Registration for the upcoming term typically begins about a month before the end of the current academic term. Students are notified by e-mail with dates for backpacking, registration times, and walk-in advising. Students are able to browse course offerings and "backpack" any courses of interest several days before they register. Registration appointment times, which students are assigned based on the number of credits completed, can be viewed in the Student Business section of Wolverine Access once Backpacking goes live. This appointment time is not an in-person appointment but rather, the soonest that an individual student can begin to register for next term's classes.
Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor before their registration time. It is most effective if students schedule a meeting or come during walk-in hours the week prior to their individual registration time. Peer advisors are also available Monday—Friday from 12—5 PM in the Newnan Advising Center when classes are in session. These trained undergraduates are able to help with registration and course-related questions.
The online LSA Course Guide contains course descriptions written by instructors of classes to be offered in a specific term. Instructors are asked
- To begin with a statement of the subjects (topics, themes, methods)
- To include the intended audience and any recommended special background that is not already listed in course prerequisites
- To indicate the basis of student evaluation (exams, papers, etc.)
- To state method(s) of instruction (lecture, lab, discussion)
- To mention texts which will be required
Links to instructor home pages, class homepages, and to open section information are provided on the class detail pages.
Students can view descriptions by SUBJECT, and an advance search feature allows students to search for courses based on key words, distribution designation, or by various requirements and course groupings.
View the Course Guides online at: www.lsa.umich.edu/cg
Short tutorial videos on backpacking, registering, swapping sections, waitlisting, etc., can be found on the Peer Academic Advising Office (PAAO) website.
Wolverine Access is the system students use to see real-time availability of course sections and register for classes.
www.ro.umich.edu/schedule provides links to PDF, CSV and Wolverine Access versions of the Schedule of Classes. The All Class reports are refreshed nightly, the Open Class reports are updated every half hour and Wolverine Access offers real time course and class information. These are maintained for all active terms.
This is a tool designed to help students sift through U-M courses. The core of its data is drawn from the evaluation forms students filled out at the end of each term.
Each term has three different time periods during which different rules for Drop/Add apply. The dates at which these periods begin and end are very firm, and are listed in the LSA Calendar each term. It is the student's responsibility to know these dates and rules.
The "withdrew" notation will appear on the transcripts of students who withdraw from all of their classes after the third week of a full term (or after the second week of a half term), including those students in their first term at the University of Michigan.
Occasionally, however, a student may wish to attend a course but not elect it for credit. This arrangement can take the form of an official audit.
You are allowed to take up to 30 credits Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit. [Pass/Fail is an option. Credit/No Credit is a mandatory grading pattern established at the course level.]