Registration Tips & Tricks

Important message from the Records & Registration Office

Due to the ongoing public health situation, some changes have taken place to Fall registration, transcripts ordering, and office procedures:

  1. Registration for Fall 2020 will be closed for longer than normal so that departments can adjust their Fall schedules to fit into the new social distancing and health safety guidelines. Students will be able to adjust their schedules and continue registering starting July 27th. Non-degree seeking special students will be able to start registering August 10th.
  2. Most staff in the Records and Registration Office are working remotely during normal business hours. Please contact us using our email at If you do call our number and no one answers, please leave a message and your call will be returned either by email or phone as soon as possible.
  3. In addition, we cannot take transcript requests in person. Please order electronically. Current students may use the Official Transcript link in their WINGS Student Center. Former students may use the "Order a Transcript Now" link on our Transcript page. The link to the Transcript page is below this message. 
  4. There may be a delay in processing the transcript requests for students who attended UWL prior to 1991, transcript requests sent in the mail, or requests for transcripts to be sent through regular postal mail. If the health situation requires our minimal office staff to return to working from home, the delay could add 1-2 weeks of processing time.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the temporary undergraduate S/U Grading Policy for Spring 2020

Getting started:

WINGS manual for students, including written directions on how to register 

WINGS registration tutorials

Frequently Asked Questions about registration 

Tips & tricks:

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Make the registration process quicker and easier by adding your desired classes to your Shopping Cart prior to your registration appointment. This does not reserve a seat, but as long as a seat is open at your appointment, it will help you register quickly.

Classes have to be in your shopping cart before you can register for them.

How shopping carts work: Add courses directly to your shopping cart using "Search for Classes" or the Schedule Planner. When you find your preferred schedule in Schedule Planner or you've selected a specific class to enroll in, click "Send to Shopping Cart" at the top. This puts the classes into your shopping cart in both Schedule Planner and WINGS so you have your preferred schedule ready for registration. Once your registration appointment has started, you can then go back into Schedule Planner or use WINGS to register.

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Use your Schedule Planner to help prepare the best schedule for you and then import it to your shopping cart to start the registration process. It generates multiple schedules in a flash for easy review.

  • Use the "locks" icons to pin a specific section of a class in your schedule to help narrow down your results. Unlock to generate more options.
  • Click on "options" to see more information about the sections being offered. Select the sections you want to try in your schedule.
  • Customize your schedule by adding "breaks" to narrow in on your 
  • preferred schedule.
  • View Possible Schedules
    • The Compare feature allows students to compare up to 4 schedules at one time, OR
    • Hover over the magnifying glass next to each schedule to see a schedule at a glance.
  • When your schedule is ready and you've locked in the classes you want at the top,  "Send to Shopping Cart" to start importing classes into your WINGS shopping cart. You will finish registration in WINGS, once your appointment starts.
  • During the final registration steps, you may be notified that the class has become closed or you don't meet prerequisites. The Schedule Planner can be used again to find another option.

The Planner refreshes every 5 minutes to keep you updated on which classes are no longer available (closed). If there are only a few seats left, register for that class first before adding more classes to make sure you get the seat. 

 If you prefer the paper/pencil method, download a printable class schedule worksheet to insert the classes in which you plan to enroll and ensure they will not overlap. Students should then have alternate courses and times selected in case their first choices are not available or cancelled.

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Schedule Planner has the ability to select multiple General Education categories and courses when generating possible schedules.

GE courses - Schedule Planner
Search for Classes/Timetable - can only search by one GE category at a time
GE Courses - Search for Classes
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Schedule Planner:Schedule Planner Open Courses

Search for Classes/Timetable:

Open classes - using Search for Classes


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Schedule Planner:
Instruction Mode - Schedule Planner
Search for Classes/Timetable
Mode of Instruction - TImetable
Tip: choose Blended instead of Online to find courses that are both in-person and online
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Schedule Planner:

Change Sessions in Schedule Planner

Search for Classes/Timetable - under Additional Search Criteria
Searchable Timetable Sessions
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Two writing emphasis courses are required for the General Education Program. However, students may also satisfy this requirement by completing certain majors that have the writing requirement built into the curriculum. 
Search for Classes/Timetable - under Additional Search Options
Find writing emphasis course in Timetable
Currently, there is no way to search for writing emphasis courses in Schedule Planner.
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After clicking "finish enrolling" in the registration process, you will see either a green check mark or a red X on the last page. The green check mark means you were successfully enrolled. The red X means you were not enrolled, and a message will appear. Always read the error message so you know why the process failed. Below screenshot is an example error.

