Registration FAQs

You have questions? We have answers.

  • How are my registration dates and times determined?

    The assignment of registration dates is based on classification. 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 28 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, so you can register for classes at any time that is most convenient for you once your registration time opens. If you will be unavailable the entire week of Round I registration, please contact the Office of Academic Advising prior to July 21.

  • 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. 87). 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 pre-professional 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). Remember, you will be registered for this class before you complete Round I registration. Many 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 or 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 to 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 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 the fall of your sophomore year.

  • What should I register for if I am interested in law 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, see

  • Can I wait-list a class?

    No, not for your first fall semester. It is important that you are registered in classes instead of being wait-listed for classes where seats may never become available. In future registration periods, wait-listing 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 the writing course in which you should enroll first. Visit:

  • 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 see p. 92 for more information on AP/IB score submission.

  • 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!

  • Are the 12 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 12 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.

  • 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 2017 course offerings in WIN to see which courses are being offered this fall;
    2. You stated an interest in pre-health 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.