Registration FAQs

Information on this site is for the class of 2020. Information for the class of 2021 will be available May 2017.

When do I register for classes?

Round I of registration will take place July 18-21. You will register for up to and including ten credit hours starting at your designated registration time on July 18. Registration will remain accessible to you until 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 21.

The professional advising staff will use your responses to the Course Preference Survey (CPS) to craft the remainder of your fall schedule during Round II of registration.

Your future registration for Spring 2017 courses occurs in October/November 2016. Registration for Summer and Fall 2017 courses occurs in March/April 2017.

How are my registration dates and times determined?

The assignment of registration dates is based on classification year. Seniors register the first day of the registration period, juniors the second day, sophomores the third day and first-year students the fourth day. Classification is determined by earned hours. The assignment of registration time is random within each classification year.

What do I do if I am traveling or have a conflict when my registration period starts?

Your registration can be accomplished using any device with internet access. Your access to registration begins at the assigned time and ends July 18 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, so you can register for classes at any time that is most convenient for you after your registration time. If you will be unavailable the entire week of Round I registration, please contact the Office of Academic Advising prior to July 15.

How do I begin to decide what courses to register for during Round I? 

There are many resources available to help you think about course selection (see p. 71). What you decide to prioritize for Round I registration will depend largely on your academic interests. The CPS will help you reflect upon those interests and will also guide you through making decisions about courses to fulfill basic, divisional, or preprofessional requirements.

A typical first-semester schedule should include a writing-intensive course, as determined by your DSP (unless you received AP/IB credit for WRI 111, in which case you may wait to take an FYS in the spring). Some students choose to begin working on their foreign language requirement along with other divisional requirements, while others choose to delve right into areas of academic interest of electives. Rest assured, there is no right or wrong answer!

How many credit hours should I have each semester?

Your credit hours each semester will be somewhere between 12 and 17 hours; 12 hours is the minimum required to be considered a full-time student. Exceeding 17 hours requires special permission; 15 hours is the average course load per semester.

We typically recommend having 12-15 hours for your first semester at Wake Forest. A strong first semester is always better than an overly ambitious plan.

What should I register for if I am interested in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or an allied health field, such as physician’s assistant, nursing, pharmacy, etc.?

Consult the Pre-Health Professions and Pre-Allied Health Program website. 

What should I register for if I am interested in Pre-Business?

If there is availability you may register for ECN 150 or MTH 111, but these do not need to be completed until fall of sophomore year. BUS105 should be completed in the first year.

What should I register for if I am interested in Law School or Graduate School?

There are no specific requirements. You are encouraged to take courses that challenge you to think critically and creatively, and prepare you to read, write and communicate well. For more information, visit the pre-law website or the OPCD’s graduate school website.

Can I waitlist a class?

No, not for your first fall semester. It is important that you are registered in classes instead of being waitlisted for classes where seats may never become available. In future registration periods, waitlisting will be available to you.

What is the relevance of the Directed Self-Placement for my first writing course?

The Directed Self-Placement helps you to be better informed when making decisions about which writing course you should enroll in first.

Why am I getting a prerequisite error when I try to register for a foreign language course?

The results of your Foreign Language Placement test will determine your placement for your first foreign language course. You must register for the course level indicated on your placement test or determined by your AP/IB score. If you are receiving AP/IB credit for a foreign language and still see this error, the Office of the University Registrar has not received your official AP/IB score. Please refer here for more information.

I know I will be receiving AP/IB or prior college credit but this credit is not yet in the WFU system. Therefore, I am having difficulty registering for a higher level class. What should I do?

Please contact the Office of the University Registrar at or (336) 758-5207.

What do I do if classes that I need or want are closed?

We understand that it can be frustrating not to get your first choice classes, but please do not get discouraged. It is not uncommon for first-year students to find that some classes are already full. Some closed classes might open up during the add/drop period, and if not, most classes will be offered again in the future. You have many classes to take, and thus many options, as a new student!  

Is it possible I might be registered for a course that I did not list on my CPS?

We try hard to prioritize the courses you list on your CPS. However, there are several reasons why you might find yourself with a course you did not list: 1) You listed a class that is not offered during the fall semester. Remember that the Undergraduate Bulletin lists all classes offered at WFU, so you need to check Fall 2015 course offerings in WIN to see which courses are being offered; 2) You stated an interest in pre-health or pre-business but did not list a course that is highly advised for that pre-professional track; 3) Sometimes there are irreconcilable time conflicts between classes, or classes might already be full.

In the event that we are unable to honor your stated preferences, we will register you for another course that meets a basic or divisional requirement (often within the same division as a course you requested) and that provides balance to the rest of your schedule. Remember, there is great value in exploring broadly within the liberal arts.

Are my first TEN hours that I register for set in stone?

No. Although the professional advising staff will work hard to honor your selections from Round I, in some cases, your first 10 hours of registration might need to be adjusted. Our advisers work hard to make sure that you have a balanced schedule that fits your needs. In most cases, if we have to make a change in a Round I class, or if we believe a Round I choice was ill-advised, we will contact you.

May I make adjustments to my schedule?

You will be permitted to make adjustments to your schedule starting the first day of classes, after meeting with your Lower Division Adviser.

How do I add a class?

You can add classes between August 30 and September 13 for the Fall 2016 semester. The Office of the University Registrar will provide you with detailed instructions for adding classes.

How do I drop a class?

You are allowed to drop classes in WIN, provided you stay above 12 hours of registration, between August 30 and October 4 for the Fall 2016 semester.

How/where can I buy textbooks?

You will have the opportunity to purchase textbooks at the textbook store, located beneath the Bookstore in Taylor House, once you arrive on campus. With your schedule in hand after August 22, you can also shop online, or through Virtual Campus > Your Course Materials > Purchase Course Materials.