All University of Arizona students register for classes twice a year; once in the fall and once in the spring. This resource will provide you with information about registration, including how to best utilize your time with an advisor during your registration period.
What is Registration?
Registration is the time period during the semester where you will choose your classes for the following semester.
Important things to remember about registration:
- Students are given priority for course registration based on credit standing (meaning seniors register first and freshman last). Fully online, veterans, athletes and honors students get advanced registration status.
- Registration starts around late October in the fall and mid-March in the spring. The University posts the priority registration schedules here.
- Because Public Health is a very full college/major, we recommend that you prepare your shopping cart ahead of time and set your alarm for 10 minutes prior to your registration time to have the best chance of scoring your perfect schedule.
- The last important thing to remember during registration is to not hesitate to reach out for help. Your academic advisors are here to help!
Can I Register Without Seeing my Advisor?
Absolutely! In an ideal world, this is what we want to happen. We want to give you enough information and confidence to navigate this on your own, select your own classes and build your own schedules.
We also have a fillable Curriculum Guide that we hope you keep up-to-date with completed coursework. Visit this page for the main campus Curriculum Guide and this page for the fully online Curriculum Guide. This is a tool to help you know what coursework you have completed and what still is left to do.
All that being said, if you would like to meet with your advisor to prepare for registration, we welcome your visit!
Appointment & Walk-In Etiquette During Registration
Note that there is no need to wait until priority registration begins to see your advisor. You can visit/speak with your advisor at any point before your registration period to sort out schedules and ask advising questions.
- Be prepared for your appointment or walk-in time with your questions and classes in mind for your next semester (ideally, you will have placed courses in your shopping cart already).
- When preparing your potential schedule it is important to have back-up classes in case you do not get into your first choices. This will help you problem solve the morning of priority registration if your ideal schedule doesn't work as you hoped.
- Lastly, read all emails sent out by public health advisors before and during registration. We do our best to anticipate your questions so that you have information available to you when you need it (without having to wait for your appointment or walk-in slot).
I Didn't Get Into the Classes I Wanted - Now What?
First, take a deep breath! This sometimes happens.
Here are some steps you can take:
- Are you a first or second year student? It sometimes happens that courses fill and you don't get your ideal schedule. With a solid back-up plan, you can still make progress to graduation.
- Is the class you cannot get into something other than a public health class? If it is, be sure to contact that department! For instance, if you want PSIO 380 and it is full, then reach out directly to Physiology department for assistance.
- Are you still in pre-public health but trying to register for a 400 level class? Remember, you have to have already applied to the professional major to take 400 level classes!
- Is there a prerequisite for the class you are trying to get into? For instance, to take HPS 350 you have to have already completed HPS 178 and HPS 200.
If you feel stressed about your schedule (or lack of schedule!), please reach out to your academic advisor.