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Registration Policies

Registration during the scheduled registration week utilizes a priority registration system that assigns days and times for registration based upon a variety of factors (see below). Once your priority registration time has come, you may register at any time.

Returning Students. If you are a returning student who has registered during the preceding 4 quarters and you have not graduated, you are assigned a priority day and time for registration. Priority assignments are made according to the following order, with the highest priority first:

  • Number of units. The number used is the sum of units attempted (including outstanding Incompletes and Holds) plus current quarter units enrolled. The total includes transfer credit that has already been granted and posted by the Registrar’s Office.
  • First term registered. If a group of students have the same number of units, the students who were registered and completed courses earliest have the higher priority.

New Students. Priority assignments are also made for new students. The students selected are those who have indicated that they intend to begin that quarter. The order of priority is based on date of application.

Audit-Only Students. Audit-only students are not included on the priority lists. Audit-only registrations are not accepted until the deadlines to register for credit have passed, since credit registrations have priority.

Late Registration. If your registration does not happen before the first day of the quarter (first day of the eleventh week of the previous quarter at regional campuses), regardless of when your first class begins, you will be charged a Late Registration Fee of $30. Classes added after initial registration do not incur any Late Registration Fee.

Registration Changes. You may add or drop classes, or change between Pass/Fail and Graded status for a class through the Registration Menu behind your login, at any time between your initial registration and the normal deadlines for such changes. (See Registration and Course Change Deadlines for details). Any appropriate charges or refunds will be calculated automatically and posted immediately to your student account.

Important Note about Dropping Classes. When you register for a class, you enter into a contract. This contract has certain stipulations, including a schedule of deadlines and tuition refunds. If you want to drop a class, don’t just stop attending or tell the professor. If that is all you do, you haven’t dropped the class and you are still liable for full tuition and a grade (which will be an F if you do not complete the work for the class). If you want to drop a class, you have to do so through the Registration Menu behind your login within the established deadlines. The longer you wait, the less tuition you will get back.

Responsibility. You, and you alone, are fully and finally responsible for all registration transactions you make. Petitions for change based on mistakes made you make and discover later will be denied.

Closed Classes. When a class reaches a stated enrollment capacity, which represents either a room capacity (with no larger room available) or an agreed enrollment limit, the class is closed. The Wait List provides a means for you to add the class for credit if openings occur within registration deadlines. Auditors are normally not added to a class after it has closed, even if openings occur.

Waitlists. You add yourself to the waitlist for a closed class when you register or at any time thereafter. You must add yourself to the waitlist by selecting waitlist status and saving the change on the registration form . It does not happen automatically, Make sure that a class shows up on your schedule with the status of Waitlisted if that is what you want. The waitlist ensures that openings in closed classes will be made available to students in the order in which they were added. Details on how the Waitlist works are available from the Registrar’s Office and on our website.

Auditing Classes. Auditing a class refers to the privilege of attending a class on a non-credit basis. “Informal” audits are not permitted, even if a professor says you can sit in on the class. To be present in a class requires that you be registered as a credit student or an auditor, and no professor is authorized to make exceptions to this policy. Some classes are closed to auditors. Some professors do not permit auditors to participate in the class at all, merely to attend; others may permit or even require various degrees of participation. Students wishing to audit a class must meet all prerequisites.

Regardless of your program, you (or your spouse) are permitted to audit master’s-level classes in the schools of Theology and Intercultural Studies for a $50 audit fee (per each course) plus the $30 eResource fee (per quarter) as long as you are an active student (you are considered an “active student” if you are enrolled for credit in the current quarter or have been during the previous 4 quarters). Fuller graduates may audit classes for a minimal cost of $30 eResource fee. Others are charged $250 per class plus the $30 eResource fee (per quarter). Enrollment as an auditor is subject to all limitations of class size, the priority of students enrolled for credit, any special requirements for auditing a particular class, and the exclusion of auditors from a particular class or a given type of class. Only Fuller graduates may audit online classes, subject to all of the limitations described above, and must agree to participate fully in the class.

Audit requests are not accepted for a class until the deadline for registration for credit in that class has passed. Once registered, audits cannot be dropped, and no refund is given.

Audit registrations are not recorded on transcripts. No transcripts will be issued for audit-only students.

Prerequisites. If a class you wish to take has a prerequisite, you must have completed the prerequisite in order to take the class. If you fail or have an Incomplete in the prerequisite, you have not completed it and cannot take the class. You may register for such a class, but if you do not complete the prerequisite class by the end of the first week of the quarter, you cannot continue in the class.

Overlap Classes. You cannot enroll in a class that overlaps or conflicts in scheduled meeting times, in whole or in part, with any other class. This includes short-term (e.g., two-week and five-week) classes that conflict with regular ten-week classes. Individual faculty are not authorized to make exceptions in any way. The only provision for any exception involves Brehm Center “immersion classes” in Winter quarter, and requires an advisor override before registering.

Directed (Independent) Studies. There are various guidelines governing Directed Studies in the various schools and programs of the seminary, covering the structure of such courses and their place in the curriculum. From a registration standpoint, however, all Directed Studies (also called Independent Studies or Independent Readings) are considered ten-week courses, and therefore are subject to all the deadlines for ten-week courses. If you are not in good academic standing, you cannot register for Directed Studies. Also, please note that Directed Studies do not permit you to attend a scheduled class; they are, as the other name indicates, “independent.” To attend a class, you must be registered for that class in some way.

Apprenticeship Courses. You must arrange apprenticeship experiences through your advisor. These arrangements, however, don’t constitute registration. You still must make sure you register for the appropriate apprenticeship course each quarter. Apprenticeships are considered ten-week courses, and are therefore subject to ten-week registration procedures and deadlines. Also note that apprenticeship enrollments are valued at four units for purposes of enrollment certification, regardless of the number of units of credit involved (even zero units).

Intensive Courses. One- and two-week intensive courses are offered in all quarters. There are special considerations that apply to these courses:

  • You can’t register for more than one such course in any one- or two-week period.
  • There is a special calendar for course changes (adding, dropping, refunds, Pass/Fail status change), accelerated proportionately. (See Registration and Course Change Deadlines.) Pay careful attention to these deadlines; they pass quickly.
  • All your work for intensive courses is due within the normal quarter deadlines (or earlier, at the professor’s discretion), regardless of when in the quarter the intensive session occurs.
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