Registration How to Guide

This page details steps for adding, dropping, and withdrawing from classes at the University of Cincinnati. Video tutorials and instructions on viewing your schedule are provided.

Registration Transactions

Catalyst is the student information system at the University of Cincinnati. All registration transactions must happen within Catalyst for them to appear on a student's transcript. The drop–down menus below outline the steps necessary for the various registration transactions to take place.

Whenever possible, registration should take place before the start of the term.

Adding classes during open enrollment (as noted in the Dates and Deadlines Calendar) should be handled by registering via Catalyst. For instructions on registering via Catalyst, watch the Registering for Classes video on this page, or follow the below instructions.

  1. Log into Catalyst.
  2. Select the My Academics tile.
  3. Open the Classes and Schedule drop–down menu.
  4. Select Add/Drop Classes.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to search  and register for the class you need.
  6. Make sure you make it all the way to the end and receive the green check mark that says you are registered.
  7. Verify that the class was added by checking your schedule.

 

If you are receiving an error, follow the Class Permissions Procedures to be granted permission for the following issues, if needed.

  • Closed Classes
  • Requisites Not Met
  • Department Consent Required
  • Instructor Consent Required

(For a time conflict error, please see the Enrolling with a Time Conflict drop–down section.)

Once you have been given permission to enroll, it is your responsibility to register via Catalyst.

After online (open) registration has closed (as noted on the Dates and Deadlines Calendar), follow Class Permissions Procedures to be granted permission for the following issues.

  • Closed Classes
  • Prerequisites Not Met
  • Department Consent Required
  • Instructor Consent Required
  • Late Adds

Note: You must at least be given permission for a late add. You may also need one or more of the other permissions. It is your responsibility to communicate this when making your request.

Once you have been given permission to enroll, it is your responsibility to register via Catalyst. For instructions on registering via Catalyst, watch the Registering for Classes video on this page, or follow the below instructions.

  1. Log into Catalyst.
  2. Select the My Academics tile.
  3. Open the Classes and Schedule drop–down menu.
  4. Select Add/Drop Classes.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen to search  and register for the class you need.
  6. Make sure you make it all the way to the end and receive the green check mark that says you are registered.
  7. Verify that the class was added by checking your schedule.

Note: Check the Dates and Deadlines Calendar to see when the $25 Late Registration fee will apply. For Flex Session Classes, see Flex Session Late Registrations section below since those transactions must be handled differently.

Students wishing to add a class after the term has ended will need to submit a completed Add/Drop Form with the student signature, instructor signature, and offering college signature.

Additional paperwork from the instructor will also need to be submitted separately in order to record the grade for the class. This paperwork will not be able to be sent to the student. The faculty member or a representative from the college must request the form from our office by emailing reginfo@uc.edu.

Completed Add/Drop Forms should be emailed to add-drop@uc.edu or submitted via the upload form. Pictures taken from a smartphone are acceptable as long as they are legible.

Dropped classes do not show up on your academic record nor are you charged for a dropped class. You will need to be aware of the last date to drop as listed in the Dates and Deadlines Calendars. Depending on the date, the drop action in Catalyst can be counted as a drop or a withdrawal. Follow the directions below to access the drop screen in Catalyst.

  1. Log into Catalyst.
  2. Select the My Academics tile.
  3. Open the Classes and Schedule drop–down menu.
  4. Select Add/Drop Classes.
  5. Click on the drop hyperlink at the top of the page.
  6. Make sure you make it all the way to the end and receive the green check mark that says you have dropped your class.
  7. Verify that your class was dropped by checking your schedule.

Withdrawn classes will remain on your academic record. You will need to be aware of both the beginning of the withdrawal with no refund period and the the last date to withdraw as listed in the Dates and Deadlines Calendars. Depending on the date, the drop action in Catalyst can be counted as a drop or a withdrawal. International students will first need to be granted access to withdraw from the UC International Office if they are going below full–time enrollment.

