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How Do I Register for Classes Each Semester | What If I Need to Register for a Course and the Section is Closed?

Can I Change My Schedule? | How Do I Add/Drop a Course? | Can I Withdraw from a Class After the Drop/Add Period? | How Do I Withdraw from a Course?

Can I Major in More Than One Discipline? | When and how do I declare/change my major? | Am I required to take a foreign language?

Can I study abroad? | What if I took a college course in high school? Can I get credit for the course?

I took AP courses in high school. Can I get credit for these courses?

While a student at Florida Atlantic University, can I take courses at another institution during the summer?

As a transfer student, how many credits can I transfer into Florida Atlantic University? | What's the minimum Grade Point Average I need to graduate?

How many credits can I take each semester? | Who is required to live on campus?

Is there a deadline for signing up for housing? | When are my Housing fees due?

Can I stay in my room during University holidays and break periods? | What items should I bring from home? | Can I bring a vehicle to campus?

What is the mailing address for students living on campus?

How do I register for classes each semester?

Log onto MyFau and click on FAU Self-Service (OWLS), on the 'Main Menu' click on 'Student Services' and then 'Registration'. To search for classes click on 'Departmental Course Schedule', choose the term, campus and department from the drop down menus and click 'Select'.

Once you have found your classes, write down the CRNs and go back to the 'Registration' page. Click on 'Add or Drop Classes', on the next screen select the term and click 'Submit' and next enter the CRNs for your classes in the boxes at the bottom and click 'Submit Changes'.

If you are taking a class that requires a lab/discussion, you must choose a lab/discussion that fits with lecture section you have chosen and input the CRNs at the same time, the system will not let you register for one without the other.

What if I need to register for a course and the section is closed?

Only the instructor can give permission to override the capacity. In some cases, the instructor cannot enter you in a class if the room is at fire capacity, or a computer lab has limited resources.

When you discuss the situation with an instructor, you should have an add/drop form for them to sign (if they approve). Signed forms then must be stamped by the college that teaches the course, then taken to the Registrar for processing. Many instructors will not consider overrides into closed courses yet others will for unique circumstances. If a course is closed, your first option should be to select another section or another class.

Can I change my schedule?

You must speak with your Athletic Academic Counselor when considering changes to your schedule to ensure that you will maintain your eligibility. Each semester, after your initial registration for classes, a hold will be placed on your account by your Athletic Academic Counselor and you will be prevented from changing your schedule. In order for that hold to be lifted you must speak to your Athletic Academic Counselor and have your new schedule approved.

Schedule changes may be made by accessing FAU's online registration system at http://myfau.fau.edu by the appropriate deadlines.

For fall and spring semesters, the end of the eighth day of the semester (see Academic Calendar at www.fau.edu/registrar/acadcal.php) is the last day for adding/dropping courses and changing sections without incurring a fee and without receiving a "W" on the transcript for dropped courses. If you wish to add a course after the first week of classes, you must fill out a request for late add form, which can be found at SACAE, or the Registrars Office.

How do I add/drop a course?

Log onto MyFau and click on FAU Self-Service (OWLS), on the 'Main Menu' click on 'Student Services' and then 'Registration'. Click on 'Add or Drop Classes', on the next screen select the term and click 'Submit'. On the next page enter the CRN for your course in one of the boxes at the bottom and/or select 'Drop Course' from the drop down menu next to the course you wish to drop, then click 'Submit Changes' at the bottom of the page.

Can I withdraw from a class after the drop/add period?

After the first week of classes you will need approval from your Athletic Academic Counselor, coach and the Director of the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence to drop a course.

Students may continue dropping courses without receiving a "W" on the transcript from the ninth through the 15th day of the semester, but they are fee-liable for the courses during this time.

If a student drops or withdraws from a course from the 16th day of the semester through the eighth week of classes, the student will receive a grade of "W" on the transcript and will be fee-liable for the course. The student may use MyFAU during this period to drop or withdraw from a course.

Beyond the eighth week of classes, drops or withdrawals from courses can only be arranged in person in the Office of the Registrar. After the eighth week of classes, a drop or withdrawal incurs an "F" on the student's transcript and the student remains fee-liable.

The extended drop period does not apply during summer terms. Refer to the Academic Calendar at www.fau.edu/registrar/acadcal.php for specific deadlines (and consequences) to drop summer courses after the first week of classes.

Proportionate dates for dropping and withdrawing will be established for courses that are offered in less than the normal semester.

Dropping or withdrawing from courses in which the student is involved in academic irregularities is not permitted.

How do I withdraw from a course?

