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Register for a Signature Course

The First-Year Experience Office is here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about registering for a Signature Course.

First-year Students

All first-year students are required to take a Signature Course. As a first-year student, you should be able to register for an open Signature Course on your own during registration. If you are unable to register on your own, please do the following before emailing our office.

  • Speak with your academic advisor
  • Look through the course listings and online course schedule
  • Find the unique number for a course that you would like to register for and be sure it is listed as “open”
  • Check when your registration periods are

For more information on the course you are interested in registering for, you can look at past years’ Course Instructor Surveys.

Transfer Students

Transfer students should plan to take their Signature Course in their first spring semester at UT. There are seats for transfer students available in the fall, however, they are very limited. If you are a transfer student, please first speak to your academic advisor in your department or college about whether you are required to take a Signature Course. If it is determined that you need to take a Signature Course, you should be able to register for an open section of a Signature Course on your own. Please contact us if you need any registration help.

Continuing Students

If you are a continuing student at UT Austin, you should speak with your advisor as to whether or not you need to take the Signature Course. If it is determined that you are required to register for a Signature Course please email us during the fall 2021 add/drop period in August. Our office is working remotely in summer 2021; please take the following steps to register for a fall 2021 Signature Course:

  • Speak with your academic advisor
  • Look through the course listings and online course schedule
  • Find the unique number for a course that you would like to register for and be sure it is listed as “open”
  • Check when your registration periods are
  • Email our office during add/drop in August. Please include your EID and three unique numbers of open UGS 303 sections. UGS 302s are reserved for first-year students. We do not allow continuing students to register for fall Signature Courses over the summer.

For more information on the course you are interested in registering for, you can look at past years’ Course Instructor Surveys.