Registration Information

Data Verification process

Off campus students and commuters are required to verify their contact information during the first week of classes for the fall, winter, and spring terms in order for our office to determine that they have returned. Preregistering for courses does not preclude students from completing this process each term nor does the failure to finalize course schedules. A $100 late fee will be charged to any student who fails to complete this process on time. All other students who reside in College owned housing will be verified by the Residence Life Office.

Registration Procedure

Students select courses in consultation with their academic adviser and sign up for them online during a pre-appointed time. Current students are sent an email prior to registration advising them of the upcoming dates. All students receive notice of their appointment time and day by logging into their Self Service account approximately two weeks prior to registration. Registration normally occurs between the eighth and ninth weeks of the term. Students with holds on their accounts will not be able to register until they have taken care of their outstanding obligations.

Appointments are assigned according to class standing beginning with the senior class, followed by the juniors, etc. Students may not sign up any earlier than their appointed time, however, they may register any time thereafter. No one will be allowed to register without consulting their adviser, who will release their hold. If their adviser is not available, students may consult with the department chair of their major.

Registration for a fourth course is not allowed during pre-registration unless specifically required by a student's program of study, e.g. Leadership in Medicine, and engineering majors. Eligible Union Scholars will be able to register for a fourth course after the conclusion of registration appointments. All other students will need to wait until the first day of the term to add a fourth course. Refer to “Costs and Financial Aid” for the cost for “Additional Courses/Fourth Courses”. Fourth Course Guidelines and Fourth Course Form

“Waitlisted” courses, which are designated on the course schedule with a “Y,” require pre-approval from the offering department before registration. Students wishing to be considered for a waitlisted course in the upcoming term must access Student Planning during the 7th week and request to be added to the waitlist. Departments will review their “waitlisted” courses and approve or deny students. Students must “pass” any prerequisites for the course, otherwise they cannot add their name to the waitlist. They will be notified of the department’s decision the following week after they have reviewed requests. Students will be able to register for these courses during the regular registration period held during the 9th week of the term. How to Waitlist for courses


This process allows matriculated full-time students to take advantage of a wide range of courses offered at participating colleges and universities in the area. Cross-registration will be approved only for courses not offered at the home institution and will be limited to a maximum of half the normal course load at Union. Cross-registration will be permitted only for courses that Union normally would consider for transfer credit. Members of the agreement, in addition to Union College, are Adirondack Community College, Albany College of Pharmacy, The College of Saint Rose, Clarkson University - Capital Region Center, Empire State College, Hudson Valley Community College, Maria College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, The Sage Colleges, Schenectady County Community College, Siena College, Skidmore College, the State University of New York at Albany, and the State University of New York at Cobleskill. Cross Registration Form

The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium and the Cross Registration Initiative was designed to facilitate the availability of selected course offerings for students attending any one of the NY 6 member institutions. The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium consists of the following colleges: Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University and Union College. For more information on the cross registration initiative, please click here.

High School

Union College invites talented high school students from the greater Capital Region to jump-start their education by completing college-level instruction. Students accepted for study may take up to three courses at a reduced rate while in high school, but no more than two a term. Students desiring to continue study beyond the three courses will be charged the standard undergraduate rate. Students may enroll in any undergraduate course they wish provided there is no prerequisite. If a prerequisite exists, the student must obtain approval from the instructor prior to taking the course. This initiative is not a supervised program designed for high school students, but an opportunity for talented students to take college level classes. Students considering study must be recommended by their guidance counselor or can testify to their good citizenship and ability (high school average of 85 or above) to complete college level work.

Part-Time Registration Procedures, Part-Time Application, and Part-Time Registration Form

Part-Time Study

Union College makes a limited number of its undergraduate programs of study, specifically computer science and computer, electrical and mechanical engineering, available on a part-time basis to meet the needs of students who are employed full time or have other commitments beyond the campus. Most of these courses are taught by full-time Union College faculty and regularly enroll full-time undergraduate students as well. Part-time students in these programs may also take these courses on a non-degree basis. Registration is handled for all part-time students by the Registrar's Office. Refer to “Costs and Financial Aid” for the cost per course for “Part-time and non-degree course fees”. For more information, please contact the office at

Part-Time Registration Procedures, Part-Time Application, and Part-Time Registration Form