University Registrar

135 Yost Hall
Phone: 216.368.4310; Fax: 216.368.8711
Amy Hammett, University Registrar and Director of Student Information Systems and Services


Students register at the time indicated by the University Registrar, as shown in the Student Information System (SIS) or as indicated by individual graduate/professional schools. Undergraduate student registration for fall begins in April and continues through the beginning of classes in August; undergraduate student registration for spring begins in November and continues through the start of classes in January. Students who have outstanding financial obligations to the university will not be eligible to register. The Office of Student Financial Services will bill those students who have registered for the next semester. The tuition payment will be due in full by the last day of the drop/add period. The schedule of classes is available electronically and can be accessed through SIS.

The University Registrar's website includes the academic calendar and the dates for late registration and drop/add. SIS contains a complete real-time listing of courses offered. Students use SIS to register for classes; refer to the listing of registration start dates for each school to determine registration eligibility. No zero-credit only registrations (e.g., zero-credit physical education courses) are allowed unless approved as part of ongoing degree programs.

Registration deadlines will be strictly enforced.  Only students officially registered, according to the official SIS class roster, are permitted to attend that class.  Instructors may permit students to sit in on occasional classes at their discretion, but students who wish to attend class regularly without receiving credit should register as auditors.  Unregistered students are not permitted to take part in laboratory activities.

Courses of Instruction

All courses at the university, except courses in the Medical School, Law School, and School of Dental Medicine are numbered according to the following plan:

  • 100-199 Elementary courses
  • 200-299 Intermediate courses
  • 300-399 Advanced undergraduate courses
  • 400-499 Lower level graduate courses (some are open to undergraduates; consult with the appropriate department)
  • 500 and above Advanced graduate courses

Roman numerals (I, II, etc.) after course titles indicate segments of a multi-course sequence. Arabic numerals in parentheses after course titles indicate the semester credit hours for each course.

Veterans Education Benefits

School Certifying Official

The School Certifying Official, housed in the Office of the University Registrar, 135 Yost Hall, administers the regulations governing the educational benefits and opportunities open to veterans under various federal laws. For more information see our Veterans Education Benefits page, call 216.368.4310 or email

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act 

On December 31, 2018, the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 was signed into law and provides additional assistance for students using Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31) benefit entitlements. 

Case Western Reserve University permits any covered individual utilizing Chapter 33 or Chapter 31 to attend or participate in their course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for entitlement to educational assistance and ending on the earlier of the following dates: 

  • The date on which payment from the VA is made to the institution;
  • 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the COE. 

While payment is pending to the institution from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Case Western Reserve University shall not prevent enrollment; impose a penalty or assess a late fee; require that a covered individual secure additional or alternative funding in order to meet their financial obligation to the institution due to delayed disbursement funding from the VA; or deny access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities.

Exceptions to Policies

Requests for exceptions to any academic or administrative policy must be submitted within three months of the end of the semester for which the exception is sought.

Course Audit Program for Senior Citizens

Case Western Reserve University's Course Audit Program for Senior Citizens (CAPSC) allows senior citizens (age 65 and older) to take on-campus courses at a reduced tuition rate.  For more information, contact the CAPSC Coordinator in the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at

University Certificates and Professional Certifications

Case Western Reserve University awards University Certificates as a credential for completing a set of courses (possibly in combination with other learning experiences) that focus on a specific topic or theme. For more information related to definitions and standards, please see Guidelines to Create a University Certificate and Professional Certification.