Registering at FSW

Registration is the process of building your class schedule and enrolling in courses. Courses are offered for varying lengths of time in a term. There are three Full Terms in an academic year: Fall (August - December), Spring (January - May), and Summer (May - August), which are approximately 16 weeks each. Within each Full Term are Mini Terms, which are shorter 8 week semesters.

Registration is conducted through your student portal. You may register from any location that provides Internet access, or, you may visit the Office of the Registrar at any campus location for assistance during operating hours.

Priority and Early Registration

Priority registration allows eligible students early access to enrolling in courses. Registration times are assigned based on current classification or credit hours, with earlier times assigned to students with greater overall credit hours plus current semester hours.

Dates to Remember

See the Academic Calendar for all deadlines.

Updating Personal Information

  1. You may update the address and phone number though your FSW portal. You also may submit a Change of Student Data form to the Office of the Registrar.
  2. Changes to your name, social security number, or date of birth must be made in person or via a scheduled, live appointment held through a videoconferencing platform, with original supporting documentation along with valid photo identification.
  3. To change your start term, update your term in your student portal.

Drop/Add Period

The Drop/Add period is the timeframe following initial registration when students may make class schedule adjustments. Courses may be dropped or added during Drop/Add without penalty. If you drop a class during this time, it won't show up on your transcript or grade reports; you will not be enrolled or registered.


A student may withdraw without academic penalty from any course in a term by the Withdrawal deadline date published in the Official Academic Calendar. Withdrawals do not alter or waive a student's responsibility from paying tuition and other fees. (Refunds will not be granted.)

Students who officially withdraw from a class or classes any time prior to the Withdrawal deadline date listed in the Official Academic Calendar will receive a grade of "W." Course(s) receiving a grade of "W" are included in attempted courses when determining a standard of academic progress. A student will be limited to two withdrawals per course. Upon the third attempt, the student will not be permitted to withdraw, and will receive a grade for that course.

If you are considering withdrawing from a course, please meet with your academic advisor and financial aid.

Auditing a Course

For information on how to audit a course, visit the College Catalog.

Non-Degree vs Degree-Seeking

Non-Degree Seeking Status: students are not part of a formalized program of study. Typically, students who are non-degree seeking are pursuing individual classes for enrichment, certification, or to meet admission requirements for entry into a degree program.

Things to note about being non-degree seeking:

  • Financial aid is typically not available to non-degree-seeking students, but visiting and transient students should check eligibility with their home institution.
  • A non-degree program is not the same as general auditing.
  • Students must still meet the prerequisite requirements for courses.

Degree-Seeking Status: A student whose admission requirements have been fully met and who is working toward a degree.