Future Students: Registration
Registration Policies & Procedures
Registration dates for each term are shown in the academic calendar, posted on the college website, listed in the student handbook and posted at various areas around campus.
A student is assigned an advisor according to their admitted degree or certificate program.
Orientation is an organized informational seminar and an important part of the registration process. At the session, staff and peer mentors present an overview of information for all freshmen and transfer students who intend to enroll for six or more credits. See the academic calendar at the front of this catalog for the date.
Pre-registration is conducted for one week in the semester for currently enrolled students seeking enrollment for the next term. See academic calendar for dates. Students who pre-register in the spring term for the next academic fall term need to complete and return the intent to enroll form. This form needs to be returned by the deadline date published in the academic calendar. If the form is not received by the deadline the student’s enrollment will not change from pre-registration to registration. The student will then have to arrange a new course schedule and enroll on the dates scheduled in the academic calendar for registration.
Registration is conducted each semester. See the academic calendar for dates. Faculty is available to advise students during the fall/spring registrations. Starting one to two weeks before registration, prospective students are informed by mail and media about the date, time, and place of registration.
All new students are required to take placement tests in the following areas: writing, reading, math and study skills. Students who lack basic skills based upon these tests will be required to register in developmental courses. Students will have a one time opportunity to challenge the test results. The placement tests are normally scheduled the day prior to registration.
- Registration packets are available in Student Services. Each student, with the assistance and approval of an advisor, prepares a schedule of classes. After reviewing the program of study with his/her advisor, the student indicates appropriate classes on the registration schedule form. The advisor must sign the registration schedule form.
- Each student will take the registration schedule form to the designated registration area where an operator will register the student. The registered student will receive a copy of his/her class schedule and will be required to present the class schedule to the bookstore to receive his/her textbooks for the courses registered for.
- The Registrar's Office will process the student's registration materials and notify the instructors of the student's enrollment in class(s).
- Change of Registration, Add/Drop and Total Withdrawal
- Change of Registration: Changes in registration during the first two weeks of a semester will be classified as a registration adjustment and will be processed by Student Services. This registration adjustment can include course additions, withdrawals, and section changes. Courses dropped within this period will not appear on the student's record.
There is a $2.00 fee for changes in registration after the third day of classes.
Students who register for classes and do not attend any of the classes within the first two weeks of the semester will administratively withdrawn from all the courses for that semester.
- Course Additions: A student may add a class until the completion of the 10th day of instruction for the fall and spring terms. No adds will be accepted after the 10th day of instruction without approval of the Academic Affairs Committee.
- Adding and/or Dropping Courses: Adding/dropping of classes can be done in according to the dates shown in the calendar at the beginning of this catalog. The procedure is as follows:
- Pick up the Add/Drop or Total Withdrawal card from Student Services.
- Fill in the class(s) added/dropped. Fill in revised class schedule.
- Obtain required signatures.
- Return all books for dropped classes to the Book Store.
- Go to the Business Office and pay the $2.00 fee.
- Return completed card to the registrar. The card will be checked for accuracy and processed.
- Program of Study Change: If a student decides that they would like to admitted to a different program of study before the first day of classes, they may contact the registrar and ask for admission consideration to their new choice. The student will need to receive approval from their advisor prior to the change. The decision to make the change will be based on availability and the student’s academic quality. After classes begin, the student must complete at least one semester of coursework before he/she can attempt to switch programs, unless it is before the last day to change program of study as stated in the academic calendar located at the front of this catalog. If the program of study change is approved by the registrar, the request will be forwarded to admission for processing.
A change is not final until the above procedure is complete.back to top
Withdrawal from School
Students who withdraw from all courses taken in a semester will be required to meet with the retention officer before they can return. A student who totally withdraws will receive a “w” for all courses in that semester, unless they withdraw before the last day to add. A student does not withdraw simply by dismissing him/herself for the course. A student who does not formally withdraw may receive the grade of “F” in each course for which he/she was registered. To avoid this, a withdrawal card must be fully processed before or on the last day to drop/withdraw from a class. Students may not withdraw from class(s) after “The last day to drop/withdraw”, without approval of the academic affairs committee (See academic calendar at the front of the catalog for dates).
Book and Library Returns
Students are required to return all textbooks and items checked out from the library at the end of each semester. Students may purchase their textbooks or may have their textbooks purchased for them. Students who do not purchase their textbooks and do not return the textbooks and library material at the end of each semester will have a hold placed on their record. This hold will prevent the individual from registering in subsequent semesters or having a transcript request processed.
A student who registers after the first day of class(s) assumes responsibility for the make-up of missed work at the convenience of the instructor.
Courses with less than 10 students enrolled may be cancelled. Student Services will inform the students and advisors when a course is cancelled. When the institution cancels a course and the student has to add another course, the add/drop card must be filled out (see change of registration section). There is no charge to the student.
Course Load Limitation
The average course load for a regular full-time student is 16 credits with a minimum of 12 credit hours. A student can enroll for a maximum of 19 credit hours. A student who desires to take more hours than the maximum must petition the Academic Affairs Committee to request approval of the overload. A student who carries an overload must hold a cumulative GPA of 2.5. The maximum course load for any student is 24 semester hours. Students on probation will only be allowed to enroll in 12 semester hours of academic credit. First semester students will not be allowed to take more than 19 credit hours. Students who are transfers and wish to take more than 19 credit hours, must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 from their last institution attended.
It is the responsibility of the student to meet the specific participation requirements of each instructor and for the make-up of work missed by absences. No absences are "excused" in the sense of relieving the student of this responsibility.
Dual credit college courses allow students to receive both high school and college credit and are authorized according to the provisions of North Dakota Century Code 28-32-01. High school students can enroll in college or in high school courses and earn credits that count toward high school graduation as well as toward a college certification or degree.back to top
For more information, please see the TMCC catalog, or visit the Student Services office.