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Registration FAQ

How do I register for classes?

Express Registration - for students who have received enough financial aid to cover full tuition, students using military tuition, or students who plan to pay tuition with a credit card.

Assisted Registration/Form - for students paying by check or money order, or students experiencing any difficulty with Express Registration. Students who have been approved to take an extra course must also use the Assisted Registration form for the third course.

My transfer evaluation has not been completed. May I still register for classes?

It is preferable to have an official evaluation before registering for a class, but it is not a requirement for the Online Campus student. You may contact an online advisor for course suggestions, or you may choose a course or two that you know will be needed and will not be met with transfer credit.

How do I know what classes to take?

Once your transcripts have been evaluated, you will receive an evaluation and advising worksheet that lists courses needed to complete your degree. For available courses, view the Course Schedule. Students who have no previous transfer credit may refer to the degree requirements for selecting courses. Still not sure what to take? An online advisor can help.

How many classes may I take?

Online students may take a maximum of two courses per 8-week session. This is considered full-time status for financial aid purposes. Three classes per session is an overload and is restricted to students with a Columbia College grade point average of at least 3.0 and a compelling need to pile on the classes. Permission to add a third class must be requested from the assistant director of the Online Campus.

When should I register?

Check the dates listed on the Academic Calendar to see when registration begins for your grade level. You may register any time after registration has opened for your grade level. The calendar also lists the last day to register for courses. For graduate students, registration ends the Friday prior to the start of the session. For undergraduate students, registration continues through the first week of class as long as there is space available. The sooner you register, the better the selection of available classes.

What about books?

Once you have registered for your class, check the MBS Online Bookstore to see what textbooks are required. You are not required to purchase books from the Online Bookstore if you have a better source, but make sure you visit the Online Bookstore for correct textbook information.

I need to change my schedule. How do I change classes?

If classes have not yet started or it is still during the first week of class, you may submit a Drop Course form to drop a class. Any tuition payment you have made will be refunded to your Columbia College account. To add a class after your initial registration, submit an Add Course form. If you drop one course and add another, the tuition from the first course will be applied to the second class instead.

After the Add/Drop deadline at the end of the first week of class, you must use the Course Withdrawal form to cancel a class, and there will be no tuition refunded. Students who must withdraw due to sudden extreme circumstances, such as medical emergency, military deployment, or natural disaster, may apply for a Withdrawal for Extraordinary Circumstances. In this case, all courses must be dropped before the appeal will be considered.