Registration Basics

Common Definitions

  • Course ID: consists of three parts: prefix, number, and occasionally a suffix, e.g., ENGL 1101S
    • Prefix – a four four-character alphabetic code designating an area of study, e.g., ENGL – English
    • Number – a four-digit number designating the course level
    • Suffix – a letter that may appear at the end of a course number to designate the format in which the course is taught, e.g., ENGL 1101S
      • – Non-Credit Discussion Group
        • Non-credit discussion – included in the course credit, but offered at a different period from the lecture
      • – Online Learning Course
      • – Honors Course
        • Must be an Honors student
      • – Integrated Language Course
      • – Laboratory Course
        • Can be credit or non-credit
        • Non-credit lab – included in the course credit, but offered at a different period from the lecture
      • – Research Course
      • – Service-Learning Course
      • – Writing Intensive Program Course
  • Course Reference Number (CRN): the five-digit number specific to a single section of a course
  • Course Section: A specific instance of a course with a unique combination of instructor, day, time, and location
  • Day of the Week Abbreviations:
    • - Monday
    • - Tuesday
    • - Wednesday
    • - Thursday
    • - Friday
  • Credit Hours: indicate the number of hours you will earn upon successful completion of the course
    • Full-time enrollment is 12+ hours
    • 121+ credit hours are required to graduate
  • Prerequisite Course: A course you must complete, or be currently enrolled in, prior to registering for a subsequent course
  • Corequisite Course: A course that must be taken at the same time as another course
    • Many labs are corequisites to science courses; therefore, you must register for the lab at the same time as the lecture.
  • Pre- or Corequisite Course: A course that you must complete before or at the same time as another course
  • Waitlist: A list that tracks the students interested in a course section that is currently at capacity

Common Registration Error Messages

  • Accounts Acknowledgement Hold
    • You have a Student Accounts Acknowledgement Hold. The instructions for removing it can be found here.
  • Contact Information Hold
    • You have a hold from the Registrar's Office that will prevent you from registering. Instructions for clearing this hold are located here.
  • This course has no open seats, or open seats are reserved for waitlisted students.  Please select “Waitlisted” from the action box.  If not available, seating is first-come, first-served
    • You will not be able to register for this class at the current time. Try to add yourself to the waitlist.
  • Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP) Hold 
    • Information on how to have the hold removed is located here.
  • Immunization Hold
    • Contact the Health Center for information on clearing this hold (706)542-8617.
  • Housing Hold
    •  Contact the appropriate Housing Office phone number provided in the hold description.
  • Permission of Department Required (POD) 
    • You must have the permission of the department to register for this class. Ask your advisor or an OL how to get the permission of the department or choose a different section.
  • Student Attribute Restriction
    • You must be an Honors student to register for this section.
  • Permission of Major Restriction (POM) 
    • You must be a student in this major to register for this class (for example, you must be an Engineering major to register for an ENGR class).
  • Cohort Restriction
    • These classes are only open to students in the Living Learning Communities program. If you did not apply and get accepted into this program, then you cannot sign up for these classes.
  • Prerequisite Course(s) Not Met
    • You have not taken the required prerequisite course. If you are unsure of the prerequisites, visit to view the course’s prerequisites. If you believe you have taken the prerequisite course, contact your advisor or the Office of the Registrar for assistance.
  • Campus Restriction
    • The course you are attempting to register for is only for students on a specific campus (e.g., Griffin).
  • Permission of College Required
    • You need to be in a specific college (e.g., the College of Engineering) to be able to take this course.
  • Permission of Program Required
    • You need to be in a specific academic program.


  • If you are attempting to register for a course that is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist if the option is available.
  • If a waitlist is available on a full course after you attempt to register for a specific section, you can select the “Waitlisted” option in the course’s Action drop down menu and click the “Submit” button.  The selected course should now show a status of “Waitlisted.”
  • As soon as a seat becomes available in the class, the next student in line receives an email notifying them to register for the course. You have the next 18 hours to register for the course. If you do not register within that timeframe, you will lose your seat in the course.
  • If you are waitlisted for a course, it is critical that you check your UGA email at least once per day.  You will have 18 hours to take an available seat (no exceptions).
  • If notified that a seat is available, go to the “Add or Drop Classes” menu in Athena, use the Action drop down to select “Web Registered” on the appropriate course, then click the “Submit” button to take your seat.  The selected course should now show a status of “Web Registered” and be reflected in your enrolled hours.
  • The waitlist of a term is closed three days before drop/add begins for that term. Following the closure of waitlists, any student can register for a seat as it becomes available.
  • You cannot be on a waitlist for a course and register for the same course at a different time.
  • Hours of a waitlisted course do not show in your credit hours.


Waitlisting Courses with a Lab

  • Many science courses require you to waitlist the lab section that you want rather than the lecture. If you try to waitlist a lecture and can't, select a lab and see if you can waitlist that instead. Many departments will open enough lecture seats to cover those who are in labs.

Evening Tests

When you register for certain courses, such as BIOL 1107, CHEM 1211, CHEM 1212, and CSCI 1302, you might see the typical lecture times – M, W, F or T, R – in addition to  class periods with no classroom listed.

  • Example: Class, 5:45 pm - 7:40 pm, No Classroom Required

This is the time when you will take exams for this course. You won't have exams every week, but the department wanted to make sure this time was open in your schedule for when you do have exams.

Foreign Language Labs

When you try to register for a 4-hour foreign language course like SPAN 1001, you may see 3 hours of lecture time on MWF or TR and an additional time from 12:01 am - 11:59 pm with no classroom listed.

This additional time indicates the 1-hour language lab that you'll complete each week at a time of your choosing.


College Credit in High School

AP Credit

  • If you took an AP exam and think that the scores should already be at UGA and they aren't, check with College Board and have them resent.
  • To request College Board AP results, please contact the College Board:
    Phone: 888-225-5427
    UGA’s College Board AP Code: 5813


Dual Enrollment Credit

  • Is your dual enrollment course credit not posted at UGA? (check to see if it's here).
  • Dual enrolment credit must be sent from the Registrar's Office at the college that granted the credit. Dual enrollment credit cannot be accepted from your high school transcript.


Look at Past Course Syllabi

Do you want to see what sorts of material a course might cover?

  • All you have to do is look up the course here in the UGA Bulletin.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the course description and look for the box beside the word "Syllabus." You can then select your instructor, if you know who that is. If you don't know your instructor, or can't find a previous syllabus from your instructor, you can still look at syllabi to get a sense of the material covered in the course.



Still Need Help?

Contact your advisor or the Office of the Registrar at 706-542-4040 or