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Registration Policies

Class Standing Registration Eligibility
Prerequisites Corequisites
Level Restrictions  

Class Standing

Class standing is based upon the number of credited courses successfully completed. The courses for which you're currently enrolled are not included. If there is a question concerning your class standing (e.g., you have received credit from another institution or you have made up an Incomplete), you must contact the Registrar’s Office (Rauch 111) to have your class standing changed. 

***Unless you have had your class standing officially updated through the Registrar's Office, you will not be allowed to register ahead of your designated time.***

The table below lists class standing by credits successfully completed:

Class Standing Credits Successfully Completed
First Year  0 - 29
Second Year  30 - 59
Third Year 60 - 89
Fourth Year  90+

Students are designated as first, second, third, or fourth year according to the number of credits successfully completed, including transfer and examination credits awarded. Credits are awarded in semester hours.


Course Prerequisites

All students are responsible for understanding all course prerequisites, corequisites and class standing requirements. Students who have not met these requirements will not be able to register for the course unless proof of requirement fulfillment is shown or a signed waiver is submitted to the Registrar’s Office. If you drop or fail a prerequisite course after registration, you will be dropped.

If you are planning on registering for a course for which you do not meet the prerequisite(s), you should contact the department chair to request a prerequisite waiver either by an Undergraduate Prerequisite Request Waiver Form or by email. If approved the information needs to be sent to the Registrar’s Office prior to registration. Students taking the prerequisite outside of Bentley must submit an Undergraduate Prerequisite Request Waiver Form to the Registrar’s Office prior to registration. Forms are available at the Office of Academic Services and on the Registrar’s Office web site.


"Corequisite" means that in order to take a particular course, you must either have already completed, or be registered for, the course concurrently.


A cluster is a course that must be taken at the same time as the other course. For example, sections of GB 101, 102, and 103 are corequisite. Some sections of GB 101, 102, and 103 must all be taken simultaneously.

Registration Eligibility

You will not be permitted to register for the upcoming semester unless your student account balance is cleared by either making a payment or supplying a confirmation of pending financial aid. If you have any questions concerning the status of your student account, please contact the Student Financial Services Office in Rauch 132, or at 781.891.2162 or x2171, or by email: Other departments such as Student Health Services may also prevent students from registering for classes. To avoid any delay at registration, you should resolve any questions and/or problems prior to registration. Do not wait until the last minute.

Registration Holds

If you have a hold on your account (Financial, International, Health, Check-in, etc.), you will not be permitted to add, drop, or swap courses. To find out how to clear your holds, you should View My Hold(s) in Workday.

Students with registration holds are responsible for meeting all drop, add and withdrawal deadlines. Lack of access to Workday is not a valid excuse.

How does a hold effect registering, dropping or changing courses?

Register/Add: You will not be permitted to register for courses if you have a registration hold. Adding courses will only be permitted after the hold(s) are cleared and within the course add deadline. Any student attending or completing class(es) without being officially registered will not receive a grade or credit for the course(s). If a student has a hold or other problem with registration, the student is still responsible for meeting all drop/add deadlines. Neither the department chairs nor faculty can override a registration hold. Students submitting signed Course Change Forms after the appropriate deadlines because of a hold will not be added to the course even if the student has been attending and has completed work.
Note: The Registrar’s Office will not process any add transactions submitted on the Course Change Form if you have a hold on your account.

Drop: You cannot drop a course in Workday if you have a hold. You must submit a paper copy of the Course Change Form or send an email from your Bentley email to the Registrar’s Office. You are still responsible for meeting all deadlines to drop a class.

If you have a hold and want to change a course or course section: The policies for adding and dropping courses stated above will still apply. You may drop any course while the hold is still in place by submitting a paper copy of the Course Change Form or sending an email from your Bentley email to the Registrar’s Office, but you may not add any courses (even just to change a section) while the hold is still on your account.

Level Restrictions

There are three levels of students at Bentley: Undergraduate, Continuing Education, and Graduate. Students are not able to register for classes at a level different from their own. Students in the Five Year Program will be manually registered for their graduate courses by the Registrar’s Office.