OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
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What must I do before I can register for classes? [return to top]
If you are seeking a degree. First, you must be admitted to the University as an FAU student. If you need to apply to the University, contact the Admissions Office. Second, consider applying for Financial Aid. Third, freshmen must attend Orientation. Then, you can register online using FAU Self-Service which is accessible from MyFAU.
If you are not seeking a degree. you must first complete the Non-Degree Enrollment Form. For more information, read through the non-degree registration questions and visit the Non-Degree Registration Home Page.
How can I "test out" of certain subjects? What is CLEP? [return to top]
CLEP or College Level Academic Examination Program is a way for undergraduates to earn up to 27 semester credit hours by "testing" out of a particular subject. For more information, please read the CLEP information in the University Catalog's Academic Policies section.
How can I participate in High School Dual Enrollment? [return to top]
Through an articulation agreement with the county school systems, students attending a public high school in FAU's service area may enroll in college courses that do not duplicate existing high school academic work. Registration for these courses is on a space available basis. Tuition for students participating in this program are waived, however, it is the student's responsibility to comply with the following policies and procedures: students must provide immunization and residency information as required by the State of Florida, and they are also accountable for fees associated with securing a parking decal and a photo ID. Failure to pay these fees within two weeks of the start of the semester may result in the student's cancellation from the class(es). Should this occur the student will be assessed a $100.00 reinstatement fee for which he or she is personally liable. Fees should be paid directly to the Cashier's Office via MyFAU, Controller's Office, or US Postal Service.
For additional information, please visit the High School Dual Enrollment web site
Guidelines for residency determination for tuition purposes? [return to top]
All applicants must complete the Residency Reclassification Form for tuition purposes and submit the required documentation, regardless of the duration of their presence in Florida. Incomplete, unsigned or undocumented forms will result in the temporary classification of "non-resident" status until the documentation has been provided, reviewed, and approved by the Office of Admissions.
Enrolled students who are classified as non-Florida residents for tuition purposes and who, after reading the Florida student definition and the determination of resident status for tuition purposes, respectively, in Florida Statute 1009.21 and Florida Board of Governors Resolution dated April 21, 2005 (adopting Florida Dept. of Education Rule 6A-10.044), believe that they may qualify for in-state tuition, may submit a Request for Residency Reclassification. Forms are available from the Office of the Registrar and must be submitted to that office by the deadline published in the Academic Calendar. Supporting documentation is required to substantiate residency for tuition purposes. Merely submitting documentation for Florida residency classification does not guarantee Florida residency status.
To appeal a residency determination, a student must submit a Residency Classification Appeal form to the Residency Appeals Committee through the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day of registration for the term for which the reclassification is requested. The Residency Appeals Committee decision constitutes a "final agency determination". Further appeals is available only through judicial review as defined in section 120.68 of the Florida statutes.
I'm a returning student, how can I register for classes? [return to top]
If it has been more than 12 months and you are a degree seeking student, you must re-apply through Admissions.
How do I Add, Drop, or Withdraw from a course? [return to top]
The end of the first week of classes is the last day for adding/dropping courses and changing sections (see Academic Schedules for details). Adding or dropping courses or changing sections is done in Self-Service through MyFAU. Drops after the first week of classes are fee liable, but will not appear on the transcript.
If a student drops or withdraws from a course during the third week to eighth week of classes, the student will receive a grade of "W" on the transcript and will be fee-liable for the course. The student may use Self-Service during the semester to drop or withdraw from a course. After the eighth week of classes, a drop or withdrawal incurs an "F" on the student's transcript and the student is still fee-liable. FAU's Exceptional Circumstance Withdrawal and other relevant policy details are in the Academic Policies section of the University Catalog.
How do I find out my appointment time to register for courses? [return to top]
Students can register as early as months prior to classes and as late as the first week of classes. Your appointment time is based on your seniority level at the University. Check the Advance Registration Schedule located on our web site at http://www.fau.edu/registrar/schedule/advreg.php.
What is a Registration Hold? How do I find out what hold I have on my student record? [return to top]
Registration hold are placed on students' records by different offices to prevent the student from registering until the matter regarding the hold has been resolved. All holds must be cleared by the issuing office BEFORE a student can register.
You may find out what holds you have on your student record prior to registration by using FAU Self-Service in MyFAU. For information about registration holds.
Why do I have to use a course reference number (CRN) for each course? [return to top]
The course reference number, or CRN, is a five digit number that identifies each course. The CRN is unique to each course and changes every semester. When registering on the web or in person, make sure that you are using the correct CRN. If you do not, you will register for a different course than the one you wanted. The CRN is available on the schedule of courses and is identified in the schedule by "CRN" at the top of the column.
How do I register for classes at another college as an FAU student? [return to top]
You may complete a Student Transient Form.
