Spring 2021 Registration

General Registration for Spring semester 2021 will start on Monday, November 16 for all eligible currently enrolled students. For your convenience, the Spring semester 2021 General Registration Calendar has been provided below. Please note, if you have a financial hold on your account you may not be eligible to participate in registration, and should contact the Office of Student Accounts for assistance. The late registration period commences on January 19, 2021 and ends on January 31, 2021. Continuing (students who earned grades during the previous semester at the university) students who register for the first time during the late registration period may be assessed a $175 late registration fee. 

Please click the highlighted link to view the Spring 2021 Registration Notice (with pertinent registration details). BisonWeb is available for registration from 9AM to midnight each day. 





November 16, 2020

Senior (90 or more credits earned)


November 17, 2020

Junior (60 to 89 credits earned)


November 18, 2020

Sophomore (30 to 59 credits earned)


November 19, 2020

Freshman (less than 30 credits earned) & Unclassified


November 20, 2020



Step By Step Guide

Step 1: Read the Student Reference Manual

Before you can view the schedule of courses and register, you must read and agree to the rules and regulations, advising information, divisional class requirements, etc. stated in the Student Reference Manual. Failure to read the manual does not excuse students from the rules and procedures described herein. Personal factors, illness, or contradictory advice from any source are not acceptable grounds for seeking exemption from these rules and procedures.

The University Bulletin includes more detailed registration information. You may also call 202-806-2705 for more information. Registration Information2017-19 HU Bulletin

Step 2: View the Course Listings

If you Agree to the terms and conditions in the Student Reference Manual then View Course Listings. See Also: Archive of Student Reference Manuals & Schedule of Courses

Step 3 : View Course Syllabi

View course syllabi online using the Find a Syllabus search.

Step 4: Classes Approved by an Advisor

See your assigned academic advisor to plan and follow a sound program of study, and for approval of your classes.

Step 5: Enter Your Courses in BisonWeb

The registration steps have been provided below for your convenience. Please note, the below steps do not apply to students who are registered for classes by their school/college/administrative unit (for example, first year undergraduate and law new entrant, DCPS dual enrollment, domestic exchange, consortium, EMBA, and professional Health Science students). These students must consult with an academic advisor for assistance with course registration, generally during the orientation period for the respective entry term. All other students (transfer, continuing, returning, graduate etc.) may follow the steps below once there are no holds that impact registration (for example, Bursar, Admission, Judicial, SFS, Dean, International Student etc.) on their student accounts.

  1. Select “Login” on the BisonWeb homepage.
  2. Enter your Student Identification Number beginning with the “@” symbol, in the ID section.
  3. Enter your six-digit PIN. If prompted (your first time logging in or your PIN was reset prior to logging in), please change your PIN to 6 numbers and ensure you remember your new PIN as frequent incorrect entry of your PIN will disable your account. If you do not remember your PIN and you have added a security question to your account, you may select the "Forgot PIN" option to perform a reset.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts as necessary.
  5. Next, select the “Student Services” tab from the Main Menu.
  6. Then, select “Registration.
  7. When the “Registration” drop-down menu displays, choose “Select Term.
  8. When the “Select Term” page displays, click the arrow to the right of the word “Term” and select the appropriate term. All non-traditional students (e.g. Online MBA) must select the applicable 'non-traditional' term. All other students should not select the 'non-traditional' option.
  9. Press the “Submit Term” button, and the system will return you to the “Registration” page. If you receive an error or problem message, ensure 1) you are accessing the system between 9AM and 11:59PM, 2) you do not have any registration holds, 3) you have not selected the incorrect term, 4) registration is open for you (based on your classification) for the applicable term, as is noted on the Academic Calendar, 5) you do not fall into one of the categories of students who cannot self-register via BisonWeb, or 6) you are a currently enrolled student (see also Readmission after a Total Withdrawal). If none of these apply, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@howard.edu.  
  10. When the registration page displays, you may be prompted to enter an "Alternate PIN" if you are a continuing student. Please ascertain this PIN for the respective semester from your academic advisor. The Office of the Registrar cannot issue you your alternate PIN, nor can a PIN used for a previous semester be used for the current one. 
  11. Next, select “Look up Classes to Add” and follow the instructions.
  12. When the classes are displayed, select the courses you want by clicking the boxes on the left side of the courses.  When all courses are selected, press the “Register” button.  If there are no errors, you are now registered.  If there are errors, you must start from step 11. Please see the General Registration Notice linked above the General Registration Calendar for details on resolving error messages.   

After you have registered for your classes, print out your schedule and confirm that all information is accurate.

Step 6: Pay Your Balance

Various payment plans are available for paying your balance. For details, please see the Student Financial Services website. You may view your account balance via BisonWeb by selecting Student Services -> Student Accounts -> View Account & Pay Your Bill. This will route you to epay where you may log in using your BisonWeb credentials.


Academic Advising

All students are highly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor prior to completing course registration. Please access the link below to view information on the school or college to which you have been admitted, as indicated on your letter of acceptance from the Office of Admission or approved intra-university/major change form from the Office of the Registrar. Your academic advisor will be able to inform you on which courses to select, how to register for them, and will issue you your alternate PIN if applicable. Incoming students are encouraged to view the New Student Orientation website for details on advising and course registration. The Office of the Registrar does not provide academic advising services. Below are the main points of contact for the student affairs/advising unit for each undergraduate school/college. Juniors and seniors generally receive advising assistance from their major/departmental advisor. 


Questions or Additional Concerns

If you have questions specifically about your academic program, please contact your advisor for your school or college.