Enrollment

Before enrolling:

  • You must accept your admission offer and pay your tuition deposit through the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for undergraduate students or your school of admission for graduate students.
  • You must have access to log in through Pitt Passport using your Pitt username and password
    • Access Student Center, where you are able to access your academic, personal, and financial information.  Use Student Center to access various enrollment planning tools, as well.  Student Center can also be accessed by logging in through Pitt Passport and selecting "Student Center" from the menu on the right side of the page.

Planning course enrollment in 5 easy steps!

Step 1: Clear Holds

Some holds or service indicators could restrict your ability to enroll such as holds placed by the Office of the University Registrar, University Collections, Student Payment Center, or Office of International Services.

Academic Advising Holds (ADV) are automatically placed by the Office of the University Registrar each term for students and must be lifted by a student's advisor or departmental administrator before enrollment can take place.  Contact your advisor or departmental administrator directly for assistance with advising hold removals.  Graduate students may not have advising holds.

Step 2: Class Search

Use the Class Search function to view course descriptions, course requisites, and seat availability.

PS Mobile

To view current course descriptions or for public access to the University of Pittsburgh’s class offerings, use PS Mobile:

Pitt Class Search Link

PeopleSoft

  • Access Student Center 
  • Select Main Menu > Self-Service > Class Search/Browse Catalog > Class Search
  • Required search criteria: term, campus
  • When you are ready to begin enrolling in courses you found by using Class Search, see Step 4: Shopping Cart. 

For advanced class search methods (My Planner, Search by my Requirements, Schedule Planner), visit the Student Training page.

Step 3: Enrollment Tools

These enrollment tools are optional to use in the course scheduling process, but serve as ways to assist you in planning your degree and creating a class schedule:

Schedule Planner can be used to help you create your schedule using specifications that you choose.  Add courses to your shopping cart or through Schedule Planner, and have the tool generate possible class schedules, doing the work for you!

  • Access Schedule Planner through your Student Center, selecting the Schedule Planner link or through the "Enroll" and "Add" tabs.
  • You also have the ability to enroll right from schedule planner!  Build your schedule, add your courses to your shopping cart, and register for those courses all in one place!
  • More instructions for using Schedule Planner can be found on the Student Training page.

My Planner/Plan by my Requirements is a degree-planning tool that can be used to map out which courses you plan to take for future terms, based on your required courses.  You also have the ability to enroll for courses directly from My Planner for a given term or build Schedule Planner schedules, based on what you have planned.

  • Access My Planner through your Student Center, selecting the "Plan" tab or menu item.
  • More instructions for using My Planner can be found on the Student Training page.
Step 4: Shopping Cart

Store classes you wish to take in your Enrollment Shopping Cart until it is time for your enrollment appointment.

  • In searching for classes, you have the ability to add courses to your shopping cart into which you wish to enroll.
  • Search for the course by accessing Student Center, selecting the "Enroll" tab or menu item, and selecting the yellow "Class Search" button on the "Add classes" page.
  • Perform your search
  • After search results are generated, click the "Select" button next to a class section to add it to your shopping cart.
  • Shopping Cart Validation is a PeopleSoft feature that allows you to easily prepare for your enrollment and advising appointments.

    All you need to do is add prospective classes into your shopping cart in your Student Center. Once you have a potential schedule built, simply select the classes and click the "validate" button. It will bring you to a screen that shows any potential problems with your selections, such as time conflicts or unmet pre-requisites. Because this feature is meant to be used before your enrollment date, it may not accurately show you if a class will open or closed when you are eligible to register for classes.

    This feature allows you to make adjustments to your course selections before you meet with your advisor, allowing you to spend that appointment more efficiently.

    PLEASE NOTE: The Validate button will NOT enroll you in classes. You must still complete the enrollment process (step 5) when your enrollment appointment date and time arrives.

Step 5: Enroll 

Once your courses are in your shopping cart and you've reached your enrollment appointment, you will be able to enroll.  To find your enrollment appointment, access your Student Center.  Enrollment can be processed through PeopleSoft or through Schedule Planner.

Click the "Proceed to Step 2 of 3" button, read and agree to the terms in the Promissory Note, and see your enrollment results.

Additional Enrollment Details

Waitlist
Enrollment appointments
Grading Options/Auditing a Course
Full-time vs. Part-time status
Fees
Drop vs. Withdrawal; Extended Drop Period Guidelines
Notification of Class Cancellation
Cross Registration

 

Waitlist

A limited amount of waitlist spots are available for all sections of undergraduate courses and select graduate courses.  The waitlist option is available for students to select when enrolling in a course so that when seats become available in a closed course, an automatically run process will enroll the student, so long as all appropriate enrollment criteria for the course are met.  If a student does not meet the criteria to be auto-enrolled in a course, the process will select the next student on the waitlist who does satisfy all criteria for enrollment, according to their position number. Students may be waitlisted for up to 8 credits at a time.

