Registrar Services Location

North Foundation Hall, Room 160
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3450
Text: (248) 368-7944

Office Hours:
M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Feel free to visit us in-person, phone, text, email, instant message or web conference us during our office hours.

Office of the Registrar

O'Dowd Hall, Room 100
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Fax: (248) 370-2586


Course numbers show the level of the material presented. The numbers and the academic levels follow:

Course NumberDescription
0000-0999ESL courses offered by Continuing Education and College of Arts and Sciences Algebra courses
1000-1999Introductory courses, usually with no prerequisites, primarily intended for First Year Students and Sophomores
2000-2999Courses, usually with no more than one prerequisite, primarily intended for Sophomores
3000-3999Advanced undergraduate courses primarily intended for Juniors and Seniors
4000-4999Advanced undergraduate courses primarily intended for Seniors
5000-5999Entry-level and intermediate Graduate courses
6000-8999Advanced Graduate courses
Auditing Courses
To request permission to audit a class, please note the following:
  • Requests to audit a class cannot be processed prior to the start of the semester. Submissions begin on the first day of classes.
  • Audited courses are not graded.
  • Tuition is assessed as appropriate for each course.
  • Instructor approval is required. Please have the instructor send their approval to
  • Complete the Course Audit Request form.
  • Holds that restrict registration will prevent your request from processing. Registration status and holds can be viewed via SAIL. Please resolve all registration holds prior to submitting the request.
  • An email will be sent to your OU email account to notify you of the status of your request.

See the current catalog for additional information.

Competency Credit

Undergraduate: To register for competency credit, please consult with the academic department for which the competency exam is held under. The decision to grant permission is the discretion of the department. Competency exams must be taken within the first six weeks of the semester. For additional rules governing competency credit, consult the appropriate catalog.

Graduate: Competency examinations are offered by some departments and with the approval of The Graduate School. They can be used to update Oakland University credit that is beyond the six-year time limit. Students should consult their advisers for specific information and must register and pay charges during the normal registration period. The examination must be taken not more than six weeks after the close of registration.

Course Load
Students typically need 12 credit hours as an undergraduate student to be considered full time. (Graduate students are considered full time at eight credit hours.) If you have specific concerns related to insurance, financial aid or housing, you should consult with the appropriate office for details. Policies and individual situations can vary. Beyond official status as a full-time student, undergraduate students normally take anywhere between 12 and 16 credit hours each semester. A 16-credit course load will help keep you on track for graduation in four to five years. If you are thinking about taking more or less than that, consider talking to your academic adviser.

Graduate students registering for more than 12 credits for a fall, winter or summer semester must have written authorization from their adviser to do so.

Repeating Courses
Students may repeat courses for grade improvement purposes. A maximum of three attempts is allowed. Unless the course is designated as repeatable for credit, the grade earned in a subsequent enrollment will replace the earlier grade regardless of whether the new grade is higher or lower than the previous grade. Only the last grade assigned in a course will be calculated in the grade-point average. Students planning to repeat a course should check with their academic adviser. If you are repeating an Oakland University course, you must retake it at Oakland University. You can not take an equivalency of the course at a different institution.

Where indicated that "Currently no textbook has been assigned for this course" — this means the book information for the course is "To Be Determined." You can buy books at Barnes & Nobles at Oakland University.