Enrolling in Courses

Enrollment tools

Self-service systems

MyRED: Enrollment, billing, grades. See also: About MyRED.

Canvas/My.UNL: Materials and discussions for some courses and groups.

Planning your schedule

Course Catalog: Course descriptions and prerequisites.

Schedule of Classes: Current offerings of those courses (when, where, which instructor).

Academic Calendar: Term registration dates, drop/withdraw deadlines, holidays.

How to enroll

Sign into MyRED and go to Enrollment. Select "Enroll in Classes". Follow the prompts to put courses in your "shopping cart" and enroll.

Enrolling for the first time

Not sure how to get into MyRED? See About MyRED.

Don't have an Enrollment section yet?

  • New US students: The Enrollment section will appear a week or two before enrollment opens for your admission term.
  • New international students: The Enrollment section will appear after you arrive on campus and check in with ISSO and Graduate Studies.

When to enroll each semester

See Academic Calendar for dates of Open Registration and Priority Registration, last day to withdraw, etc.

  • Your "shopping cart" will typically become available a week or two before enrollment opens.
  • For fall and spring Open Registration is preceded by Priority Registration, a phase when students become eligible to enroll for the term based on their "appointment" times. Graduate students and undergraduates with senior standing get the earliest opportunity to enroll. Your appointment time will appear in MyRED if applicable.

Know whether your enrollment eligibility is open-ended. Some categories of admission are limited to 1 or 2 terms and/or require further action to continue, like Visiting, Intercampus, and admission pending final, official transcripts.

Choosing courses

Pursuing a degree

Plan to collaborate with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of your coursework.

Each of our program summary pages provides links to the course subject areas most likely to be included.

Pursuing a certificate

Most graduate certificates have fairly specific course requirements. Consult a certificate coordinator or certificate summary for details.

A few courses as non-degree

A wide variety of courses are open to you. (A few are open only to students in particular majors or degree programs.)

If you're considering a degree, contact that academic department early and often. Courses completed as a non-degree student can often (but not always) be applied toward a later degree program.

How many courses to take per term

Know whether you're required to maintain a certain enrollment load. You may, for example, need to maintain full-time status to stay in good standing for a funding source, a student visa, or the stage of your study.

Full-time enrollment for graduate students is 9 credit hours during fall and spring semesters and 6 credit hours during summer.

  • If you have a graduate assistantship, you are required to register for courses during the fall and spring semesters.
  • International students must maintain full-time enrollment during the fall and spring semesters. Summer registration is not required for maintaining immigration status.
  • Continuous full-time enrollment may also be required for certain kinds of financial aid and insurance coverage.

See also: policy in the Graduate Catalog.

Coming and going

Changing your start term

Students are admitted to begin in a particular term, printed on the Letter of Admission. If you want to change your start term — earlier or later — talk to your department and Graduate Studies.

Taking some time off

Students working toward a degree or certificate should always consult an advisor or program coordinator before stopping out. International students should also consult ISSO.

Academic Leave is one way to temporarily suspend your studies.

Returning after an absence

Generally, if you've been away for less than one year, you'll be able to resume enrolling without any extra steps.

If you go one full year without enrolling, you'll need to request reactivation when you're ready to resume your program.

Other information

It's your responsibility to know the rules, so familiarize yourself with the Graduate Catalog and its policies and procedures. We welcome your questions if you ever need clarification or confirmation.