2017 J-Term: Registration FAQ

Q. What are the dates of the January Term in 2017?

A. January Term begins on January 3 and ends on January 20.

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 7, from 4:15 to 6:15 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.  Representatives from the Student Records Office will be available to answer questions about registration.

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 2017 J-Term?

A. Registration will begin on Monday, April 4.  Priority will be given to students based on their earned credit hours.  Students* become eligible to register for 2017 J-term at the same time they become eligible to register for the summer and fall 2016 semesters.  Specific registration times are available on the Student Records web site at http://www.drake.edu/studentrecords/registration/registrationtimes/.

* See next question 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 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters are not eligible for 2017 J-Term.  Some travel courses have additional registration eligibility requirements.

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 2016, summer 2016, or fall 2016 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.

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

A. Students may wait list for only one course at a time.  Students who are wait-listed for multiple courses are subject to being dropped from all wait lists.  Students are allowed to be wait-listed for one course while registered for a different course.

Q. What are the minimum requirements to register for a travel course?

A. For all travel courses, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and no major student conduct violations.  Each travel course may have additional registration requirements based on the nature or constraints of the course.  Registration eligibility criteria for each course are displayed above the course description of each course on the schedule of classes.

Q. Why are there so many registration requirements for travel seminars?

A. Possible reasons include travel or lodging logistics, a desire to have a set of students with a shared interest/focus, or a desire to have a set of students with a diverse background or interests.  These factors must be considered carefully by the International Center, Student Records, and instructor to achieve a balance that meets as many of the criteria as possible.

Q. What is the registration procedure for a travel course?

A. For most travel seminars, students initially will be forced onto a wait list (as opposed to being allowed to register for the class).  Once students have been accepted into the class, they will be responsible for submitting a travel deposit and payment agreement form before their registration officially can be completed.  The following is a basic timeline for registration:

  • On Mon, Apr 4, J-term registration opens.  Registration eligibility is based on earned credit hours.
  • On Mon, Apr 18, online registration for travel courses will be frozen.
  • Registration requests on or after Mon, Apr 18 will require thorough vetting by the International Center, or Student Records, or the instructor of the class to ensure that travel/lodging logistics can be preserved.
  • By Fri, Apr 22, students will be notified whether they were added to the roster, remain on the wait list, or were dropped altogether (eg, for having not met the registration criteria).
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