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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

Incoming first-year and transfer students who attended orientation before July 1 will have additional time to make changes to their schedules July 27-31. Students who attend orientation after July 1 will have access to the most recent updates and be able to register using the updated course schedule during their registration session. All students will be able to update their registration during the add/drop period which begins right before school starts in August.

First-year students who attend summer orientation should plan on taking their Signature Course in the fall semester. All first-year students are required to take a Signature Course. As a first-year student, you should be able to register for a Signature Course on your own. 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 and you had an opportunity to register for classes during the April/May registration period, your next opportunity to register for a Signature Course will be during add/drop starting Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Please check back then for information on how to add a Signature Course during the add/drop period.

  • 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.