Tips and tools for registration

Be ready for fall registration with these tips.
Thursday, March 28, 2024

Fall 2024 registration is just around the corner in April. Don’t forget to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor if you need registration authorization!

Here are some recommendations from your CLAS academic advisors for a smooth registration experience.

Keep your eyes on the prize
It’s important to review your requirements and what you have already completed before choosing classes. Run an updated degree audit in MyUI, and check for categories and course numbers you still need. Your degree audit shows the specific requirements you locked into when you started your programs, but you may also want to view your program’s requirements in the UI course catalog to learn more about the courses and link directly to the fall 2024 course schedule.

Know your tools
Use Schedule Builder for a more streamlined search. Use the Courses/Registration page on MyUI for a more detailed search. You can use the Courses/Registration search feature to:

  • Search specific GE categories
  • Search by credit hours
  • Search by modality, i.e. In-Person or Online
  • Once registration is ongoing, you can use the Open & Available feature to weed out full courses.

Sync your tools
Did you use MyPlan to map out your semesters? Send your MyPlan courses to Schedule Builder with one click! View/edit your MyPlan and use the calendar icon in the upper right corner of your fall 2024 semester to export.

Waitlists are your friend
If a course is full, don’t give up. Make sure to enroll in a full schedule but join the course waitlist via MyUI. Waitlists are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and remain active through the first week of fall classes.

If a seat becomes available in a course, you are notified:

  • Via email
  • MyUI message
  • Text message (opt in!)

You have 24 hours to accept the seat on MyUI.

Don't let a hold stand in your way
It’s important to know your academic advisor cannot lift your hold. Make sure you contact the office listed to learn more about the steps required to remove the hold. To check for holds, log into your MyUI and click the Home tab. Holds and contact information will be displayed under Important Registration Information in the appropriate session boxes.

  • U-Bill restriction: Contact the billing office: Phone: 319-335-0071 Email:
  • Unsigned student agreement: This is the notice you get when logging into MyUI. To clear this hold, don't skip the form, click and review, and sign off on the info in MyUI. You need to do this every semester. Questions for Student Agreement:
  • Student health: This is usually for missing immunization records and mostly impacts new students. Check with student health if you have questions and submit records at
  • Missing transcripts: This usually pertains to new transfer students. Be sure to send in all final transcripts as soon as possible. Contact admissions if you have questions:

It’s not too late for summer
Some UI summer courses may be full, but you can still sign up for open summer classes.

  • Your summer registration time opened before spring break and will remain open through each summer session deadline.
  • Thinking about taking a summer course at another school? Use the transfer course guide to check what will transfer. Be sure to double-check with your advisor.

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers about 70 majors across the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. About 15,000 undergraduate and nearly 2,000 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by faculty at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all Iowa undergraduates through the college's general education program, CLAS CORE. About 80 percent of all Iowa undergraduates begin their academic journey in CLAS. The college confers about 60 percent of the university's bachelor's degrees each academic year.