Courses & Registration

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.

How Do I Plan My Classes?

This is your education. You choose your major, your minor, and the classes you want to take to satisfy all the LSA Degree Requirements. In order to get the most out of your choices, it is important to plan out what classes you will take and when you will take them.

Strategizing Your Schedule

This is your education. You choose your major, your minor, and the classes you want to take to meet all the LSA Degree Requirements. In order to get the most out of your choices, it is important to plan out what classes you will take and when you will take them. Your first step is to solidify your understanding of the requirements for your degree. This includes prerequisites and requirements for your majors and all the LSA degree requirements. Once you understand all of these requirements, you can use the following guidelines for planning your long-term and semester schedules.

Making the Most of Your Time

Each semester, you will spend a lot of time in class and studying so you owe it to yourself to make the most efficient use of your time. After selecting your classes, the next step is to develop a plan for how you are going manage your time to perform to the best of your ability in each class. The more efficiently you plan and use your time, the easier it will be for you achieve the success for which you strive. The tips that follow will help create a plan for managing your time.

LSA Course Guide *

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:

Wolverine Access Tutorial Videos *

Short tutorial videos on backpacking, registering, swapping sections, waitlisting, etc.

Wolverines Access *

Wolverine Access is the system students use to see real-time availability of course sections and register for classes.

University Online Schedule of Classes (Time 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.

Advice Online *

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.]