Office Of The Registrar, New Brunswick

The Registration Process

The University registration process is comprised of four components:

  1. Preregistation
  2. Add/drop and Continuing Registration
  3. Late Registration and Final Add/Drop
  4. Cancellation of Registration

When is Preregistration and what is it?

Preregistration takes place in late October and early November for the Spring semester and in late March and early April for the Fall semester. During this period, students may register using either WEBREG (Rutgers Online Registration System - or in-person registration.

Continuing graduate students may register at any time, once the registration process begins.

Undergraduate students follow a descending degree credit schedule, resulting in seniors registering first, followed by juniors, etc. The registration system blocks undergraduate students from adding or dropping courses on days other then those assigned to their degree credit group. Undergraduate Registrar Satellite Offices (located on the various campuses) are available, according to a preannounced schedule, during this period to assist students who must register for a course in person. Both the Undergraduate (ASB, Room 200B) and Graduate Registrar's (ASB, Room 200F) Offices are open Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

When is the Add/Drop period and what does the process consist of?

The Add/Drop period generally occurs during the first two weeks of the semester. Students may add and drop courses to finalize their registrations. The actual add/drop dates are determined by the University Senate prior to the beginning of the semester, and it can vary each semester. Also, the Senate's decision supercedes any previously advertised add/drop dates. Therefore, students must check the New Brunswick Registrar's Website at the beginning of each semester (htttp:// to determine the latest registration information available. Students may use WEBREG or in-person registration, but undergraduates must register following a descending degree credit schedule (similar to the preregistration schedule).

Instructors may assign special permission numbers to students during this period. Instructors should not advise students to go to the Registrar’s Office to add a course because there appears to be empty seats in a classroom. An empty seat is not necessarily an indication that there are spaces available in a class. Some students do not attend the first class meetings of a course but are registered for the course and will attend. Each department establishes the number of spaces/seats available in their respective courses.

Late Registration and Final Add/Drop Period

Students who have not pre registered or those who have had their courses cancelled due to an outstanding financial obligation to the University may register "late" during the first five days of the semester. These students must first make contact with the Cashier’s Office to pay their term bills and any other outstanding financial obligations.

During the first week and a half of the semester, some of the undergraduate registration staff moves from the Administrative Services Building, Room 200B, Busch Campus, to Student Service Offices, for in person registration (the ASB Office will remain open) to make the registration process more convenient and timely for students. Currently, the only Student Service Office available is located at Proctor Hall, Busch Campus.

The location of the Graduate Registrar's Office is ASB, Room 200F, Busch Campus at all times.

Updated: July 31, 2009

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