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How to Register for Classes

Comprehensive Guide to Registration

 Important Registration Dates


  • TBD: Your academic advisor will be available to answer questions you may have as you choose your courses for Fall 2024. More guidance available here: Bobcat Advising Center
  • June 24, 2024 - June 30, 2024: Online registration for first year and transfer students for Fall 2024 classes

You will register for classes on the platform. You will choose courses based on your intended major, previous course-work (college, AP, IB), and placement exam scores.  

This website provides how-to resources for navigating the online registration system, and alert you to other requirements to ensure you are prepared for registration. More information about how to choose classes can be found here: Bobcat Advising Center

You can check your priority registration appointment under MyRegistrationTime, Prepare for Registration on the portal. Registration remains open for schedule changes 24 hours a day and 7 days a week after your priority registration appointment time.

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When Can I Register for Classes?

You will register for classes on the UC Merced Connect Platform December 13, 2023 based on your predetermined appointment time.

Click on the “My Registration” icon and then select "Prepare for Registration". 

More dates & deadlines:

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Video: How to Register for Your Classes



Step 1: Building a Class Schedule

  1. Determine which courses to take. (BAC) In general, courses should be taken in sequence. For example, if you are currently taking CHEM 2, you should take CHEM 10 the following semester. 
  2. Consult the Schedule of Courses at to ensure that the courses you want to take will be offered.
  3. Begin constructing your schedule. Note the following:
    • Most courses have multiple components, such as lecture, discussion, and/or lab. Be sure to include all of the required components. These are considered “Linked” sections. You can view all required components by selecting the “View Linked” icon within the course schedule. 
    • Select lecture times first, then discussions and/or labs for each course.
    • Record the 5-digit CRN for each component of each course.

See screenshots below:

Screenshot: Most courses have multiple components, such as lecture (LECT) and discussion (DISC)

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Step 2: Registering for Classes

  1. Log on to the UC Merced Connect Platform and click on My Registration Icon.

    Screenshot: Log on to, then select the my Registration Icon.
  2. To register for courses, select Register for Classes.

    Screenshot: Select Register/Add Drop Classes

  3. Select the appropriate term. There are three areas included on this screen: 1) Find Classes (or Enter CRNs), 2) Summary, and 3) Schedule. Under Find Classes, you can search for courses you want to register for or you can use the Enter CRN tab to enter the CRNs directly. The Summary area will provide a summary where you will take action to add, drop, or remove a course. Within the Schedule area, you can view your week at a glance for all registered courses.


    Screenshot: You must input all associated CRNs (lecture, discussion and/or lab) for a course at the same time
  4. Don't forget to click submit and verify that you successfully registered for each course. If you have successfully registered for a course, "Registered" will be displayed in the Status column.

    Screenshot: If you have successfully registered for a course, "Registered" will be displayed in the Status column.

  5. If you encounter errors, pay close attention to the top right corner. More information about common errors can be found here:

    Screenshot: Registration errors will appear in the top right corner.

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Step 3: Viewing Your Class Schedule

  1. After successfully registering for your classes without any holds or errors you can see an overview of your schedule. Select Registration at the top of the screen. 

    Screenshot: Click on Select a Term to see detailed information about your classes.


  2. In the View Registration Information, you can select a term to see detailed information about your classes, including the days, times, locations, instructors and more. 

    Screenshot: View of Summary.

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Troubleshooting: Common Registration Errors

More information about common linking errors can be found here:

Linking Error

You may get a "Linked Course Required" error if you have not enrolled for all parts of a course. For example, a course lecture (LECT) may be linked to a corresponding lab (LAB) and discussion (DISC). You must enroll in all components of a course at the same time.


Tips to avoid this error:

  1. You must enroll in all parts of the class (lect, discussion, lab, etc.)
  2. For each lecture, there are a list of discussions that you can enroll in, choose one discussion section that is open. Choose view linked to view linked sections. Here is an example: 

    Screenshot: You may get a linking error if you do not enroll in all components of a course (i.e., LECTURE and D)


  3. There are some courses (i.e., Phys 008, Chem 002 and Phys 009) that have paired discussions and labs. For each lecture, you will need to enroll in a paired discussion and lab section. Here is an example: 

    Screenshot: Lectures (LECT) may be linked to paired discussions (D) and labs (L)


Major Restriction Error

You may get a "Major, Minor or Concentration Restriction" error if a course you are trying to add requires you to be declared in a certain major.  You should choose another course or contact your advisor for assistance.

Tips to avoid this error:

  1. Find out which courses are restricted by major in the course schedule at Select the hyperlinked Title for a course to view course details.

    Screenshot: Select the hyperlinked Title to view course details

  2. The course detail view will show any major restrictions:

    Screenshot: Class details/restrictions view will describe major restrictions


Prerequisite Error

You may get a "Prerequisite Not Completed" error if the course you are trying to register for requires you to complete another course first.
Screenshot: Prerequisite requirements can cause registration add errors

Tips to avoid this error:

  1. To see prerequisites for a specific course, select the hyperlinked CRN in the course schedule found at You can also view the University Catalog for course prerequisites. Contact your academic advisor if you need assistance.

    Screenshot: Select the hyperlinked CRN to view course details


Time Conflict Error

You may get a "Time Conflict" error if you are trying to register for two courses scheduled at the same time, or if the final exam time for one course is the same time as another. Remember, a time conflict may be with a lecture, discussion, lab or final exam.

Tips to avoid this error:

  1. Try to register for another open section of the same course, or register for a different course.
  2. You can complete a Time Conflict Override Form. Be sure to contact your academic advisor if you have any questions.

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About Registering for Math 5

MATH 5 is a hybrid course which means that students will only be attending their chosen discussion sections. In order to register for MATH 5, you must register for both a course CRN and a corresponding discussion section CRN. Disregard the “TBD” for the lecture time.

See screenshot:

Screenshot:  To register for Math 5, enter both a course CRN and a corresponding discussion CRN.

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About Placement Exams

Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Math, and Writing Placement Exams

Change of Major

OPTIONAL - Change your major (Fall First Year Students Only)

The major confirmation form for first year admits closed on June 1. Contact your Bobcat Advising Center temporary summer academic advisor if you have questions about taking courses in Spring 2024 for your intended major.

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Registration Resources

Weekly Schedule Planning Worksheet

Plan out your weekly course schedule to prevent time conflicts with classes.

MyDegree Path

Plan the courses you need to take for current and future semesters to stay on track to graduate on time.

University Catalog

Find in-depth information about degree requirements, course information, and academic policies. NOTE: Incoming fall 2023 students, your catalog year will be 2023-24. This new catalog that applies for all incoming First Year and Transfer students will be available in June.

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar's website provides information on the academic calendar, course scheduling, academic policies and enrollment verification.

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Contact an Academic Advisor

See Who is My Academic Advisor? for the best academic advising contact.


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