Enrollment & Registration

Credit Units

The unit of credit is the semester hour, which represents a period of weekly study for a semester. 

Credit/Contact Hours

Missouri Western State University records course credits in semester hours. Credit hours are assigned as follows:

  • Traditional face-to-face courses: one student credit hour for each hour a course meets per week for the 15-week semester.
  • Laboratory, studio, clinicals, and practicum or internship courses: one student credit hour for each two or three hours a course meets per week for the 15-week semester, dependent on the type of course.
  • Online courses: credit hours will be assigned in the same manner as face-to-face courses.
  • Off schedule and short term courses: credit hours are assigned in the same manner as 15-week courses except on a pro-rated basis.

Course Numbering System

Each course bears a number that identifies its level, as follows:

000-099 Courses that do not apply toward a degree
100-199 Freshman-level courses
200-299 Sophomore-level courses
300-399 Junior-level courses
400-499 Senior-level courses

Courses numbered 100-299 are considered lower-division courses, and those numbered 300-499 are considered upper-division courses.

Departments may offer special topics courses without prior approval of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee on a single-offering basis, in order to experiment with innovative methods, content or to take advantage of visiting faculty. Course numbers 196-199, 296-299, 396-399, and 496-499 are reserved for assignment to special topics courses. These offerings require approval by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Description of Course

All courses and detailed description are listed within the offering academic department. Before the opening of each term, a class schedule is available on-line at griff.vn/schedule which lists the specific courses to be offered that term with the time of meeting, the building, and the room number. The University reserves the right to cancel, without notice, any course listed in the catalog or in the class schedule for any term.

Registration and Change of Class Schedule

Refer to the on-line class schedule at griff.vn/schedule for detailed information on registration.

Currently enrolled students are encouraged to register early for classes. An alternate PIN is required for registration. The start of the registration period is announced in the academic calendar at www.missouriwestern.edu/registrar/academic-calendar and student's are sent communications to their Missouri Western email account.

New and returning students will be notified by the Admissions Office of dates for registration. More information can be found in the class schedule at griff.vn/schedule and in the appropriate term's online Registration Guide, www.missouriwestern.edu/registrar/registration.

Registered students may, at anytime prior to the first day of the term, drop any or all classes with no penalty. A student may also add or drop classes after the first day of the term. Deadlines, procedures and refund schedules can be found in the appropriate term's online Registration Guide, www.missouriwestern.edu/registrar/registration

Late Registration is held once classes have begun. Deadlines and procedures can be found in the appropriate term's online Registration Guide, www.missouriwestern.edu/registrar/registration. Degree-seeking status may only be declared on the first day of Late Registration. 

Student Classification System

Students are classified according to the number of semester credit hours completed satisfactorily.

Semester Credit Hours Classification
0-29 hours Freshman
30-59 hours Sophomore
60-89 hours Junior
90+ hours Senior

Alternate PIN

A 4-digit Alternate Personal Identification Number (PIN) is distributed by advisors and academic departments to currently enrolled degree seeking students for the purpose of registration. The Alternate PIN changes before each registration period.

Dropping ENG 100 or MAT 083 or RDG 095

A signature from the Student Success & Academic Advising Center, Eder Hall 209, is required to drop:

ENG 100Introduction to College Writing3
MAT 083Foundations for University Mathematics II3
RDG 095Reading Skills Improvement3

Withdrawal/Extended Leave of Absence from the University

Prior to the official end of the add/drop period, students may drop all classes on-line through Goldlink or by notifying the Registrar's Office, Eder Hall 102, in writing (include name, student I.D. number, last date of attendance, signature and contact information). The effective date of withdrawal will be the date on which the written notification is received by the Registrar's Office. Any applicable refund of tuition and fees will also be applied to the student account as of the effective date. 