  1. Log into Catalyst.
  2. Select the My Academics tile.
  3. Open the Classes and Schedule drop–down menu.
  4. Select Add/Drop Classes.
  5. Click on the drop hyperlink at the top of the page.
  6. Make sure you make it all the way to the end and receive the green check mark that says you have dropped your class. You will also receive a message indicating that you have been withdrawn.
  7. Verify that your class was dropped by checking your schedule.

Withdrawal requests after the last day to withdraw online (as indicated in the Dates and Deadlines Calendars) require an Add/Drop Form with instructor and student's home college approval. Late withdrawals for graduate students will be sent to the Graduate School for further approval.

If the late withdrawal is being processed after the term has ended, additional paperwork from the instructor will also need to be submitted separately in order to record the change from the originally recorded grade to a withdrawal for the class. This paperwork will not be able to be sent to the student. The faculty member or a representative from the college must request the form from our office by emailing reginfo@uc.edu.

Completed Add/Drop Forms should be emailed to add-drop@uc.edu or submitted via the upload form. Pictures taken from a smartphone are acceptable as long as they are legible.

Self–service credit hour changes can be performed during the time indicated on the Dates and Deadlines Calendars. These changes can be made by using the Edit function in Catalyst. Follow the directions below to access the Edit screen in Catalyst.

  1. Log into Catalyst.
  2. Select the My Academics tile.
  3. Open the Classes and Schedule drop–down menu.
  4. Select Add/Drop Classes.
  5. Click on the Edit hyperlink at the top of the page.
  6. Select the class that you wish to edit.
  7. Make sure you make it all the way to the end and receive the green check mark that says you have edited your class.
  8. Verify that your class was edited by checking your schedule.

Credit hour changes that need to occur after the self–service credit hour update deadline require a completed Add/Drop Form. In the Add section of the form, you will list the amount of credit hours that should be on your record. In the Drop section of the form, write the amount of credit hours for which you are currently registered. This helps us know exactly how many credit hours should be on your record. Please note that we do not actually drop and re-add the class; your credit hours will simply be adjusted. Student, instructor, and college signatures are required.

Completed Add/Drop Forms should be emailed to add-drop@uc.edu or submitted via the upload form. Pictures taken from a smartphone are acceptable as long as they are legible.

Students wishing to change credit hours after the term has ended will need to submit a completed Add/Drop Form. In the Add section of the form, you will list the amount of credit hours that should be on your record. In the Drop section of the form, write the amount of credit hours for which you are currently registered. This helps us know exactly how many credit hours should be on your record. Please note that we do not actually drop and re-add the class; your credit hours will simply be adjusted. Student, instructor, and offering college signatures are all required.

Additional paperwork from the instructor will also need to be submitted separately in order to record the grade for the class. This paperwork will not be able to be sent to the student. The faculty member or a representative from the college must request the form from our office by emailing reginfo@uc.edu.

Completed Add/Drop Forms should be emailed to add-drop@uc.edu or submitted via the upload form. Pictures taken from a smartphone are acceptable as long as they are legible.

Self–service grading format changes can be performed  during the dates listed on the Dates and Deadlines Calendars. These changes can be made by using the Edit function in Catalyst. Follow the directions below to access the Edit screen in Catalyst.

  1. Log into Catalyst.
  2. Select the My Academics tile.
  3. Open the Classes and Schedule drop–down menu.
  4. Select Add/Drop Classes.
  5. Click on the Edit hyperlink at the top of the page.
  6. Select the class that you wish to edit.
  7. Make sure you make it all the way to the end and receive the green check mark that says you have edited your class.
  8. Verify that your class was edited by checking your schedule.

Grading format changes that need to occur after the 100% refund period require a completed Add/Drop Form. In the Add section of the form, you will select the grading format that should be on your record. In the Drop section of the form, select the grading format for which you are currently registered. Please note that we do not actually drop and re-add the class; your grading format will simply be adjusted. Student, instructor, and college signatures are required.