Waitlist scenarios:

  • I want to be on the waitlist for a course that conflicts with another open course in which I want to enroll.  If I get into the waitlisted course, I will want to drop the course that presents the time conflict.  Enroll in the open course using the “add a class” instructions as per normal.  Next, select the “swap” option, and swap the currently enrolled class with the waitlisted course to successfully be able to swap the courses, should seats become available in the waitlisted course.
  • I am currently waitlisted for 7 units, but want to change the courses for which I am waitlisted, because I cannot be waitlisted for more than 8 credits.  Drop any or all of the courses for which you are waitlisted using the “drop” function.  Select the appropriate course to drop, and proceed with the drop process.  Once a waitlisted course is dropped, your position number on the waitlist is forfeited.
  • I already got onto the waitlist for a course that I now want to be able to swap with a course in which I am already enrolled if I get into the waitlisted course.  Unfortunately, in this case, since the two courses were not set up using the swap function initially, this cannot be done without forfeiting your position on the waitlist and setting up the swap from the start again.  The waitlisted course will need to be dropped, then the swap function can be used to set up the swap with the enrolled course as detailed above.
  • I am waitlisted for a lecture and a corresponding lab/recitation, and it seems that I am being skipped over on the waitlist.  When it comes to lectures with corresponding labs or recitations, a student who in already enrolled in the course must drop the exact combination of lecture and lab/recitation which you have waitlist for in order for you to be enrolled in that person’s seat.

For additional waitlist information, visit the Waitlist FAQ.

 

Enrollment appointments

  • The enrollment appointment is the day and time when a student can begin enrolling. Once a student’s enrollment appointment begins, adding, dropping, or editing classes can be done until the end of the add/drop period. Students can view their enrollment appointment date and time in their Student Center.
  • Enrollment appointments are assigned according to credits earned. Those students with the highest number of earned credits will be given the earliest appointments.
  • Students cannot enroll in classes prior to the date and time of their assigned enrollment appointment.
  • Enrollment appointments are not assigned for the summer term; students can begin enrolling on the first day of the summer term open enrollment period.
  • Enrollment appointments cannot be changed once set.
  • Students who were not assigned an enrollment appointment should contact their Dean's Office to initiate the process of being assigned an enrollment appointment.
  • Dean's Offices requesting an enrollment appointment for a student who does not possess one in their current career should follow the process for requesting an enrollment appointment.

 

Permission numbers

You may be blocked from enrolling in a course due to required course requisites, special permissions, career levels (undergraduate vs. graduate), and in order to override these, students must obtain permission numbers from the departments offering the courses.  For example, if an undergraduate student wishes to seek permission to take a graduate-level Classics course, the student should contact the Department of Classics to obtain permission and be issued a permission number to enroll in the course, overriding the career restriction..

Once obtained, permission numbers can be entered through self-service enrollment or Schedule Planner when adding courses to your shopping cart.

 

Grading Options/Auditing a Course

  • Undergraduate courses
    • Undergraduate courses are offered under the LG (letter grade), SNC (satisfactory/no credit) or LG/SNC (can choose letter grade or satisfactory/no credit option) grading options.  During the self-service enrollment process, the course will default to its assigned grading basis.  In the case of LG/SNC courses, the course will default to LG, and SNC will have to be selected by the student in order for the student to receive the SNC grade.  Should the student not choose an appropriate grading basis during initial enrollment, they have the ability to change the grading option using the "Edit" function for courses up until the end of the add/drop period for a term.  After the add/drop deadline has passed and self-service is disabled to students, students will need to visit the Dean’s Office of the school offering the course to fill out a Grade Option Change Form by the Grade Option Deadline for each term.  
    • Auditing a course results in no quality points, credit hours toward graduation, or GPA impact.  To audit an undergraduate course, students must enroll in the course, pay tuition for the course, and visit the Dean’s Office of the school offering the course to fill out a Grade Option Change Form.  The form must be signed by the instructor and approved by the Dean’s Office.
  • Graduate courses
    • Graduate-level courses are offered under the LG (letter grade), SNC (satisfactory/no credit) or LG/SNC (can choose letter grade or satisfactory/no credit option) grading options.  During the self-service enrollment process, the course will default to its assigned grading basis.  In the case of LG/SNC courses, the course will default to LG, and SNC will have to be selected by the student in order for the student to receive the SNC grade.  Should the student not choose an appropriate grading basis during enrollment during initial enrollment, they have the ability to change the grading option using the "Edit" function for courses up until the end of the add/drop period for a term.  
    • Auditing a course results in no quality points, credit hours toward graduation, or GPA impact.  To audit a graduate course, students must enroll in the course, pay tuition for the course, and obtain permission from the instructor to take the course for an audit grade (N).  It is recommended that this agreement be retained in writing.

