Term Registration and Enrollment




WGU starts a new term on the first day of every month and the duration is six calendar months in length. Students may only be enrolled in a single term and are considered enrolled and active once term enrollment has been established. 


Students register prior to a term by working with their Program Mentor to set a scenario of courses to be completed. Students then accept enrollment for the term on or after the first day of the new term. The term enrollment process is important because by accepting enrollment, the student is agreeing to pay tuition in full, complete the courses by the end of the term, and adhere to the Academic Activity Policy


During term registration, the student will also make a Term Plan that includes start and end dates for each course in the term. The student will select these dates with their Program Mentor to help set a pace that will ensure the student can complete the enrolled courses by the end of the term. Because starting courses in a timely fashion is essential to staying on pace, each student should work with their Program Mentor to set a Term Plan and accept enrollment by the 7th day of each term.


Term enrollment must be completed no later than the 10th day of the start of the term for continuing students and the 20th day of the start of the term for new students. Students who do not complete registration and enrollment for the new term by these deadlines are administratively withdrawn from the University. First term students must also complete one of the First Term Critical Actions within 45 days of the start of their first term to avoid administrative withdrawal.


Once term enrollment is established, students are considered enrolled for the term and are responsible for tuition charges. Once students have enrolled in a term, they are committed to the courses and changes to enrollment will not be processed.



Working Ahead or Accelerating Courses

Students may accelerate their studies by adding additional courses from their active program to the term once they have successfully completed all term requirements (original term enrollment). Students who choose to add additional courses to a term should discuss course acceleration in detail with their Program Mentor, because an accelerated course that is not passed before the end of the term will receive a mark of Not Passed on the student's academic transcript and will count against satisfactory academic progress. See Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) (opens new window) and the Incomplete Policy for Accelerated Courses (opens new window).



Marks of Not Passed

Students are responsible for making sure they complete all courses for which they are enrolled in a term. A mark of Not Passed becomes part of the permanent academic record and transcript for all enrolled courses that are not attempted, not completed and not passed. A student’s academic history will not be altered due to, but not limited to, changes in program or course updates. Any changes or updates to the degree plan due to a program change or course change does not negate the student’s responsibility to complete all courses in term enrollment. Courses transcripted as Not Passed will not be altered should a student decide to pursue a program change or course update. Some academic changes may result in a permanent unresolved not passed on a student’s academic history and WGU transcript.



Passing Vendor Assessments/Certifications not Enrolled in Current Term

Students who attempt and pass a course with a vendor assessment(s)/certification(s) without enrolling in that course in the term shall receive the grade of Requirement Satisfied (RS).


Students who attempt a course-related vendor assessment(s)/certification(s), or take any other third-party assessment (e.g., PRAXIS) without course enrollment and/or referring through WGU’s Assessment Scheduling Procedures will not have the cost of the exam/voucher(s) paid nor reimbursed by WGU.



Article Number: 20436, 1034