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Graduate Student-at-Large

Course Registration

Steps to register for courses as a Graduate Student-at-Large

  • Make an appointment with a GSAL advisor to confirm course selection
  • Check the University Time Schedules for meeting days and times, as well as for prerequisite courses needed, instructor consent mandates, and departmental registration policies
  • Contact GSAL staff to discuss your qualifications for the course(s), then contact the instructor of the course via email to obtain approval to register
  • Email the instructor’s consent to gsal.instructor.consent@uchicago.edu; registration will be confirmed in the student portal within forty-eight hours of the request 
  • Check for any holds on your student account in MyUChicago
  • Please note that a $100 late fee will be placed for registration requests on or after the first day of the quarter

Maintaining Eligibility for Course Registration

Students have active status and are eligible to register for classes for one quarter after admission. (Please note that not registering for classes will result in losing access to any Student Life benefits). If you have not enrolled in at least one course within the past two quarters, you will need to renew your status. Contact Associate Director Esther Pandian-Riske to renew your status. Before registering for undergraduate or graduate courses, check for holds on your account that may impact registration before your enrollment date. Prior to the registration period, use the online registration tools available in MyUChicago. For any restrictions or alerts on your account, please contact Esther Pandian-Riske immediately.

Add/Drop and Withdrawal

Add/Drop is available during the first three weeks of the quarter. Students are permitted to drop classes through Friday of the third week of the quarter. With instructor consent, students may add classes through the third week, although most classes are closed after the first week.

  • Weeks 1–3: Drop requests submitted by 4:30 pm Friday of third week will receive 100% tuition refund
  • Week 3: Classes may not be dropped after Friday at 4:30 pm
  • Week 4–10: Withdraw from courses. Must be done before the final exam. In some cases, withdrawal requests must be made earlier in the quarter; check with GSAL staff for specific divisional policy. A grade of W will be recorded on the transcript, and no tuition refund will be granted. Non-attendance does not constitute dropping or withdrawing and may result in a failing grade.

Students considering withdrawal should contact Associate Director Esther Pandian-Riske.

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Law School Courses

GSAL students may take up to two Law School courses per quarter. In order to register for Law School courses, students have to complete and submit the Non-Law School Student Permission to Register form to the Law School Registrar (1111 E. 69th St., LBQ 306H). A Non-Law Student Permission to Register form must be submitted prior to the start of the quarter during the Non-Law Student Registration period (as indicated quarterly on the Law School’s academic calendar).

GSAL students who enroll in courses in the Law School are expected to comply with the same rules regarding courses, seminars, examinations, and papers that apply to law students. Questions regarding Law School policies and regulations should be addressed to GSAL staff.

Financial Math Courses

Non-MSFM University of Chicago students in graduate degree programs may take up to two classes in the MSFM Program without being admitted into the program. Graduate students must register for each class through their program of study. Permission from the MSFM Director and course instructor are required. Space limitations and prerequisites apply.

Master’s Program in Computer Science (MPCS) Courses

To request to take a course in the MPCS, you must complete the Non-MPCS Student Course Request form.