Registration Process

Students must register during the scheduled registration periods. A student may not attend any class until his or her registration is complete. Those who enter courses after class work has begun are responsible for all work prior to their entrance. Registration is not officially complete until all registration forms and course enrollments are complete and applicable fees paid. Students must validate enrollment for their schedule of classes to be confirmed. Enrollment validation is the clearing of tuition and related fees with the Cashier’s Office. Students who do not validate their enrollment will be notified that their schedules have been canceled.

A faculty advisor is assigned to each student based on the the student’s intended major. Students who have not declared a major will be advised by someone in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. In the registration packet of First-time freshmen will receive their student log-ins, passwords, email accounts and advisors’ name after their confirmation of enrollment is submitted to Admissions.

Credit for Courses

A semester hour is the amount of credit given for one clock-hour (50 minutes) in class per week for fifteen weeks (or the equivalent). Therefore, a class meeting three hours per week carries three semester hours of credit.

Academic Load

For tuition and financial aid purposes, twelve credit hours is considered a full load in a fall or spring semester. However, the regular course load for a student during a fall or spring semester is twelve credit hours. A regular load for a summer session is 6 hours.

Generally, 18 hours is the maximum load that a student may carry during a fall or spring semester; although certain technical programs may specify more. Any student outside these technical areas who wishes to enroll in more than eighteen credit hours must request permission from Academic Affairs. Seven credit hours is the maximum allowed during a summer semester without special permission from the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Courses taken concurrently at other institutions, as well as independent study (correspondence) courses, will be considered in calculating maximum load.

Course Prerequisites

No student may enroll in a course before successfully completing the prerequisite of that course. Prerequisites of a course are noted following the course description.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students who present transcripts of college-level credit from regionally accredited institutions can receive up to 60 hours credit toward a degree under the following conditions:

  • Only courses with a grade of “C” or better will be accepted.

All credit hours of accepted college-level work will be entered on the student’s permanent academic record; however, transfer credit hours will not be included in the cumulative grade point average reflected on the transcript of academic record.

To have transfer hours officially assessed, students must be enrolled at Allen University. Admissions sends the official transfer transcript to the appropriate division chairs for evaluation. After review, the division chairs submit completed evaluations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who then forwards it to the Office of the Registrar for input.

Dropping a Course

A student who drops a course must obtain a Course Withdrawal Form from the Office of the Registrar or download the form at, obtain the signature of the instructor and return the form to the Office of the Registrar.

Students must be officially withdrawn to avoid receiving an “F” in a course. The schedule for the final date for withdrawing from a course is listed on the academic calendar. Refunds will be made according to the Refund Schedule.

If a student withdraws from a course, his or her grade will be recorded on the transcript as “W” (withdrawal). See Academic Catalog.