FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
Registering for Classes
When do we register for classes for next term?
Early Enrollment/Registration is the period set aside each semester for continuing students to enroll in classes for the next term.
If you miss Early Enrollment, you can still enroll during the Open Registration period, but many classes will have filled and a fee will be assessed. If you wait until Late Registration begins, additional fees will be assessed.
Early Enrollment/Registration Dates:
- Enrollment for Fall classes starts early April. (Fall 2012 enrollment began April 2, 2012)
- Enrollment for Spring classes starts mid-October. (Spring 2012 enrollment began October 20, 2011)
- Enrollment for Summer classes starts mid-March. (Summer 2012 enrollment began March 21, 2012)
Check the Enrollment Bulletin for Early Enrollment/Registration, Open Registration, and Late Registration dates:
When is my Enrollment Appointment?
The date and time at which you can access the online registration system and begin enrolling in classes is referred to as your Enrollment Appointment. You won't be able to enroll in classes before the time set for your enrollment appointment.
To find your Enrollment Appointment, go to the Onestart Student Center, and look in the blue box on the right side of the screen labeled, "Enrollment Dates". Click on "details" to see the time of day you have been assigned to access this system.
You do not have register at this precise time, but you should register as close to this time as possible to ensure the best selection of courses. You may access the system anytime after this date and time.
Your Enrollment / Registration Appointment is set by the Office of the Registrar based on the total number of credits you have completed - click here for more information.
Do I make my Enrollment/Registration Appointment with a PBS Academic Advisor?
No. Your Enrollment / Registration Appointment is not an appointment with an actual person. You do not need to go to a specific place on campus. This is your appointment time within the online registration system. You just need to be able to access the Onestart Student Center via the internet to register.
Should I meet with my PBS Academic Advisor before I register? If so, when?
If you already know the classes you need to take next semester, then you do not need to schedule a meeting with your PBS Advisor before you register online.
If you do have questions about degree requirements and courses, then we encourage you to explore our Register for Classes page and then make an appointment with an academic advisor.
During the registration period PBS advisors see students by seniority. Keep an eye on your IU email account for a message from the advisors that will state the dates during which they want to see seniors, juniors, sophomores, and first year students during the weeks before/during Early Enrollment.
Appointments during registration fill up quickly - so try to schedule your appointment 7-10 days before the date you want to meet with an advisor!
- Advising for Fall classes starts in mid-March. (Fall 2012 advising began March 20, 2012)
- Advising for Spring classes starts mid-October. (Spring 2012 advising began October 13, 2011)
- Advising for Summer classes starts early March. (Summer 2012 advising began March 5, 2012)
Check the Enrollment Bulletin for "Advising Begins" dates:
How do I access my Academic Advisement Report (AAR)?
We recommend that you carefully review your Academic Advisement Report (AAR) each semester before you register for classes! Your AAR shows the requirements you've already completed for your degree and the requirements you must still complete.
Access your AAR at Onestart > Student Center > My Academics and Grades > Advising - the first box on the left). Click View My Advisement Report.
For step-by-step instructions on how to use your AAR while you register for classes refer to our Register for Classes.
How do I register using Onestart? Who can I contact for support?
See step-by-step Registration Instructions
Access Registration Support / Contacts online, by email, by phone, and in person.
How do I make sure the classes I want to enroll in don't have final exam conflicts?
How do I use the waitlist and drop if enroll features to try to enroll in a closed class?
The waitlist feature in the registration system allows students to place themselves in line to enroll in a closed class (maximum enrollment reached) as seats become available. This tool is designed to give students a chance to get into closed classes.
See Waitlist Information for complete instructions and tips!
How can I add or drop classes after I've registered? What are the fees? Deadlines?
Read the Registrar's Drop/Add page to learn about fees and procedures for Drop/Add (through the first week of classes) and Late Drop/Add.
Drop/Add. You can use the continuous Register & Drop/Add feature in the Onestart Student Center from the time you register for classes through the first week of classes.
Late Drop/Add. You'll use eDrop and eAdd to request class drops and adds from the second week of classes through the Automatic Withdrawal (Auto W) deadline.
Instruction sheets for Late Drop/Add: eDrop , eDrop/eAdd Pair , eAdd
Check the Enrollment Bulletin for "Late Drop/Add" and "Automatic Withdrawal" dates:
How can I withdraw from a class? What are the fees? Deadlines?
Students may withdraw from a class for any reason up until the Automatic W date for that semester/session.
After the Automatic W date has passed, students may petition the Dean for withdrawal for urgent reasons beyond the student's control related to extended illness or equivalent distress. The desire to avoid a low grade is not sufficient reason for the Dean to approve a withdrawal. If students withdraw with the Dean's consent, their grade in the course shall be W if they are passing at the time of withdrawal and F if they are not passing.
See the COAS Withdrawals from Courses Policy.
Check the Enrollment Bulletin for the "Automatic Withdrawal" and "Withdrawal with a grade of W or F" dates:
How can I withdraw from all of my classes - from the university? What are the fees? Deadlines?
Withdrawing from all classes is a very serious step. We encourage you to talk with your Academic Advisor before taking any action.
The policy and procedures for withdrawing from all courses depend on when you withdraw. See Withdrawal from the university (All Courses).