Completed Add/Drop Forms should be emailed to add-drop@uc.edu or submitted via the upload form. Pictures taken from a smartphone are acceptable as long as they are legible.

If you wish to audit a class, but the drop–down option for an audit is not available when you register in Catalyst, this is because you are probably an undergraduate student trying to audit a graduate class or a graduate student trying to audit an undergraduate class.

First, double–check if there is a class option that matches your career of study. Sometimes, classes are taught for both undergraduate and graduate credit. If so, simply try registering for audit credit under the class associated with your academic career of study.

If this is not possible, you will need to complete an Add/Drop Form, and select the Audit option. You will need to check the Dates and Deadlines Calendar to verify what signatures are required.

Students wishing to change between normal, audit, and pass/fail grading after the term has ended will need to submit a completed Add/Drop Form with the student signature, instructor signature, and offering college signature. Please note that we do not actually drop and re-add the class; your grading format will simply be adjusted

Additional paperwork from the instructor will also need to be submitted separately in order to record the grade for the class. This paperwork will not be able to be sent to the student. The faculty member or a representative from the college must request the form from our office by emailing reginfo@uc.edu.

Completed Add/Drop Forms should be emailed to add-drop@uc.edu or submitted via the upload form. Pictures taken from a smartphone are acceptable as long as they are legible.

Self–service section changes can be performed during open enrollment by using the Swap link under Add/Drop Classes in Catalyst. Swapping sections or classes can be performed as long as the last day to add and the last day to drop for each class are the same. Check the Dates and Deadlines Calendars to verify the dates. Follow the directions below to access the Swap screen in Catalyst.

  1. Log into Catalyst.
  2. Select the My Academics tile.
  3. Open the Classes and Schedule drop–down menu.
  4. Select Add/Drop Classes.
  5. Click on the Swap hyperlink at the top of the page.
  6. Select the class that you wish to drop.
  7. Find the class that you wish to add.
  8. Make sure you make it all the way to the end and receive the green check mark that says you have swapped your classes.
  9. Verify that your class was edited by checking your schedule.

Section changes that need to occur after open registration has closed require a completed Add/Drop Form. Check the Dates and Deadlines Calendar to verify what signatures are required. In the Add section, indicate the section you wish to add, and in the Drop section, indicate the section in which you are currently enrolled.

If the sections are in the same session (Full Session, First Half Session, Second Half Session, etc.), we will remove the original section from your record and place you in the new section. Late registration fees will not be incurred.

If the sessions are different (e.g. withdrawing from a Session A section, and adding a Session B section), the student will keep the withdrawal for the original class, and the new section will be force–added to the schedule. $25 late registration fees will be incurred if the new section is added after the late registration fee period has started.

Completed Add/Drop Forms should be emailed to add-drop@uc.edu or submitted via the upload form. Pictures taken from a smartphone are acceptable as long as they are legible.

As long as you dropped the class during the drop/100% refund period, you should be able to re–enroll via Catalyst. Depending on the circumstances, you may need to follow the Class Permissions Procedures. Check out the Adding Classes section above for more information.

If you withdrew from a class and wish to re–enroll, you will need to submit an Add/Drop Form. You can tell that a class has been withdrawn instead of dropped if you have a grade of WT or W for the class. In order to re–enroll, only the student and instructor signatures are needed. Please indicate either on the form or in the email that you are requesting to re–enroll in the class. Late registration fees are not assessed for these transactions.

Completed Add/Drop Forms should be emailed to add-drop@uc.edu or submitted via the upload form. Pictures taken from a smartphone are acceptable as long as they are legible.

When two courses are taught with overlapping times, the second course will always need to be added via Add/Drop Form, regardless of when the class is being added.

For students adding during open registration, if the class still has open seats, and they meet all requisites, only their signature is required on the form.

If the class is being added after online registration has closed, the student will need to check the Dates and Deadlines Calendar to verify what other signatures are required.