How to Get to the Student Transient Form:
1. Connect to http://www.flvc.org/ into your web browser (new forms must be completed using IE 6.0, Netscape 7.0, or higher versions of either browser).
2. From the menu, select "College Student", then "Transient Student Forms".
3. Find the section headed "Electronic Transient Student Form application," then click on the "Continue" button.
4. You will see a drop-down box headed Select your home institution. From the options, select, Florida Atlantic University by highlighting it with your mouse, then click.
5. Type Log into your MyFAU self service account.
6. Next, there is a drop-down box headed Select a Program. Since the courses you will take at the community college are requirements of your ILP, choose Admissions Requirement Program from the drop-down box. After you have selected this program, click on Next.
How to Complete the Student Transient Form:
7. On the form itself, you will need to type in information such as name and address, and also select options from drop-down boxes. Fill the form out completely. It is especially important that you provide a complete, valid e-mail address. When you come to the section headed Course(s) to be taken at Receiving School, you will need to provide the correct prefix, course number, and credit hours* for each class you will take at the Receiving (or transient) school. For the sub-section headed Use of the Course, choose the category of Admissions Requirements.
8. Under Student Comments, indicate that the course(s) you need to take are in order "to satisfy the Admissions Requirement on the ILP."
How to Submit the Student Transient Form:
9. Carefully read the section headed Student Acknowledgement, then click on the red arrow button Click to Sign in order to indicate your agreement with its terms.
10. You're finished! You will receive an email that will let you know whether or not your transient student status has been approved.
What is my PIN code and how would I change it? [return to top]
A PIN is a 6-digit personal identification number assigned to each student. Your PIN is used for the FLVC system (www.flvc.org).
Obtaining Your Logon and PIN: To login to FLVC you will need your student ID number (Your Z Number with a capital 'Z') and your PIN (MMDDYY). Upon admission (or upon registration for non-degree students), your PIN code is automatically generated.
Your PIN is set to your birthdate in mmddyy format. For example, if your birthday were 12/27/74, your PIN would be 122774, or if your birthday were 03/07/82 your code would be 030782.
Claim & Active Your Account
To claim your account visit MYFAU (http://myfau.fau.edu) and log in with your initial default password.
As of September 13, 2012, the initial default password for all new users is the three fau in lowercase followed by your date of birth in MMDDYY format (fauMMDDYY). If you became a student, employee, or faculty member before this date but never logged into MYFAU, your password could be just your date of birth in MMDDYY format.
Resetting your PIN: If you forgot your PIN, you must complete the Reset PIN Code Form.
How do I find out what my grades are? [return to top]
Sign into MyFAU Student Services to retrieve unofficial transcripts. It is not possible to pick up grade reports or have duplicate grade reports printed.
How do I request either an official or an unofficial transcripts? [return to top]
Log-in using MyFAU: Username consists of your FAU NetID (your FAU email address without the @fau.edu) and your default password would be your assigned PIN. If you have been out of the university for over one year, you may need to follow the directions for obtaining your password and/or User ID.
See the MYFAU Student Services web site for grades and to retrieve "unofficial transcripts". In order to view your unofficial transcripts, all financial obligations must be met. If you have a financial hold, you will be prevented from viewing your transcript.
You may order official FAU academic transcript on-line (through MyFAU Self Service by credit card. Credit Cards Accepted (American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa).
Your transcript(s) will be mailed on the work day following verification of your credit card payment. Second-Day and Overnight delivery is available only in the continental U.S. Overnight and Second day delivery is provided by UPS (United Parcel Service). Please provide a physical address if you choose either delivery option. UPS will not deliver to a PO Box.
You will be asked "I Agree" or "I Don't Agree" to use your PIN*/password as your electronic signature to obtain your official transcript. If you choose "I Don't Agree," see the statement below to request your official transcript in-person or via mail.
Requesting Official Transcripts In-Person Or Via Mail?
You may also request a copy of your FAU academic transcript by mail or in-person. By Law, your request must include your signature and be dated, and you must have no financial obligations to the University. Transcripts are processed and available for pickup* at any FAU Registrar's Office within one (1) working day after your request is received. Same day pickup is available at the Boca Raton campus ONLY.
The official FAU Transcript Request Form is available on-line at http://www.fau.edu/registrar/forms.php.
Your request for your FAU official academic transcript must include:
a. date of request and your current address
Explain any special instructions such as "hold for your degree to be posted," "hold for your current term grades to be posted," or "hold for a grade change to be processed". Your degree statement(s) posts approximately one (1) week after the commencement ceremony. If you are currently enrolled, term grades are posted approximately one (1) week after all final exams end.
To order your official transcript by mail send $10.00 per copy payment by check or money order only payable to Florida Atlantic University and your FAU Official Transcript Request Form to:
Florida Atlantic University
To order your transcript in person, complete the transcript request form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar on any campus. *Same day pickups available only at the Boca Raton Campus.