 

Full-time vs. Part-time status

  • Undergraduate students are considered to be full time when enrolled in 12 or more credits in a term.  The maximum number of credits in which full time students can enroll without additional tuition cost is 18 credits.
  • Graduate students are considered to be full time when enrolled in 9 or more credits in a term.  The maximum number of credits in which full time students can enroll without additional tuition cost is 15 credits.
  • Exceptions to exceed these credit limits can be made by a student's Dean's Office, but exceptions are not guaranteed.  Exceeding credit limits for a specific career will incur additional tuition charges for the student.

 

Fees

Some courses may have a course fee attached.  Courses and their fees can be found on the Course/Class page under Special Course Related Fees.  If a course does not appear on this report, there are no additional course fees charged to the student.

The approval and signature of your academic dean is required on your Enrollment Form if you enroll after the official end of the enrollment period, which ends at the end of the day on the first day of the fall and spring terms. Students who enroll after the published deadline for are assessed a $25.00 Late Registration Fee. 

If you enroll after classes have begun, you reduce your time to determine whether you wish to remain in a class. All add/drop decisions must be made and the Enrollment Form processed by the established add/drop deadline for each term.  The late add or late drop of a course occurring after the end of the add/drop deadline for a term will incur a $25.00 late add/drop fee assessed by the Office of the University Registrar. 

Information pertaining to resigning or withdrawing from a term completely can be found on the Resignation Info page. You can also call the resignation service phone line at (412) 624-7585, which operates 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays.

 

Drop vs. Withdrawal; Extended Drop Period Guidelines

Student have the ability to drop courses from the time in which they are enrolled in a course through the end of the add/drop period for each term.  The drop function removes the student from the course and removes the course from the student’s academic record.

From the end of the add/drop period through the end of the monitored withdrawal period, students have the option to withdraw from any or all courses.  Monitored withdrawals results in the receipt of a “W” grade, which offers no quality points, credits earned, or GPA impact.

For full-time undergraduate students only, an extended drop period follows the add/drop period for one week during fall and spring terms, where students may visit their academic advisor to continue to drop courses without penalty.  In order to be eligible to drop a course during this period, students must be full-time undergraduate students and remain at full-time enrollment status even after the drop of a course.  Drops in self-service are disabled after the initial add/drop period.

 

Notification of Class Cancellation

Occasionally, courses are canceled after enrollment for a term begins at the discretion of the department offering the course.  In this case, students will be notified via their Pitt e-mail account and given two weeks to drop the course.  Two weeks after notification of the cancellation, the student will be involuntarily dropped from the course, if the student did not already drop the course using self-service.

University E-mail Communication Policy 09-10-01


 

Cross Registration

  • Cross-registration is a program through the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) that provides an opportunity for enriched educational programs by permitting students to attend courses at any of ten participating colleges and universities. These institutions are:  Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, LaRoche College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Point Park University, Robert Morris University, and the University of Pittsburgh. 
  • Cross-Registration Process:
    • For University of Pittsburgh students, wishing to cross-register at another PCHE institution, this is the process:
      1. Fill out the Cross Registration Request Form online--handwritten forms will not be accepted--print the form, and obtain the necessary advisor and Dean’s Office signatures before turning the form in to the Office of the University Registrar in G-3 Thackeray Hall.
      2. Once the form is approved by the Office of the University Registrar, the Office of the University Registrar will forward the form to the host institution of the student’s choice.
      3. The host institution will evaluate the request and correspond with the Pitt student directly about the result of the request.  Subsequently, the Office of the University Registrar will be notified of the result of the request.
    • For students wishing to cross register at the Univeristy of Pittsburgh:
      1. Fill out the Cross Registration Request Form online--handwritten forms will not be accepted--print the form, obtain necessary signatures from home school Registrar's Office.  The form will be submitted to the University of Pittsburgh Registrar's Office on your behalf.
      2. Enrollment decision (approve, deny, special permission) will be communicated to the student via e-mail once evaluated by the Pitt Registrar's Office.
      3. Requests to drop cross-registered courses should come through the Pitt Registrar's Office for processing, and the result will be communicated to the student and their home school after evaluation.
  • Cross-registration is available during fall and spring terms for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full time at the University of Pittsburgh before the addition of the PCHE course. Students meeting these criteria are eligible to enroll in only one cross-registered course per term.
  • There is not an additional tuition charge to cross-register, however you may be assessed course fees by the host institution. The earned grade and units will be transferred to the home school and will appear on the transcript of your home school. The academic policies of the host institution prevail. It is the responsibility of the student's home institution to determine that the prerequisites for a class at the host institution have been met.
  • Cross-registration does not apply to part-time students or during the summer term at any of the PCHE institutions. In these cases, students would follow the "Temporary Transfer Student" procedure, agreed to separately by the PCHE institutions. These students are liable for all tuition and fees assessed by the other institution.