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Fall 2021 Registration Information

Registration Time

Registration for Spring 2022 will begin on November 1. Your registration time is based on the number of credit hours you’ve earned as of the time you register. Your Fall 2021 courses do not count toward the number of earned credit hours. You can find your total number of earned hours at the bottom of your unofficial transcript in MyDrake.

Declaring a Major, Minor, Concentration or Endorsement

If you plan to declare a new major, minor, concentration or endorsement, you must declare before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 25. Requests submitted to make these changes after October 25 may not be accommodated until after the registration period. To make a change to your Arts and Sciences degree program, please complete The Change of Record Request form in myDrake under the Student Records section.  Undergraduate and pharmacy students should use this form to request adding or removing a major, minor or concentration, changing a degree, or updating their graduation date. 

Course Restrictions

To ensure those who truly need a course are allowed access to it, the first two weeks of registration include restrictions on an identified set of courses. A restriction on a course means only those students with a major, minor, concentration or endorsement in a program requiring that course are allowed to register for it. In certain cases, some courses are only open to majors during the first two weeks of registration.

Waitlist Information

Beginning on Monday, November 15, the field of study restrictions will be removed and you may attempt to register for a formerly restricted course, provided you have met all other prerequisites and requirements for the course. If a course is full, you may place yourself on the course waitlist; however, be aware that not all courses will utilize an electronic waitlist. 

NOTE: You may only place yourself on one waitlist for a section. If you are able to register for a section of a course, you cannot then waitlist yourself for a different section of that same course: You are either registered for one section or waitlisted for one section of a course. This policy was agreed on by all colleges/schools. Anyone in violation of this policy is subject to being dropped from a course's waitlist(s).

On Wednesday, November 17, the waitlists become automated. Automation means that when a seat opens in a class, you will receive an email notifying you of the open seat. The email will include instructions on how to move from the waitlist into the class. You’ll have 48 hours from the time you receive the email to register for the class, or the seat will be offered to the next wait-listed student and you will be dropped from the waitlist. Waitlist automation is in effect over the winter break and weekends; it is your responsibility to be checking your Drake email account. For more information on waitlists, visit Registrar's website

Other Registration Pointers:

Keep the Graduation Requirements for Arts and Sciences in mind. 

  1. If you're studying abroad, you will be contacted by either Alina Grimm or Mary Beth Holtey regarding your registration and will be registered by the Arts and Sciences Dean's Office on the day and time which you're allowed to register based on the number of credit hours you've earned.
  2. Registration is capped at 18 hours. To register for more than 18 credit hours, complete the Request to Register for More than 18+ Credits form. Your request is submitted electronically to the Arts and Sciences Dean's Office. The Dean's office will notify you via email once your request is approved and your maximum hours have been increased. Please allow 1-2 business days for processing and notification. Note: Students taking more than 18 credits are assessed an overload fee of $1246 per credit hour over 18. Music students who need to take more than 18 hours should consult with the music department regarding an overload fee waiver request form.
  3. If you have a hold(s) on your account, you will need to remedy this prior to your registration time. If you have questions about a financial hold, contact the Office of Student Accounts at 515-271-4777.  
  4. If you have a health center hold because you've yet to submit your medical history form, you can download the Medical History form and submit it to the Student Health Center.
  5. If you cannot access MyDrake because you've forgotten your password, you will need to call the Support Center at 515-271-3001 or reset your password through the ITS website.
  6. If you have credits earned at another institution, or through AP or IB coursework, and do not see that credit posted, please email either:
    1. Science Students:
    2. Non-Science Students:
  7. If at your time of registration you have questions or need assistance, please email the Arts and Sciences Dean's Office at  During registration, the office is open from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
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