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SVSU provides support to students and faculty who are actively involved in the registration process. From how to successfully register for a class to how to withdraw on good standing – the Office of the Registrar is SVSU's active guide in helping individuals navigate these somewhat unfamiliar waters.

There are multiple avenues that inform students on how best to proceed in regards to the registration process throughout their academic career. After reviewing the various resources via the Course Catalog and the SVSU website, any additional questions left unanswered may be addressed by the Office of the Registrar.

Registration FAQ

There are two ways to register:

  1. Online through the mySVSU portal ( and then selecting "Register/Drop Sections" under the Self-Service Student Menu. For additional information please refer to How to Register (1,148KB) .
  2. In-person at the Office of the Registrar, located on the first floor of Wickes Hall.

There could be multiple reasons why a student cannot register online:

  • It may not be the correct time to register. Please verify via Registration Dates and Times
  • There might be a hold on the student's account. Holds can be from academic advising, the student's major or minor department, financial services and so on.
  • If there is a prerequisite stopping the student from registering for the class. If this is the case, the student will need the instructor's permission to enter the class. The instructor will need to sign the registration form before it is submitted or s/he needs to send an email to this effect in advance to (The instructor can also email this to the student and the student can submit a copy to the Office of the Registrar). All emails must be sent from an SVSU email address. 

Please contact the Office of the Registrar at (989) 964-4085 for any further clarification or assistance.

The registration dates and times for each semester are outlined in the Registration Dates and Times page.

*Important Note: Registration time is determined by the total credits completed and does not include credits "in-progress" or credits for courses numbered below the 100 level (i.e. Math 0080, English 080 and so on). Officially evaluated transfer credits are included in a student's completed credits. Students will not be allowed to register before their scheduled registration time. New undergraduate students must register through a new student program. Please contact Admissions at (989) 964-4200 for more information. New graduate, teacher certification and current freshman students who have zero credits completed should follow the appropriate alphabetical schedule. 

Students can look up class offerings by going to, clicking on the Quicklinks at the top of the page and then clicking on Course Lookup

If a student is already registered for class(es), they can add classes with the instructor's permission during the first two weeks of the new semester. The instructor can approve the late add by signing an official registration form or in an email using her/his SVSU email account. If using an email, students must register in person with the paper copy of the email. For calendar-specific deadlines, including spring/summer, please see the Important Semester Dates calendar. 

If a student has financial aid, then it is strongly recommended that they talk to a financial aid advisor before they drop any courses. 

*International Students need a signature from an advisor in International Programs before withdrawing from a class. 

Courses can only be dropped online or in-person for a 100% refund until that last business day of late registration (last day of the first week of classes). These dates will be shorter during the spring and summer semesters, please see the Important Semester Dates.

Any withdrawal from a course after the last day of late registration will need to be completed in-person at the counter of the Office of the Registrar on the first floor of Wickes Hall. Students may also mail or fax (989-964-2555) a written course withdrawal request. The written request must include the student's signature and must be received in the Office of the Registrar by the posted deadline. Also, students should keep a copy of the fax or hard copy letter for their own files. Emails will not be accepted.

Financial refunds are not available after the last day to withdraw with a 25% refund. Please see the Important Semester Dates for withdrawal refund dates.

Withdrawals after the no refund date are possible until the end of the withdrawal period. After the close of the withdrawal window, instructors will assign grades as appropriate at the end of the semester.

Withdrawal forms can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. 

Also, please note that if a course withdrawal results in a course schedule that is less than 12 credits, your financial aid will likely be affected.  If this is the case, and you are receiving financial aid, please confer with the Campus Financial Services Center before withdrawing from any classes: 964-4900 or

It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from a course within the deadlines posted on the Important Semester Dates calendar.  Not attending class or telling a professor about the intention to withdraw will not substitute for this obligation.

A medical withdraw can be requested if you are ill or physically unable to attend SVSU as a student. To make the request, which will involve a withdrawal from all courses and a possible prorated tuition refund, a student or representative must direct a written request to the Associate Registrar that explains the circumstances at or 989-964-4085.

Official medical documentation via the Health Care Provider Medical Withdrawal Verification Form (267KB) must be attached with the application. Please deliver the form to the Office of the Registrar and the materials will be reviewed by the medical withdrawal committee. If you have any questions please contact the Associate Registrar and Chair of the Medical Withdrawal Committee at or 989-964-4085.

For more information, please visit the Operations Manual to review the Medical withdrawal Tuition Refund Policy.

In the event of a student's death, usually, the student's family will contact the university. Such information should be conveyed to the Office of the Registrar with documentation (e.g. obituary) and the student will be withdrawn from all classes.

An entry will be made into the student database after notification.

If a student is considering a Complete Withdrawal, they must inform the Office of the Registrar of this intention. From there, the student will be referred to the Campus Financial Services Center and the Academic Advising Center to discuss the consequences of this decision. Also, other offices might need to be informed, including Housing. Please see the Withdrawing from the University (365KB) checklist. 

Important: Please note that a Complete Withdrawal is separate from a Medical Withdrawal. For more information about withdrawals, please visit our Withdrawals page.


For more information on the payment due date please see, Payment Due Dates.

Refunds should be implemented automatically. For more information, see Refund of Tuition and Fees in the Campus Financial Service Center. For any questions please contact the Campus Financial Services Center at or (989) 964-4900.  

Guest students cannot register using student planner because there is no plan set up for them. Guest students needs to register using the course catalog function or by emailing

*IT and office support will be unavailable during the weekends and holiday breaks. 


Office of the Registrar
Wickes 151
(989) 964-4085