The Navigation Guide provides information and instructions for enrollment at on
and off-campus locations. Course offering information is available via the World
Wide Web at uwf.edu/registrar.
Degree-seeking students are responsible for arranging appointments with their
assigned academic advisors prior to registration. Degree-seeking students who
are enrolling for their initial semester at UWF must meet with their advisor
prior to registration to discuss degree plans and have the advising hold
deleted. Appointments can be made through the advising centers, academic
departments, or for off-campus students, through the staff of the Fort Walton
Beach Campus and Eglin Center. Degree-seeking students have priority for
registration and enrollment.
Proof of measles (rubella and rubeola) immunization must be on file in the
Health Center before students can register for classes. Students residing in UWF
residence halls must provide proof of immunization for Meningitis and Hepatitis
B or submit a waiver of immunization.
The Nautilus Card is required for students registering for the Pensacola campus
A registration hold will be placed on the student record for one or more of the
following reasons: academic suspension, incomplete admissions documents,
financial obligations (parking tickets, library fines, etc.), administrative
discipline, failure to comply with the immunization requirements, academic
advising, student athlete monitoring, etc. A registration hold must be lifted or
deleted prior to registration.
Students are able to view their grades, schedules, hold?s, and Financial Aid
information on the World Wide Web via ARGUS (web portal).
Students with a financial obligation to the University of $100 or less (and debt
is not more than 120 days past due) will be permitted to register for classes
and participate in the drop/add process. Students who are allowed to register
with outstanding charges are responsible for the payment of all charges, along
with payment or authorized deferral of their current term fee assessment, by the
fee payment deadline for that semester.
Students should contact the appropriate office and arrange for removal of the
registration hold to register for classes, receive official transcripts, grades,
COURSE LOAD/MAXIMUM HOURS TAKEN PER SEMESTER
A normal enrollment for undergraduates is defined as 15 semester hours per
semester. To enroll for more than 18 semester hours in a semester, a student
must have the written permission of the academic advisor and the chairperson of
the student?s major department. For certification of enrollment, 12 semester
hours is considered full-time for a fall or spring semester; nine semester hours
for a summer semester. Students who withdraw are not considered enrolled in the
course once the withdrawal has been processed.
Graduate students may not enroll for more than 12 semester hours in a semester
without the written permission of the academic advisor and the chairperson of
the graduate program. For certification of enrollment, nine semester hours is
considered full-time for a fall or spring semester; six semester hours for a
summer semester. Students who withdraw are not considered enrolled in the course
once the withdrawal has been processed.
For full-time status, the University requires a doctoral student to register for
a minimum of nine graduate semester hours for fall and spring semesters and six
graduate semester hours for summer semesters. Full-time status for students in
the dissertation phase of the doctoral program requires six dissertation
semester hours. The maximum number of hours for which a doctoral student may
register in any given semester without special permission is twelve. To register
for more than twelve hours, students must complete an ?Ed.D. Student Petition?
form. Approval from the committee chair and the College of Professional Studies
Graduate Office is required.
CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT (FULL TIME STATUS)
The University of West Florida reports enrollment status based on the
definitions listed below:
12 SH or more
9 SH or more
less than half time
Many courses require prerequisites and/or corequisites. These requirements are
included in the specific course descriptions. A prerequisite is a course in
which credit must be earned prior to enrollment in a specific course. A
corequisite is a course which must be taken concurrently with or prior to a
specific course. Students must have completed the required prerequisites and
register for, or have completed, corequisites prior to registration for the
specific course. It is the student?s responsibility to review prerequisite and
corequisite information as stated in the course description.
Entering freshmen who have scored below State determined minimums on the ACT or
SAT exams or the College Placement Test (CPT) are required to take preparatory
courses at a community college (UWF has an agreement with Pensacola Junior
College to offer these courses on the UWF campus) in the appropriate areas
before they may register at UWF for courses in those areas. Students must
complete preparatory courses prior to or during their first 12 semester hours.
Students scoring below the following minima will be required to take preparatory
The student is notified of this requirement by mail prior to orientation and
registration. Preparatory courses carry no college credit and do not count
toward the 120 semester hours required for graduation. The Office of Admissions
must be provided proof of a student?s successful completion of a preparatory
course before the student can continue enrollment beyond 12 semester hours at
For course registration, students enrolled in interdisciplinary programs shall
be considered majors in the designated disciplines of the degree plan. These
students shall be subject to the same prerequisites as other students.
