steps on this page will help you understand the registration process and help you schedule your classes. 

If you have any questions or need further information, email us at registrar@bgsu.edu

Course Delivery

Courses are being delivered in four modes, which together provide students opportunities to engage directly with faculty and peers while allowing flexibility to accommodate the needs of those who may be impacted by COVID-19. The combination of these delivery modes also allow us to practice physical distancing in all of our classrooms. Physical distancing is central to the safety of students, faculty and staff.

Any student who opts to do 100 percent remote classes for health reasons is able to participate in the classes through various means. We are committed to providing you a full University experience both in and outside the classroom that meets your specific needs.

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Required In-Person (RP)

Courses contain elements that will not be completed or arranged remotely. These courses may still include regular virtual meetings as part of the course, but students are expected to be in class for all scheduled in-person meetings. Required In Person courses are primarily labs, studios, or classes that require the use of specialized equipment or spaces.

Please note: If you sign up for a RP course, you need to live within commuting distance. No arrangements will be made by faculty for students to participate remotely.

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In-Person/Hybrid (P)

These courses blend in-person and online elements. For example, a faculty member might give a virtual lecture to all students during one class period and then meet face-to-face with students in smaller groups during the rest of the week.

Please note: If you sign up for a P course and you cannot participate in any in-person elements, you will be emailed a form after you are registered to indicate that you plan to participate remotely.

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Remote (RE)

Courses meet online during published scheduled days and times. Students in remote classes will have a high-level, real-time interaction with their faculty instructor and fellow students during the scheduled times.

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Online (WB)

Online courses do not typically meet on specific days and times, which allows for more flexibility since students can complete their coursework at their preferred time as long as assignment deadlines are met. Faculty still engage in robust interactions with their students throughout the course. Only courses specifically designed and approved for online delivery are being offered in this mode.

Late Registration 

After the term begins, late registrations are restricted by available class space and are subject to late registration and late payment fees. A late registration fee begins the eighth calendar day of classes. In addition, no student entering after the close of the first week of a term is permitted to carry a full program of courses without permission of the dean of the college in which he or she is enrolled.

Understanding Prerequisites 

A prerequisite is something that must be completed or a condition that must be met before you can register for a class. 

Example: STAT 2120—You must have passed STAT 2110 or be currently registered for the course. Some courses might require the prior completion of another, lower level course while others might require you to be in a certain major or class standing. Not all courses have prerequisites.

The registration system checks to see if a prerequisite exists for a course and will not let you register unless you have completed the prerequisite. You will receive the following error message: "You have not met the prerequisites for this course. See the department for assistance." Not all prerequisites, however, are coded in the registration system. Verify, using the Browse Catalog, that you have met all the prerequisites prior to enrolling in classes. If you get registered for a course without having met the prerequisite, the department or faculty member will ask you to drop the class.

Yes. But if you drop or fail the first course, you will need to drop the second course.

The academic department that offers the course can explain the course's prerequisite. The detailed information you can find for each course by using the web-based schedule of classes includes the department's address and telephone number. Click here to access the online schedule of classes.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR COURSE INSTRUCTION OPTIONS

REMOTE COURSES | Some classes may only be offered in a Remote instruction mode. If you sign up for a "remote" course, you will be expected to participate in the class remotely. 


ONLINE COURSES | Some classes may only be offered in an Online instruction mode. If you sign up for an "online" course, you will be expected to participate in the class online.


REQUIRED IN-PERSON COURSES | These courses may still include regular virtual meetings as part of the course, but students are expected to be in class for all scheduled in-person meetings. Therefore, you will be required to participate in person, and the course will not be able to be modified. If you are enrolled in one of these courses and you are not comfortable with the requirement, please register for a different course.

Once you are participating in the course, if a special circumstance occurs and you are not able to participate in-person temporarily, you can work with your instructor for accommodations


IN-PERSON/HYBRID | These courses may have in-person elements as part of the instruction, but these elements are flexible. If you are enrolled in one of these courses and you are not comfortable participating in person, you should:

  1. If the course is also available in a "remote" or "online" mode, register for a different class.
  2. If the course is only offered as an "In-Person/Hybrid" mode, you can submit a form to notify your instructor(s) that you will be participating in one or more of your In-Person/Hybrid courses virtually. If this is what you would like to do, please follow the instructions below:

VIRTUAL IN-PERSON/HYBRID FORM

THIS FORM WILL CLOSE AT 5 P.M. EST ON MONDAY, NOV. 30.

If you wish to adjust one or more of your In-Person/Hybrid courses so you can participate virtually, please complete the Virtual In-Person/Hybrid Form.

