Student Requirements

If you're a visiting student, you will need to obtain "non-degree admission" status before you can register for undergraduate or graduate classes. A "non-degree" student is an admissions classification for those individuals who are not fully admitted to OSU as degree-seeking students at the time they register for classes. A non-degree admission does not mean you are not seeking a degree, either at OSU or elsewhere. For complete details on how to apply for non-degree admission, visit Non-Degree students on the OSU Admissions Office website.

Incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to attend START, OSU's summer advising and registration program. START is the first step in OSU's three-part student orientation program. More information can be found on the OSU START website.


How to Register

Registering for Summer Session classes is easy and convenient. All you will need is access to a computer with an Internet connection. The schedule of classes and deadlines pages have detailed information regarding important deadlines for session and registration dates.

If Summer Session is your first time registering for classes at OSU, or if you would like some helpful tips, view the adding courses website on the Registrar website.

Your act of registering constitutes your commitment to attend Oregon State University. As a university student, you are both academically and financially responsible for all classes in which you register. Registration begins April 14 and continues until the beginning of each session. 

Registration Information

Students are advised to verify their registration and any changes in registration by viewing their schedule on MyOSU.


Note the following information before you register for classes:

Credits: A credit is the basic unit of measurement of educational coursework. One credit normally represents either 10 hours of lecture/recitation, or 20-40 hours of laboratory/activity work. Oregon State University operates on a quarter system, therefore credits offered are quarter credits. Three OSU (quarter or term) credits are equal to two semester credits.

Full-time status: To be classified as full time, an undergraduate student must be taking at least 12 credits and a graduate student must be taking at least 9 credits. Students taking fewer credits are considered part time. Audited courses do not count towards full-time status.

Maximum credit loads: Fully admitted undergraduates and non-degree seeking students may register for up to 19 credits and graduates up to 16 credits, as an accumulative for the entire summer term. Additional credits may be added, within the guidelines of the academic regulations, by contacting the Registrar's Office.

Closed or canceled classes: If all seats are taken in a class or a class has been canceled, you will not be allowed to register for it. 

Lectures/labs/recitations (Multipart courses): If a class is "linked" to a non-credit lab or recitation, you must register/waitlist for all parts of the course. Web registration will not permit you to register for one part without the other. Likewise, you may not drop one part of a "linked" course; if you do so, the other part will be dropped automatically. If you wish to change one part of a multi-part course, you should drop that part and add the new part at the same time before processing your requested change.

Variable credit classes: If a class is taught for variable credits, for example 1-16 credits, web registration will ask you to enter the correct number of credits for which you wish to enroll at the time of initial registration. If you need to change that number during the add/drop period, you do so by clicking on the link associated with the course and following the prompts to change the credit hours. If the add/drop period has passed contact the Registrar's Office regarding late registration petition procedures.

Course restrictions: Enrollment in some classes is restricted by course prerequisite, class, major, college, level, degree, or alpha sections. If you do not satisfy the class restrictions, web registration will explain the reason you did not receive the class selected. Generally, departmental requirements on class restrictions are firm. However, if you think your registration merits an exception, contact the offering department.

Special approval: Some classes require consent (approval) of the department. "Departmental approval" will appear in the Schedule of Classes for classes needing this approval. Examples are independent study, projects, research, thesis, reading and conference, music audition, and studio art courses. Contact the offering department for approval. When you have approval, the department will "clear" you to proceed with web registration; you must then register or add this class to your schedule on your own.