Registration Help

Select Your Classes

  • Using the Four Year Course GuidesPrograms of Study (checksheets),and the General Education Checksheet, make a list of the classes you want to register for. You may also want to check out the minors list here. If you cannot find your program on the above site, check here.
  • It is very important to select the correct year for your Program of Study. It should reflect your catalog year (the year you started your career at ASU). 
  • It is also important to officially Select your Gen Ed Themes. Selecting your themes will make your overview in Degree Works clearer.  If you select classes in different themes at any time, be sure to go back and change your theme selection.
  • Have several alternate classes in case those you want are full or have time conflicts with other ones. You may want to use the following chart for assistance in recording the classes.


CRNAcademic DeptCourse NumberSection NumberCRN for Alternate Section

The Appalachian State University Undergraduate Bulletin is an online document. It is arranged in sections and by College.  You can upload the entire Bulletin or upload a section. For example, if you want to know about the Drop Policy, you could upload “Academic Regulations” and then either read or search for the topic. To search, just do CTRL F and type in “drop.”   This will give you several options that you can look at.

It is very important that you explore this document and learn how to use it.

Not all Course Prefixes (the letters that precede the course number) are obvious. (UCO - "First Year Seminar" - as an example) Check the list of course prefixes so you can find the correct course.

Be sure to pay very careful attention to both the prefix and the course number. ENG 2050 is not the same as ENG 2010.

 *Make a note of building abbreviations when planning your schedule.  Use the interactive campus map to see where buildings are located.  You can get to most classes in 10-15 minutes.

There are several ways to look up classes. Be sure to select the correct term!

Keep a weekly planner (PDF) handy so you can see what your schedule will look like. (You will probably want to do it in pencil - changes will almost certainly be needed.)

Register for Classes

Students who have REQUIRED advising are assigned a 6-digit ALT PIN number by the Registrar's Office at the mid-point of each semester.  ALT stands for Alternate; PIN stands for Personal Identification Number. This PIN number is different from your Banner ID.  Students with required advising must enter their PIN number in AppalNet in order to access the registration system. 

In order to get your PIN number, you must meet with your assigned academic advisor (see Who is My Advisor?). If your major has required secondary advising, you must ALSO meet with your academic department before you can receive your PIN number (see Required Secondary Advising). Once you have completed required advising, you can find your PIN number in the Notes section at the bottom of your DegreeWorks.

You can see if you have required advising by going to the Check Your Registration Status screen in AppalNet (Student tab>Registration link>Check Your Registration Status). This is also where you can see if you have any registration holds that will prevent you from registering until you get them resolved. Be sure to scroll down to see all the information on this page. 

The Registrar's Office has provided a registration tutorial. This resource has screencaps of the actual system and tips to help you. You can also look at the tutorial for assistance before and during Registration. You may want to have two browser windows (or tabs) open so you can have the tutorial in one page and your Appalnet Registration page in another. That way you can easily see what you need to do at each step.

Last-half of term course offerings are limited (mostly Physical Education and University Studies courses), but they can be a good option if you need to add an extra hour or two to your schedule. These can be added along with full-term and first-half of term classes during the traditional early registration periods in November and April, but last-half of term classes can be added up until the day after these classes start (around the eighth week of the semester). 

To search and register for last half of term classes, follow the instructions below.

  1. You can find what classes are out there by searching the course schedule or by using the ‘Look-Up Classes to Add” link in AppalNet Self Service (Student tab, Registration menu). 

  2. If using AppalNet, click “Advanced Search.”

  3. In the “Subject” box at the top, click on the first subject to highlight it. Then scroll to the bottom of the subject list and hold down the shift key while clicking on the last subject area. This will highlight ALL subjects. Select ALL Subjects snip

  4. In the “Part of Term” box, scroll to find the "Last Half of Term" attribute. Click on it to highlight it.

  5. Then click the “Class Search” button at the bottom

  6. Once the list of options is populated, you can view when the class begins and ends in the “Date” column, along all other attributes for the class, including seats and whether it is open for you to register. 

For more help on how to register for classes, review the Registration Tutorial, or return to the Registration Help page for other resources. 

When you register for classes, it is not uncommon to get "error" messages. The solutions are usually simple, but here is a list of the most common and how to fix them.