READ BEFORE SUBMITTING THE FORM:

  • By submitting this form, your name and details related to your request will be sent to your faculty member(s) so they can make arrangements for you to participate virtually.
  • Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email sent to your BGSU student account for your records. There is nothing more you need to do.
  • Submitting this form does not change your class schedule. It just changes how you will participate in your In-Person Hybrid course(s) 
  • DO NOT submit the form unless you are certain you want to make this permanent change. Once you complete the form, you will be expected to participate virtually for the entire semester.

Form will open at 8 a.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 9. You must login with a valid BGSU student ID and password to access the form.

KNOW WHEN TO REGISTER FOR CLASS

If you are admitted to BGSU, have a valid BGSU email account and no holds on your account, you may register for classes according to the schedules outlined below. You can register your classes in your MyBGSU account. Learn more about this process in the Register for Classes section on this web page. 

The calendars below are the dates when the system will open based on student classification. You can locate additional calendars on our Academic Calendars web page.

ATTENTION NEW & TRANSFER STUDENTS

New Students: The schedules listed below do not reflect the dates you will be registering for classes. Because you haven't started a semester at BGSU, class registration will be one of the steps in your orientation process. You will be sent information on meeting with an advisor and registering for class from the Office of Admissions.  It's important you read your BGSU email account and follow the instructions provided to you by your advisors.

Transfer Students: As a transfer student, you are new to BGSU just like all first-year students but you have already earned credits at another institution. Because of this, your registration date can vary. Some transfer students will follow the exact same process listed above for new students and others may follow a different path. It's important you read your BGSU email account and follow the instructions provided to you by your advisors. 

SPRING 2021

Classes can be viewed and you can start preparing your schedule on Monday, Oct. 5

THE SYSTEM WILL OPEN AT 7 A.M. EACH DAY

You can find your exact registration date at MyBGSU > Student Center > Classes & Registration > Enrollment Dates

MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2020 TUESDAY, OCT. 27, 2020 WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2020 THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 2020 FRIDAY, OCT. 30, 2020
  • Graduate Degree-Seeking
  • Graduate Non-Degree-Seeking
  • Authorized Seniors
  • Authorized Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Authorized Sophomores
  • Juniors
 
MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2020 TUESDAY, NOV. 3, 2020
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4, 2020 THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2020 FRIDAY, NOV. 6, 2020
  • Authorized Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Freshmen
 

OPEN ENROLLMENT
The system will open for everyone Nov. 6

SUMMER 2021

Classes can be viewed and you can start preparing your schedule on TBD

THE SYSTEM WILL OPEN AT 7 A.M. EACH DAY

You can find your exact registration date at MyBGSU > Student Center > Classes & Registration > Enrollment Dates

MONDAY 2021 TUESDAY 2021 WEDNESDAY 2021 THURSDAY 2021 FRIDAY 2021
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD

FALL 2021

Classes can be viewed and you can start preparing your schedule on TBD

THE SYSTEM WILL OPEN AT 7 A.M. EACH DAY

You can find your exact registration date at MyBGSU > Student Center > Classes & Registration > Enrollment Dates

MONDAY 2021 TUESDAY 2021 WEDNESDAY 2021 THURSDAY 2021 FRIDAY 2021
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD

Authorized Student | Authorized students are part of specific groups that are given early access to registration. This includes groups like military and Honors College students. If you have not been told you are an authorized student, you will select classes on the traditional day assigned to your class standing.

CHECK YOUR HOLDS

If you have a hold on your account, you will not be able to register for classes.

Before your first THREE semesters, you will be REQUIRED to meet with your academic advisor prior to registering your classes. This includes when you meet with an advisor during orientation. If you attempt to register for classes prior to meeting this requirement, you will see a hold on your account. Please review the Advising section on this web page to learn more about this process prior to your class registration date.

HOW TO CHECK YOUR HOLDS

There are many other reasons why you could have a hold on your account so it's very important you check your holds prior to your class registration date.

1. Log in to MyBGSU & click on the 'Student Center' card

2. Look at the 'Action Items' tile. 

NO HOLD LISTED UNDER ACTION ITEMS

This means you do not have a hold and the class registration system will open for you in accordance with the Class Enrollment Calendar

HOLD LISTED UNDER ACTION ITEMS

This means you will not be able to register for classes until the hold has been lifted.* Go to step 3 to learn how to remove your hold.

* STUDENT ATHLETES: If you see an athletic hold on your account, it will not prevent you from registering for classes. This is a different type of hold that prevents you from being able to drop a course without speaking to your athletic advisor. Please contact your Student-Athlete Services Academic Coordinator or Meghan Horn if you are unsure who your coordinator is.

3. Click the 'Action Items' tile and select 'Holds' on the left-hand navigation to see what type of hold is on your account.

SERVICE IS SUSPENDED HOLD

Please contact our office for further assistance at 419-372-8441 or registrar@bgsu.edu.

