First-Time Degree and Non-Degree Student Registration
Note: All F-1 and J-1 international students who are enrolling at American University for the first time or for a new program are required to bring their passport, I-94 and I-20 or DS-2019 to International Student Services (ISS). Non-native speakers of English, regardless of citizenship, must take an English language proficiency test before they register. International students in F-1 or J-1 student status should refer to specific instructions for international students. International students in F-1 or J-1 student status are not eligible to enroll as nondegree students.
For updated schedule information check Schedule of Classes. Be sure that you have met all the prerequisites and obtained all required approvals and authorizations for the courses for which you intend to register. You will only be permitted to register for courses for which you have met the prerequisite or received a waiver.
In addition to meeting course prerequisites, all students wishing to take courses in Applied Music (Department of Performing Arts), Kogod School of Business, and School of Communication must obtain approval from the department or school. Students must obtain all permissions or prerequisite waivers from the appropriate departments prior to registration.
Admission to courses is subject to space availability and confirmation of eligibility. Validation of registration is subject to settlement of your student account within the stipulated period for payment of tuition and fees. Failure to comply with payment schedules may result in cancellation of registration and will necessitate reregistering for courses. Note: students will not be allowed to re-enroll in course sections that have closed.
Math Placement for New Undergraduate Students
All new degree-seeking undergraduate students are required to take an online math placement exam. The results determine course placement in mathematics and students will need a placement score in order to register for any math classes. The exam, which consists of basic math and algebra problems, must be completed prior to registration.
View more information about the Math Placement Exam.
First Time Freshman
In mid-May your academic advisor will send a link that provides information about registering for classes and completing other important academic tasks using the online Pre-Registration Planner. As soon as you receive that email, please access the planner and follow the instructions to complete it by the date specified by your advisor. Completion of the planner will allow your advisor to review your proposed course selection for your fall classes, and – if it’s correct – clear you to register. You will then register for your courses using the AU Registration System.
Instructions on how to use the online registration system can be found here.
First Time Transfers
Your AU school or college will mail or send an e-mail to you with information about registering for classes and completing other important academic tasks. If you do not receive this information, please contact the advising office of the school or college that houses your intended major.
First Time Non-Degree Students
First-time non-degree students should consult their Academic Calendar for specific registration dates. Please use this link to begin the registration process.
Special Departmental Requirements for Non-Degree Students: Departmental approval must be obtained for non-degree registration in courses at the 600 or 700 level.
School of International Service (SIS): Approval must be obtained for all courses at the 500, 600, or 700 level.
Continuing Non-Degree Students
Continuing non-degree students should consult with an academic advisor from the school in which they wish to enroll in subsequent semesters.