Students may withdraw from a course using MyFAU up until the end of the eighth week of class. Log onto MyFau and click on FAU Self-Service (OWLS), on the 'Main Menu' click on 'Student Services' and then 'Registration'. Click on 'Add or Drop Classes', on the next screen select the term and click 'Submit'. On the next page select 'Drop Course' from the drop down menu next to the course you wish to drop, then click 'Submit Changes' at the bottom of the page.

After the eighth week of class, drops or withdrawals from courses can only be arranged in person in the Office of the Registrar.

Can I withdraw from a course after the withdrawal deadline?

After the withdrawal deadline, a drop or withdrawal incurs an "F" on the student's transcript and the student remains fee-liable. Students must drop the course by going to the Office of the Registrar in person.

Can I major in more than one discipline?

A double major means two majors in the same degree, such as a B.A. or a B.S. To graduate with double majors, undergraduate students must first declare the primary college and major of their choice on the application for admission. Then, undergraduates must inform the second college and department of their intent by completing a Second Major form, available in the Office of the Registrar. Undergraduates must consult with both departments to ensure that all courses needed for graduation are completed. After successful completion of all requirements for both majors, undergraduate students will be awarded one degree with both majors listed.

Students wishing to pursue majors in two different degrees should refer to the requirements for a Second Baccalaureate Degree below:

To earn a second baccalaureate degree, students must:

    1. Earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at FAU beyond those required for the first degree. Students earning two degrees simultaneously (a "dual degree") must earn at least 150 credits.

    2. Earn at least 50 percent of all upper-division courses in the major department from FAU.

    3. Satisfy the admission and graduation requirements of the department and college granting the second degree. Students who have received a bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited institution of higher education will be deemed as having met the FAU general education requirements.

    4. Submit an Application for Degree form

When and how do I declare/change my major?

Students who have not chosen a major must declare a major during the semester in which they reach 72 credits. Upon earning 72 credits, students will not be able to register for courses until a major is declared. Once approved by the college in which the chosen major is housed, students should complete an Application for Undergraduate Change of

College/Change of Major form and submit the form to the Registrar's Office for final action. Forms are available at the Registrar's Office and in most college offices.

Undergraduate students contemplating a change of major should consult with their on-campus advisor and Athletic Academic Counselor. Changing the major requires permission of the new department and satisfaction of the same academic qualifications as for new applicants for admission to that department. To change the major, an undergraduate must satisfy the prerequisite course work required for the new major. Other restrictions may apply for admission to certain programs. Undergraduates who change their major are subject to the degree requirements in the new major in effect at the time of the change.

Changing the major to a department in a different college requires the Application for Undergraduate Change of College form, which is available at the Office of the Registrar and in most college offices. The form needed to change the major to a department in the same college is available in the college office.

Am I required to take a foreign language?

You may not be required to take a foreign language course, if you are able to meet the foreign language requirement by examination or certification of your education abroad, if it was in a foreign language. The foreign language requirement may be met by any one of the following:

    1. a first-year (two semester or three quarters) college-level sequence in one foreign language (OR)

    2. (with adequate preparation) the second semester (or third quarter) of a first-year college-level sequence or a higher-level foreign language courses (excluding literature in translation). For example -- SPN 1121. (OR)

    3. Achievement of a satisfactory score (for which two semester of credit are granted) on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) standardized foreign language examination (required minimum scores detailed in the University Catalog). (OR)

    4. For students educated abroad, certification by the Department of Languages and Linguistics of the originals of documents (appropriate school records or transcripts) attesting that the student's prior secondary and/or high education was in a foreign language. (OR)

    5. Satisfactory completion (by student presenting a language for which no CLEP examination exists) of a standardization examination administered by the Department of Languages and Linguistics.

    NOTE: This requirement is not identical to the Foreign Language Admission Requirement (see Admission section within the course catalog). Some specific degree program requirements may vary. Please refer to the appropriate degree program section of the course catalog for detailed information.

Can I study abroad?

Yes! FAU's Office of International Programs (OIP) offers Year long, semester and summer study abroad programs. Students who choose to study abroad for a year or a semester will only pay tuition and fees through FAU. Those who study abroad in the summer will pay a program fee, as well as tuition and fees at FAU to obtain credit. Student-Athletes should discuss study abroad options with their coach and their Athletic Academic Counselor to determine how study abroad will fit within their training schedule and progress toward their degree.

FAU Students are also eligible to study on programs sponsored by other schools within the Florida State System. Students can use their Bright Futures Scholarships for study abroad at state school sponsored programs to pay for state tuition.