COURSES OUTSIDE DEGREE PROGRAMS
Unless otherwise stipulated by external accreditation agreements, students whose
academic programs require courses in other disciplines shall be given the same
access to those courses as students in those majors.
DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY
Students who wish to study or do research under the direction of a faculty
member for topics or areas not detailed in regularly scheduled courses may make
arrangements for such study as a directed independent study. Credit hours and
requirements are determined by the director of the study. Registration requires
the approval of the faculty member who will supervise the study and the
student?s advisor. In the College of Business, all directed independent studies
also require the approval of the appropriate department chair.
Directed studies are available for approved subject area prefixes and levels and
are designated by the last three digits of the course number. Example: ARH 4905
designates a senior level directed independent study in art history.
UNDERGRADUATES ENROLLING IN GRADUATE COURSES
Courses at the 5000 level may apply to either a graduate or undergraduate degree
program; however, a student may not receive both graduate and undergraduate
credit for the same course, and the course may only be used for one program.
Juniors and seniors may enroll for 5000-level courses that will be included in
their undergraduate program if they indicate this designation at the time of
registration. Except in unusual cases, undergraduate students are restricted to
5000-level courses. Only undergraduate students who have maintained a ?B?
average in courses numbered 3000 and above are permitted to enroll in graduate
courses. For specific course requirements, students should contact the major
department and refer to graduate course requirements in the Catalog.
A 6000-level course may not be included in an undergraduate program.
Undergraduate students who are within 30 semester hours of completing
requirements for a bachelor?s degree may enroll for 6000-level courses with the
permission of their advisors and course instructors, provided their records
indicate they have applied for graduate programs. Undergraduate students may
register for up to 10 semester hours in graduate courses for graduate credit;
permission must be granted in writing from the appropriate college dean.
Graduate level fees are assessed for all graduate level courses regardless of
the student?s classification.
NON-DEGREE STUDENTS/GRADUATE LEVEL COURSES
Non-degree students may enroll in a 5000-6000 level course. Many advanced
courses require that the instructor grant permission to each enrolled student,
including non-degree students. Non-degree students have the responsibility to
ensure they have the appropriate preparation for the courses and should discuss
enrollment with the instructor prior to registration.
At the time of initial registration for each semester (including the drop/add
period), degree-seeking undergraduate or non-degree students may elect to take a
course on the pass/fail basis with the approval of the faculty advisor.
- The pass/fail option may not be used for any University or departmentally
required course. Students should see their advisors for approval of courses to
be taken on the pass/fail basis.
- No course taken to fulfill General Studies requirements, other University
requirements, or to fulfill the student?s intended major may be taken on the
pass/fail basis. The foreign language admission requirement may be taken on the
- No more than six semester hours or two courses (whichever is greater in
credit) per degree program curriculum may be taken on the pass/fail basis. A
failed course taken on the pass/fail basis counts as part of the maximum six
semester hours and is computed in the GPA. Students who student teach or enroll
in courses graded only on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis may enroll for an
additional six semester hours on the pass/fail basis.
- Students may change from the pass/fail system in any course to the
conventional letter grade system before the end of the tenth week of a fall or
spring semester (see Academic Calendar for summer semester and short term
dates). Courses changed from the pass/fail grading system to the conventional
letter grade system prior to the published deadline do not count as part of the
six semester hours or two courses permitted to be taken on the pass/fail basis.
Graduate students may not elect the pass/fail option.
AUDIT GRADING OPTION
Students who are enrolled at the University may choose to audit a course at the
time of registration and through the end of the drop/add period. Instructors are
not required to grade work of students auditing a course.
Students may change from the audit to the conventional letter grade system on or
before the end of the fourth week of a fall or spring semester (see Academic
Calendar for summer semester and short term dates). Students must have the
instructors permission to change to an audit after the end of the drop/add
Out-of-State fees are not assessed for audit courses. Out-of-State students
changing from audit to the conventional letter grade system will be assessed
No credit is earned for an audit course.
Class schedule changes may be processed during the registration period and the
scheduled drop/add period. Students may choose to change their class schedules
on ARGUS or by completing ?Drop/Add? forms and submitting them to the Office of
the Registrar. If the drop/add results in a change of fees, the student must pay
the additional fees as assessed. Any refunds of fees due to dropping a course
prior to the end of the drop/add period will be issued by the Cashiers Office.
Appeals to drop/add period should be addressed to the Office of the Registrar.