Common Registration Issues and Solutions
Holds appear on your record when a University office prevents registration. Holds require some action by you before you can register. Examples are: owing funds to the university, needing transcripts from other schools, academic suspension, immunization, or international student issues. You can review your holds and the departments that placed the holds, by logging into MyFAU. Then contact each department that issued a hold.
Non-Degree Students (including Transient Students)
The Self-Service registration system automatically classifies new non-degree students as equal to freshman with zero credits. This means non-degree students must obtain authorization into many courses. To obtain authorization, contact the Student Services Office at the college that offers the courses you wish to take. You may need to provide proof that you have met the prerequisites for the courses by showing an unofficial transcript from another school.
Note: Non-degree students are only eligible to register for courses a week before classes start. There is no guarantee that your courses will be available.
Registration errors are often caused by restrictions and requirements placed on courses. When a student has not met the requirements placed on a course, the Self-Service system gives one or several of the following errors upon registration. To view the restrictions placed on a course, see below.
Go to the Departmental Schedule and you will see that the schedule shows all course CRN numbers as underlined. Click on the CRN number link to view the course's restrictions and other important information about the course.
Scroll down for information on the following errors that you may encounter:
- PREQ and TEST SCORE-ERROR
- LINK ERROR
- COLLEGE RESTRICTION
- MAJOR RESTRICTION
- CLASS RESTRICTION
- Department Permission Req or Instructor Permission Req
- CLOSED SECTION
- CORQ REQ
- MAXIMUM HOURS EXCEEDED
- TIME CONFLICT
This "add" error indicates that the Self-Service system does not show you have a required course prerequisite. Example: A student wants to register for CHM 2211 (Organic Chemistry 2). CHM 2211 has a prerequisite of a "C" grade or better in CHM 2210 (Organic Chemistry 1), but the student has not met the requirement. View the course's prerequisite requirements to ensure you have met the requirement before selecting the course.
Note: If you transferred to FAU, the Self-Service system may not recognize your transfer courses as prerequisites. Meet with your advisor as soon as possible to have your prior courses evaluated as meeting prerequisites.
Note: If you are trying to enroll in one of the online College of Business courses, but have not successfully completed the college's online Distance Learning Ready Exam/Mini Course, you must complete the test via the web and earn a passing score to register. Go to Online Course Policy to see detailed information on how to self-enroll in Blackboard for this exam.
Linked courses are two separate courses that must be taken concurrently. These include labs and discussions that must be taken with a lecture course. When registering for linked courses, the CRNs must be submitted at the same time. The linked classes can be found by clicking on the course's CRN number in the Departmental Schedule. To unlink a course, you will need permission from your advisor or the professor teaching the course.
ACG 2021 (Lec) and ACG 2021 (Lab)
MAC 1105 (Lec) and MAC 1105 (Lab)
This indicates that the course is restricted to a particular college, and the Self-Service system does not recognize you as being declared within that college. Students who wish to take a course that is not part of their declared major should meet with their advisor for authorization. Afterward, contact the college offering the course for permission to register for it.
Some courses are restricted to members of certain majors or minors. Students who wish to take a course that is not part of their declared major should meet with their advisor for authorization. Afterward, contact the college offering the course for permission to register for it.
This refers to your classification as sophomore (30-59 credits), junior (60-89 credits), or senior (90 credits or more). Some courses are restricted by classification. If course credits needed for the required classification are currently "in progress" or awaiting official transcripts, then your advisor may be able to give you authorization, once proof of the in-progress registration is received. Currently enrolled courses are counted in this process even though grades have not been posted.
Example: A student with 59 credits is a sophomore and does not qualify for a course that requires junior standing (60 credits or more). This student needs to choose a different course. If the student has exhausted all course options, the student should meet with an advisor to determine if any other options are available.
Certain courses require departmental or instructor approval before they may be taken. You must contact the appropriate department or professor to obtain approval to register for these courses. To see which department or professor to contact, refer to the Viewing Course Restrictions and Requirements entry above. If the department or instructor agrees, the student may be given permission online and then may register via MyFAU.
This error is given when all allotted seats in a class are taken. Only the instructor can give permission to override the capacity. In some cases, the instructor cannot enter a student in a class if the room is at fire capacity or in a lab that has limited resources. If the instructor agrees, the student may be given permission online and then may register via MyFAU. However, please note that many instructors will not consider overrides into closed courses yet others will for unique circumstances. If a course is closed, your first option should be to select another section or another class.
Corequisite courses are two (sometimes three) separate courses that must be taken concurrently. When registering for corequisite courses, the CRNs must be submitted at the same time. The corequisite classes can be found by clicking on the course's CRN number in the Departmental Schedule.
NUR 3106L must be taken concurrently with NUR 3145 and NUR 3715.
EEL 3111 must be taken concurrently with MAP 2302 and MAC 2313.
MUC 4600 must be taken concurrently with MUS 4343.
The maximum hours exceeded error indicates that a student is attempting to register for more than 18 credits for the term. Students need to obtain a course overload authorization from the dean of their college. The bottom of the Registration Drop/Add Request form should be completed, including the dean's signature and stamp with the total hours authorized. Then return the form to the Registrar's front counter for staff to add the additional classes. It is suggested that students talk to their advisor first about exceeding the maximum hours for the term.
The time conflict error occurs when two courses that the student is trying to register for overlap by at least five minutes. The student would need to talk to an advisor and/or the professors of the classes to obtain permission to take both of these classes.