In this section:

  • Before You Register
  • During Registration
  • After Registration

To make good decisions about your registration, you need to be fully admitted to Metropolitan State University. Additionally, completion of the Online New Student Orientation is required.  The on-campus Group Advising and Registration (GAR) and Program Information Meeting (PIM) are strongly recommended but not required.  The GAR/PIM will help you understand the requirements, resources, and strategies needed to complete your College of Management (COM) degree successfully. The following steps will help you to prepare for registration, choose your courses, avoid problems, and complete the necessary steps to get registered and be successful in class.

Before You Register guides you through the choices you need to make when planning for the upcoming registration.

During Registration provides information and resources about when to register, where to register, and what to register for.

After Registration lists activities you need to complete once you have registered for classes.

Before You Register

Every registration period advisors are bombarded with calls, emails, and walk-in advisees with lots of questions. Students who wait to register will find it difficult to get their questions answered in a timely manner because advisors are busy especially during registration.

Plan ahead for the next registration period about one month after current classes start. Unfortunately, if you wait to register you may find courses full and advisors difficult to reach. If you work with your advisor before registration begins, you will be able to make contact easier, the advisor’s response will be more timely, and the advisor will have more time to answer your questions thoroughly.

Check for your registration queue date in eServices. Plan ahead to register promptly for the best selection of courses.

Check for Holds on your registration. If there are any holds on your registration, you will need to have them released before you can register. You can check for holds by logging into eServices. On the left-side menu click on Registration Holds. Active holds are shown along with what you must do to release the hold.  For more information, review “Holds on Registration.”

If you are on academic warning or academic probation, the College of Management requires you to contact the Gateway Student Services to register for an online Academic Success Workshop. After completing and submitting your Academic Success Workshop worksheets to your academic advisor, call or email your academic advisor to schedule an appointment for registration approval. You will meet face-to-face with your advisor to discuss the academic standing policy and strategies to become a successful student. It can take up to 24 business hours for your hold to be released after receiving advisor approval, so plan to meet before your registration window opens.

Determine which requirements you need to complete.  Check your DARS in eServices to see which requirements you have completed and which you still need to meet.

Take your Placement/Assessments, if required. Check your DARS report for whether you need to take Placement/Assessment exams in Math, Reading, and Writing. Results from the Placement/Assessments will offer important insight into your current reading, writing, and math skills and help you select appropriate courses for your first semester. Many key Math and Writing courses require appropriate Placement/Assessment scores as registration prerequisites.

Plan Your Course Sequence. In general, freshmen, you will want to take level 100 and 200 general education courses such as writing and math right away to develop the important skills needed to be successful in college. Plan to take College of Management Foundation courses, especially math, early in your program, as they are required to declare a COM major and are prerequisites for many upper division courses. Check out College of Management Majors Tips for general information about registration readiness. Additionally, each major has its specific Major Tips to help you understand more about your intended major. See the Major Course Planner for your major to see which classes are expected to be offered during different semesters.

The Major Course Sequence shows course prerequisites for the courses required for the major. For example, FIN 390: Principles of Finance has the following prerequisites: College Algebra, Statistics, Microeconomics, and Financial Accounting. Make certain to take your prerequisite courses so you are ready to take necessary upper division courses the semester they become available.

COM Goal Areas

All College of Management Foundation and Business Core courses are offered every Semester, so you can plan to take them when needed. Upper Division Major Required courses are not always offered each semester. Here are two ways to "predict" when upper division courses will be offered during the year:

  1. A Major Course Planner is available for almost every major. It shows which courses are offered by semester and by the method, i.e. classroom, BLHY (“blended hybrid,” meaning there is significant online course work with fewer classroom meeting times), and completely online.
  2. Major Required and Major Elective courses are usually offered on a cyclical basis (e.g. courses offered this summer will typically be offered next summer). This isn't a guarantee, but it is an "educated guess." You can look at the registration website to see archives of previous semester courses.

Know which transfer courses meet requirements. If you have transferred business courses, review your DARS report to see if they have been evaluated as equivalent to a Metro State course and meet your requirement.  If you still have questions, work with your assigned academic advisor to have the course evaluated for equivalency. Don't take a course at Metropolitan State if you think you've already taken a similar course at a previous institution. If you repeat an equivalent course twice, you will not get credit the second time.

Choose any creative learning strategies that work for you. Know which classes you may not need to take or shouldn't be taking by reviewing your DARS report and talking with your academic advisor. Complete any waiver exams, CLEP tests, Prior Learning Assessments, Internship approvals, and Reading Writing and Math placement/assessments before registration begins or early in your program.

Determine your course load. Choose a course load that ensures success. When deciding on how many credits to take in a semester, consider time for homework, class meetings and commuting, as well as the time needed to meet your responsibilities outside of school such as family, work, community and social obligations. Plan to study 8 -12 hours a week (that’s 2-3 hours per credit) for a 4 credit course. Also, take into account the difficulty of the course: is it upper or lower division, is it a subject area that you enjoy or that you find difficult, what are the expectations of the instructor, how much work is implied by the syllabus?

COM Balancing School, Work, and Life

Unless you are in academic difficulty, you may register for a maximum of 16 credits per term without special permission. This means that you are responsible for planning a credit load that works for you.  You must request their academic advisor’s approval to register for more than 16 credits. If you receive financial aid, you normally must register for at least six credits to be considered part-time (contact Gateway for questions about financial aid eligibility). If you are an International student on a student visa, you must register for a minimum of 12 credits to be a full-time student (check with the International Student Advising Office for questions about visa requirements).

