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J-Term 2021: Registration
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers


Q What are the dates of the January Term in 2021?

A. January Term begins on January4and ends on January 22, 2021. 

Q.  Where will official registration information be available for J-Term?

A. It is available through the Officeofthe Registrar at

There also are course descriptions available on the J-Term webpage.   

Q.  When is registration for 2021 J-Term?

A. Registration for on-campus courses will restart on November 2, 2020.  Priority will be given to students based on their earned credit hours.  Specific registration times are available on the Office of the Registrar’s web site at 

Q.  How do I register for J-Term?

AFor non-travel courses, students may register via MyDUSIS/blueView in the same manner as they do for spring 

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

A. Anyone (degree seeking or non-degree seeking) is eligible except.

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 I registered for 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. 

Q. Will myJ-Term registration be affected by my Fall 2020 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 I may register?

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

Q. Is there limit to the number of J-Term courses for which I 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. 

For additional J-term 2021 questions that are directly related to Registration, please contact:

Office of the Registrar
104 Old Main
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
Fax: 515-271-3977

J-term 2021 Registration FAQ

University News
February 4, 2021