Registration Overview

Registration and adjusting schedules, including dropping and adding of classes, is one of several options available to students in Athena,

Registration Eligibility

If an undergraduate student has not registered for classes within three semesters of their last enrolled semester, he or she will be required to apply for readmission to UGA as a former undergraduate student.

Undergraduate students must enroll in classes for the semester in which they are admitted or readmitted to UGA. If a student fails to enroll in the semester for which admission or readmission is granted, he or she will be required to reapply for admission.

Graduate students should contact the Graduate School for information about maintaining registration eligibility.

Professional students should contact their respective schools or colleges for information about maintaining registration eligibility.

Registration Time

Registration has four phases:

Early Registration

This phase is for continuing students. Students may register beginning at their assigned registration appointment time through the end of the Add phase.


This phase is a continuation of the Early Registration phase for continuing students and is also for new and transfer students, participants in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), and the 62+ Program. It begins after the first tuition and fees  payment deadline; assigned registration appointments are not needed during this phase.


Drop begins on the first day of classes and continues until midnight of the fifth day of classes for all undergraduate level courses (0097 - 5999) and all graduate level courses (6000 - 9999).


Add begins on the first day of classes and continues until midnight of the fifth day of classes for all  undergraduate level courses (0097 - 5999) and all graduate level courses (6000 - 9999).

The dates for these phases for the current term are noted at Calendars.

Registration Process

Please note: students are responsible for being aware of and following the deadlines related to registration, tuition and fees payment, dropping and adding classes, and withdrawal from either  individual classes or all classes. These important deadlines for each semester may be found at Calendars.

  •  Meet with Your Advisor
    • All undergraduates and graduates in certain programs must meet with their advisors and be cleared for registration prior to being able to register. Many programs have complex degree requirements or require that courses be taken in sequence. Your advisor will help you plan your academic program accordingly. Advisors or their designees must enter a registration clearance code indicating you have been advised before you will be permitted to register. Prior to your advising appointment, you should be aware of any special authorizations or prerequisites to courses you are considering taking. You are also encouraged to review your DegreeWorks audit ( prior to visiting with your advisor. Most advisors prefer that students complete the UGA Bulletin Worksheet prior to their advising appointment and bring the worksheet to their appointment.
  • Check Course Authorizations
    • Check the Schedule of Classes for any special permission you will need to register for a class, e.g. Permission of Department (POD), Permission of Major (POM),  Permission of Honors (POH),  Permission of School (POS), or Permission of Learning Communities Program (POL). Be sure to see the appropriate department to obtain permission.
  • Check Course Prerequisites
    • Students are responsible for being aware of any preprequisites. Students should make sure they have the prerequisites to take the courses they have chosen.  All academic departments block registration for their undergraduate-level courses to students who have not met prerequisites. See the current Undergraduate Bulletin for more information. Graduate-level courses do not check for prerequisites.
  • Check for Holds
    • Students with holds on their record will not be permitted to register until holds have been cleared. Holds can be viewed in the registration system.
  • Check to see when your appointment or time ticket will be available
  • Access Athena and begin registration

Time Conflicts

You will not be allowed to register for courses with a time conflict. Please note, however, if a course has VR (variable) or TBA (to be announced) listed, registration cannot check for a conflict.


For information on Waitlisting, please see the Waitlisting page.

View and Print Your Class Schedule

After you register or make any changes to your schedule, be sure to view your schedule and print it for your records.

Buy Your Textbooks

Registration and the schedule of classes search contain links that will take you directly to the bookstore. At the UGA Bookstore website you can view all the books that will be needed or a course. The UGA Bookstore site also offers you the opportunity to purchase textbooks for your classes.

Schedule Adjustments


  • You may drop undergraduate-level courses (0097 - 5999) and graduate-level courses (6000 - 9999) until midnight of the fifth business day of a semester.
  • Classes which are dropped during this time period are not included on your academic record (transcript).  Tuition and fees are not charged for dropped courses.


  • You may add undergraduate-level courses (0097 - 5999) and graduate-level courses (6000 - 9999) until midnight of the fifth business day of a semester.
  • Individual Class Withdrawal: You may withdraw from individual classes via Athena. You may withdraw from individual classes after the appropriate drop deadline and until two weeks after mid semester.  Always be sure to check the Academic Calendar for the specific deadline each semester.

As of Fall 2014, students who withdraw from courses before the withdrawal deadline will receive a W grade. Withdrawals from courses will not be permitted after the withdrawal deadline except in cases of hardship as determined by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Students may drop one, some, or all of their classes during the drop/add period. Courses dropped in this manner do not appear on a student’s transcript and are not considered as hours attempted for financial aid purposes. No grade is assigned for such courses. However, a student who wishes to withdraw from a course after the last day of the drop period for a term must withdraw through Athena.

An instructor may withdraw a student from a course due to excessive absences as defined in the course syllabus. If such a withdrawal occurs after the drop/add period, the instructor can contact the Office of the Registrar about withdrawing the student.

If a withdrawal is initiated by someone other than the instructor, the instructor and the student will be notified by the Office of the Registrar of the withdrawal.

All probation and exclusion rules apply regardless of the circumstances of the withdrawal. For more information, see General Academic Regulations related to Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal.

No student shall be withdrawn from a course for lack of a prerequisite after the end of one calendar week from the beginning of the term.

If a student experiences significant personal hardship (e.g., medical or family emergency, prolonged illness), the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (OVPSA) can facilitate a hardship withdrawal from all courses for which a student is registered for the term. A hardship withdrawal cannot be used to selectively withdraw from some courses while remaining enrolled in other courses. If sufficient documentation is provided and a hardship withdrawal is approved by OVPSA, the OVPSA will work with each instructor to assign a withdrawal grade for each course.

No refund is available for a reduction in hours due to individual course withdrawals that occur after the drop/add period.

Students should be aware that a reduction in their hours may affect their Student Financial Aid, the HOPE scholarship, athletic and ticket eligibility, University housing accommodations, use of University resources and access to University facilities, immigration status for international students, Veterans Educational Benefits, and the loss of full-time student status, which can lead to health insurance cancellation. Students should contact the appropriate office and their academic advisor with questions about the impact of their withdrawal from a course before initiating a withdrawal. Students who are returning from academic dismissal are advised to consult with their academic advisor prior to withdrawal because violation of the minimum enrollment requirements can lead to a second dismissal from the University. Veterans and dependents of veterans who receive educational benefits must notify the Veterans Education Benefits Area in the Office of the Registrar of any course load reductions.

Credit Limits

Undergraduate students may register for a maximum of 17 hours during the fall, spring, and summer.  Professional students and graduate students should refer to their respective bulletins for minimum/maximum course loads policies.

You may request a change in your credit limit by obtaining approval from your advisor.