Undergraduate Registration Instructions

About Registration

Please follow the registration procedures below and bring completed registration materials to the Office of the Registrar. Priority Registration for Spring 2020 will be held 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Monday through Thursday) and 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Friday) during October 28 - November 8, 2019.  (Summer 2020 is open for registration beginning December 2.) Students taking evening courses may register during all available hours of registration. Open registration continues until classes begin.

Students with financial, library or health record holds will NOT be permitted to register until approval has been given by the appropriate office. Students on a grade hold may register, and access to grades is available on SelfService. Students are advised to clear all holds prior to the registration dates.

Priority Registration

Day program students will register in accordance with the total number of credits completed PRIOR TO the current (Fall 2019) semester. (Students may register on the stated day or any date thereafter during the October 28 - November 8 dates.) The total number of completed credits (including transfer credit) is found by logging into Self-Service and reviewing the online transcript to locate the "total credits" amount for the last graded semester. (Scroll to the bottom to locate the last graded semester; total credits appear in the "total credits" column on the "overall" line.) Questions regarding the accuracy of the total should be raised prior to registration. In addition, students in the Pre-Nursing, Honors Program, 3-Year and 3+ degree programs, and veterans or students receiving veteran education benefits, may register on the first day of Priority Registration regardless of the number of completed credits by coming to the Registrar's Office (Taylor 103) and submitting a completed registration form. Student athletes may also register earlier than the day associated with their completed total credits using a completed registration form; add 32 credits to your existing total and identify the earlier day using the chart below.

Date Completed Credits Date Completed Credits
Monday, October 28 87+ * Monday, November 4 21+
Tuesday, October 29 57+ * Tuesday, November 5 12+
Wednesday, October 30 42+ Wednesday, November 6 1+
Thursday, October 31 34+ Thursday, November 7 0+ **
Friday, November 1 30+ Friday, November 8 0+ **

* Upper class students may register online through Self-Service: Seniors as of October 28 and juniors as of October 29 according to the total completed credits as noted above. Academic advisers receive an email when their advisee registers online, and are asked to review requested courses for appropriateness. Only courses approved by the adviser become part of the schedule. The adviser's electronic approval or written approval on a registration form is required to complete registration, but online registration reserves a seat in requested classes until final approval or disapproval is determined. If a registration form is submitted in person to the Registrar's Office because registration was not completed online, an adviser's signature is always required. A student assumes all responsibility pertaining to course registration and degree completion. Students experiencing any difficulty may come to the Registrar's Office to complete registration according to the dates stated above

Self-Service Registration Instructions (for current juniors, seniors, and graduate students only)

** First-year day program students (with less than 1 completed credit) will submit registration forms with their preferred courses and time selections. The large number of sections for many of the first year courses make it necessary to collect course selection forms and to complete registration administratively to guarantee appropriate schedules for all students. An attempt will be made to retain as many of the requested sections as possible. Spring semester course schedules will be finalized for first-year day program students by November 18, 2019. Schedules that appear on Self-Service prior to November 18 are subject to change. Please include one or two alternate course selections to help the scheduling process.

Registration Procedures

  1. Make an appointment with your adviser to discuss appropriate course selection including review of prerequisites and university requirements. Full-time students who are uncertain of adviser assignment may contact Bruce Keller (215-572-2922); part-time students who are uncertain of adviser assignment may also contact Bruce Keller.
  2. Complete the Information/Registration Form and obtain adviser's approval prior to registration. In listing course selections, please follow the format used on the printed schedule of classes. Copy the course code exactly, including the specific section number of a given lecture or lab (e.g. BI101.3, BI101L.2). The code identifies the course in the computer. The information following the 'dot' identifies the section (e.g., day and time) of the course. Please include each course's session within the term; courses in Spring session 01 span the entire semester, courses in Spring session 02 typically span only the first half of the semester, courses in Spring session 03 typically span only the last half of the semester.