The OIP is also affiliated with a number of study abroad program providers listed on their website and students may also choose to study abroad with one not listed, but must have the approval of the OIP to ensure proper credit transfer.

Regardless of which program you choose, or if you find one on your own, you must submit the OIP application to study abroad.

Please see their website (http://wise.fau.edu) for more information and to print out an application.

What if I took a college course in high school? Can I get credit for the course?

The University may award up to 10 credits of correspondence course work toward admission provided the credit earned was "C" or higher and appears on the transcript of a regionally accredited college or university. Acceptability of such credit for advanced standing and/or degree credit will be determined by the individual college. Credit earned in this manner will be treated as transfer credit.

The State University System of Florida offers a program of about 80 courses by correspondence through the Division of Continuing Education of the University of Florida. Courses are offered in each of the following departments: Advertising, Anthropology, Art, Business, Criminology and Law, Economics, Education, English, English as a Second Language, Geography, Geology, Germanic and Slavic Languages, History, Journalism, Latin, Linguistics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Religion, Romance Languages, Sociology, Statistics, Study Skills, and Textiles.

Correspondence courses are also offered in the professional programs of Dietary Management, Insurance Pre-Licensing, Legal Assistant, and Water Management. Program information and course details may be obtained at www.CorrespondenceStudy.ufl.edu or by calling the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Florida: 352-392-1711 or 1-800-327-4218.

I took AP courses in high school. Can I get credit for these courses?

Students may earn credits for Advanced Placement examinations taken in high schools as specified below. Credit will not be awarded for both AP and CLEP (College level examination program) examinations covering the same course material. Official test scores sent directly from the testing center to Florida Atlantic University are required in order to award credit. To request official scores and for information visit www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html or call 888-225-5427 or 609-771-7300.

Science
ExaminationFAU CoursePassing ScoreCredits
Art HistoryARH 200033
BiologyBSC 1005, 1005L33
BSC 1010,1010L 4 4
BSC 1010, 1010L, 1011, 1011L 5 8
Calculus AB MAC 2311 3-5 4
Calculus BC MAC 2311 3 4
Calculus BC MAC 2311, 2312 4-5 8
Chemistry CHM 2083 3 3
CHM 2045, 2045L4 4
CHM 2045, 2045L 2046, 2046L 5 8
Computer Science A COP 22203-53
Computer Science AB COP 2220, COT 30023-58
Economics/Macro ECO 20133-53
Economics/Micro ECO 20233-53
English
(Lang./Comp.)ENC 1101 3 3
ENC 1101, 1102 4-5 6
English
(Lit./Comp.)*ENC 1101 3 3
ENC 1101, 11024-5 6
Environmental
EVR 20173-53
European HistoryWOH 20223 3
European HistoryWOH 2012, 2022 4-5 6
FrenchFRE 112034
FRE 1120, 11214-58
GermanGER 112034
GER 1120, 11214-58
Govt./Politics
ComparativeINR 20023-53
Govt./PoliticsU.S. POS 20413-53
Human GeographyGEA 2000 3-5 3
ItalianITA 1120 3 4
ITA 1120, 11214-58
JapaneseJPN 112034
JPN 1120, 1121 4-58
LatinLAT 112034
LAT 1120, 11214-58
Music TheoryMUT 1001** 3-5 2
MUT 1111,*** 12413-54
Physics BPHY 205334
PHY 2053, 20544-58
Physics C/ElectricalPHY 205434
PHY 20494-54
Physics C/MechanicalPHY 205334
PHY 20484-54
PsychologyPSY 10123-5 3
Spanish SPN 112034
SPN 1120, 11214-5 8
StatisticsSTA 20233-5 3
U.S. HistoryAMH 20103 3
AMH 2010, 20204-5 6
World HistoryWOH 20223-53
* Credit for one course only.
** MUT 1001 if composite score is 3 or higher.
*** MUT 1111 and MUT 1241 if both aural and nonaural subscores are 3 or higher.

While a student at Florida Atlantic University, can I take courses at another institution during the summer?

If you wish to take classes during the summer at an institution other than FAU, you must fill out a transient student form or submit the form online. You can obtain the form from the Registrars office, or if you prefer complete the online version on www.FACTS.org. Once on the website, click 'College Students' on the right at the top of the page. Next click 'Take classes at another college (Transient student form)'. On the next screen click 'Continue' at the bottom of the page and a new window will pop up. Enter in all the necessary information in the new window and continue to follow the instructions. You will need to contact your on-campus advisor if you wish to take classes at an institution that is out of state. You must know what classes you are getting approval for and you must also apply to the institution you wish to take classes at.