Permission required to enroll

Here are some of the most common errors:

  • Class is full/closed.
    • A blue box indicates closed classes when you're looking in the schedule of classes. A green circle means open/available seats.
    • You can request an override from the instructor. However, the instructor may say no, based on room size or if the class itself is able to handle additional students.
  • You do not meet one or more of the prerequisites.
    • You can request an override from the instructor. However, the instructor may say no, as prerequisites are intended to ensure students have the necessary background learning to succeed in the class.
  • Time conflict
    • Remember that shorter classes, like 2nd half semester classes, don't show up in the weekly calendar view if an earlier week is displaying.
    • You will likely need to drop something else if you need this class.
    • Time conflicts require dean's office approval to override, and are only given on a very limited basis. 
  • Holds
    • Go back to your WINGS homepage and find the "Holds" section on the right-hand side. Click on Details to find out more about the hold and who to contact.
    • The most common are advising holds and financial holds.
  • Going over maximum number of credits
    • Undergrad can register up to 18 credits per semester, and grad students up to 15 credits. 
    • Contact your dean's office if you want to take additional credits. Please remember that additional credits means additional tuition/fees.
  • Permission is required
    • Class has started, and it is after the last day to add without permission; OR class requires every student to get permission from the instructor to get in.
    • If it is on or before the last day to add with permission, your instructor can give you an electronic override, if they agree.

If you already have electronic permission to enroll from your instructor, please remember:

  • Classes will still appear closed. You will be able to complete registration for it as long as the override was set up correctly.
  • If you have tried to register and still get one of the above errors, the override may not be set up correctly. You can contact your instructor to check or come to the Records office to double-check.
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With only a few exceptions, course wait lists are set up to auto-enroll you into the class:

  • when a seat opens up,
  • if you meet the prerequisites,
  • if there are no time conflicts,
  • if there are no holds on your account,
  • if it doesn't put you over 18 credits,
  • and if you are first on the wait list to meet all these requirements.

The auto-enrollment happens once a day in the afternoon between 4:15-5pm. If a seat opens up after 5pm and you are first on the wait list, the system won't enroll you until the next afternoon.

Department-controlled wait lists are usually classes with lecture/lab components (i.e. CHM 103). They can also be classes where the department/instructor wants to approve students enrolling. Putting yourself on the wait list lets the department know you are interested, but they will still choose from the list who gets enrolled. If you aren't sure if the wait list is department-controlled, contact them to check.

How to add to a wait list:

When you go to register for the class, look for the "wait list if class is full" option and check that box before clicking Next. If you get on the wait list, you'll see a green check mark and be given a wait list position number.

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Registering for a 2nd choice class as a placeholder? Use SWAP,  not ADD for your first choice!

  1. Register for your 2nd choice class like normal
  2. Choose the SWAP option to register for your 1st choice
  3. Choose your 2nd choice class in the "Swap This Class" selection
  4. Enter your 1st choice class in the "With This Class" selection and click Next

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5. Check "Wait list if class if full" on the next screen. Click Next.

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6. Click "Finish Swapping." If successful, you will be given a wait list number. If a seat opens up and you are first on the wait list, your 2nd choice class will be dropped and you'll be added to the wait listed class.

More help documents are on the WINGS Help page, under the Wait List section.

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Electronic overrides can be used through the first 10 days of the semester (deadline is shorter for shorter classes) and are given out by the instructor, the department, or the college dean's office, depending on the restriction being overridden.

Once you are given an electronic override, you must finish the process by registering for the class using WINGS or Schedule Planner.

  • For closed classes, the course will still look closed with a blue box. You will be able to register anyway, so continue with the registration process like normal (i.e. add course to your shopping cart and then register).
  • DO NOT CHECK the "Wait list if class is full" box if there is one. You will be put on the wait list instead of enrolled.
  • If you are on a wait list and given an electronic permission to get in, you should register like normal. You will still see the yellow triangle, but you don't need to select the wait list check box OR drop off the wait list first.
  • If you've tried to register and got an error, please ask your instructor to verify that the permission was placed correctly (on the right tab, on the right section, checking the right override permission). If you or the instructor need assistance, please contact the Records and Registration office

More help documents are on the WINGS Help page, under the Wait List section.