Check the Enrollment Bulletin for the "Refund Deadlines" (100%, 75%, 50%, 25%):
What are Early Evaluation/Midterm grades? When are they available? Where?
Students should check their grades frequently throughout the semester in Oncourse! For each class in which you're enrolled, click on the "Gradebook" link to see the scores your instructor has recorded for you for their class.
Instructors must report midterm grades for University Division students by Monday of the sixth week of the regular academic term. When and how to check your midterm grades: Early Evaluation Grades - FAQs.
How can I estimate my GPA for the current semester?
What classes can be taken pass/fail? How do I apply? What is the deadline to apply?
Read the College of Arts & Sciences Pass/Fail Option Policies & Procedures to see if pass/fail is an option for the class you're thinking about.
If it is an option, then you'll need to contact an advisor in your major department to obtain a form and submit it to the College Recorder's Office before the relevant deadline - which is typically fairly early in the semester.
Check the Enrollment Bulletin for "Pass/Fail Option" deadline:
What is the Course Retake (Extended-X) Policy? How will retaking a class impact my GPA and my transcript?
Students who receive a grade lower than an A may be eligible, upon retaking the course, to remove the first grade from their grade point average (GPA).
Students wishing to exercise this option must visit their advisor and/or school's records office to complete an Extended-X (EX) petition to remove the effect of the bad grade from the GPA.
Read the College of Arts & Sciences Extended-X Policies and Procedures and the Registrar's Undergraduate Course Retake Policy (Extended-X).
Do I qualify for a grade of Incomplete? What do I need to do if I get an Incomplete? How long do I have before an Incomplete turns to an F?
The grade of incomplete is intended for students who are absent during the last portion of the term and are therefore unable to take the final exam or complete a final project for an urgent reason.
Quoting from the College of Arts & Sciences Bulletin 2012-2013:
A grade of I (Incomplete) may be given only when the work of the course is substantially completed and when the student's work is of passing quality. A grade of I may not be given when a student has taken the final exam or completed the final paper or project for the course....
The time allowed for the removal of an I may not exceed one calendar year from the date of its recording, although the dean of the student's college or school may authorize adjustment of this period in exceptional circumstances.
To complete a course in which a student received a grade of I, the student should consult with the instructor. The student should not reenroll in the course.
By assigning an I, an instructor implicitly authorizes and requires the I to be changed to an F at the end of one calendar year if that instructor does not act to remove the I. The registrar will automatically change the I to an F at the end of this time period.
What is academic probation? What should I do if I get a letter? When can academic probation lead to dismissal?
If you are placed on Academic Probation, a letter will be sent to you regarding your academic situation. Continued poor academic performance may result in dismissal from the College.
If you are experiencing academic difficulties, please speak with an academic advisor in your major department right away.
Read the College of Arts & Sciences policy on Academic Probation and Dismissal.
Majors & Minors
How do I declare a second major (option only available to B. A. candidates)?
To declare a second major you must meet with an academic advisor for the department that offers the major you wish to declare.
How do I declare a minor or certificate?
You can graduate with up to three minors on your record. To declare a minor, you must contact an academic advisor for academic department(s) in which you wish to minor.
You may be able to apply online or submit a form to the department or you may need to meet with the advisor.
You can apply online for a Psychology Minor or submit an application for a Neuroscience Certificate.
You can apply for minors in business, education, informatics, medical sciences, or public and environmental afairs at the College Recorder's Office.
How do I change my major?
You must meet with an academic advisor for the department that offers the major you wish to declare. The advisor will process the major change on your behalf.
How do I drop a major or minor?
You can drop a second major or any minor by logging in on the College Recorder's Office homepage and completing the information requested.
Academic Distinctions & Opportunities
How can I qualify for Dean's List? What about earning Honors?
Consult Academic Distinctions - Dean's List, Degree Distinctions, Departmental Honors, Hutton Honors, Phi Beta Kappa.
How can I learn more about academic opportunities such as Themester?
Consult Academic Opportunities - Living-Learning Centers, Themester, Minority & First-Generation Scholars.
Transfer Credits & Intercampus Transfers
How will classes from another institution transfer to IU?
The online Credit Transfer Service shows how courses taken at other colleges and universities would transfer to IU Bloomington. The service is designed for all students including incoming students and current IU student wishing to take an IU equivalent course at another institution.
The Credit Transfer Service is automated and easy to use. You can search the database in two different ways:
- If you would like to transfer to IU Bloomington from another college or university and you want to see how your credits would transfer, you can search by the school from which you would like to transfer.
- If you are a current IU Bloomington student and you would like to take a course at another institution to transfer back to IU, you can search by the IU course number for which you would like to earn credit.
How can I transfer from one IU campus to another?
Access all of the information you'll need at Intercampus Transfer website.
Graduation - Degrees, Diplomas, Transcripts
How and when do I need to apply for graduation?
An application for graduation with a degree must be submitted to the College Recorder's Office many months ahead of the desired graduation date. Priority dates to submit the application:
- May Graduation - June 1 of the previous year
- August Graduation - December 1 of the previous year
- December Graduation - March 1
Apply to graduate online at the College Recorder's website.
What do I need to do to receive my diploma?
What do I need to know about my Commencement Ceremony?
How do I request an official transcript?