Registration Tips

Pay Attention to Registration Time Tickets

Students have their highest level of scheduling priority during their registration "time ticket" window. Plan ahead so that you are ready to go when your time ticket opens. Pay special attention to the beginning and end times of your time ticket.

Registration time tickets are created based on credit hours you have already earned at Miami or elsewhere. This does not include in-progress hours. Earned hours are listed under the “Undergraduate Credit Summary to Date” at the end of your degree audit. Do not use the "Earned Hours" posted at the beginning of your degree audit since it includes the courses for which you are currently registered. You can also view earned hours on your unofficial academic transcript in BannerWeb.

Clear Holds Preventing Registration

A variety of holds may be placed on your record that will restrict registration. Learn about the types of holds and how to check holds on your account.

Sign Your ePromise

Sign your ePromise Financial Responsibility Agreement. All students are required to sign a Financial Responsibility Agreement every fall and spring semester. The system will not allow you to register until you have signed the agreement.

Review Restrictions and Error Messages

Review information regarding registration restrictions and error messages. Also check the Bulletin for course prerequisites or other restrictions. Please note that while registration time tickets are based on earned hours only, your in-progress hours are used by the registration system to determine your qualifications in relation to prerequisites and other restrictions.

There may be scheduling conflicts and/or errors when students do not have a declared major. Priority in courses is given to students with declared majors that require the course. Some majors may need to be declared early due to the nature of their requirements (e.g., education, speech pathology).

Be aware of courses that are not available for students to add on their own during online registration. These typically include Independent Studies, workshops, studio courses, internship course credit, and professional practicums. To register for these courses, please contact the academic department of the course.

Check on Your Transfer Credit

If you have transfer credit, make sure it has been posted to your record by checking your unofficial academic transcript in BannerWeb or on your degree audit. If the credit is not posted, please email and a staff member will look into the issue.

Meet with Your Academic Advisor

Academic Advisors are knowledgeable resources for helping you make decisions about your major/minor/thematic sequence, for checking your degree progress, and for identifying ways to use course selections to enhance career options.

Prepare a List of Courses and Alternatives

Students tend to be more successful in getting the courses they need to meet requirements when they are flexible. Using your degree audit, prepare a list of courses and alternates that will fulfill your requirements. List as many as possible. Please note that seats are released at the beginning of each registration group, so while a course may look closed during your registration period, more seats may open in later registration groups and/or when open registration begins. This system is in place to ensure an even distribution of course availability across the entire registration period. Tips:

  • Try to schedule the course (or its alternate) during your initial registration window.
  • Try next to add the course during open registration.
  • Find out the force add policy from the department (the policies vary widely).
  • Ask the department about waiting lists and "sit in" policies.

Review Credit/No Credit Policies

You may register for a Miami Plan Foundation course for either a Standard letter grade or Credit/No Credit. Choose "Change Class Options" on the Registration Menu on BannerWeb after you register for the course. Non-Miami plan courses may be changed to credit/no credit only with written permission of the instructor. Please note:

  • All written changes to grade mode must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar within the first 20% of the course meetings.
  • See the Academic Calendar for specific dates.
  • CAUTION: There are some major requirements and University policies that place restrictions on the credit/no credit option. Refer to The Student Handbook for further information and speak to your advisor.

Review Maximum Credit Hour Limitations

Undergraduate students will only be allowed to register for 17 credit hours during your registration time ticket window (students in the College of Engineering and Computing have an 18 credit hour limit). During the open registration period in July (for fall semester registration) and November (for spring semester registration), you may register for additional hours up to a maximum of 20 credit hours. If you need to take more than 20 credit hours, you must have permission from your divisional dean. Graduate students can register for a maximum of 18 graduate credit hours during the fall or spring semester. Graduate students with a need to exceed the maximum graduate credit hour limits must file a petition with the Dean of the Graduate School prior to the first day of the semester.