Registration Policies & Procedures

The procedures described below are for continuing students only. New students must register through the Registrar’s office. New graduate students must register in-person, by mail or fax, for their initial registration. Students must be officially admitted or have permission from Graduate Admissions to register.

An undergraduate student is considered full-time if they are registered for 12 or more credits. Students who drop below 12 credits cannot be verified as full-time regardless of billing status. Enrolling in less than 12 credits may have an effect on housing, insurance, financial aid, loan deferments, as well as other benefits or activities that are available depending on student status. Graduate students must be registered for 9 credits to be considered full-time.

Online Registration using WebAdvisor

Undergraduate Students

  • Registration will be available using WebAdvisor beginning on your assigned priority date and time sent to current full-time students through SHU email each semester.
  • Students can refer to the Academic Calendar to see tentative dates for assigned online registration prior to emails being sent.
  • Courses are available for searching on Web Advisor with the ability to build your Preferred List prior to your registration date

Graduate Students

  • Graduate students may register in-person or by fax. Registration forms are available to print on the Registrar’s website. You can always see up-to-date course scheduling information on WebAdvisor. Continuing graduate students will be sent e-mails when fall, spring, and summer registration dates are announced

Preparing for Registration

All continuing students will receive an email listing important information including scheduled registration dates and times for the fall and for the spring. Up-to-date information regarding registration restrictions for undergraduate and graduate students is available through WebAdvisor. Log in and choose My Restrictions.

Registration Restrictions

This may include Advisor, Student Accounts, Public Safety, Health Services, Mobile Computing or Financial Aid. For any blocks you must contact the department that has placed a hold on your registration to resolve any open issues and have your registration hold released electronically. Registration holds may change at any time. That is, you may not initially have a hold from one department but the department has since placed a hold on your registration. The Registrar’s office cannot release other department’s holds.

Whether you are an Undergraduate or Graduate Student, you should check your registration holds regularly. This information is updated nightly and can be viewed on Web Advisor.

Note: The restriction called TRF is a hold placed on a Student's Account when they have a small balance on their account. This hold prevents the release of transcripts for the individual. The TRF hold does not affect your ability to register. Students Should contact Student Accounts to resolve the block.


Full-time continuing Undergraduate students must meet with their advisor and have their advisor block released electronically. If for any reason your advisor is unable to release your advisor block or if you need to be re-assigned to another advisor, please contact the department assistant immediately. Part-time Undergraduate students do not have an advisor’s hold on their registration. However, they are encouraged to meet with their advisor at least once a year. Students should access their degree evaluation to review academic progress and unfilled requirements. If you have a question about your evaluation you should contact your advisor immediately. It is the student’s responsibility to meet requirements as outlined in the catalog when they matriculated. A guide to Program Evaluations‌‎‎ is available on the Registrar’s home page.  Graduate students should follow the policy and procedures of their College or Major.

Course Restrictions

Some courses or sections may have a restriction. These restrictions may include pre/co-requisites or the course may be restricted to certain majors, academic levels, etc. If a student passes the rule, they will be allowed to register for that particular section. If a student does not meet the requirement, registration for that section will be blocked. Students who receive a waiver of the restriction must get written and dated approval from the department offering the course. Registration requiring special permission must be done in person. Note: It is possible to register for some courses using Web Advisor and others in-person because of the restrictions to the section. Before selecting a course for your list, students should detail into the course to view pre-requisites, restrictions and specific days and times.


If a course is full you may have the option to add yourself to a waitlist. Waitlists are managed by the department offering the course. If you are given permission to register for the course you will receive a generic email to your SHU email address notifying you that you have a specified number of days to register. 

  • If you want to register for the course you must go into Web Advisor and move it from your waitlist to your registration.
  • If you are no longer interested in the course, you should drop the course from you waitlist.
  • Adding yourself to a waitlist does not guarantee a seat in the class. Getting permission to register from a waitlist will not enroll you in the class unless you take appropriate action.
  • If you are given permission to register from a waitlist, it does not guarantee that you have met all requirements – in that case you will need additional written permission to register from the department and register for that course in-person.

Online and Blended Courses

Sacred Heart University's Online Learning is an Internet-based teaching/learning experience. The University uses Blackboard as its electronic delivery and learning platform. Blackboard is a web-based system which provides a user-friendly interface with simple point-and-click access to course content, collaborative workspaces and online resource centers. Online courses may be either totally available online, or blend classroom and online learning. In the case of Blended courses, these courses usually hold a number of the meetings in the classroom and additional meetings or assignments are organized online. Courses are generally identified by their location.

Online learning & how to get started

Online Course Policy

Full-time students are allowed to take two online courses during the fall and spring semesters. First-time, full-time freshman may take only one online course in their second semester. The online course restriction does not apply to winter and summer sessions. Special permission is required to take a third online course from the student's Advisor or his/her delegate.

Registration Using WebAdvisor

Information describing this process is available on the Registrar's website. You will be able to search for sections and build your preferred list and then register for your class. Students are encouraged to regularly check their information on WebAdvisor and update/correct their information by contacting the appropriate departments. Students may update their address, correct information about their major and advisor, check their registration restrictions, view grades, and review their academic progress by reviewing their degree audits. Students may also create ‘what if' scenarios to understand the impact of making changes such as changing a major, adding a minor, etc.