Items to Consider

Course Load

A normal course load each semester will be 16 credits; a typical student course load will consist of 4 four-credit courses. The minimum number of credits required for the award of a bachelor’s degree will still be 128 credits, eight semesters earning 16 credits each semester. After all students have had their first opportunity to register through ICE for the next semester, students in good academic standing who have already completed 32 credits are permitted to increase their course load up to 18 credits during the Course Adjustment period. Students with a grade point average of 3.30 or greater in their past 32 credits will be able to enroll for up to 20 credits at this point.

Students seeking to audit a course, enrolling for a credit-bearing course on a non-credit basis, may do so by submitting a completed audit request in person to the Registrar's Office. Again, this may be accomplished only after all students have had their first opportunity to register through ICE for the next semester.

If you are considering enrolling for fewer than 12 credits you will not be considered a full-time student. We strongly suggest you consult with your advisor, Financial Aid, and/or the Registrar's Office. if this is your intention for any semester. Underloading may impact your financial aid eligibility, your progress toward degree completion, your participation in co-curricular activities (especially intercollegiate athletics) at Furman and may even affect interests outside of the university, such as your health insurance coverage.

Pass-No Pass

You may elect a pass-no pass grading option for selected courses that you have already registered, consistent with the pass-no pass policy as stated in the university catalog anytime during the Course Adjustment period. Click on the Forms and Worksheets link on the right hand navigation get a request or stop by our offices to learn more about this option. The final day for declaring courses pass-no pass is the mid-term date of each term. Consult the Important Dates page for specific information about mid-term dates.

Individualized Instruction

Internships, Independent Study, and Research opportunities offered on a "for-credit" basis are available in many academic departments each term. Consult with the department of interest to determine your eligibility for this type of instruction and identify a faculty member to supervise your internship, independent study, or research experience.

You may register this type of instruction (typically courses numbered 500 through 599) at any time once the registration process for the desired term has begun. Obtain an individualized instruction approval form from the Registrar, finalize details with the appropriate academic department and supervising faculty member, and return the completed request to our office, Administration Building Room 004, for processing no later than the final day of the course adjustment period.

Be mindful, no more than 12 credits earned through individualized instruction may contribute to the 128 credits required for the award of the bachelor's degree at Furman.

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All students may use MyFurman to build and adjust their course schedules as they see fit during designated periods identified on the Important Dates page. The registration period for the spring semester begins each year in late October and for the fall semester in late March with staggered start times for all returning students.

The web drop-add period is available for web-based transactions for first five percent (four class days) of the semester. Restricted drop-add by paper follows for an additional ten percent of the semester (seven class days). During restricted drop-add you will need specific approval from the instructor to be registered for a course. You should consult with your academic advisor before making any changes to your schedule.

Adding Courses

In order to add courses to your schedule, you will first need to log into the MyFurman portal. If you need to find a course, you can use the “Course Listings” option under the “Registration” heading to identify the information about a course, including the course number and the space available. Once you have found the information for an available class, you will need to select the “Course Section to Add” option under the same heading to get registered.


On the “Course Sections to Add” page, you need to fill in the Subject, Course Number, Section Number (including leading zero), and the term for which you are registering and hit the submit button.


After submitting the form, you will be automatically directed the processing page, where you can add the course to your schedules. If for some reason you are not redirected, you can access this page directly by selecting “Register for Courses” under the “Registration” heading in MyFurman.

Here you will need to select an action for each course under the “Preferred Sections” portion. Select “Register” from the “Action” drop-down menu, and be sure to click the submit button at the bottom of the page.

As long as there are no issues, this course will now be added to your schedule, and will appear under the “Current Registrations” list at the bottom of the page. If there are any issues that would prevent registration, an error message describing the issue will appear at the top of the page in red text.

If there is a situation preventing registration through web drop-add (like instructor permission required, time conflict, the course is full, etc.) you will need to use a paper drop-add request to get registered. Once you have obtained your advisor and the instructor’s signature on the drop-add request, bring the sheet to the Registrar’s Office and we’ll get you added.

Dropping Courses

If you need to drop a course, this is handled by selecting “Register for Courses” under the “Registration” heading – the same page as processing the addition of a new course. In fact, you can do both steps at the same time!

To drop a course, all you have to do is check the box under the “Drop” heading next to the course you wish to remove. After selecting, just hit submit and it will no longer be on your schedule.

If you wish to drop and add courses at the same time, be sure to choose the “Allow me to adjust all” from the “If one of my choices is not available” menu towards the bottom of the screen.

Restricted Drop-Add

After the web-based drop-add period is over, you will have to use the paper drop-add request in order to adjust your schedule. During this time, you will need to secure specific approval from the instructor to be registered for a course. Be sure to get both the instructor and your advisor’s signature on that request, then bring it to the Registrar’s office and we’ll get the changes made. Be sure to check the Important Dates page for more information on these designated periods.

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