How to Register

Registration Information


  • Registration for Summer and Fall opens in early April.
  • Registration for Spring opens in early November.
  • Registration dates depend on Earned Hours and can be found on the Registration Calendar.


  • Registration access begins at 7 a.m. on the first day of each group’s registration period. Web registration will be available 24 hours a day. Students must have a RAN in order to register. Students’ RAN numbers are available from their advisor.
  • Closed Class Overrides are not available until the first day of classes. Students seeking to enroll in a closed class should choose the Waitlist option (see below).
  • Instructor Permission is required for some classes and is indicated in the Class Title. Students seeking to enroll in those classes should contact the Instructor for an Instructor Permission Override. The Instructor Permission Override will not grant registration access for a Closed Class.
  • Waitlists are available on almost all classes and we encourage students to choose the Waitlist option if they want to register for a class that is full. When students sign up for the Waitlist option and a seat becomes available, the 1st student on the Waitlist will receive an email notifying them that they have 24 hours from the date/time of the email to register for the class in OnePort. If the student does not register in the 24 hour period, their ability to register expires and the next student on the Waitlist is notified. Students should check their email daily for possible notification that they may register for a Waitlisted class. Students on the Waitlist are not automatically registered for the class – they must log in to OnePort and register themselves for the class.
  • Please remember to check for any holds that you might have on your account.
  • Payments: Payment for Fall semester is due August 1. Payment for Summer is due May 20.

Registration FAQs

When will the schedule of classes be available online?

The schedule of classes is available for viewing on the web after the designated Fall Break for the upcoming Spring semester and after the designated Spring Break for the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters.

When is Early Registration and when does the web open?

Early registration occurs for current students in April for summer and fall classes, and in November for spring classes. The Office of the Registrar produces a Registration Calendar that is updated each semester with appropriate dates for registration indicating when web registration is accessible as well as access dates and times for each classification of student.

How do I get on a class waitlist?

  1. Log in to OnePort and try to register for the course.
  2. If the course is closed, students will receive one of two messages:
    a. “Closed – waitlist open”: This means space is available on the waitlist.
    b. “Closed – waitlist closed”: This means the waitlist is full.
    Note: If a message of “Open – Reserved for Waitlist” is received, this means that a seat in the class has opened but is reserved for students on the waitlist.
  3. If students receive the “closed – waitlist open” message, they may add themselves to the waitlist via OnePort and wait for a seat to open. The option to add to the waitlist is under the drop-down box where they add/drop. Students may monitor their position on the waitlist via OnePort by viewing their detailed schedule.
  4. If students receive the “closed – waitlist closed” message, they will not have the option to add themselves to the waitlist because no additional spots are available. Students may, however, check back periodically to see if a space on the waitlist becomes available.
  5. If students place themselves on the waitlist and a seat opens up in the course, notification is sent to their UNC Asheville email. Students then have 24 hours from the time the notification is sent to add the course through their OnePort account. If the time expires, students must begin the waitlist process over again.
  6. If students place themselves on the waitlist and decide they no longer want to take the course, they must log in to OnePort and drop themselves off the waitlist so the next student can be notified.

For New Students

Accepted students will receive their OnePort log-in information with their acceptance letter, along with other important instructions on how to register for classes. Oftentimes, new students are required to attend a new student orientation in order to get registered, so it’s important to read the acceptance letter carefully as well as any other communications from UNC Asheville.

For Current Students

Each semester, advising will occur in March for summer and fall registration, and in October for spring registration. Students meet with their assigned advisor to discuss what classes to take and to obtain their registration access number (RAN) which is required in order to be able to register for classes.

Early registration occurs for current students in April, for summer and fall classes, and in November for spring classes. Registration is based on a student’s earned hours with 105+ earned hours beginning first. Earned hours do not include any hours for which students are currently registered unless they have been graded.

Every semester, a registration calendar is posted on the Registrar’s website. The registration calendar gives the timeline when registration begins for each grouping of earned hours. Web Registration is available 24 hours a day.

Students should remember to check for any registration holds on their account prior to their registration appointment time! They should do this via their OnePort account.

For more information on class registration, stop by the Academic Success Center in 011 Ramsey Library.

Drop/Add, Late Add and Withdrawals

During the registration period, you can add and/or drop courses online via OnePort. You can only add or drop courses online; audits or withdrawals require additional paperwork, which is available within the Academic Success Center.

How do I change my schedule after the add/drop deadline has passed?

During the second week of class in a fall or spring semester, students may still add a course with permission by bringing a completed Late Add form to the Academic Success Center. After that, in order to add a class, the student must petition. Remember: there is no guarantee that a petition will be approved.

Students may withdraw from a course during the 2nd to 6th week of class in a fall/spring semester. After the drop/add period ends, which is the first week of class in fall/spring, a student’s only option to leave a class is to withdraw. There is no “late drop.” Please see the academic calendar for summer withdrawal dates.

Students have the opportunity to petition for an enrollment exception (such as a Late Add or Late Withdrawal from a course after the corresponding deadlines have passed). If you pursue this option, remember this form is a petition – approval is contingent upon proving that extenuating circumstances kept you from being able to make an enrollment change within the designated deadline. Completion of this form does not automatically guarantee approval; therefore, it is important for you to provide a thorough explanation of your circumstances and supporting documentation.

Students claiming medical reasons for their request should submit a Medical Statement form.

Late Add

This period lasts during the 6th – 10th days of the semester. Students seeking to add a course to their schedule during this period must fill out a late add form in the Academic Success Center and get it signed by both the instructor and Chair of the Department for the course in order for it to be processed.


If a student no longer wants to be enrolled in a course and does not drop the course during the first 5 days of the semester, a withdrawal form must be submitted. This form requires the student’s advisor and instructor signatures. Special attention is required for the 2 boxes in the middle of the form to determine if additional signatures from the Dean of Students and Financial Aid are also necessary.

Withdrawal from a full semester course: The withdrawal period begins on the 6th day of the semester and lasts through the end of the 6th week for fall and spring semesters.

Can I audit a class instead of withdrawing from it?

It depends. If you want or need to take the course again in the future, an audit may be more appropriate. Auditing a course will allow you to continue to attend the course and be exposed to the course material, which may assist in the future when you enroll in the course again. Audit forms require the instructor’s signature, which is indicative that a discussion and mutual agreement about performance expectations has been met between the instructor and student. Regular tuition and fees still apply for audited courses.