Students are expected to register during the designated registration periods for their next quarter on campus. Prior to registration, students are required to acquaint themselves with the class schedule, academic policies, procedures, and regulations in this catalog and the policies found on the Registrar's website. The student's advisor must clear the student to register before the student may register for classes. The Registrar's Office reserves the right to move students from one section of a course to another to balance the sections (if requested by the department) or to accommodate the schedules of all students registered for a particular course.
A student's registration is not finalized until the student's fees are paid or arrangements for payment have been made with the business office. The College reserves the right to withdraw a student for failure to meet the designated deadlines of registration. Registration may be denied a student for failure to adhere to health center regulations (such as failure to provide proof of vaccinations or other health information as required), lack of tuition payment, failure to declare a major by the end of the sophomore winter quarter, or as a result of disciplinary action.
A student may register for an independent study course (198/298/398/498) in an area of interest that is not available as a regularly offered course; or, under special circumstances (such as the unavailability of a required course), a student may take a regular course as an independent study. All independent study applications require the approval of the instructor, department chair, advisor, and Registrar. Independent Study is a full-unit course, and students may not receive credit for more than one independent study course per quarter nor for more than two independent studies during degree completion. Applications are due in the Registrar's Office by 5 p.m. Friday of the first week of the quarter.
Registering for the Credit/No Credit Option for Seniors
During the senior year, a student may elect to complete one letter-graded course as credit/no credit (CR/NC) if the following conditions are met:
The CR/NC option is irrevocable after the drop/add deadline.
Registering to Repeat a Course
A course in which a student earned a grade of D, F, W, or NC may be repeated. If the repeated enrollment is at Kalamazoo College, both attempts will appear on students' transcripts, but only the most recent attempt will be used to calculate the Kalamazoo College cumulative GPA, and only one unit of credit total will be earned. Any course repeated at another institution will not affect the original course grade on the Kalamazoo College transcript and is not used in the calculation of the Kalamazoo College cumulative GPA. A student may not transfer in credit for a repeated course if the student earned credit (D- or higher) for the original course. Students may not repeat a course, either at Kalamazoo College or at another institution, to replace a D or F once they have taken a higher level course.
Repeating Partial-Credit Courses
Partial-credit courses, such as ARTX 200, BIOL 200, and PE activity courses, may be repeated to earn a full unit of credit. Students may earn up to two units for Theatre Production (THEA 200), and up to five units for partial-credit courses within the Music department (music ensembles and applied music courses). Students may audit partial-credit courses in PE and the arts after reaching the maximum number of units, but will not earn addition units of credit toward graduation.
The period during which students may drop and add courses begins shortly after priority registration is complete and continues through the first week of the quarter. A student who wishes to add a course during first week should consult with the course instructor to determine how the student will make up any missed assignments or activities. After the third day of the term students must have the instructor's signature to add a course. Certain courses, such as music ensembles, applied music courses, physical education activities, and theatre production courses, have an extended drop/add deadline of the end of the second week of the quarter to provide students and instructors time to make arrangements for the quarter.
The day after the drop/add deadline for a term is the official "census date" for the quarter, when a student’s status as a full-time or part-time student is determined based on the number of units for which the student is enrolled. All changes to a student’s class schedule must be on file in the Registrar's office by this time. Students will receive grades for all classes that appear on the final class schedule and only for those classes.
From the second week through the eighth week of a quarter, students may exercise their option to withdraw from a course. After eighth week students may not withdraw from a course, although they may withdraw from the College. When a student withdraws from a course the course remains on the student's transcript with a grade of a W. Because the course remains on the transcript, the financial aid full-time enrollment requirement is still met for almost all programs. Note that Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards must also be met (see the Financial Aid Policies section in this catalog). In addition to the implications for financial aid, students should be aware that course withdrawal may affect a student's medical insurance coverage, athletic eligibility, study abroad eligibility, sequencing of classes, and timely completion of degree requirements.
Students may not withdraw below two units in any given quarter. Students experiencing serious health difficulties, a family emergency, or some other extraordinary circumstance outside the student's control should meet with the Dean of Students to discuss possibly withdrawing from the College, underloading, or other options. (See the sections on Underloading, Withdrawals, and Leaves of Absence for more information.)
Registering to Audit a Course
Students may audit a course with permission of the instructor. There is no official registration or notation on the transcript. There is no audit fee for registered Kalamazoo College students.
Registration and Study Abroad
See the section on Study Abroad for information on choosing courses while on study abroad and for information on how credit from those courses is applied to a student's transcript. Students register for their first quarter on campus after study abroad in the usual way. They should contact their advisor and then register online during the registration period in the prior quarter.