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Course Registration FAQs

Course Request is the first phase of course registration. Review the Course Request dates. 

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Drop/Add is the second phase of course registration. Review the Drop/Add dates.

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CRN is short for Course Request Number. This is the unique identifier number for each section of a course at Virginia Tech. The first digit of a CRN number is associated with the semester:

  • 1 or 2 = Spring
  • 4 = Winter
  • 6 = Summer I, Summer II, and Summer III
  • 8 or 9 = Fall
  • Example: 90100 would be a Fall CRN

A common error during course request is requesting CRNs from the wrong semester. Make sure you are requesting CRN numbers for the appropriate semester.

To check if you have a hold on your account, visit Hokie Spa > Hokie Wallet > Administrative Holds. If you have a hold on your account which impacts registration, you will need to contact the office that has placed the hold prior to being able to complete course registration. If you are not able to remove your hold in time to complete course request, you will be able to add courses to your schedule during the drop/add period provided the hold is removed.

Full-time status during both fall and spring semesters is 12 credit hours. However, it is recommended you enroll in 15-17 credit hours and follow the guidelines on your intended Engineering major checksheet.

The maximum number of credit hours you can take is 19 credit hours.

There can be multiple sections of a class; some sections may be restricted while others are not. If a class you want is restricted, check other sections to see if they are restricted. View course restrictions on the Timetable of Classes or Course Registration System on Hokie Spa by clicking on the CRN or class title and reading the Course Restrictions. If all sections are restricted, you will not be able to request or register for that particular course.

If a course has an engineering major restriction (such as MINE, CE, etc.) and you are not able to declare that engineering major during the spring Change of Major process, then you most likely will be dropped from the course following the spring Change of Major process. You will most likely need to re-add the course to your schedule during the Drop/Add process after you have declared your major following the Change of Major period at the end of the summer.

You must be currently enrolled in the pre-requisites at Virginia Tech or have credit for the pre-requisites showing on Hokie Spa to request or add a course.

If you are completing a pre-requisite at another institution you must wait until you have a final grade in the approved course equivalent on your transcript from your transfer institution to be added to the Virginia Tech courses that you need. Contact your academic advisor to ask how to add courses to your Virginia Tech schedule if you receive a pre-requisite error during course request or drop/add.

You can view your transfer credits on Hokie Spa > Grades Menu > Transfer and Other Additional Credit. If you have not sent your AP scores, IB scores, or dual enrollment transcripts to Virginia Tech, you should send them to the Registrar's Office.

If you have unprocessed transfer credit for a pre-requisite for a course you will not be able to request or register for that course. If you are unable to course request certain classes due to not having the pre-requisites showing on Hokie Spa, you will have the opportunity to add those classes during the Drop/Add period once your transfer credits are processed.

Force-adding is only available during the Drop/Add phase of course registration. If you meet the requirements to have a course force-added to your schedule, you can find information about common force-add procedures here. Please be aware that your GE Academic Advisor cannot force-add you into classes.

To transfer credits back to Virginia Tech from another institution, complete the steps here. Pre-approval is required to transfer credits from an institution not in the Virginia Community College System.

The College of Engineering change of major requirement courses are CHEM 1035; CHEM 1045; ENGE 1215 (C- min); ENGE 1216 (C- min); ENGL 1105; ENGL 1106; MATH 1225; MATH 1226; and PHYS 2305. Completing these courses are your first priority.

For many engineering majors, there is an additional course listed on the checksheet for the first-year spring semester. Some of these courses include CS 1114, ECE 1004, MATH 2114 (or 1114), etc. While these courses are required for the individual engineering degrees and might be pre-requisite for courses listed for the second-year fall semester, these courses aren't required to be completed in order to declare your major. 

In addition to required courses, you must have a minimum of 12 GPA hours at Virginia Tech (maximum of 55 GPA hours) and have a minimum 2.0 overall GPA (a 3.0 overall GPA will guarantee your first-choice Engineering major, with the exception of Biomedical Engineering) to declare an Engineering major. 

Transferring Credit
If you are transferring credit for a change of major requirement course, you must show proof of credit (unofficial or official transcript) by the transfer credit deadline. Review page How to Declare an Engineering Major for more details.

Major-Restricted Courses
Some Engineering courses are major restricted. If you don't declare a degree-granting Engineering major by the start of the next semester, you may not be able to take major-restricted Engineering courses. View course restrictions on the Timetable of Classes or Course Registration System by clicking on the CRN or class title and reading Course Restrictions. 

Hokie Scheduler is a tool available on Hokie Spa that can be used to generate a list of courses (including the CRN for the courses) to course request. If you decide to use Hokie Scheduler, be aware of the following:

  • By creating a schedule on Hokie Scheduler, it doesn't mean you have requested those courses for course request. You will then need to put the CRNs into the Course Request system on Hokie Spa.
  • Ensure you request both lecture and lab CRNs for courses like CS 2114 or PHYS 2306 that require two CRNs (lab and lecture sections). Hokie Scheduler may not give you both lecture and lab CRNs for that course when searching for a schedule.

Basic Course FAQs

If you are enrolled in MATH 1225 this semester, you should most likely plan on taking MATH 1226 and PHYS 2305 over the summer (if able) if you want to declare your engineering major after the summer.

If you are enrolled in MATH 1014 or 1025 this semester, you should plan on taking at least MATH 1225 over the summer if able. By taking MATH 1225 over the summer, be aware that will push MATH 1226 and PHYS 2305 to either the second part of the summer or next fall. Please speak with your advisor to discuss your plans to complete MATH 1226 and PHYS 2305.

If enrolling in PHYS 2305 or PHYS 2306, you must add two CRNs to your schedule - 4-credit lecture and a 0-credit lab. Note the additional time listed for the 4-credit lecture is NOT the lab.

If enrolling in either CS 1114 or CS 2114, you must add two CRNs to your schedule - 3-credit lecture and a 0-credit lab.

If your English Placement was ENGL 1106, you will need to earn a C- or better in ENGL 1106 to receive retroactive advanced standing credit for ENGL 1105.

If your English Placement was ENGL 1106, but you did not earn a C- or better or if you used a course withdrawal for ENGL 1106, you may need to complete both ENGL 1105 and ENGL 1106. If you are in either of these situations, contact your academic advisor.

If you have earned credit for both ENGL 1105 and ENGL 1106, you have met the first-year writing requirement.