Registration

Undergraduate Course Load
Graduate Course Load
Registration Changes, Permission Numbers, and Late Fees
Dropping Courses
Withdrawals


Registration takes place online through CAESAR prior to each academic quarter. Registration for fall quarter is during the previous May (for returning students) and during orientation week (for incoming students), registration for winter quarter is mid-November, and registration for spring quarter is mid-February. For a complete academic calendar, see the Registrar’s Office academic calendar online. Students are responsible for all information and/or regulations stated in the class schedule. CAESAR is the official and primary source of information on registration and course selection.

Undergraduate Course Load

Music students may register in advance through CAESAR for up to 5.5 units. A course load of 6.0 credits or more is considered an overload. For permission to take an overload, stop by the Office of Student Affairs; a staff member will speak with you about your course load and approve it if appropriate. Some cases may be referred to the assistant dean for approval. Course loads over 5.5 credits are subject to an overload charge, however, applied lessons, ensembles, and chamber music are exempt from the 5.5 credit limit for Bachelor of Music students and will not generate overload charges unless the total registration exceeds 7.0 credits.

Graduate Course Load

Graduate students must be registered full-time (3 units) for each quarter of residency. Students may register in advance through CAESAR for up to 4.5 units. For permission to register to the maximum 5.0 units, please contact Graduate Services. A course load of more than 5 units is considered an overload and will incur additional tuition charges. Though graduate students may take more than 5 units by paying for additional tuition, students are urged to speak with an advisor before doing so. Some courses, such as independent studies and doctoral continuation, require registration through Graduate Services.

Registration Changes, Permission Numbers, and Late Fees

Students are responsible for making any changes in their registration by the University’s designated deadlines. This is done on-line through CAESAR and all adds and class section changes must be completed during the first week of each quarter. Students are charged a $30 fee for late registration after the posted add/drop deadlines in a given quarter. It is also the student’s responsibility to obtain a permission number for any classes needing instructor permission to enroll. The course instructor should be contacted for permission numbers.

Dropping Courses

Students are responsible for dropping their own courses when necessary. Courses are dropped through CAESAR and must be done before the drop deadline (approximately half-way through each quarter). Make sure you check your registration on-line before the drop deadline to ensure that you have enrolled in the correct courses. Incorrect registration in a course not dropped by the drop deadline will result in an F in that course.

Withdrawals

Students are allowed to withdraw from the University for reasons ranging from medical issues to professional opportunities. Withdrawal forms are available in the RCMA Office of Student Affairs or the University Registrar’s office.  Students who withdraw are allowed to return to the Bienen School of Music within one calendar year of the withdrawal date without having to re-audition or re-apply for admission, as long as the student withdrew in good academic standing. If a student has withdrawn for one calendar year or more, the studio/program faculty may choose to require a performance audition for re-admission to the studio/major program. Music Studies faculty also may require an interview and portfolio of completed work for re-admission. After returning from a withdrawal, students are not guaranteed applied study with their previous studio teacher. For withdrawals from individual courses, follow the procedure outlined on the Registrar’s Office website