Priority Registration Q&A

What is priority registration and how does it work?

How do I maintain my priority registration for next year?

What courses can I count towards maintaining my priority registration status?

What does it mean to be "grandfathered" in the Honors Program?

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What is priority registration and how does it work?

CMU students register at a time that correlates to the number of credit hours they have earned. Hence, seniors register first, then juniors, then sophomores, and then freshmen. Honors students who have priority registration, however, register first, even before the seniors. This perk is given to assist Honors students in meeting their Honors requirements. All Honors freshmen are given priority registration their first year in the program. So in the fall of their freshman year they get priority registration when registering for spring classes, and in the spring of their freshman year they get priority registration when registering for fall of their second year. After that first year, however, Honors student must “earn” their priority registration if they wish to receive it again.

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How do I maintain my priority registration for next year?

You need to complete 6 credits of Honors coursework each academic year (Fall & Spring semester) to maintain priority registration for the following academic year.

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What courses can I count towards maintaining my priority registration status?

  • H-Designated Courses (ex: BIO 101H, PSY 100H, ENG 101H)
  • HON courses
  • Honors Contracts

Please note that foreign language courses can not be counted towards priority registration requirements.

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What does it mean to be "grandfathered" in the Honors Program?

When you have completed all of your Honors coursework and all of your foreign language requirement you will be "grandfathered" into priority registration. This means that once you are “grandfathered” you will no longer need to take Honors courses to maintain your priority registration.

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