Your account will be charged $10 per transcript. You will need to make payment to the Controller's Office via MyFAU or US Postal Service. Failure to make payment will result in a registration hold and transcript hold.
What is Non-Degree Registration? [return to top]
Non-degree registration is for students not interested in pursuing an FAU degree at this time such as taking courses for enrichment, for certification, to transfer to another university, applied too late for the upcoming term, and for applicants with no admission decision. Coursework for credit will appear on an FAU transcript.
Credits earned by a Non-degree seeking student may subsequently be applied to a degree seeking program. Up to 9 credits may be transferred. If the credits exceed 9 credits, approval from the college in which the student has enrolled must be obtained.
** Non-degree students must comply with state immunization and residency policies. An application plus a non-refundable/non-transferable $30.00 fee is required to enroll in this category.
** Graduate courses in the College of Business are not available for non-degree registrants. Non-degree students who wish to register for graduate courses in Psychology must obtain permission of the instructor plus a college stamp.
For more information about non-degree registration ...
Do Non-Degree seeking students have to follow the course prerequisites? [return to top]
Yes, all students regardless of class or classification are required to adhere to all stated prerequisites. Check with the department, or the University Catalog for more information.
How do I change my status from Degree Seeking to Non-degree Seeking? [return to top]
Fill out the Change of Degree Seeking Status Form. If you decide that you no longer wish to be considered as a degree seeking student at Florida Atlantic University, you must fill out the proper paperwork with the understanding that should you wish to be degree seeking at a later date, you must reapply for admission.
How do I register as a 60+ student? [return to top]
To register as a 60+ Student you must be 60 years or older and meet the Florida residency requirements for tuition purposes. A "Florida resident" for tuition purposes is a person who has established and maintained legal residency in Florida for the previous 12 month period. For further information ...
How do I audit a class? [return to top]
Students who wish to audit a course may register during the first week of classes, see the Academic Calendar for specific dates. Students cannot change to audit status after the end of the drop/add period. An auditor is one who wishes to take a class without receiving credit or a grade for a course. Auditors may obtain an audit registration form from the Office of the Registrar on any campus. Auditors must
All auditors must be in compliance with the (State University System (SUS) Measles/Rubella immunization policy and residency requirements).
How do I register for a course overload? [return to top]
Any undergraduate student who wishes to register for more than 18 credit/semester hours must see their college advisor for approval. College must stamp/sign "OK for Overload".
What do I do if a course I want is closed? [return to top]
All courses have a limit on the number of students who can enroll. Popular or required courses often close early in the registration process. If you attempt to register for a class that has reached its maximum enrollment limit, MyFau Self-service will present you with the option to place yourself on the waitlist. Just click the Action box and choose "Wait Listed" then click on the Submit Changes button.
I'm ready to graduate, what do I do now? [return to top]
Graduating students are required to complete and submit an Application for Degree to the Office of the Registrar. The application must be first signed by the Dean's Office of the student's college. It is the responsibility of the student to insure that the application is submitted to the Registrar's Office by the deadline listed in the academic calendar. Late applications will not be processed. There is no charge for applying for graduation.
How do I apply for and use an academic petition? [return to top]
Students are expected to be familiar with and to conform to the regulations of the University. An academic petition may be filed when a particular academic requirement or regulation causes undue hardship for the student.
Degree-seeking undergraduate students with declared majors may direct their petitions to their college or department; degree-seeking students with undeclared majors may direct their petitions to Freshman Academic Advising Services. Nondegree-seeking students may direct their petitions to the college, department or program to which their request applies.
Undergraduate students may appeal the decisions made on their petitions through their colleges and with individuals or groups not involved in the initial request.
Graduate students may direct their academic petitions to the Office of Graduate Studies.
Contact the Controller's Office if the petition relates to refunds, waivers, or withdrawal from courses in other than exceptional circumstances.
Withdrawal for Exceptional Circumstances is a type of petition for which the Office of Student Affairs is responsible. This type of petition is discussed in detail in two sections of the University Catalog: Academic Policies and Regulations and Tuition, Fees, and Refunds.
How do I change my address and/or contact information? [return to top]
You can change your address and contact information online using FAU Self-Service, which is accessible through MyFAU. After you login, choose the Personal Information tab.
How do I change my major? [return to top]
Changing your major to a different college requires the Application for Change of College form. This form is available in the Office of the Registrar and in most college offices. Please seek academic advising.
How do I pay for classes? [return to top]
Students who wish to pay for their classes online can do so in Self-Service, which is accessible via MyFAU or you can mail in a check or money order.
If a class has reached its maximum enrollment limit, you may choose to add your name to the waitlist. If a space opens up in the class, you will be notified via email of the opportunity to register for this class.
