Welcome to MyPlan
- Welcome to MyPlan
What’s new in MyPlan?
Video Overview of MyPlan
MyPlan is your online academic planner. You can map out a few quarters into the future, or your whole UW degree. It’s a great way to plan which courses you’d like to take to fulfill degree requirements, record alternate courses, and begin a conversation with your adviser about getting the most out of your time at the UW.
Why can’t I view MyPlan in my browser?
- Browsers supported / compatibility mode
MyPlan is compatible with several of the latest web browsers, including:
Internet Explorer users may experience trouble viewing MyPlan if Compatibility mode is active. If you have IE 8 or later and are experiencing issues viewing MyPlan, please make sure that Compatibility mode is turned off. Learn more about Internet Explorer Compatibility Mode.
If you do not have the latest web browser installed on your system, please update your browser service using the links above.
What can you do with MyPlan?
- Add courses and sections to your plan
Planned courses are those you place in your Plan as possible courses to take in specific quarters. To help with registration planning, you can also add specific sections to your plan for any quarter(s) that has a Time Schedule published. When the Time Schedule for a quarter is available, MyPlan will indicate on your plan if that course/section is not scheduled for that particular quarter.
MyPlan allows you to create an academic plan, but does not register you. Once you are eligible to register for courses, you can use your list of planned and backup courses to help with your registration.
- Run and view audits
By choosing the Audit Degree tab within MyPlan, you’re able to run new DARS reports without exiting to Student Personal Services. MyPlan uses DARS to provide a report which reflects your academic progress toward completion of a degree in your declared or proposed major.
The Recent Reports section displays the last seven degree audits you have run through MyPlan. This list does not display recent degree audits run through DARS Student Personal Services.
For any questions about your degree audit, please contact your adviser directly or email the DARS office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bookmark courses
If you find a course that sounds interesting, bookmark it! You can bookmark a course from the search results page by clicking the add button next to the course or from the course detail page by selecting “bookmark course”.
Your bookmarked courses will remain in the sidebar until you’ve added them to your Plan or deleted them. Select an individual course to see its details, or view all of your bookmarked courses in full detail.
- Find courses
Results are displayed in the following order:
- Matches with a course prefix (e.g. CHEM) or department name (e.g. “chemistry” is mapped to CHEM).
- Matches with keywords in course titles.
- Matches with keywords in the course descriptions.
A single department may have more than one prefix for its course listings. By entering keywords such as “history”, MyPlan will not only return HIST but will also return HISTAA, ART H, T HIST, and other curriculum that match.
No Results Found
All courses published in the course catalog are listed in MyPlan. However, only sections for standard campus courses, ROTC, and Professional and Continuing Education Time Schedules are currently included in MyPlan. Sections offered as Early Fall Start are not listed. For more information on Early Fall Start please visit their website.
- Share my academic plan with advisers
Because having a solid academic plan is an important part of your success at the UW, all UW advisers will be able to view your Plan by default. Once you’ve started building your plan, you’re strongly encouraged to work with your adviser so you can build the best possible plan.
If for any reason you want to restrict access to your Plan, simply select “Private” from the drop-down menu found in the upper right-hand corner under your name. Then only you will be able to access your Plan. You can turn adviser access on and off at any time.
An adviser cannot make any changes to your plan; he or she can only view it and send comments to you. You will receive an email notification when your adviser has left you a comment. You can reply to adviser comments in the Messages section of the MyPlan sidebar.
- Register for courses via MyUW, not MyPlan
To register for the current or upcoming quarter, use the Registration link under the MyUW quick links.
- Add placeholders and notes to your plan
It’s not always possible to predict the exact course you’ll take next quarter or especially next year. Adding a course placeholder like CHEM 1xx or VLPA to your plan will help remind you of your goals once you’re ready to pick a specific class. Remember that you can add a note at any time to your course or placeholder from the Plan page.
If you want to change a specific course placeholder to something more general, or the other way around, you can simply edit the item by clicking on it in your Plan. There’s no need to delete and add, just simply edit to change the placeholder or note.
- Run a Plan Audit
A Plan Audit compares your planned, currently registered, and completed courses with the requirements for your chosen degree or program.
