Registration Information

Most students at Washington University in St. Louis register for classes online.

Undergraduate day division students register for classes using WebSTAC, as do many of the students in the graduate and professional schools. WebSTAC registration requires that the student first be admitted to one of the schools or colleges of the university.

Browse Course Listings any time to read about all courses offered in the undergraduate, graduate and professional schools.  Course information in Course Listings includes course titles, descriptions, days and times when courses are offered and the names of course instructors.

Students enrolling in courses offered through University College or Summer School register online through University College.

Registration for coursework in the Inter-University Exchange program is handled differently. Students interested in those programs should first consult with their academic adviser to discuss eligibility requirements and the applicability of those courses toward a degree. Application/Approval forms are required.

All students should follow up with the student services area in their school or program office for specific procedures and information about registration.


Academic Advising

Washington University considers advising to be an important part of a student’s educational experience. Most students are therefore required to meet with their academic adviser prior to registration each semester. Students are encouraged to formulate their educational goals, make lists of the courses they wish to take (including alternatives) and review these when meeting with their academic adviser.


Academic Record Holds

Students who have a hold on their academic records are not allowed to register for additional coursework. All students should check before registration to verify there are no holds on their records. Students with records on hold should check with the related department to have the hold removed.


Classroom Scheduling

The majority of classroom assignments for Danforth campus courses are made after courses are published to the web.  Students can check classroom assignments two weeks before classes start by logging into WebSTAC and clicking on “Courses and Registration” and then “Class Schedule.”  Students are advised to check WebSTAC just prior to the start of classes for the most current class and room information, as class information is subject to change.


Class Start Times

Effective Fall 2019, the start and end times for day classes on the Danforth Campus will be observed “as listed” (i.e. published in Course Listings) with the transition time between classes taking place at the end of the published time, instead of at the beginning of the published time.

The old class start time policy stated that day classes on the Danforth Campus began 10 minutes after their published start times (usually 10 minutes after the hour or half hour).  The new class start and end time policy states that classes on the Danforth Campus begin and end at their published times.  This change still allows for a passing period between classes.

For example, prior to FL19, a class was published as MWF 10:00am – 11:00am.  It actually started at 10:10am and ended at 11:00am.  This allowed ten minutes for students to get to their next class, which was published as starting at 11:00am but really started at 11:10am.

Beginning in FL19 this same class is published as MWF 10:00am – 10:50am.  It starts at 10:00am and ends at 10:50am.  This allows students ten minutes to get to their next MWF class starting at the published time of 11:00am and ending at 11:50am.

The same principle applies to classes taught on all days of the week.  Here’s another example: Prior to FL19, a TuTh class was published as TuTh 10:00am – 11:30am.  It actually started at 10:10am and ended at 11:30am.  Beginning in FL19 this class is listed as TuTh 10:00am – 11:20am.  It starts at 10:00am and ends at 11:20am.  This allows students ten minutes to get to their next TuTh class starting at the published time of 11:30am and ending at 12:50pm.

Not all schools have a ten minute passing period.  The Brown School and the School of Law have their own built-in passing period, but their class start and end times should be observed as published.  Evening classes, like those in University College and Engineering, do not include a passing period.  Their class start and end times should be observed as published.

WashU School of MedicineMedical School students should contact the Office of the Registrar at the School of Medicine or their program office for information about course registration.