When you have submitted the form, you can check on the status of your form by logging onto www.FACTS.org Transient student form again and the form will show if it is being processed or if it has been approved.

As a transfer student, how many credits can I transfer into Florida Atlantic University?

There is no limit to the number of credits a student may transfer, but individual colleges and majors may have limits or specific requirements for transfer credits. If a student is transferring with less than 60 credits, a high school GPA of 3.0 and standardized test scores will be required. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at FAU to graduate with a Bachelors degree from FAU.

What's the minimum Grade Point Average I need to graduate?

For most majors, you will need a 2.0 GPA to graduate. There are some majors that require higher GPAs, you should check with your department or your Athletic Academic Counselor to find out what your degree requirements are.

How many credits can I take each semester?

The NCAA requires all student-athletes to be enrolled in 12 credit hours each semester in order to be eligible to participate in their sport. We strongly encourage all student-athletes to enroll in 15 credits each semester. If you wish to take 18 credits or more, please consult your Athletic Academic Counselor.

Who is required to live on campus?

All full-time freshmen are required to reside in University Housing. Any freshman who wishes to receive an exemption must complete a Housing Exemption Request Form. This form is available at www.fau.edu/housing or by calling the Department of Housing and Residential Life at (561) 297-2880. Exemption requests must be received and approved before August 1. Freshman student residency will be verified for compliance at the start of each semester.

Exemptions from this policy are made for students who:

  • Are 21 or older by the first day of class
  • Reside with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within a 50-mile radius of the Boca Raton campus
  • Are married

A resident may be required to depart from University Housing if enrolled credit hours drop below full-time status, at the request of the Director of Housing or designee.

Is there a deadline for signing up for housing?

The deadline to apply to housing for priority consideration is June 1st. Exceptions will be made for those students who are admitted to the university after this. The earlier you return your Housing Contract, $200 Housing deposit, and Dining Contract (residence hall residents) and Dining pre-payment, the more likely you will receive one of your preferred assignment locations.

Students who are participating in the Housing Plan of the Florida Prepaid Program must submit materials no later than May 1st in order to receive proper billing on their account. Please be advised that the Florida Prepaid Program only covers a portion of the Housing fees, leaving the student responsible for the remaining balance.

When are my Housing fees due?

A $200 deposit is due when you return your signed Housing Contract. The remainder of the Fall payment is due on August 1st, and the spring payment is due on December 1st. A payment must be received in order for the Student to be permitted to reside in his/her assigned space.

Can I stay in my room during University holidays and break periods?

All Apartments and Residence Halls may be occupied during the Semester Break (December/January). Students who wish to stay during this period are required to "sign up" at their Area Office to remain on card access through the Winter Break. This is done to provide additional security during this longer break. Meal plans are not in effect during holidays and break periods. There is no extra charge for staying during this break as it is part of the student's contracted term. Apartments and Residence Halls may be occupied during the Spring Break in March as well. Students that wish to go home during the break aren't required to take their belongings with them.

Students who do not need to stay on campus during breaks and University holidays do NOT need to remove their belongings. We do ask, however, that they empty their refrigerators (to avoid spoilage) and power off electrical items such as televisions, computers, etc

What items should I bring from home?

  • Sheets, mattress cover, blankets, bedspread (beds are twin size, extra long - 36" x 80")
  • Soap, shampoo, and other toiletries
  • Laundry basket and detergent (there are laundry rooms located in on-campus housing facilities)
  • Dishes, drinking cups, silverware, dish soap and towels.
  • Alarm clock
  • Calendar/Organizer
  • Desk supplies (pens, pencils, notebooks and paper, desk lamp)
  • Computer, printer, long network cable, surge protector
  • A good lock, if you bring a bike
  • Umbrella

Can I bring a vehicle to campus?

Yes. You must register your car or motorcycle with FAU Traffic and Parking and display a current on-campus parking decal. Check out the web page for information concerning these topics at http://www.fau.edu/admin/traffic/

What is the mailing address for students living on campus?

    For Heritage Park Towers:
    Resident Name
    1800 Brevard Court
    Box #
    Boca Raton, Florida 33431-6471

    For Indian River Towers:
    Resident Name
    815 Indian River Street
    Box #
    Boca Raton, Florida 33431-6459

    For Glades Park Towers
    Resident Name
    921 Indian River Street
    Box #
    Boca Raton, Florida 33431-6440

    For Algonquin Hall:
    Resident Name
    1900 Dade Avenue
    Box #
    Boca Raton, Florida 33431-6497

    For University Village Apartments:
    Resident Name
    1880 Florida Atlantic Boulevard
    Box #
    Boca Raton, Florida 33431-6488

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