After the withdrawal deadline a student must petition the Admissions and Graduation Committee, through the Registrar's Office, to withdraw from all or individual classes. Only documented situations, beyond the control of the student will be considered. Failure to submit a formal request for a withdrawal will result in the student receiving failing grades.

Under compelling circumstances beyond the student’s control, including military obligations, a student may request a leave of absence. A Leave of Absence form may be completed online or in the Registrar’s Office and must include supporting documentation. A leave of absence can be granted for up to 3 semesters (excluding summer term). 

A documented leave is primarily a means of communication to the University and

  • may include a request for a current semester late withdrawal;
  • does not alter current semester course completion deadlines as indicated by the academic calendar;
  • does not impact outstanding financial obligations without appeal to the University Bursar; 
  • does not extend the expiration date of an officially declared program/major; and
  • is not a formal method to avoid admission or registration requirements upon the student’s return.

The University and/or academic advisor will continue to make contact with a student on extended leave during the identified absence period.  Students who are ready to return to MWSU after a leave of absence should notify the Admissions Office so assistance can be provided.

Repeating Courses

Students are permitted to repeat any course. (The A/Cr/U option cannot be used to repeat a course in which a prior letter grade of D or F was earned.) When a course is repeated, the original grade remains on the transcript but is excluded (E) from the GPA calculation and the most recent grade is included (I) in the GPA. Topics and related format courses which change in content on a semester to semester basis do not apply in this regard. Courses which may be repeated for credit are only excluded from the GPA calculation if previous attempt(s) are a failing grade.

A/Credit/Unsatisfactory Grading

The major objective of the A/Cr/U option is to encourage students to explore challenging elective courses they might not otherwise select. Only courses which are normally graded A through F may be taken A/Cr/U. The following guidelines apply for the A/Cr/U option:

  1. Students must have satisfactorily completed at least twelve (12) credit hours to be eligible.
  2. Students must have a pre-major or Major Declaration Form on file with their chosen department.
  3. Students on academic probation are not eligible.
  4. Coursework may not be taken in the major and minor fields. This includes cognate courses stipulated by the major and minor degree programs.
  5. Only one course per semester or summer session may be taken A/Cr/U.
  6. All undergraduate level courses may be taken.
  7. A grade of A received in a A/Cr/U course will be recorded as an A. A grade of B or C will be recorded as a Cr. A grade of D or F will be recorded as a U and will not receive course credit or be included in any GPA calculation.
  8. The number of credit hours completed under this option will number no more than twelve (12) for any degree. Exception: Hours attempted in a course taken under the A/Cr/U option and graded as an A will not be deducted from the twelve (12) hours allowed to a student under this grading system.
  9. Students are expected to meet all course prerequisites.
  10. Students must designate the A/Cr/U option at the Registrar’s Office before the end of the fourth week after the first day of classes (second week of summer session).
  11. Instructors will not be informed that students are enrolled under the A/Cr/U option. Regular procedures will be followed in the submission of final grades by the instructor to the Registrar. Grades will be assigned A, Cr, or U in the Registrar’s Office.
  12. A course completed under the letter grade system in which D or F was earned may not be repeated on an A/Cr/U.

Students should be aware that some schools, scholarship committees and honorary societies do not accept work taken on a non-graded basis. Furthermore many employers do not view non-graded coursework favorably. All students should be very cautious in using the A/Cr/U option.

Auditing a Class

A class auditor is a student registered for a course only for informational instruction, not to earn credit. A student may audit a course for a number of reasons, ranging from skills improvement to a review before registering for credit. Regardless of the purpose, it is important that students get a meaningful experience from instruction and make satisfactory progress toward their purpose. It is the role of the instructor to aid students in this determination. Therefore, audit students should expect to work closely with their instructor.

Students enrolling in a class for credit may choose to change that registration to audit before the end of the tenth week of the semester (fifth week of 8-week summer session; third week of 4-week summer session.) A change from audit to credit must be completed by the end of the first week of classes. Credit by Examination is not available for any student who has audited the course.