MANDATORY ADVISING HOLD

You need to set up an appointment and meet with your advisor prior to this hold being lifted.

ALL OTHER HOLDS

Read more about the hold listed on your account and follow the instructions provided.

MEET WITH YOUR ADVISOR

We highly recommend meeting with your advisor, no matter your class standing, prior to scheduling your classes – but if next semester is one of your first THREE semesters at BGSU, you will be REQUIRED to meet with your academic advisor prior to registering your classes. This includes when you meet with an advisor during orientation. If you attempt to register for classes prior to meeting this requirement, you will see a hold on your account. Please review the Holds section on this web page to learn how to see if you have a hold on your account.

It is also important for you to know that you are responsible for scheduling your classes. Meeting with an advisor does not mean your classes have been scheduled. Your advisor will go over any questions you have, your class options and help you understand what courses are required for graduation, but they will not schedule your classes for you. Please visit the Academic Advising web pages listed below to learn more about advising and to book your appointment.

PREPARE YOUR CLASS SCHEDULE

You will be able to start reviewing class options about about a month prior to the registration system opening. This is the time to start looking at your options and start building your schedule. We recommend doing this prior to meeting with your advisor and at the latest, prior to your registration day. Going through this process will help you think of questions when meeting with your advisor and can help speed up your registration process when the system opens for you.

Please note: Preparing a shopping cart prior to registration opening does not guarantee there will be an opening in the class when you are able to register. 

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SCHEDULE

1. Log in and go to: MyBGSU > Student Center > Classes & Registration


2. Click 'Class Search' in the left navigation menu. 


3. Click 'Term' (Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter) then click the 'Continue' button.


4. Start the search process by clicking the 'Search' button.


5. On the next screen you will see many different options to modify and narrow your search. Use this page to find the classes you are interested in.

IMPORTANT
It is important to only search for "In-Person Hybrid", "Remote" or "Online" courses using the 'Instruction Mode' drop-down if you cannot attend class in-person. This is where you can specify your preference on how the course will be taught. For the majority of students, there are only FOUR modes you need to consider:

Required In-Person (RP)

In-Person/Hybrid (P)

Remote (RE)

Online (WB)


6. Once you have identified a class you want to enroll in, click the 'Select' button and then click the 'Next' button. – Doing this adds the course to your shopping cart. 


7. Repeat this process until all the classes you want to take are selected and in your shopping cart.


Now you are all set until it's your official time to register for classes.

Placing these classes in your cart does not guarantee your enrollment. There is still a chance a class may fill up by the time it's your turn to register. Please review the class registration section on this page for more information about this process.

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

Meeting with your advisor and building your class shopping cart does not mean your classes have been registered. You must complete the following steps to officially enroll in your classes.

  • The registration process will open up for you on your official class registration day. Upperclassmen will gain access to the system earlier.
  • Regardless of the date, if you have a hold on your account, you will NOT be able to register for classes.

You can find your exact registration date at MyBGSU > Student Center > Classes & Registration > Enrollment Dates

HOW TO FINALIZE YOUR SCHEDULE & OFFICIALLY REGISTER 

1. Log in and go to: MyBGSU > Student Center > Classes & Registration > Shopping Cart


2. Finalize the shopping cart you prepared prior to your registration day – If you haven't built your shopping cart, please follow the steps in the Prepare Your Class Schedule section on this web page.


3. Check the status of your classes. 
Green Circle = Open | Blue Square = Closed | Yellow Triangle = Waitlisted

CLOSED CLASS
If a class is listed as closed, you will not be able to enroll in it. So, if a class in your cart is closed we recommend replacing that class with an open class.

WAITLISTED CLASS
If a class in your cart is waitlisted you can choose to replace the class with an open class, or if you would like to be added to the class if someone drops it, click on the class > check the 'Waitlist if class is full' box.


4. Once you are okay with the classes in your shopping cart, click the 'Proceed to Step 2 of 3' button.


5. Click the 'Finish Enrolling' button


6. Check the course 'Status' column in the chart.
Green Check Mark = Class Scheduled | Red X = Not Scheduled

RED X BECAUSE OF WAITLIST
If you see a message stating you are on the waitlist, it will show you what position you are on the list. When someone drops the class and you are next on the list, you will be added to the class. Once added, you will see it on your schedule. You have the option to remove yourself from the waitlist as well.

RED X BECAUSE FULL
If you see an error message, this means the class is full and you are not on the waitlist. At this time, you can choose to search for an open class, or if you would like to be added to the waitlist, go back to the class and check the 'Waitlist if class is full' box and follow the process again.


7. Double check to make sure all of your classes appear on your schedule by clicking the 'My Class Schedule' button.


If everything looks okay, you are all set for next semester! If you need assistance or have questions, please contact our office at 419-372-8441 or registrar@bgsu.edu. We are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.