Registration information

Before registration

Follow this checklist to find out what can you do to prepare for the Winter 2014 semester

  1. Complete any outstanding Financial Aid requirements.
    • Accept any awards on the "Financial Aid" tab in Academica.
  2. Pay off any outstanding tuition balances.
    • Check your balance on the "Student" tab in Academica.
  3. Resolve any holds you may have on your account.
    • Check for holds by clicking on the "Holds" link under the "Student" tab in Academica.
  4. Decide which classes you want to take.
    • Run a degree audit in STARS.
    • Meet with your advisor.
  5. Explore the class schedule online. 
    • Check out course-specific dates by clicking on the "course reference number" link next to each course.
    • Start building your schedule so that you are prepared when registration begins.
  6. Register for classes now!

How to register (tutorial)

General information

Name changes

To change your name, complete a name change form and attach a copy of your driver's license or state ID card along with a copy of your marriage certificate or court document authorizing the name change. The completed form can be mailed, faxed or dropped off in person to the Office of the Registrar.

Address changes

It is very important that you notify the university when your address changes.

To change your address:

  1. Log in to Academica.
  2. Go to the "Student" tab and select "View Personal Info" under the "Student Records" menu.
  3. Select "Update Address(es) and Phone(s)."
  4. Select the current mailing address you are updating.
  5. Remove the current mailing address. Enter the date your new address is going into effect in the "Until this Date" field, then submit.
  6. Go back to "Update Address(es) and Phone(s)." Select the mailing address option from the "Type of Addresses to Insert" dropdown, then submit.
  7. Enter the date the new address starts in the "Valid From this Date" field.  Leave the "Until this Date" field blank.  Fill in the rest of the address fields, then submit.
  • You can verify your entries by selecting "View Address(es) and Phone(s)" again.
  • If you have any questions, email or call 313-577-2100.

Closed/full classes 

To inquire about entering a closed class, contact the department offering the class for assistance. Departmental phone numbers are available through the WSU Online Directory.

Registration fee

Students who drop all classes during priority registration will have the registration fee waived. If the student registers for only one class and it is cancelled by the university, the registration fee will automatically be removed. For all other drops or withdrawals, the registration fee is non-refundable.

Visitor program

The Visitor Program allows any adult who is not currently enrolled in credit courses at Wayne State to attend a wide range of university courses in a non-credit status.

  • Visitor status students do not receive academic credit or acknowledgement on transcripts.
  • Adults may enroll as visitors in most of the courses listed in the Schedule of Classes.
  • Formal admission to the university is not required to take advantage of the Visitor Program.
  • Visitor status students do not submit written work or take examinations.
  • Registration for both on-campus and off-campus courses takes place the first week of classes.

Web registration

You cannot register/add/drop if:

  • You have an academic or financial hold.
  • You have not been admitted to the university for the current term.
  • You have not registered for several years and have not had your records reactivated.