To run a Plan Audit, you must first add courses to your plan for future quarters. Once you have added courses, navigate to the Audit page and make sure you are on the tab labeled “Plan Audit”. From there, verify that your campus location is selected and choose your program from the drop-down menu. Select the “Audit Plan” button to run your report.
Remember that a plan audit is for planning purposes only, and is not an official report. Meet with your adviser to verify that the courses you’ve taken and those you’re planning will meet your specific degree and graduation requirements.
- Build and Compare Schedule Options
Schedule Builder helps you better plan for upcoming quarters by providing a visual representation of how different courses and sections will fit in to your busy day. Start by adding courses to your plan, then navigate to the Single Quarter View for any future quarter with an available time schedule and click the “Build Schedule” button. Schedule Builder will then provide you with a group of visual schedules that you can explore.
You can choose to display up to 5 schedule options in Schedule Builder at any time. “Pin” up to three options with the pushpin icon to keep track of which schedules work best for you and save them for later. Add block times for specific days to return the best schedule options for you.
Schedule Builder allows you to create schedule options with any available courses or sections, but it does not check to see that you have met the pre-requisite or registration requirements for the courses that you have chosen. Make sure to check the course detail information to ensure that you have met any restrictions before your registration appointment. Remember that while Schedule Builder helps you prepare for registration, it does not register you for the courses and sections that you have planned.
Why don’t I see any schedule options?
By default, Schedule Builder only returns schedules with course sections that are open for enrollment and that do not conflict with courses you are currently registered for or blocked times that you have added to the calendar. If you receive no schedules from Schedule Builder, try the following:
–Check the appropriate boxes in the Schedule Builder header to include courses with closed sections, that have enrollment restrictions, or that may conflict with your registered courses. You can also try including sections offered by UW PCE.
–Remove excluded block times from your schedule.
If you continue having trouble receiving schedules from Schedule Builder, consider adding a different set of courses to your plan.
Need to contact us?
- MyPlan application support for advisers
Advisers and advising staff with questions about accessing and using MyPlan should contact either:
- Application support for students
Students should work closely with their adviser(s) to develop an academic plan. Here are contacts for more support on the following topics:
- Provide general feedback to MyPlan team
For feature suggestions, praise, and other inquiries for the MyPlan team, please use the MyPlan feedback form.
What should I consider when creating a plan?
- Not all programs are included in the degree audit system
Audits are available for all undergraduate majors and minors at all three campuses. Encoding of graduate and professional programs is currently underway.
- Get help with academic planning
For degree planning, refer to your degree audit and work closely with your undergraduate or graduate adviser to make sure you understand the requirements of your major, you know when/if the courses you want to take will be offered, and that you make the best plan for achieving your educational and career goals.
For assistance with registration planning, undergraduate students should visit the Registration tab on the UAA Advising website. It contains resources to help you put together a course schedule, including information about choosing courses, online tools, credit load, and more. You should also refer to your degree audit to find out what requirements you have left for your degree, and, of course, work with your adviser.
- More about credits
Some courses will have a credit range listed in the Time Schedule. For example, instead of a “5″ in the credits column, a course might be listed as “1-5″ credits. These are almost always independent study courses, in which you and the professor decide together how many credits you will enroll for.
There are a few courses that are offered two ways, for two different amounts of credit. A course that you can enroll in for either 3 or 5 credits, for example, will be listed in the Time Schedule as “3/5″ credits. If you attempt to register for such a course and don’t indicate your credit selection, you’ll be prompted to do so.
- Quarter descriptions
Projected Quarters (e.g. AU)
The course is typically offered in the specified quarter, but is not currently scheduled. This is often because the Time Schedule for that quarter is not yet published (the Time Schedule for a quarter is typically published in the third week of the previous quarter).
Scheduled For (e.g. AU 13)
The course currently appears in the published Time Schedule for that quarter and year.
Not every department provides projected class offering information in the Course Catalog. If a course is not projected for a given quarter, it does not mean that course will not be offered that quarter. Contact the department to find out when they expect to offer the course next.
The quarter that a course was last offered by the department based on historical information.
