Registering for Classes


REGISTERING  for the correct set of courses is a critically important task that should be done with the involvement of an advisor. In fact, students will not be able to register for courses unless they have met with their advisor and the advising hold is removed by the advisor. We've listed some commonly asked questions (and answers) below to assist you as you register.


HOW do I register for courses?

You may register for courses by accessing your myGate Academics tab. The following PDF document will show you the step by step process: REGISTRATION 101.

Before you start to register for classes, it's important that you do your homework by reviewing the schedule of classes and thinking about which courses may fit best in your schedule. If you are a morning person, taking early morning classes is an excellent idea. Don't do well in mathematics? Taking a mathematics course late at night may not be the best choice. Completing the scheduling worksheet before you begin registering and during the registration process will help you. Also, see your advisor!

WHEN do I register for courses?

Students register for courses on days and times established by the Registrar's Office. This schedule is called the "Timetable for Advanced Scheduling" and you can click here to access the current schedule: ADVANCED SCHEDULING.

The schedule indicates when your registration access begins. To help you reduce stress and manage your registration time, it's best to have a schedule and course CRN numbers written down before you begin to schedule. Again, the scheduling worksheet can help you prepare for scheduling AND see your advisor well in advance of the date and time you start registering.

Am I considered a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior?

Your grade level classification is determined by the number of credits you have successfully earned. Your myGate should show you your classification.

  • 30 earned hours = Sophomore
  • 60 earned hours = Junior
  • 90 earned hours = Senior
      What is an ADVISING HOLD and how is it removed?

      Students have advising holds placed on their accounts prior to registration for the future term.  Only your primary academic advisor can remove the advising hold.  Until that hold is removed, you won't be able to register for classes. Contact your advisor for an advising appointment TODAY!

      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's recommended that you take 15 credit hours per semester.

      Course Overload Form


      Should I AUDIT a course?

      A decision to audit a course should be made with your advisor. To find out more about auditing a course, click here: AUDITING a Class.

      May I REPEAT a course?

      You can repeat a course but again, this decision should be made with the help of an advisor. An undergraduate student may, for the purpose of raising a grade, 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. Grades of "AU", "R", or "W" do not count towards repeat attempts. Transfer credit will be subject to the same policy as Murray State work. Therefore, an equivalent transfer course could mark off an MSU course. Note: We do NOT keep the BEST grade--we keep the second 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.