Important Notes

  • Day program full-time students are encouraged to identify alternative courses in the event one or more of the desired courses have reached maximum capacity.
  • Full-time students for the Spring normally register for 15 or 16 credits; however, full-time enrollment is defined as 12 to 20 credits. Registration for 19 or 20 credits requires a cum GPA of 3.0 or higher or approval (by petition to the Office of Undergraduate Studies for course overload). Note: 20 credits is the maximum credit load permitted.
  • Part-time students (carrying up to 11 credits if matriculated or limited to two courses, 6-8 credits if non-matriculated) may register during the day or up until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Tuition bills will be available from the Business Office (215-572-2981) through the eBill interface (www.arcadia.edu/ebill).
  • Preference for FA courses will be given to art majors. Non-art majors must obtain FA department approval to register. (Approval will be granted on the basis of completion of appropriate prerequisites and on space availability.)
  • Students who schedule an independent study must request the appropriate form from the Office of the Registrar. The completed form with the required signatures must be included with the registration materials.
  • Students who desire pass-fail grading for a course should request the appropriate form at registration. The pass-fail option is not available to first-year students and is an option for elective courses only (one course per semester or one course for every 15 credits completed to a maximum of six courses). The instructor is not informed of this choice. Pass-fail selection may also be made during October 28, 2019 - February 4, 2020. Pass-fail requests may be withdrawn on or before March 4, 2020 at the option of the student.
  • Course changes after registration may be made during October 28, 2019 - January 27, 2020 (changes to Summer courses must be made before the class begins). Drop/Add forms for this purpose may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar and online. Students may withdraw from a traditional length class (with a grade of W) between January 28 - March 30, 2020 with the approval of the adviser and instructor (using Drop/Add form). After March 30, withdrawal from class requires approvals as above and from the Dean of the College or School (by petition) and the student is graded WP or WF. 
  • Course inactivity, non-attendance, or failure to make or complete payment does not constitute a course drop or withdrawal. Students remain financially responsible for a course registration unless the student notifies the Registrar's Office in writing to drop or withdraw from the course. Fees are assessed according to the current refund policy. Neglecting to drop or withdraw officially will result in a failing grade on the transcript.  
  • Notes regarding non-traditional courses:
    • Students in 7-week classes may drop prior to the start of class. Once class begins, students may withdraw (not drop) and/or add classes during the first week of class. Withdrawal with a grade of W may occur as late as the fourth week of class, and after the fourth week withdrawal requires permission from the Dean of the College or School (by petition) and the student is graded WP or WF. Students may not withdraw after the course ends.   
    • Students in 1-week intensive classes and institute courses may only drop or add prior to the start of the course.
  • Students registering for Education courses
    • All students registered for undergraduate Education courses must submit required clearances to the School of Education prior to the first day of class*. Students who do not are required to drop the course prior to the end of drop/add period.

      • * Clearances are submitted by July 1 and renewed annualy for those who are taking Education courses and enrolled in any of the following programs: undergraduate majors PreK-4, PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8, Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentration and Art Education certification program, Secondary Education minors and undergraduate certification preparation programs.

      • Undergraduate courses exempt from clearance requirements are: ED203, ED360, ED362, ED363 and ED463.

  • Registration for full (closed) courses is not currently enabled in Self-Service. Students using Self-Service are advised to register for all open courses and save their schedule. A separate email should then be sent to registrar@arcadia.edu indicating the semester, course and section of the desired full (closed) course. The Registrar's Office will add students to the waitlist queue.
  • Students who are not eligible to use Self-Service, and have off-campus obligations during their earliest registration day are encouraged to complete a paper registration form with their adviser and bring it to the Registrar's Office prior to leaving campus. The Registrar's Office will process the registration during the correct day and notify the student of the results.
  • Students with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Disability Support Services.

How to Register

  • New Undergraduate Student Registration Process

    Visiting, Non-Degree Seeking Undergraduate Students: If you are new to Arcadia and wish to take undergraduate courses as a visiting, non-matriculated student, please contact Kathryn "Kat" Phillips at 215-517-3093 or e-mail phillipsk@arcadia.edu for advising and registration.

    Part-time Degree Seeking Undergraduate Students: If you have been formally accepted to Arcadia and have deposited, you will be contacted by an Undergraduate Academic Adviser to set up an advising and orientation meeting. If you have not yet applied, or have any questions about admission, please contact Enrollment Management at 215-572-2910 or e-mail admiss@arcadia.edu for advising and registration.

  • Current Student Registration Form: Students who register for class in person will use this registration form and should read the instructions above for Undergraduate or Graduate students.
  • Self-Service Online Registration Instructions: Current graduate students and undergraduate juniors and seniors are eligible to use Self-Service

Please note: Registration for students eligible to use Self-Service begins at the start of Priority Registration and continues until classes begin. Students assume all responsibility pertaining to course registration and degree completion. 

Tuition/Credit Costs

  • Students should verify tuition and fees by visiting the Financial Aid page reporting the current cost of attendance.