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Washington Administrative Code

Title 478 WAC – University of Washington


Chapter 478–160 WAC: Admission and Registration Procedures for the University of Washington

WAC 478–160–271: Registration eligibility.


(1) All students. Guaranteed registration eligibility. All students at the university who remain in good standing and in compliance with other rules and regulations, with no outstanding financial obligations, are guaranteed the opportunity to register each quarter as long as they maintain continuous enrollment (summer quarter excepted).

(2) Undergraduate and professional students.

  (a) Quarter-off eligibility. Subject to college, school, and departmental enrollment policies, undergraduate and professional students who have completed a quarter at the University of Washington may take the following quarter off and remain eligible to register in registration period I for the subsequent quarter without reapplication as returning students. Any quarter from which a student has completely withdrawn, or from which he or she is cancelled, does not constitute a completed quarter. Summer quarter enrollment is not required to maintain continuous registration eligibility.

  (b) Newly admitted or returning former students. Newly admitted or returning former students are eligible to register the following quarter, beginning with registration period I, as long as they were enrolled for a least one day of the quarter.

(3) Graduate students. Graduate students who do not maintain continuous enrollment (summer quarter excepted) must file an on-leave application with the graduate school. On-leave graduate students returning to the university on or before the termination of the on-leave period must reapply as former students returning through the registration office. The quarter-off eligibility is not available to graduate students.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130. 92-12-011, § 478-160-271, filed 5/22/92, effective 6/22/92.]