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Undergraduate Catalog

During each academic term, registration is held for all new, currently enrolled, degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students for the following term. Registration sessions consist of Registration and Late Registration (held during the first week of classes for each term/session). Spring Registration begins following midterm for the Fall semester. Summer and Fall Registrations begin following the midterm of the Spring semester. Class listings are available only online through the Class Schedule and Course Catalog Search at

Registration is available over the web using the myUCF system at and in the college advising offices. The dates and times for each registration period are included in the "Academic Calendar" online at

The University of Central Florida academic schedule consists of two semesters (Fall and Spring), and the Summer term. The graduation credit value of each course of instruction is stated in terms of credit hours. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

  1. One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or

  2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (a) of this definition for academic activities as established by the institu­tion including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

Undergraduate Enrollment Status Credit Hours
Note: Graduate and post-baccalaureate students please refer to the online Graduate Catalog for enrollment status policies.
Full Time 12 or more
Three Quarter Time 9-11
Half Time 6-8
Less Than Half Time less than 6

Undergraduate students are limited to 14 credit hours for the Summer term and to 17 credit hours for the Fall and Spring semesters. The department chair and college advising office must approve overloads. Overloads may be processed at the college advising offices.

Effective Fall 2009, pursuant to Florida Statute 1009.286, students entering a Florida College System institution or state university for the first time in Fall, 2009, and thereafter, may be subject to the excess hours surcharge for hours exceeding baccalaureate degree program completion requirements. Students should regularly review their degree audits and consult with an academic advisor to make sure they are not enrolling in excess courses. More detailed explanation of the excess hours rule can be found on the University Registrar’s Office website at

Students beginning Fall Semester 2009 through Summer 2011 will be charged 1.5 times the tuition rate for each credit hour beyond 120% of the required hours of that degree program. Students beginning Fall 2011 through Summer 2012 will be charged two times the tuition rate for each credit beyond 115% of the required hours of that degree program. Students beginning Fall 2012 and beyond will be charged two times the tuition rate for each credit beyond 110% of the required hours of the degree program.

A hold (negative service indicator) may be placed on a student's records, transcripts, grades, diplomas or registration due to financial or other obligations to the University. Satisfaction and clearance of the hold is required before a release can be given. Students may check for holds on the myUCF system at under the Student Self Service link. To obtain a release for financial holds, pay­ment to the Cashier's Office must be made either in cash, credit card, cashier's check, or money order.

Drop/Swap and Add are the periods following initial registration when students may make class schedule adjustments (as listed in the Academic Calendar). Drop/Swap or Add may be done using the myUCF system ( or in the college advising offices. After the Drop-Swap period, no course may be dropped without being fee liable. Courses meeting for the first time after the end of the Drop/ Swap or Add period may be dropped the next business day in the Registrar's Office, Millican Hall 161. If a student drops courses for an entire term with the intent of not returning to UCF, they must also drop courses for any future terms or will be fee liable and receive a grade. For withdrawal after the Drop/Swap period, refer to the "Withdrawal Policy" of the Undergraduate Catalog. Please consult the Academic Calendar for Drop, Add, and Withdrawal deadlines.

A student is not automatically dropped or withdrawn from a class for not attending, nor can an instructor drop or withdraw a student from a class.

Audit students are those who desire to attend class(es) without receiv­ing academic credit. Regular tuition and fees are assessed for Audit registration. See the "Fee Schedule" in the "Financial Information" section of the Undergraduate Catalog. Audit registration is on a space-available basis at the prescribed time of Registration or at any time during Late Registration and Drop/Swap and Add when Late Registration fees will apply. Audit requests for students who register prior to this time will be denied. Students may not change to Audit status after Late Registration and Add, but must remain in the course or withdraw through normal withdrawal procedures. New students must be accepted for admission to be eligible to audit a course. Audit forms, available on the Registrar's website ( and in the Registrar's and college advising offices, must be signed by the instructor and presented to the Registrar's Office at the time of registration.

The University believes that appropriate placement of students into certain course sequences is important to help foster an environment of success. The University administers the UCF Math Placement Test to determine placement into the mathematics course sequence. Students who do not meet prerequisites for mathematics courses are required to take the UCF Math Placement Test and are strongly recommended to complete the UCF Math Placement Test prior to attending Orientation. If the UCF Math Placement Test is not completed prior to Orientation, delays in registration for mathematics courses may result. The UCF Math Placement Test is for placement purposes only and does not award credit. More information about the UCF Math Placement Test is available at

Senior Citizens (60 years of age or older) who have been residents of the State of Florida for at least one year as of the first day of classes may enroll tuition free as Audit students (i.e., no academic credit) on a space-available basis. Forms to be completed include the “Residency Affidavit,” the “Student Health History,” the “Senior Citizen Audit Application” and “Senior Citizen Audit Registration Form.” These forms are available in the Registrar’s Office (MH 161) or at the Registrar’s website: It is necessary to complete the required forms during the last hours of registration as noted in the “Academic Calendar” online at Direct student expenses after the completion of registration include the campus ID card, vehicle registration and textbooks.

