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Graduating Senior Registration Priority


CONTENTS       Eligibility
Deadlines
Restrictions
    Number of quarters allowed
    Postponing graduation
GSP and registration restrictions
Summer quarter
    "Checking off" GSP quarters
    Including summer quarter in the final two quarters

  

   

    The purpose of Graduating Senior Registration Priority (GSP) is to give seniors approaching graduation first opportunity to register for any courses needed to complete their degree requirements.

GSP is granted to qualifying students for their final two quarters at the UW. GSP students are eligible to register on the first day of Registration Period I, before other seniors and postbaccalaureates, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen.

  
  

Eligibility

    A student is eligible for Graduating Senior Registration Priority if:
  1. The student is a senior or postbaccalaureate who has been admitted to the major in which s/he plans to graduate AND the student is within two quarters of graduating (not counting summer; see below).
  2. The student has prepared and filed a graduation application with his/her departmental adviser.

The student's registration priority date posted in MyUW will be the GSP date if the student is eligible.

  
  

Deadlines

    The GSP deadline for degree applications is two working days before the GSP registration day. For example, if the GSP day is a Thursday, degree applications are due at the Graduation and Academic Records office by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
  
  

Restrictions

   

Number of quarters allowed

A student is eligible for GSP in his/her last two quarters, counting back from the graduation date on the degree application. When a GSP student registers for a course any day before his/her regular senior or postbaccalaureate priority day, the student uses one of the two GSP quarters. When the two GSP quarters have been used, the student permanently reverts to regular senior or postbaccalaureate registration priority.

Postponing graduation

A student who postpones his/her graduation date will not be granted extra quarters of GSP. However, a student may "save" either or both of the two quarters of GSP not already used and use GSP in a later quarter.

A student who postpones graduation to pursue a second major is not granted additional GSP for the second major. If, however, a student graduates and is readmitted as a postbaccalaureate student, the student will be eligible for GSP for the final two quarters of the second degree.

  
  

GSP and registration restrictions

    Graduating Senior Registration Priority does not override registration restrictions listed in the Time Schedule. For example, if a course is restricted to sociology majors only and a student is not a sociology major, the computer will not allow the student to register even if s/he has Graduating Senior Registration Priority. GSP does not override entry code requirements. GSP does not allow a student to register for more than 19 credits, the limit in Registration Periods I and II.
  
  

Summer quarter

    If a student eligible for GSP registration registers for summer during the GSP period, summer will not be counted as one of that student's two GSP quarters. A student who has already used up his two quarters of GSP will not, however, be eligible for a third quarter of GSP registration for summer.

"Checking off" GSP quarters

Students and advisers are often confused about when summer is a "free" GSP quarter and when it isn't. The easiest way to understand the restrictions is to think of each student as having, in the computer, two GSP quarters after her name and a checkbox by each GSP quarter. Once the student has used GSP for two quarters (autumn, winter, and/or spring), both GSP quarters are checked off and the student is no longer eligible for GSP in any quarter. If a student hasn't already used both her GSP quarters, however, she is allowed to register on the GSP day for summer and no GSP quarter is checked off. This is what is meant by summer being a free GSP quarter: if the student is eligible for GSP she can register on the summer GSP day, and it doesn't count as one of her two quarters of GSP.

Including summer quarter in the final two quarters

Summer is also a "free" quarter when determining which quarters are the student's final two quarters. For example, a student who plans to graduate at the end of summer quarter is eligible for GSP for winter and spring registration, even though they are not the student's final two quarters-because summer quarter is "free." Note, however, that if this student registers during the GSP periods for winter and spring, s/he will not be eligible to register during the GSP period for summer (because her two GSP quarters have already been checked off).

Likewise, a student who plans to graduate at the end of winter quarter is eligible for GSP in the preceding summer quarter: she is eligible for GSP for summer, autumn, and winter registration. If she uses GSP for summer registration a GSP quarter is not checked off, and she is still eligible for GSP in both autumn and winter registration.