Force Registration

Undergraduate Force Registration Policy

Many College of Arts and Sciences courses have additional registration requirements such as prerequisites and co-requisites. Please make sure that you review the course requirements in the undergraduate catalog before you submit a force registration request. If a course has an active waitlist, you should add yourself to the waitlist.

You cannot request force registration into a closed course. Instead, you may want to consider a Free Elective.

Free electives are courses that have no enrollment requirements and typically fall outside of the required courses for your area of academic study. Some of the courses on this list could be free electives and UB Curriculum requirements. Speak with your academic advisor to discuss alternate course options.

Students can submit force registration requests for the following reasons:

1. Prerequisite or Corequisite Missing. This is only accepted if the following conditions apply:

a. Transfer work is in progress or has not been received by UB. Students must supply proof of enrollment and completion of the prerequisite or corequisite courses.

b. Student received an exception to use a specific course in place of a prerequisite or corequisite.

2. Time Conflict. Time conflict errors occur when you are trying to enroll in two courses that are at the same time, which is not possible. You will need to select other options.

3. Repeat. Students are permitted to self-enroll in a class twice. Any attempts to register for the class beyond the two permitted must be approved by the department.

4. Permission Required. This pertains to classes that require specific permissions from the academic department, i.e. Internships, Research, etc.

*Requests are reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please allow for additional processing time during high-volume periods like open registration.

To request force registration into an open course that has restrictions, please complete the Force Registration Request form.

  • Select the course, section, and appropriate reason for the request. Students may need to justify or provide supporting documentation for your request.   
  • Before you submit your request, please check to see if the course you are interested in has a waitlist. If it does, please add yourself to the waitlist, and do not submit a force registration request. 

You will not be able to submit a force registration request for a term until your enrollment appointment start date! Go to the Manage Classes tile in the HUB Student Center to view your enrollment dates. This form is only available during valid registration dates. You cannot submit force registration requests after the add/drop deadline for the given semester.