$25 late registration fees will be assessed if the class is added after the late registration fee period has started.

Completed Add/Drop Forms should be emailed to add-drop@uc.edu or submitted via the upload form. Pictures taken from a smartphone are acceptable as long as they are legible.

If a class in which you are registered needs to be changed from the undergraduate version to the graduate version (or the graduate version to the undergraduate version), you will need an Add/Drop Form. In the Add section, write the information for the class you wish to add, and in the Drop section, write in the information for the class in which you are currently registered. You will need to obtain all signatures as are required by the Dates and Deadlines Calendars. Keep in mind that the classes need to be combined in Catalyst for this to be processed. Click on the section hyperlink in your schedule of classes to see if both the undergraduate and graduate versions of the class are scheduled together.

When processing, your original class will be removed from your schedule, and the new class will be added in its place. Late registration fees will not be assessed.

Completed Add/Drop Forms should be emailed to add-drop@uc.edu or submitted via the upload form. Pictures taken from a smartphone are acceptable as long as they are legible.

Late adds and withdrawals for Flex Session classes must be processed with an Add/Drop Form. Completed Add/Drop Forms should be emailed to add-drop@uc.edu or submitted via the upload form. Forms require student, instructor, and college signatures. Pictures taken from a smartphone are acceptable as long as they are legible.

You will need to check Catalyst for these dates as they are specific to each Flex Session class. 


Frequently Asked Questions

If your specific issue is not addressed in the information presented above, please check our Registration Frequently Asked Questions page.


Video References for Catalyst Registration

Here are some helpful videos that will walk you through the various steps of registration within Catalyst.

Searching for a Class

Using Enrollment Shopping Cart

Registering for Classes

Enrolling in a Class with a Wait List

Swapping a Class


Other Tools Available for Creating a Schedule

Class Schedule Builder is a tool that works with your Enrollment Shopping Cart to help you select the best class times to fit your schedule each semester.


Confirming Your Enrollment

Viewing Your Schedule

Once you have either registered for your classes via Catalyst or your Add/Drop Form has been processed, you will want to confirm that your registration is correct. Follow the below steps to double-check your registration.

  1. If you are not already there, login to Catalyst 
  2. Click on the My Academics tile on your Student Homepage
  3. Select the Classes and Schedule drop-down menu
  4. Choose View My Schedule
  5. Pick the radio button to the left of the term you want to confirm, and press Continue

Double–Checking Your Schedule

Your full schedule for the selected term will display on this page. Here are some guidelines to make sure your schedule is correct:

  • Make sure the status of your class is Enrolled, Waiting (for wait list registration), Dropped, or Withdrawn as you had intended
  • Verify that the units for the class are correct
  • Double-check that the Days & Times and Start/End Date match for the section you wanted to add
  • If the class is not showing in your Class Schedule, you are not enrolled.

Viewing the Dates & Deadlines for Your Classes

When viewing your schedule in Catalyst, you will also see a calendar icon under the Deadlines heading next to each class. Clicking on this will display the drop and withdraw deadlines for that specific class. Please know that each class could be different, and it is the student's responsibility to be aware of the Dates and Deadlines.


Blackboard and Canvas

A quick note about Blackboard and Canvas:

Blackboard and Canvas (accessed via Canopy) are teaching tools that University of Cincinnati faculty can utilize. These tools will allow faculty to give students access to class materials, making it appear as though the student is registered. However, registration does not happen in Blackboard or Canvas, and faculty do not have the ability to register students in Catalyst.

As a student, it is your responsibility to make sure that you are appropriately registered in Catalyst.


Contact Information

Registration Help

If you have any questions that are not answered on this page or in the FAQs, please contact reginfo@uc.edu.

Billing and Financial Aid Help

If you have questions about how adding, dropping, or withdrawing from classes will impact your bill or financial aid eligibility, please contact your campus One Stop listed below.