AU = Autumn quarter
WI = Winter quarter
SP = Spring quarter
SU = Summer quarter
- Adviser recommended courses
Your adviser can now recommend courses and course placeholders to add to your plan to help you achieve your academic goals in a timely manner. These course recommendations will appear in their own section on your plan page, below your planned courses list. You have the option of accepting the courses your adviser recommends and adding them to your plan, or disregarding the recommendation for the time being.
Once you’ve added a recommended course to your plan, the course will still appear in the recommendation area, allowing you to easily access information your adviser may have provided as to why they’ve recommended the course or course placeholder. If you have questions about your recommended courses, contact your adviser directly.
What additional information applies to my courses?
- What if my course is suspended or withdrawn?
If your course has been suspended, it has been closed for registration but the department may open it again. While you can’t register for it right now, you might still be able to at some point. If your section has been suspended, you can check with the department to see if it will become available again during the quarter. In the meantime, you should choose a different section to add to your plan.
If your section has been withdrawn, it will not be offered for the quarter. Registration has been closed and it will not reopen for that quarter.
Since neither suspended nor withdrawn sections appear in the Time Schedule, you will want to select another section or course to take in place of your original choice.
- More about enrollment limits
Total enrollment and overall course enrollment limit information is updated every few minutes. Some jointly-offered courses are subject to a joint limit (not shown) which is why a course may be marked as closed even though it appears to have fewer students enrolled than the section limit.
An “E” after the limit means this is an enrollment estimate rather than a limit. A course with an enrollment estimate closes when the enrollment equals the room capacity or when the enrollment estimate limit is reached if there is no room capacity.
- Why does a course or section have enrollment restrictions?
Enrollment in a particular section of a course may be restricted for a variety of reasons:
restr – indicates there are Class, Major, or College requirements that restrict registration into this section.
> – Add Code required
IS – Independent Study; Faculty Code required
To display restriction details, click on the section’s Schedule Line Number (SLN) or check the section details.
While MyPlan allows you to create an academic plan, it does not currently check your eligibility for planned courses or sections.
- Other information that may apply
Distance Learning indicates that 51% or more of the course instruction for this course is through some mode of distance learning.
Service Learning indicates that this course requires a service component. Contact the instructor or offering department for more details.
Some courses may not be eligible for some or all types of Financial Aid. Select the course SLN for more details.
- What are jointly offered courses?
Some UW courses are “jointly offered”, which means one course is offered under two names. An example is COM 440/POL S 461: Mass Media Law. COM 440 and POL S 461 are the same course, same times and places, same instructor. In the time schedule these courses have the notation “J”, and if you click on the SLN you’ll see the other name that the course is offered under. You can enroll in a jointly offered course under either title, and the tip is that there may be registration restrictions under one title but not under the other, or one may be full while the other is still open. Always check under both titles!
What features are coming?
- Features we’re considering for development
Through interviews and usability tests, we’ve heard students ask for a mobile application, the ability to drag ‘n’ drop courses on their plan, the ability to register for planned courses through MyPlan, and more. Over the next year and a half, we will be focused on providing as many of the following features as possible, with updates coming every couple of months.
Ability to Plan for Non-Course Activities (e.g. internships, study abroad, etc.)
Allows students to add non-course activities to their plan, which will encourage them to think about other experiential education opportunities and allow them to track and share this information with advisers.
Adviser-Shared Sample Plans and Templates
The majority of academic programs distribute sample plans to students. Enabling advisers to provide sample plans in a systematic and consistent way will make it easier for students to access and use this valuable information, and to apply templates to their plan. Additionally, individual plans are critical to graduate students, who often work from highly individualized plans that are developed by their faculty advisers.
Ability for Students to Audit and Maintain a Back-Up Plan
Allows students to adjust course as necessary, which is important for students interested in competitive majors, students who are considering multiple degree programs, and students who for a variety of reasons need to adjust their plans after declaring a major.
Improved Feedback and Personalization
Uses what the system knows about the student to save them time by defaulting some selections (like campus, or degree for audit), and alerts students to actions they may need to take (like applying for a major or applying to graduate). This feature will also alert students who have not met requisite requirements for selected courses. Implementing validation and messaging related to institutional rules will support more informed academic planning and help students stay on track.