J-Term: Registration FAQ

Q. What are the dates of the January Term in 2016?

A. January Term begins on January 4 and ends on January 22.

Q.  Where will official registration information be available for J-Term? A. It is available through the Office of Student Records at:


There are also course descriptions available on the J-Term webpage.Additionally, a J-Term Fair will be held on Monday, March 9, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Parent’s Hall showcasing both on-campus and off-campus J-Term courses.  Most instructors will be present to provide information on their courses.  There will also be handouts available providing information on ALL courses, as well as information about Housing, and other Finance issues.

Q.  How does a student register for J-Term?

A. Students can register through BlueView in the same way they register for fall and spring classes. 

Q.  When is registration for 2016 J-Term?

A. Registration will begin on Monday, March 30th.  Priority will be given to students based on their earned credit hours.  Students* become eligible to register for 2016 J-term at the same time they become eligible to register for the summer and fall 2015 semesters.  Specific registration times are available on the Student Records web site at http://www.drake.edu/studentrecords/registration/registrationtimes/.

* See below for more information about who is eligible to register for a J-term course.

Q.  Who is eligible to register for J-Term courses?

A. Anyone (degree seeking or non-degree seeking) is eligible except those who are entering first year (direct from high school) students during that academic year.  For example, students who are admitted directly from high school for the Fall/Summer 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters are not eligible for 2016 J-Term.

Q. If a class is oversubscribed, who receives priority?

A. In general, priority would be based on seniority. For some classes, priority will be given to particular groups of students based on the topic of the class or to those who have completed the course prerequisites. Thus, standard course prerequisites or instructor permission protocols will be followed.

Q. What if the J-Term course that the student requested is cancelled due to low enrollment?

A. Students who were denied a J-term course due to course cancellation may register for a different J-term course provided that seats are available and that the student has met the pre-requisites.  Travel seminars may have unique registration deadlines.

Q. Will a student’s J-Term registration be affected by his or her spring 2015, summer 2015, or fall 2015 semester grades? 

A. Yes, it is possible. If a student has not passed the pre-requisites for a J-term course, the student is subject to being dropped from the J-term course.

Q. Are independent studies allowed during J-Term?

A. Yes, independent studies are permitted in J-Term.  Students must make arrangements with a faculty-advisor and their dean’s office to register for an independent study for the J-term, just as they would in any other semester.

Q. Is there limit to the number of J-Term courses for which students may register?

A. In general, students may register for no more than three credits of J-term courses.  Students who register for more than three credits will be subject to additional tuition charges.

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