Please review the registration policies for the UNC-Chapel Hill.

  • Changes in course registration schedules should be made during the first five days of classes. During this time, students may add courses using the registration system.
  • After the first five days of classes, the addition of a course to a student’s registration schedule requires permission of the course instructor or the department concerned.

Additionally, students must obtain a Registration/Drop/Add form from their academic adviser, the concerned department, or their school.

Important: Students are required to have their school dean’s signature when registering for the first time or making any course additions after the last day to add a course and the end of late registration.

  • See the University Registrar’s Calendar for specific dates.
  • Deans will only approve those registrations or course additions which have first been approved by the instructor, and only for truly exceptional circumstances.
  • The form must be submitted to the University Registrar’s Office on the day of issuance.

Undergraduate students may drop courses using the registration system during their online access period.

  • Dropping a class may affect your academic progress
  • Dropping a class may result in the assignment of a W grade on your transcript.

Graduate students may drop courses using the registration system during the first eight weeks.

  •  See the University Registrar’s Calendar for drop dates.
  •  Course drops requested After the Last Day for Graduate Students to drop courses requires approval of the Graduate School.

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If you fail to attend both of the first two class meetings in any regular semester, you are subject to being dropped from the class at the discretion of the teaching department. However, you may not assume that departments will automatically process a drop for non-class attendance.

Important:   It is your responsibility to insure that drop/add transactions are appropriately recorded.

In case of withdrawal from the University, tuition and fees will be prorated according to the withdrawal refund calendar posted on under “Important Dates.”

Important:   The last date for credit on a student’s financial account for withdrawal is nine weeks after the first day of classes for the fall and spring semesters.

Effective July 1, 1986, North Carolina State law requires that no person shall attend a college or university in North Carolina unless a certificate of immunization indicating that the person has received the immunizations required by the law is presented to the college or university on or before the first day of matriculation.

  • There are provisions for waivers on medical or religious grounds.
  • If a certificate of immunization is not in the possession of the college or university on the first day of matriculation, the person shall have 30 calendar days from the first day of attendance to obtain the required immunizations.

Important:    Persons not in compliance with the immunization requirements at the end of 30 calendar days will be administratively withdrawn from school by the University Registrar.

  • The maximum course load for undergraduates for a semester is 17 credit hours and for graduate students is 16 hours.
  • The maximum load will increase to 18 credit hours for undergraduates at the beginning of open enrollment for each term.
  • Continuing Studies students are limited to 8 credit hours. If you wish to enroll for more than the credit hour limit you must obtain permission from your dean to carry a credit hour “overload”.

Important:   The registration system will not permit you to register for more than the credit load limit without obtaining your dean’s approval. Only the Dean’s Office can increase credit hours.

The minimum course load for undergraduates for a single semester is 12 academic credit hours. You may not go below 12 academic credit hours without permission of your dean.

Important:   You should discuss semester enrollment of fewer than 15 academic credit hours with your adviser because such enrollments necessitate:

  • Summer School
  • Correspondence
  • A heavier course load during a later semester

University regulations require students who do not register before the first day of classes in any semester or summer session to pay an additional fee of $20.00 for delayed registration.

Any student who believes that they can show sufficient justification for the delay may petition for a refund by completing this form and outlining the reason for delay. The justification will be reviewed and acted on by the Office of the University Registrar. Students will receive an email notice of the decision.

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According to federal law, once a student enrolls at the University, the student’s parents no longer have automatic access to the student’s education records unless they claim the student as a dependent for federal income tax purposes or have the student’s written consent.

To establish that your child is your dependent for these purposes you will need to:

Send all items to the Office of the University Registrar:

Office of the University Registrar UNC-Chapel Hill Suite 3100,
SASB North
CB# 2100
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-2100

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