If you attempted to register for a class that has reached its maximum enrollment limit, MyFAU Self-Service will present you with the option to place yourself on the waitlist. Just click on the Action box and choose "Wait Listed" then click on the Submit Changes button.
If a space opens up in a class for you while you are waitlisted, you will be notified by email only to your FAU email account.
1. Go to https://myfau.fau.edu
2. Log in to MyFAU, click on FAU Self Service
3. Go to Student Services, Registration - Add/Drop Classes
4. Select Term and click on Submit
5. Select "Web Registered" in the Action box for this CRN
6. Click the "Submit Changes" button
1. Go to https://myfau.fau.edu
2. Log in to MyFAU, click on FAU Self Service
3. Go to Student Services, Registration - Add/Drop Classes
4. Select Term and click on Submit
5. Select "Web Dropped" in the Action box for this CRN
6. Click the "Submit Changes" button
If no action is taken, after your time has expired you will be dropped and the seat will then be offered to the next student on the waitlist.
How do I replace a lost, stolen, or damaged degree (diploma)? [return to top]
To order a duplicate/replacement diploma, fill out Diploma Duplicate/Replacement Form. Then, mail it or hand deliver it to the Office of the Registrar. It must have the original signature before the form will be processed. Be advised that there is a charge of $10.00 (check or money order only please) that must accompany request. Once the request has been received, it will take approximately eight (8) weeks to process. If there are any question, please call (561) 297-2731.
How do I verify my enrollment or degree? [return to top]
The National Student Clearinghouse is now Florida Atlantic University's authorized agent for providing degree and enrollment verifications for students, employers or background screening firms.
Students may access this service through our secure website at MyFAU . Log-in and search under "Student Services".
Students may request enrollment verifications for the current term or for a total enrollment history. This service will provide verifications for agencies such as Health insurance, student loans, future employment, military IDs, and degree certification. This service is free of charge and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What is the Pass/Fail grade option? [return to top]
In certain designated undergraduate courses, undergraduate students may elect to receive a Pass (P) or Fail (F) grade rather than a standard grade. "P" grades are not calculated in grade point averages (G.P.As); "F" grades ARE calculated in G.P.As Students may change the grading option for a course designated as pass/fail through the end of the drop/add period. Students may take only one P/F class per semester and up to 12 credits during their entire course study at FAU. Please see the University Catalog for the Pass/Fail policy.
What is Gordon Rule? (Writing Across the Curriculum, WAC) [return to top]
FAU has formulated policies and developed curricula to comply with the Florida Administrative Code section known as the Gordon Rule, found at section 6A-10.030 of the Florida Administrative Code. This rule requires students entering college or university study for the first time after October 15, 1982, to complete successfully, with grades of "C" or higher, 12 credit hours of writing and 6 credit hours of mathematics as a requirement for admission to the upper-division. The 12 credit-hours of writing must be in courses designated as Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) or Gordon Rule.
For more information regarding Gordon Rule requirements, please consult the University Catalog in the Academic Regulations section.
How can I know if I am meeting all the requirements to graduate? [return to top]
You can perform a Degree Audit through MyFAU. The Degree Audit is a comparison of a student's FAU academic history to his/her major program requirements. Students should always consult with their academic advisor concerning degree requirements to be certain they understand the audit.
How do I use the "forgiveness" policy? [return to top]
Effective Fall 1999, The University Forgiveness Policy permits an undergraduate student to repeat an undergraduate FAU course in allowing only the last grade to count in the grade point average.You can fill out and print the Forgiveness Policy Form online.
For more information concerning the Forgiveness Policy, please read the section in the University catalog entitled University Forgiveness Policy (repeated courses).
Excess Hours Surcharge? [return to top]
According to Florida Statute 1009.286, students who entered a State of Florida community college or university for the first time in fall 2009 or thereafter will be subject to an excess hour surcharge, which could result in a surcharge on tuition. Students shall pay an excess hour surcharge equal to 50 percent of the tuition rate for each credit hour in excess of 120 percent of the number of credit hours required to complete the baccalaureate degree program in which the student is enrolled. For example, if the student’s degree program requires 120 credits, an excess hour surcharge will be assessed if the student takes more than 144 credits.
What is a Permission of Instructor (Permit Only) Course? [return to top]
Certain courses require special permission from the instructor or department. Permission may be processed on line by your professor or entered in the registration system by the department. Permit only courses are identified in the schedule as permission required.
How do I use the FAU Employee Educational Scholarship Program (EESP)? [return to top]
Permanent, full-time FAU employees may be allowed to enroll on a space-available basis for up to 6 credit hours of approved on-campus instruction per semester without payment of the registration fee. For additional information about the FAU Employee Educational Scholarship Program ...