Registration FAQs

Online Registration and Enrollment

What's the difference between Registration and Enrollment?

Signing up for classes is a two-step process at Biola (NOTE: The process for online students may differ):

  • Registration is when current students reserve their courses for the upcoming term. This typically happens during the last few weeks of the previous term (for new Fall students, during summer).
  • Enrollment is required of all students and involves completing all tasks on MyAccount and the required payment. Enrollment payment deadlines can be found on the Academic Calendar. Classes are dropped on the first day of the term for students with a non-enrolled status.

How do I complete my Enrollment?

  1. Log on to myaccount.biola.edu and complete all tasks (completed steps are indicated by a green "Done" box).
  2. Enroll in a payment plan and make the required down payment, or pay in full.
  3. Your status should say “enrolled” within 30 minutes.

My status still says “Not Enrolled". What should I do?

  1. Complete all tasks -- completed tasks are indicated by a green "Done" box.
  2. Sign up for a payment plan and make the required down payment, or pay in full.
  3. Your status should say "enrolled” within 30 minutes.
  4. Contact Accounting at (562) 903-4760 or email them at student.accounts@biola.edu for help.

I may not be able to complete my Enrollment on time. What will happen if I don’t?

  • If Enrollment is not completed by the payment due date, you will be charged the $200 late fee and enter into the late enrollment period. There are no extensions or waivers for the late fee.
  • Your classes will be dropped if enrollment is not completed by the first day of the term; see the Academic Calendar for important enrollment dates and deadlines.

What happens if I miss registration?

You may miss out on classes that you need; they may close due to excess demand, or be canceled due to insufficient demand. However, you can still add available classes to your schedule during the enrollment phase.

The class I want to add is closed. What can I do?

Automated Waitlist

  • Classes may have an option to add yourself to an automated waitlist. For more information on automated waitlists, please see the FAQs further down this page.

How can I drop a class?

  1. Classes may be dropped in the Dropping Courses section of your Student Tools on myaccount.biola.edu.
  2. Refer to the Tuition Refund Schedule for drop deadlines and tuition refund information.
  3. If dropping your last class, email registrar@biola.edu requesting to withdraw.

I'm getting an error message when I try to add a class. What does this mean?

Please see the following error messages and their meanings.

Closed Section There are no more seats available.
Closed - WL: ___ The class section is closed, but an automated waitlist is available, and the ___ will tell you how many students are already on the automated waitlist. You can add yourself to the automated waitlist (see instructions above).
Closed - Waitlist Full The class section is closed and the automated waitlist is full. There are no seats avail
Co-requisite Required One or more classes must be taken at the same time. You need to add both at the same time. You must enter the CRNs of both classes in the Add Classes worksheet when you register (this is often required for a lecture, lab, and/or recitation).
Field of Study Restriction Your major/program/emphasis prohibits you from registering for this class.
Linked Course Required There is an additional specific section with the same course number that is required (i.e. Lecture 1 might correspond with Lab 1). Register for both CRNs at the same time. You must enter the CRNs of both classes in the Add Classes worksheet when you register.
Mutual Exclusion You have already registered for or taken another course that is considered mutually exclusive with this course. If courses are mutually exclusive, you may only take one of them.
Prerequisite Not Met You have not met all of the prerequisites for this course. Consult the Class Schedule or the Catalog for class prerequisites and restrictions.
Repeat Count Exceeds ___ You have already taken this class. Email registrar@biola.edu assistance.
Reserve Closed - Waitlist Filled The reserved seats for this class are full and the automated waitlist is full as well. There are no seats available.
Reserved for Waitlist This is a closed class. A seat may appear to be available because someone recently dropped the class, but that seat is reserved for a student who is at the top of an automated waitlist. You may not add the class at this time, but you may add yourself to the automated waitlist (see instructions below).
Reserved Seats Closed
The reserved seats for this class are full, but if you have a specific major/concentration, you may add yourself to the reserved seating automated waitlist. See instructions below for adding yourself to the automated waitlist. You may check with the academic department for more information about reserved seats.
Restricted by Class Level You do not have the required class level (junior, senior, etc.) to register for this course. For info on the number of credits needed for each class level, visit the Classification of Students heading under the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section of the catalog. Please note that your in-progress classes do count in the calculation of your classification during registration.
See ________ for Approval See the given academic department for a special approval override to register for the class.
Time Conflict There is a time conflict between the class you are trying to add and one already in your schedule (Note: the time conflict may be during Final Exam week). You need to contact the academic department for a time conflict override.

How do I override a registration restriction on my account?

Prerequisites, corequisites, restrictions, and reserved seating are all checked before you can add yourself to a class or automated waitlist. If you need to appeal to override a restriction, please contact the academic department. If approved, they will provide the override online so that you can add yourself to the class or waitlist.


Waitlist

How do I know if an automated waitlist exists, and how do I add myself to the list?

Automated waitlisting lets you add yourself to a waitlist for a class directly on your schedule on myaccount.biola.edu. You will automatically receive an email at your Biola email address if a seat becomes available.

The number of students who are currently on the waitlist is displayed in the class information on the class schedule.

If you try to add a class that is full (usually by directly entering the CRN), you will see an error message, which will indicate if there is space available on a waitlist. Choose the status "WAITLISTED" from the Action selection menu, then click the Submit button to save the waitlisted status.

How do I know if a seat has opened for me?

If a seat becomes available in the class for you, you will receive an email at your Biola email address from "waitlist.notifications@biola.edu" to inform you. The email will include a deadline by which you must add the class. This deadline is 24 hours from the time the seat becomes available.

How do I add a waitlisted class after I have received a notification?

If you've received an email that says a seat has opened for you, you need to:

  1. Log back in to myaccount.biola.edu.
  2. Go to the"Add/Drop Classes" task.
  3. Find the waitlisted class on your worksheet. Change the class status by choosing "Added Online" from the selection menu in the Action section.
  4. Click the Submit button.

How can I see my waitlisted classes?

You can see them in the Add/Drop Classes task on myaccount.biola.edu. You will see a list of any classes for which you have registered or waitlisted yourself, and the Action section will show you the status of those classes. 

Can I still put myself on the waitlist for a class even though it conflicts with another class on my schedule?

Our registration system will allow you to waitlist yourself for a class that has a time conflict with one of the other classes on your schedule, however, if a seat becomes available for you, you will need to drop the conflicting class before you can add the waitlisted class.

If the time conflict is short, you may request a time conflict override from the academic department. This override must be in place and the class added before your waitlist notification deadline.

What happens to expired waitlist notifications?

If a class is not added by the waitlist notification deadline, this class will be dropped from your schedule and your position on the waitlist will be lost. You may add yourself back to the waitlist if desired.


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