For all registration information, please see the areas below. If you have questions specifically about your academic program, please contact your advisor for your school or college.

Registration Guide & Resources

Registration Step By Step Guide

Beginning in April 2024, registration for the Fall 2024 semester, and forward, will occur in our new student information system, BisonHub. Below are guides to assist with registering in that system. More information and guides about BisonHub can be found in Canvas Learning, BisonHub 101.

Find Course Sections

Register for Courses

View Course Section Details

 

For Summer 2024 registration, students should still consult BisonWeb and follow instructions here: BisonWeb registration instructions

Academic Advising

All students are highly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor prior to completing course registration. Please access the link below to view information on the school or college to which you have been admitted, as indicated on your letter of acceptance from the Office of Admission or approved intra-university/major change form from the Office of the Registrar. Your academic advisor will be able to inform you on which courses to select, how to register for them. Incoming undergraduate students are encouraged to view the  website for details on advising and course registration. The  contains the main points of contact for the student affairs/advising unit for each undergraduate school/college. Juniors and seniors generally receive advising assistance from their major/departmental advisor. 

The Office of the Registrar does not provide academic advising services.

Course Waitlist

When a section of a course fills to the enrollment limit, students attempting to register through BisonHub will receive a registration error message that a waitlist exists. The student will then be given the option of adding themselves to the waitlist for the course, if a waitlist is available. If a student already enrolled in the course should drop, that seat will not become available for registration through BisonHub if there is an active waitlist for the course.

Students must attempt to register for the course via BisonHub in order to be offered the waitlist option. When a seat becomes available, the first student on the waitlist will receive an email notification to their Howard email address. A student will have twelve (12) hours from the time of the email to register for the class through BisonHub. It is the student's responsibility to check their email once on a waitlist. If they do not register for the class during that time period, the seat will be offered to the next student on the waitlist. Students MUST have an email address on file (see the Contact tab in BisonHub) or they will not receive the notification and lose their opportunity to register. Obtaining a space on a waitlist should not be interpreted as a guarantee of getting a seat in the course.

Please also note, the course waitlist option is no longer available once a given semester has commenced. All students are encouraged to register for alternate course options with the assistance of their assigned academic advisor. 

Troubleshooting Registration Issues

BisonHub Registration Troubleshooting

 

When attempting to register for courses via BisonHub, students may encounter errors that prevent registration. Restrictions have been applied to courses for various academic and administrative reasons. Unfortunately, the Office of the Registrar cannot assist in resolving most registration error messages. In general, students should consult with the advising unit of their school/college for assistance with navigating the registration process.

Please see the following registration common issues that can be encountered that may hinder registration and how to resolve them

BisonHub Troubleshooting Registration Issues

BisonWeb Error Messages & Troubleshooting Tips for Registration Prior to Fall 2024

BisonWeb Error Messages

When attempting to register for courses via BisonWeb, students may encounter errors that prevent registration. Restrictions have been applied to courses for various academic and administrative reasons. Unfortunately, the Office of the Registrar cannot assist in resolving most registration error messages. In general, students should consult with the advising unit of their school/college for assistance with navigating the registration process. Please see the following registration error messages:

BisonWeb Error

Description

鈥淐鈥

Course is filled to capacity. Please choose an available section of the course. You may also choose to waitlist the course if this option is available. Please note that students on the waitlist will be given priority consideration for course override approval.

Unfortunately, students cannot generally be overridden into closed courses. For courses with a waitlist, students who are on the waitlist will be notified by the Office of the Registrar via email if a seat is available (please monitor your main and spam/junk inbox of your preferred email account). For courses that are at their maximum capacity, please contact your Academic Advisor for assistance with identifying alternate course options, if necessary.

鈥淪R鈥

You are not eligible to register. Please review your student status. Please refer to the General Registration Schedule and the University Calendar for registration availability information. For additional assistance, you may consult with your Academic Advisor to review your student status.

CRN is Invalid

Please refer to the  for the correct CRN.

Holds on your record that prevent registration

Registration is prohibited due to student account holds. To view holds via BisonWeb, select 鈥淪tudent Records,鈥 then 鈥淰iew Holds.鈥 You will not be able to register until all holds that prevent registration have been released. Only the office that placed the hold on the account can release it.