Common Registration Errors

  • Prerequisite and Test Score error -- you are attempting to register for a class section that has a prerequisite or test score. Sometimes this is because the course requires that you register for both the lecture and the lab sections at the same time (same transaction). Please note, when registering for lecture and lab classes, if you receive a time conflict for one class, you will get a prerequisite error for the other because the two classes are prerequisites of one another.
  • You may also get a "Prerequisite and Test Score" error if you are trying to register for a class that is restricted to a certain group of students -- for example, honors students or students in specific learning community. Usually these sections have a note listed right below the section with information about this requirement.
  • Campus Restriction –- you are attempting to register for a class section that is restricted to a specific student campus. This is most often seen when Main Campus (MC) students try to register for a class restricted to an off-campus (EX) cohort.
  • Class Restriction –- you are attempting to register for a class section that is restricted to a certain class, such as Juniors or Seniors.
  • Time conflict with CRN 12345 –- you are attempting to register for a class section that meets at the same time (or overlaps) with the CRN listed.
  • College Restriction -- you are attempting to register for a class section that is restricted to students in a specific college.
  • Instructor Permission Req or Dept Chair Permission Required or Dean Permission Required -- you are attempting to register for a class section that requires a permit for the appropriate permission (i.e., Instructor, Department Chair or Dean).
  • Closed Section -- you are attempting to register for a class section that does not have any available seats.
  • Duplicate Course with Section 12345 –- you are attempting to register for a class section that you are already registered for.
  • Field of Study Restriction – Major -- you are attempting to register for a class section that is restricted to students in a specific major.
  • Maximum hours exceeded –- you are attempting to register for a class which will bring your enrolled hours over the maximum. For undergraduate students in a Fall or Spring term, the maximum allowable hours is 18 hours. If you need to take more than the maximum hours, you should contact your Dean's Office.
  • Program Restriction -- you are attempting to register for a class section that is restricted to students in a specific program (major).
  • Linked course required (Lecture) or Linked course required (Lab) -- you are attempting to register for a class section that has a linked lecture or lab. You must register for both lecture and lab at the same time (in the same transaction).
  • Corequisite ART 1001 (CRN 12345) required -- you are attempting to register for a class section that has a co-requisite. You must register for both classes at the same time (in the same transaction).

It can be frustrating to find that a course that you really want or need is closed. Do not despair or give up. Follow these tips to create a complete schedule. Just be patient!

  • Keep watching the AppalNet registration system for any openings!
  • Watch during Schedule Adjustment. Everyone has the opportunity at that time to get back into the system to drop and add classes. (To know when the system is open, check the Registrar's Office.)
  • Choose a different section if possible.
  • Check your major and Gen Ed checksheets to see if there are other classes you can take.  You can also use DegreeWorks.
  • Add yourself to the waitlist if available for that course. See more information about how waitlisting works.  If you are on a waitlist, be sure to check your ASU email daily so you don't miss an opportunity to add the class.  You should also have some reserve classes in place in case you do not get into the class.
  • For General Education courses, if you have not started a particular Integrative Learning Experience theme, you may want to change your theme. As long as a particular theme is not required for your major, and you don't have to have it to fulfill one of the Designations, this will probably be fine.  Just keep the designations in mind!
  • Speak with the Instructor or Department Chair during the first week of classes (Drop/Add) and see if you can get a permit for the class. Once the permit is in the system, you will still need to register for the class (be sure you know the specific section and CRN number when you ask for the permit).
  • Sit in on the class you want on the first day of that class and see if the instructor will then give you a permit to add the class. Don't forget that you still need to register for the class. (It is polite to ask the professor before the class meets.)
  • If you are trying to register for Chemistry or any course that has reserved seating, fill out the Permit Request form on the Chemistry Department website

The following information is primarily for University College students (students who have not officially declared their majors) but may also be helpful for declared students.  

Look up your planned/recommended classes to see if online sections are available. 

For Fall 2021, App State is planning to offer mostly face-to-face courses (80%). However, if App State is not offering an online section of a course you need to take, you can try these options:

  • Contact the professor of the course or department chair to see if they will allow you to take the class online.

  • Try to find an equivalent course at a UNC System school through the UNC Online program.

  • See if a NC community college is offering an equivalent course. Use the Transfer Course Equivalency Search to determine the course you need to take. In addition to each community college's website, use the NCCC Virtual Learning Community website to search for online and hybrid courses at the 58 community colleges in NC. NOTE: You MUST complete App State's Visiting Coursework request and register at the community college.

  • IMPORTANT: If you receive financial aid, contact ASU’s Office of Student Financial Aid (828-262-2190) to see if UNC Online or NCCC courses will be covered. 

Some classes may have the possibility to get on a waitlist even though the class is full. Check the Registration Waitlist page for more detailed information.

How to Register for Chemistry

Some chemistry labs (e.g., CHE 1110 and CHE 1120) utilize Reserved Seating. Use the new Chemistry Course Search tool in AppalNet Self Service (Student tab>>Registration link>>Chemistry Course Search) to help you identify which lab sections have open seats for your major. Learn more about this new tool the CFS Department's How to Guide: Registering for Chemistry Courses (YouTube video) on their Registration Assistance webpage. If you are not able to find a seat during your early registration time, please do not panic. Instead, fill out the Permit Request form and review this Trouble registering for CHE? What's the next step? document.