How To Register


Online Registration

For a visual version on how to register for a class using our online registration system, download our registration walkthrough.

Step 1: Visit our course registration system.

Visit our Course Registration system to browse available courses for the upcoming semester.

Step 2: Browse available courses.

Select a semester, and/or a department. Click Search.

Note: to browse all courses, click Search without selecting a department. The Other Filters menu can help you find courses with special features, such as online, hybrid, weekend only, etc.

Step 3: Select your course(s).

Identify the course(s) in which you would like to enroll. Click on the course name to learn more information such as course description, dates, times, room location, instructor, tuition, etc.

Step 4: Add a course to your cart.

Open courses will have an Add button. Select Add and a course confirmation page will open and you will need to choose to enroll as CreditPass/Fail, or Audit. Click Confirm

Note: these options will affect your academic program. If you have questions, please call us at 314-935-6700.

Step 5: Checkout.

Once you have finished adding the course(s) to your checkout cart, select Checkout.


Select Log In and enter your WUSTL Key and your password.


If you do not have a WUSTL Key, select Start Here. Follow the instructions to create a student profile. Note: Repeated failed attempts to enter numbers or passwords will cause the system to “lock up,” for security reasons, and you will not be able to register until the next day.


Do not enter your WUSTL Key if this is the first time you are registering for a class. Select Start Here and enter demographic information to create a student profile. After your first registration, you may use your WUSTL Key to register for future courses.

Step 6: Complete your registration.

Select Process Registration.

Note: Some courses require an approval. If you have Approvals Needed, your registration will not process until we have looked at your registration and approved it. Administrators review pending registrations every day. You are not registered in the selected course(s), until you get a confirmation e-mail from us or until you can see your courses listed on your schedule in WebSTAC.

Once you complete the registration process, you will receive a confirmation email from the CAPS Registrar confirming your course registration(s). If you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours, please call us at 314-935-6700.

Dropping or Withdrawing from a Course

Courses dropped by the 100% refund deadline will not be reflected on the student record/transcript. Courses dropped after the 100% refund deadline will be shown as withdrawal (“W”) on the student record/transcript. 

Note: Notifying the instructor of your intent to drop, failing to attend class, or notifying CAPS by fax or phone is not considered an official withdrawal and may result in a failing grade and no tuition refund.

Washington University employees, students utilizing federal financial aid or employer tuition reimbursement, and students called to active military duty should contact us at 314-935-6701 before withdrawing from a course after the 100% refund deadline. There could be financial consequences to withdrawing.

Courses lasting less than 8 weeks (Fall & Spring) and Session 5 courses (Summer) must be dropped manually using our Course Change form. Your drop course request will be processed on the date it is received.

Step 1: Visit our Course Registration System.


Step 2: Drop the course.
  • Select Schedule in the menu bar. Note: you may be prompted to log in with your WUSTL Key.
  • Select Drop next to the appropriate course. 
  • Confirm your request by selecting Drop Course.

Once you confirm your request, a confirmation email will be sent to your email. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact your academic advisor or email us at

Change Grade Option

What is a change grade option?

Many CAPS courses offer the option to change your grading from a letter grade to either a Pass/Fail (also called Credit/No Credit) or Audit option. Students are strongly encouraged to talk with an advisor before making a decision to change your grade option.

Step 1: Complete a Course Change form.

Students must complete a Course Change form before the change grade option deadline. Deadlines can be viewed on our Refund Policies and Deadlines page.

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