Include your UT EID and course unique numbers in all advising and registration correspondence. 

Student Responsibility for Registration

You are responsible for your registration and your degree progress. The Academic Policies and Procedures section of the University's General Information Catalog states, “Ultimately, the student is responsible for seeking adequate academic advice, for knowing and meeting degree requirements, and for enrolling in appropriate courses to ensure orderly and timely progress toward a degree. Frequent adviser contact provides students with current academic information and promotes progress toward educational goals.”

The Graduate Catalog also states, "While University faculty and staff members give students academic advice and assistance, each student is expected to take responsibility for his or her education and personal development… The student must also know and meet the requirements of his or her degree program; must enroll in courses appropriate to the program; must meet prerequisites and take courses in the proper sequence to ensure orderly and timely progress; and must seek advice about degree requirements and other University policies when necessary.”


Spring 2020 academic advising is October 24–25 and October 28–30

Any routine advising bars will be removed before registration opens. If you still have an advising bar when your registration access time arrives, email Alexa Hatesohl with your UT EID.

If you know what courses you need to register for and have no questions, you do not have to meet with Alexa during advising. Meeting with Alexa is optional.


If you have questions along the lines of course content, the direction of your studies, or your coursework in view of your goals after graduation, you should seek advising from your Graduate Adviser [M Arch I, MID, MLA, MSCRP] or Area/Program Director [MAAD, M Arch Post-Professional, MA, MSAS, MSHP, MSSD, MSUD, PhD].

If you have questions about registration issues, degree progress, or questions other than course content, Alexa will be available for advising as her schedule permits on a first-come, first-serve basis during advising as indicated on the University academic calendar.

These advising days are designated times to come by if you want to discuss your degree progress. 

Please don't wait until the very hectic first class days of a semester to discuss degree progress and/or graduation questions.

Course Schedule

The Course Schedule is published about two weeks before advising and registration begin for each semester and summer session. It lists each class being offered, its time, location, instructor (if available), and its unique number—which students should include in all registration emails and must know in order to register. It is updated with the latest changes, and shows if seats are available in each class.

Course Numbers

Course numbers are a combination of three letters and three numbers. The three letters indicate which department offers the course. For example, ARC means it's an Architecture course. SOA courses have ARC, ARI, CRP or LAR as part of the course number.

The first digit indicates its credit value in semester hours. For example, ARC 380C is a three-hour course for three credits. The second digit indicates the level: 0 or 1 is a lower-division undergraduate course (ARC 308), 2 through 7 is an upper-division undergraduate course (ARC 334) and 8 or 9 is a graduate course (ARC 381R). It may be possible to take an upper-division course outside the SOA as an elective with Graduate Adviser approval, but a graduate student cannot count a lower-division undergraduate course toward a graduate degree.

PLEASE NOTE: Graduate students should register for graduate sections of SOA courses. If you register for an undergraduate section, you may be moved to the graduate section or removed from the course.

Course Descriptions

If an instructor posts a course description, it is available on the Courses section of the website. Otherwise, you may contact the instructor for a course description.

If you're interested in prior course offerings, see UT's Access Syllabi and CVs.

Graduate Degree Planner

We match courses on the online Graduate Degree Planner to help you track your degree requirements. The Program-of-Work At-a-Glance view is the best view to see how your courses have been matched and what requirements remain. 

Alexa will update degree plans online before the date advising begins each semester.

  • Once your degree plan is updated, confirm that your courses are matched as you intended and all waivers are entered. 

  • If we haven't matched a course that has a grade, it's because we are unable to determine how you intend for it to count or it appears to be extra hours beyond your Program of Work. The system doesn't allow us to match a course with a grade that is a Q, I  or W. 

  • If your degree plan is not updated by the date advising begins, if any courses are matched incorrectly or if any waivers are missing, email Alexa with your UT EID and what should be updated. 

  • MSCRP Students: If you would like to use the Graduate Degree Planner, send your UT EID and whether you will complete a Thesis or PR to Alexa so she can create your profile.

  • Please note: Dual degree plans are not available on the Graduate Degree Planner.

  • ​Please do not submit proposed schedules or courses on the Graduate Degree Planner. We're not equipped to receive them and will return them to you.


Spring 2020 registration will be open October 28–November 8. Registration will open again on January 13 and will be open until the fourth class day of the spring semester.

When to Register

Check your Registration Information Sheet (RIS) to find your registration access times and see any bars that will prevent registration.

How to register

Register for your classes online during your access times as listed on your RIS using course unique numbers on the Course Schedule.

  • After pre-registration closes, you will have additional online registration access times through the fourth class day of the semester.

  • From the fourth class day to the twelfth class day of a long semester, you can add or drop a course by contacting the department offering the course

  • The twelfth class day of a long semester is the last day to add a course by contacting the department offering the course. It is also the last day to drop a course for a full/any refund by contacting the department offering the course. 

registering for restricted, WAITLISTED or closed courses

SOA courses have ARC, ARI, CRP or LAR as part of the course number.

  • If the Course Schedule shows an SOA course is restricted: You should try to register for it because it may be restricted to your major code or SOA major codes. If you're restricted from a course that is required for you, send Alexa the error you receive so she may investigate. If you're restricted from a course that is not required for you, contact the instructor for permission to add. If you receive permission, forward the instructor permission to Alexa with your UT EID and the unique number to add.

  • If the Course Schedule shows an SOA course is waitlisted: You can add yourself to the waitlist by attempting to register for the course. You must add yourself to the waitlist. Alexa​ cannot add students to waitlists. If a seat becomes available, you will automatically be added to the course. 

  • If the Course Schedule shows an SOA course is closed: Contact the instructor for permission to add. If you receive permission, forward the instructor permission to Alexa with your UT EID and the unique number to add.

  • If a course offered in any department outside the SOA is closed or restricted: Contact the department offering the course to find out what they require to register for a restricted course and include your UT EID. 

Studio Registration

Please read our Studio Pre-Registration Policy and be aware that it is extremely important to pre-register into the correct type of studio container section for the next semester. We use preregistrations to estimate lottery participation, so it is very important to register into the correct type of studio. 


You can view your classes on your class list. Verify that you're in the correct section of the correct courses. The unique number on your class list should match your instructor. You can find the unique number on the Course Schedule. You should confirm that you're in the correct courses by the twelfth class day.

Confirm your registration

Confirm your registration by the twelfth class day on your tuition bill. Click on the "View Bill" button. You must take action if it says **Your registration is NOT complete**. You are finished if you see **Your registration is complete and your courses are secured.**

Claim non-resident tuition (NRTE) waivers

This must be done each semester. Out-of-state resident students appointed in benefits-eligible titles of 20 hours or more must claim a NRTE waiver online.

Advising and Registration Resources