Registering for Classes

Before Registering for Classes:

Meet with your Academic Advisor. Prepare for your advising session by studying your RACR and the Schedule of Classes. Your Academic Advisor will work with you to be sure that you are taking the classes you need in the right sequence, to help you toward graduation. Your Advisor should discuss your progress, any challenges/needs/successes, possible opportunities for study abroad, internship, experiential learning, and career/professional plans. Once you have completed the Academic Advising process, your Academic Advisor will clear your Advising Hold. 

Make sure that you don't have any other holds that might prevent you from registering on time!


HOW do I register for courses?

Go to myGate Academics tab. This short training shows you the basics: Registration 101

Be sure to have CRN #s ready for the classes you want! 


WHEN do I register for courses?

Check the Timetable for Advanced Scheduling to find the date/time when you can register. Check your myGate Academics tab for your Registration Status.

The Timetable indicates when your registration access begins. Register as soon as you can once you have access, so that you will have the greatest number of classes from which to choose!


How do I determine COURSE LOAD?

To be considered a full-time student, you must be in 12 credits. Students admitted conditionally or on restrictions or those who are on academic warning or probation are restricted to taking only 16 credits. A credit load of 19 credit hours is the maximum permitted without applying for a course overload. Discuss any course overload options with your Academic Advisor.  It is recommended that you take 15 credit hours per semester. (15 credit hours x 8 semesters = 120 credit hours, the minimum needed for graduation)


Should I AUDIT a class?

An successful audit (earning a grade of P) removes grade points while maintaining credit hours. Each professor determines the rules for an audit, but attendance is required for all audits. Failing an audit counts as a failed class toward grade point average. A decision to audit a class should be made with your Academic Advisor. To find out more about auditing a course, click here: AUDITING a Class.


Can I REPEAT a course?

You can repeat a course. This decision should be made in consultation with your Academic Advisor. An undergraduate may repeat a course for credit no more than three times, unless otherwise noted in the course description. Only the last attempt will be calculated in the cumulative GPA and count toward hours earned. Transfer credit will be subject to the same policy as Murray State work. Therefore, an equivalent transfer course could replace an MSU course. Note: The Registrar does not keep the best grade, but rather the most recent grade. It is possible that you could replace a passing grade with a failing grade—this means you would have to take the course again to receive credit. Consider carefully whether repeating a course will have enough of an effect on GPA to make a substantive difference. Your Academic Advisor will help you to weigh the positives and negatives. 

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