Please contact the office that placed the hold. For example:

Can't Drop Last Class

If you are attempting to withdraw from all of your classes, you must submit a total withdrawal form. You cannot drop all of your classes via BisonWeb.

If you are attempting to add additional classes and receive this error, the class you are attempting to register is either:

  1. Closed or the waitlist is full, or
  2. Has some other restriction from this list that must be resolved with your academic advisor or with the assistance of the department teaching the course.

Instructor Signature

You must contact the course instructor to obtain written permission to register for the class. To permit registration via BisonWeb the registration approval should be submitted to your Academic Advisor for processing. 

If approved, your course instructor must submit written permission to your Academic Advisor for processing.

Maximum Hours Exceeded

Undergraduates in good academic standing are limited to a specific number of credit hours per semester depending on their school or college. You must meet specific requirements to request that your maximum credit hours be increased. Approval from the appropriate Academic Advisor or Dean must be received in the Office of the Registrar to increase your maximum credit hours. Excess tuition rates may be associated with registering beyond the specific maximums.

For credit increases at or below the general maximum (e.g., 21 credit hours for undergraduate students), please consult with your Academic Advisor for further assistance.

For all credit hour increases above the maximum (e.g., 22 or more credit hours for undergraduate students), please consult with the Academic Advisor or Academic Dean of your school/college.

Prerequisite and Test Score Error

A prerequisite course or exam score is required for enrollment in this class. Your Academic Advisor will determine if an override is warranted. Your advisor should process a system override, if approved. A Course Override Form should not be submitted for this restriction.

Please consult with your Academic Advisor for further assistance.

Course Restrictions

All exceptions to the following restrictions require the appropriate approval and should be processed by the appropriate department or Academic Advisor. A Course Override Form should not be submitted:

  • LEVEL: This course is restricted to a certain level (e.g., undergraduate, graduate, law school or PhD candidates).
  • DEGREE: This course is restricted to a certain degree (e.g., BA, BS, MA, MS, MPA, MBA, JD, PhD or MD).
  • FIELD OF STUDY - MAJOR, MINOR, CONCENTRATION: This course is restricted to certain majors, minors or concentrations. The major department is the only office that can give permission to register.
  • CLASS: This course is restricted to certain classifications (e.g., juniors or seniors). The department must allow access to this course.
  • COLLEGE: This course is restricted to a certain college. Permission must be granted by the school/college.
  • DEPARTMENT: Contact the office of the academic department offering the course to obtain permission to register for the class. The department or your advisor should process a system override, if approved.

Please consult with your Academic Advisor or the appropriate department.

Time Conflict

BisonWeb does not allow students to register for courses that either meet at the same time or overlap. Written approval from the instructor of record is required and should be given to your Academic Advisor to receive permission to register via BisonWeb. 

If approved, your course instructor must submit written permission to your Academic Advisor for processing.

Special Grading Options (Audit)

Courses that have more than one grading option automatically default to the standard letter grade mode, (A-F). If a different grading mode is desired, such as Audit, the change must be requested using a Course Audit Form.

Academic standing prohibits registration

You may be academically suspended. Please review your academic history via BisonWeb and contact your Academic Advisor for additional information.

Please consult with your Academic Advisor for further assistance.

You are not permitted to register at this time

Course registration via BisonWeb is available at 9 a.m. on designated days. Please refer to the General Registration Schedule and the University Calendar for registration availability information. If you are a traditional student (e.g. you are a regular undergraduate/graduate student), please ensure that you select 'Spring 2024' and not the nontraditional term when attempting to register. 

If you were attempting to register between 9 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., registered and earned grades for the previous semester, and/or officially notified of readmission for for the term you are registering into, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further assistance.

If you were not registered/earned grades for the semester prior to the term you are registering for, a  may be required for readmission consideration. You may consult with your Academic Advisor for further assistance with determining your status and course requirements for graduation.

Student Holds

Have A Hold On Your Account?

Please review the guide below to find if you have a hold on your account and how to resolve it. 

Holds on Student Record

See contact information for various offices: