Information about Registering for Classes
Newly admitted students are required to receive academic advising before registering for classes. Academic advisors from the college or school that your major is in will be available during orientation to help you make good decisions about which courses to take. This is one of the many reasons why orientation is highly recommended for incoming students—even transfer students who already have experience being a college student.
Meningitis Vaccination Requirement
All entering students must submit proof that they have received a meningitis vaccine (or booster) within the five years immediately before they enroll in classes. Students who have not met the requirement will not be allowed to register for classes at the University of Texas at Austin. Some exemptions are available. Students should allow two weeks for the documentation they submit to be processed.
Visit the University Health Services web site about the meningococcal vaccine requirement for details.
In some cases orientation attendees actually register for classes—which means they get to register before those who choose not to attend. In other cases attendees are advised during orientation and then register on their own when the registration period for new students opens up near the beginning of the semester in which they will first enroll.
When registering for subsequent semesters, you’ll be assigned a registration access period. You’ll be able to find out when your access period is and other details about registering by logging in using your UT EID and password. For details about how the registration process works in subsequent semesters, visit the Registrar’s web site.
The official academic calendar for each semester is posted online. The calendar provides information about the first day of class, holidays, final exam dates, and more.
Viewing Course Schedules
A couple of weeks before registration begins for each semester, a detailed list of courses is posted in the Course Schedule section of the Registrar’s web site. (If the schedule you’d like to view isn’t available, check back periodically.) A printable version of the course schedule is available online along with printable sections for courses in certain academic areas.
Each semester professors for individual classes select textbooks for the courses they are teaching and then have the bookstore order those books for the expected number of students in the class. When you visit the bookstore to buy your books, it should have the books you need for each class in stock. Bring information about your courses to the book store and you’ll be able to easily locate the textbooks you need.
The most popular place to buy textbooks for UT Austin classes is the University Co-op located across from campus on Guadalupe (also called “The Drag”).