State of Florida employee and UCF employee enrollment into courses for which the employee will seek a tuition waiver will occur on a space-available only basis on the last day of Registration each term at the time specified on the "Academic Calendar" online at

For waiver eligibility and application information, please refer to the Student Account Services website at

This classification allows a student to enroll in selected courses when the student may have no immediate intention of pursuing a degree program. Most opportunities in this status will occur away from the Orlando campus, for courses that are taught out of the regular semes­ter or term cycle, or for special programs mandated by the State of Florida. Successful completion of courses while in this classification does not provide a basis for regular admission at a later date.

Programs using the Limited Non-Degree Seeking status include:

  • High school Dual Enrollment
  • Continuing Education
  • Off-campus credit
  • Soldiers-to-Scholars
  • Regional Campuses
  • Teacher Certification or re-certification

Students registering for classes in the Limited Non-Degree Seeking status are subject to the following regulations:

  1. Students are required to provide evidence of their educational qualifications for attending classes in order to meet the intent of this enrollment classification;

  2. Students who have been previously denied admission or disquali­fied for enrollment are not eligible;

  3. Non-degree-seeking students are subject to the same rules and regulations as degree-seeking students;

  4. Registration is permitted on a space-available basis;

  5. A maximum of 15 undergraduate credit hours or 6 graduate credit hours may be earned as a limited non-degree seeking student;

  6. International students may not register as non-degree-seeking since immigration regulations prevent foreign nationals from enrolling without admission to a degree or certificate program;

  7. Limited Non-degree students are not eligible to receive financial aid nor to participate in intercollegiate sports; and,

  8. Students must complete a Limited Non-Degree Seeking Status Registration Form.

Students registering in this category should be aware of the limitations of this status and are encouraged to apply for regular admission to the University.

State Tuition Exemption Program (STEP-National Guard) students register on a space-available basis only. Registration is on a space-available basis during the last hours of registration as noted in the “Academic Calendar” online at STEP students must present a “Certification” letter to Student Account Services (MH 109) to receive waiver of eligible fees. Registration before the time specified in the “Academic Calendar” online at will result in the student being assessed regular fees. The tuition fee waiver cannot be used for courses that require increased costs, including, but not limited to courses offered through the Center for Continuing Education, independent study, supervised research, supervised teaching labs, thesis hours, dissertation, internships, co-ops, practicums, or applied, individualized instruction in music, art, or dance. Eligible members of the active Florida National Guard may receive a waiver of 50% of tuition and material and supply fees.

An SUS Transient Student is a student in good standing who is seeking a degree from one of the other Florida public universities (SUS) and desires to take courses with UCF. Students must complete the "SUS Transient Application Form", which is available online at No application fee is required. The "SUS Transient Application Form" must be completed each term and should be completed online or delivered/mailed to the Registrar's Office (MH 161), by the application deadline noted in the "Academic Calendar" online at Students should visit the Registrar's Office website at or contact the Registrar's Office for registration information at 407-823-3100.

UCF students who desire to attend another Florida Public institution, to earn credit for transfer back into a UCF degree program, as a transient student are encouraged to complete the “Transient Student Form” online, which is available on the Florida Virtual Campus website at under “College Students” > “Transferring”. Students wanting to attend a Florida private institution or an institution outside the State of Florida may obtain a printed form from the UCF Registrar’s Office. The prior permission of the department, school, and college advising office is required to ensure that the courses attempted at another institution will transfer and meet the UCF Degree/General Education Program requirements.

A UCF degree-seeking student desiring to earn credit at another college or university for transfer back into a UCF degree program must obtain prior transient approval for specific courses from the Dean or Department Chair of his/her respective college or school. Transient approval of courses to be applied to the UCF General Education Program must be obtained in advance from Academic Services (MH 210). Credit earned without prior transient approval may not be accepted. Plus/minus grades will be transferred for course work earned Fall 2001 and after using UCF's grade point system. Because of graduation certification, students may not take courses in transient status during the term in which they expect to graduate. Student seeking transient status must complete the "Transient Approval Form," available from the college or school advising office or at and must submit the completed, approved and signed form to the Registrar's Office (MH 161). Transient credit cannot be used to reduce the last 30 semester hour residency requirement for a baccalaureate degree, the last 20 semester hour residency requirement for an Associate of Arts degree, or any departmental residency requirements.