During Registration

When to Register: The registration period start date and registration queue dates are available online in your eServices or printed in the Registration Resources Guide. Normally, registration for summer and fall semesters begins in late March, and registration for spring semester begins in late October. You can also find the registration windows on the College of Management Advising Blog. Courses can fill fast! Be prepared to register when your window opens to ensure the best course selection. Your registration window is based on the number of credits you have completed; a combination of transfer credits (found on your DARS report) and courses with passing grades at Metropolitan State. Courses without grades are not considered completed.

If a section or course you need is full, put yourself on the waitlist. While the waitlist is active, there is no other way to get into a closed section.  Check your Metro State email frequently, because you will be notified through that email if your name comes up on the wait list.  You must register within 24 hours or you will lose your spot in the class, and also will lose your spot on the waitlist.

Where to Register: Register online through eServices, See the video How to Register if you need assistance registering.

What to Register For: Use the tools below to plan your degree progress and work with an advisor when you get stuck. The four documents you need to track your progress are:

Each undergraduate student in the College of Management is sent a copy of their Major Course Sequence (which is available on the website for the major) and a handout that describes how to access their DARS report,   which is available through eServices. Each semester before registration starts, log into eServices and review your DARS report. This way you will know what you have completed, (a green checkmark) and what you have left (a red X).  Use your Major Course Sequence to plan the order in which you can take courses. Of course, if you have questions, contacting your advisor is important.

COM Goal Areas

Registration priorities should be:

  1. Metro 101, if you are a newly admitted student with fewer than 16 transfer credits;
  2. Required Goal 1 Writing courses if you have not met the requirement
  3. Math at the appropriate placement level, if you have not completed College Algebra;
  4. COM Foundation Courses;
  5. COM Business Core and other required major courses;
  6. Remaining Goal Area and Liberal Studies courses;

Verify that you have met all course prerequisites! College of Management enforces course prerequisites strictly. You are responsible for making sure you have met the prerequisites for each course you register for. Although the registration system will enforce prerequisites for some courses, it will not check prerequisites for many courses. If you are found to be registered for a course without the prerequisites, you can be dropped from the class at any time. To avoid frustration and delay, make sure you have met all prerequisites!  If you have a prerequisite in progress when you register for the following semester, you must drop the later course if you do not earn a grade of S or C- or better in the prerequisites.

Any student registering for a 300-500 level College of Management course must have completed 30 credits and Goal 1 Writing requirement. 

Note: the registration system often does not recognize a prerequisite as met if the prerequisite course was transferred (especially if it was transferred from outside the Minnesota State system).  If you run into this issue, contact your academic advisor or Gateway for assistance.

Do not register for a course: 

If you do not have all prerequisites completed or in progress!  

Simply because there is an opening – that can be a waste of time and money. Consider whether the course is appropriate to your college level and preparation, applies toward degree requirements and contributes to your own educational goals. For example, when choosing a course for the Liberal Studies requirement, consider how the course will fit your educational interests, and perhaps how it will build knowledge and skills helpful in your career.  

Without considering how it fits your learning needs.  Some self-directed students with excellent reading and writing skills find that online courses work well for them.  However, students who thrive on face-to-face interaction with their instructor and fellow students may find online courses frustrating, alienating, and difficult to complete successfully.

Without verifying that it meets the requirement you intend it to meet.  Check the course description or course outline, the GELS course list, your major checklist, or another appropriate source. Don’t just guess that a course will meet the requirement!

That is equivalent to a course you have already successfully completed.  It is surprising how often a student will register again for a subject they have successfully completed, wasting their time and money and often delaying their graduation.

After Registration

Get confirmation of your registration. After registering, print a confirmation of your registration. Check this carefully and keep a copy for your records.

Pay tuition before the deadline. The tuition deadline is found in the academic calendar. If you plan to use financial aid, apply early and make certain you have a financial aid award in place before the payment deadline.  If you need to set up a payment plan for the semester, do so before the payment deadline to avoid being dropped for non-payment.

Warning: Students are dropped for non-payment after the tuition deadline, and once dropped, will find it difficult to get back into a closed course. For those who are not able to get into a course, keep checking eServices for possible openings.


Know the deadline for drop/add.
Many COM courses require attendance at the first class.  Students may add other before prior to the second class meeting. To add an open course (one that has open seats) after the fifth day of the term but before the second class meeting, please contact your academic advisor or the Gateway Student Services Center who will verify and place an override to allow web registration. After the second class meeting, you will have to contact the Department Chair and instructor of the course you wish to take, and the instructor must e-mail permission to Records & Registration.  Only the Department Chair can allow a student to add a closed class.

You may drop classes and get a refund through the fifth day of the term. This policy may change, so please refer to the information found in the academic calendar. Independent studies (FDIS) are on a different time frame for drop/add/withdraw which can also be found on the academic calendar.

Use MyMetroNet to access online courses, your email, academic records, the online library, and important school announcements.

Access your online course. You must have web access and a Metro State email account by the time the term starts. You will be required to participate online on a regular basis and submit assignments by due dates. Use D2L Brightspace to access your online course.

Prepare for independent studies. Refer to the class schedule for detailed instructions. For example,

  1. Instructor's permission required before registering
  2. Contact the instructor for course materials, or
  3. Contact a specific department (e.g. history department) for a course packet by a certain date.

If there are no specific instructions, after registering contact the instructor directly.

Buy Your Textbooks. Textbooks are available either at the Saint Paul Campus bookstore or online and get reading! 

Attend all Classes. To get the most out of your course be on time for class and don't leave early.

For more information contact the Advising Center at 612-659-7269.