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Office of the Registrar

East Tennessee State University



Registration Help Days  

After November 12th current ETSU students should already be registered for spring classes or working toward that goal before they leave for Winter Break.

The Registration Days event was created as a one-stop shop to help those students that have questions about how to schedule an appointment with their advisor, or have financial aid, registration, or housing, questions.   

The following offices, with the help of academic advisement areas, will assist you in identifying and resolving registration holds and registering if possible.  These offices will have representatives in the library during these days.

     Undergraduate Student Advisement
     Financial Aid
     University Advisement Center

November 14 and 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

We will help you register if you have been advised and know required courses. Will also help you in resolving holds, registration issues and scheduling advisement appointments.

How to find your advisor (contact list).

Do you have a hold - Holds Resolution information


Registration Begins November 4th! 

Check your Registration Status on GoldLink to see when you can start registering for Winter and Spring 2020.

NOTE: The order of registration is based on earned credit hours (excludes Developmental Studies hours).                          This does not include the hours in which you are currently enrolled. ***In progress hours on Degree Works do not count towards earned hours for registration. 

The following steps will help you prepare for registration and prevent registration delays.

Currently enrolled students

  • View the directions below for tips using GoldLink, determining your first available registration time, and to determine if you have any registration holds. 
  • Interactive Course Search is available on GoldLink.

New students

New students beginning spring 2020 will need to attend New Student Orientation where you will be advised and register for classes. 

Resolve registration holds immediately to prevent registration delays!              

NOTE: Bursar holds (for past due balances) posted on Friday, October 25, 2019.                                              

  •  Please contact the appropriate office to resolve any holds you have. Students can see ALL holds on their Student Page, by selecting the “View Holds” option on GoldLink. Visit the Student Hold Resolution Information page. NOTE: Not all holds prevent registration.
  • Make sure to review and accept the Financial Responsibility Statement prior to registering for classes.

NOTE: Advisement holds posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

  • Most undergraduates are required to see their major advisor before they can register each semester. Check your Registration Status on GoldLink to determine if you have an advisement requirement. 
  • Need help locating your advisor? Use the Advisor Contact List
  • Undeclared students (Focus General Education) academic focus areas and students with Learning Support requirements in Reading or Composition must contact the University Advisement Center for advisement: 423-439-5244 .

Register for Classes

  • Check your Degree Works in GoldLink prior to registering to verify you are registering for classes that satisfy your degree requirements. NOTE: The Degree Works Tab in Schedule Builder can only be used with an Active Degree Works Plan. Not sure if you have an “Active Degree Works Plan” or how to use Degree Works? Visit the Degree Works Tutorial page.                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Register for your classes using Schedule Builder, a simple interface that provides you with the ability to generate schedules for your classes in mere seconds! “Lock in” your schedule by adding courses with the By Subject Tab or Degree Works Plan Tab. How to make your class schedule work for you? Visit the Schedule Builder Tutorial page. Send the schedule back to your Registration Shopping Cart until your registration time.

Need more help?  

  • Call the Registration Helpline: 423-439-5584 / 8:00am-4:30pm (EST) Monday-Friday: 423-439-5584



Additional Registration Resources


Fall 2019 Resources 


Spring 2019 Resources 


Helpful Links


Course Building Resources



Dropping, Late Dropping or Withdrawing 

Students often confuse these terms. Dropping a Course (or courses) may occur during the first eight weeks of the semester. This means, however, that the student is still enrolled in other course work. (Learning Support courses cannot be dropped.) Late Dropping of a course may occur after the eighth week, but only when verifiable extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated. Verifiable extenuating circumstances must be reasons beyond the control of the student, such as illness or accidental injury. Poor performance in class is not an extenuating circumstance. Withdrawing from the university means that you are discontinuing all your course work, and are no longer enrolled. This may occur until two days before the last day of classes. 

Dropping from full-time to part-time status after census date could result in the loss of your Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship. Dropping classes or withdrawing from the University may impact the student's future financial aid eligibility. Students should be familiar with the ETSU Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.

Check the Academic Calendar for the "Drop" and "Withdrawal" deadlines for this semester.


Fred Alsop

Registration Office

Registration HelpLine 
423-439-5584 /  8:00am-4:30pm (EST) Monday-Friday 
Burgin Dossett Hall, Room 102


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