Registering for Classes

About four weeks before registration begins for a new semester, continuing students should check their registration appointment time posted on For help getting started, click here.

Now, students can create a class schedule more efficiently by using College Scheduler, a new link on their My.Butler student homepage. College Scheduler allows students to choose the courses they want to take and block off times when they aren’t able to take classes.  These preferences are used to generate a list of possible class schedules that meet their needs and still have seats available.

Information about College Scheduler is available in this document and in this video.

  1. Accept Financial Responsibility—This hold is placed on all students records each semester. The Acceptance of Financial Responsibility statement outlines a student’s responsibility for paying all expenses in addition to the penalties that may be incurred by the student if the expenses are not paid in a timely manner. This hold is automatically released when the student reads and accepts the terms and conditions of the financial responsibility statement in his/her My.Butler account. Learn more.
  2. Verify Contact Information—It is necessary that the University have a means to contact each student in case of an emergency or University business. Learn More.
  3. Review Academic Advisement Report—You have access at any time to look at your current transcript and advising audit through For details on signing into the Student Center, please visit the Advisement Report page. Review your core requirements and the course requirements for your major.
  4. Prepare—Check to see if you have any holds by logging into and going to the Student Center. Holds are shown in the upper right of the page. You can take care of many holds right in
  5. Get Advice—Set up an appointment with your advisor and discuss your schedule for the next semester. Your advisor will clear your Advising Hold.
  6. Try Options—To create a class schedule more efficiently, students can use College Scheduler, a new link on their My.Butler student homepage. College Scheduler allows students to choose the courses they want to take and block off times when they aren’t able to take classes.  These preferences are used to generate a list of possible class schedules that meet their needs and still have seats available.  Information about College Scheduler is available in this document and in Ask.Butler. As you plan the classes you would like to take, you can use the Shopping Cart function in to build a possible schedule and check for prerequisites, conflicts, and open classes. Your shopping cart does not actually reserve a seat for you in the class.
  7. Register—You will be able to register for classes in when your registration appointment opens. Once you select a preferred schedule using College Scheduler, you can transfer those selections into your enrollment shopping cart in My.Butler and quickly enroll in those courses. For more information, please visit the instructions for registering and enrolling for your classes. Your shopping cart does not actually reserve a seat for you in the class, you must enroll in the courses.

Registration appointments are set according to the number of credit hours you have completed, and begin after advising for the semester is complete. We recognize that this may be a new process for you; help will be available to you. Check the Ask.Butler instructions available from the My.Butler home page. For questions about your classes, call Registration and Records at 940-9203 during business hours. For technical problems such as passwords and browser requirements, contact the IT Help Desk at 317-940-4357.

For most degree programs, a student can complete requirements on schedule by carrying an average of 16 hours a semester. This, however, is an average, and students are usually encouraged to adjust their academic loads according to their individual aptitudes, academic situations and extra-curricular commitments.

The maximum academic load is 18 credit hours for liberal arts and sciences, business, and communication students; and 20 credit hours for pharmacy and health sciences, education, and fine arts students in a regular semester and 18 credit hours in the summer term. These limits can be exceeded only with the special written permission of the student’s academic dean. Hours in excess of 20 in a regular semester will be approved only under the most unusual circumstances; they also will carry an additional tuition charge at the credit-hour rate published on the Student Accounts website.

Graduate students must carry at least six hours in a regular semester to be considered full-time.

The final grade in any course represents the instructor’s best judgment of the degree to which the student has achieved the objectives of the course. Each instructor establishes standards appropriate to the individual course and is expected to explain those standards early in the semester. Any student unsure of the grading standards has the right and obligation to ask the instructor to explain them. Learn more about grade policies.

All registrations in Applied Music must have the approval of the dean of the Jordan College of the Arts. If your schedule includes an arranged course, you may secure a Permission Number from the department head or dean. You will use this Permission Number to register for Applied Music Courses.

First-year students will be assigned an advising/registration appointment by the Center for Academic Success and Exploration. Transfer students will be assigned an advising/registration time by their college of enrollment. Graduate students may register during any published registration period; they will receive a final schedule with their billing statement. Non-degree students may register following the last group of first-year students.

Individuals who are not Butler students but wish to take summer undergraduate classes may register as a Guest. For more information, please visit Summer Guest Registration.

Whenever the enrollment in a course is deemed insufficient, the University reserves the right to withdraw that course. When small classes are continued, full payment of fees is required at the time of registration. In such cases no refund will be permitted.

If you are a former Butler student in good standing and wish to return to the same program you were in before, you do not have to apply for admission again. For more information, please visit Returning Students.

Butler University is a member of a consortium of area colleges and universities. The purpose of the consortium is to offer a wider range of courses to students. For more information, please visit: Consortium Registration.

The Audit for Enrichment program is designed for adults who have achieved at least a high school diploma to participate in some courses. University credit is not earned. For more information, please visit: Audit for Enrichment.