At Westminster, students register either in person at the Registrar's Office or online.

Registration Dates

  • February 20, 2017: all students may register for May/Summer 2017
  • April 3, 2017: Graduate and senior students may register for Fall 2017
  • April 4, 2017: Juniors may register for Fall 2017
  • April 5, 2017: Sophomores may register for Fall 2017
  • April 6, 2017: First year students may register for Fall 2017

Please Note

  • New first-year and transfer undergraduate students register for classes in person at the Start Center. New graduate students and those in competency-based learning programs register as part of their enrollment process.
  • Undergraduate students are required to declare a major before they reach junior status or they will be prevented from registering for future terms until this process is completed.
  • Continuing students may register for future terms online beginning on the dates noted below based upon their class standing.

Spring 2017

  • November 7, 2016: Seniors (90+ credits), Graduate students and those in competency-based education (CBE) programs
  • November 8, 2016: Juniors (60–89 credits)
  • November 9, 2016: Sophomores (28–59 credits)
  • November 10, 2016: First-year students (less than 28 credits)

May/Summer 2017

  • February 20, 2017: All Students

Fall 2017

  • April 3, 2017: Graduate students and Seniors (90+ credits)
  • April 4, 2017: Juniors (60–89 credits)
  • April 5, 2017: Sophomores (28–59 credits)
  • April 6, 2017: First-year students (less than 28 credits)

Registering In Person

To register in person, please come to the Registrar's Office during regular business hours.

Registering Online

To register online, students will need to use WebAdvisor, our online web application for accessing college information. Enrolled students can use WebAdvisor to check grades, search for classes, register online, and add/drop classes.

Making Sure You Can Register Online—Before Registration

Please help yourself by making sure you can use WebAdvisor prior to the actual day of registration. In order to use WebAdvisor to register for classes, you must do the following.

  • You must be a currently enrolled student
  • You must have attended at least one semester of classes at Westminster (incoming first-year students should contact the Start Center and first-semester Graduate Students must enroll in person through the Registrar's Office)
  • You must have no holds on your account (meaning no late fees, fines, etc.)
  • You must pass all eligibility requirements (e.g., students with more than 60 hours must officially declare a major before they can register)

Register Online

Other Registration Options

Students may elect to take a maximum of two courses that would normally require letter grades on a credit/no credit basis. Courses taken in this way may not be applied to majors or minors. Students who declare a major or minor in a given subject after having taken a course in that subject on a credit/no credit basis may be required by their major or minor department to retake the course for a letter grade.

There are no limits on Westminster courses that are offered exclusively on a credit/no credit basis, and, when they occur in majors or minors, they may be used in those majors or minors.

Students who take courses credit/no credit must perform work at the level of C- or higher to receive credit. Grades of credit/no credit are not included in GPA calculations.

To elect the credit/no credit option, you need to fill out the form available in the Registrar's Office (Bamberger Hall, second floor) and leave it in our office. Because students have approximately seven weeks to make this decision, there are no exceptions to the deadline and forms will not be accepted past the deadline. The credit-no credit option may not be changed after the deadline, except in cases where students change majors or minors and the major or minor department does not require that the course be taken again for a letter grade.

Please check the Academic Calendar to learn deadlines for electing a class Credit/No Credit.

For regular, full-semester courses, students may withdraw from class through the eleventh week of class. Students who withdraw after the end of the first full week receive a grade of W, which does not affect GPA. Students who withdraw after the eleventh week receive a grade of WF, which is calculated as an F in the GPA. The dates for W and WF deadlines are posted in the Academic Calendar. For classes with irregular meeting dates, please refer to the table below.

In case of illness or injury, family members may complete the student withdrawal from the college. In case of duress or special need, an administrative withdrawal may be initiated by the Dean of Students.

Students who fail to withdraw from courses they have not attended are liable for all tuition and interest charged to their accounts. Grades of F are assigned at the end of the semester for any classes that students fail to drop.

Session TypeDeadlineWithdrawal Grade
2-Day SessionsAfter 1st SessionWF
3-Day SessionsAfter 1st SessionW
After 2nd SessionWF
4-Day SessionsAfter 1st SessionW
After 2nd SessionW
After 3rd SessionWF
6-Day SessionsAfter 1st SessionNo W
After 2nd SessionW
After 3rd SessionW
After 4th SessionWF
After 5th SessionWF
7-Day SessionsAfter 1st SessionNo W
After 2nd SessionW
After 3rd SessionW
After 4th SessionWF
After 5th SessionWF
After 6th SessionWF
Medical Withdrawals

Students who are unable to complete a semester due to serious health problems and who are not eligible for grades of incomplete may request a medical withdrawal. Students seeking a medical withdrawal should contact the Dean of Students. Written verification from a physician or licensed mental health professional will be required. A medical withdrawal usually constitutes withdrawal from all courses for the semester, and withdrawals are made retroactive only to the last date of attendance. Requests for medical withdrawals must be submitted within six weeks after the end of the semester in question. If a medical withdrawal is granted, reevaluation by the student's physician or counselor may be required prior to re-registration.

Tuition Appeals

Tuition is refunded as of the date of your drop. View the tuition refund schedule.

Students may appeal charges of tuition and fees (for personal and/or medical reasons) by submitting a letter of appeal and appropriate documentation. The appeal can be submitted to any member of the Appeals Committee from the following offices: Student Account Services, Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, and the Dean of Students.

Appeal requests must be submitted within six weeks after the end of the semester in question. Approved appeals will be made retroactive only to the last date of attendance.

Changes in registered hours may change any financial aid disbursed to an account (see also Financial Aid Miscellaneous Information, Withdrawal from College, Medical Withdrawal).

Students may elect to audit courses at Westminster according to the guidelines listed below. Courses that are entered on students' permanent records as audited (AU) earn no credit and fulfill no requirements.

Regular Audit

Students may register for a regular audit (one-half of credit tuition) according to the following guidelines:

  • Subject to space availability, students may sign up to audit a class on the first day of class.
  • Students wishing to audit an activity course such as a physical education, art, theater, writing, or computer science course must obtain written permission from the instructor.
  • Only students accepted to Masters degree programs may audit graduate classes.
  • Students who are not nursing majors may audit nursing courses with permission of the instructor.
Alumni Audit

Students who graduated from Westminster in the past and who are not currently pursuing a degree may register for an alumni audit ($100 per class) according to the following guidelines:

  • Students must register through the Director of Alumni. Registrations accepted by the director will be verified the first day of class and are subject to space availability.
  • Because an audit of an activity course such as a physical education, art, theater, writing, or computer science course requires the instructor's approval, the Director of Alumni will contact instructors for permission.
  • Only students who have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Westminster may audit MBA classes as alumni. Students may audit Master of Education and Master of Professional Communication classes with permission of the instructor.