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Disability Resources for Students

Priority Registration


Priority Registration is an accommodation approved by DRS on an individual basis through an interactive process between DRS and the student. It must be supported by the documented effects of the student’s disability. When approved, Priority Registration gives eligible undergraduate students access to register for courses on the earliest possible date. Graduate or professional students who may need access to earlier registration should work with their DRS Coordinator and program/department to coordinate that.

Current/continuing students approved for Priority Registration are able to register for courses on the first day of Period I registration. New/incoming students approved for this accommodation will not be able to register before their Advising & Orientation session, but will have Priority Registration activated for them in the following quarters. Priority Registration also does not allow registration for any class wanted as it does not exempt the student from other course registration restrictions such as prerequisites, membership in the department/program, class enrollment limits, primary campus assignment, etc.

How to Use

Student Responsibilities

Upon approval of Priority Registration, the student needs to

  • Register for courses on the first day of Period I registration by following the normal registration steps. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of their registration date. The exact registration date for a given quarter can be looked up on a student’s registration page in myUW or on the Academic Calendar. If a student is approved for Priority Registration, but is unable to register for classes on the first day of Period I registration they should contact DRS as soon as possible to troubleshoot the issue.

DRS Responsibilities

Upon approval of Priority Registration, DRS will

  • Activate the accommodation in the University’s student database.


The following resources can help students approved for Priority Registration determine their registration date(s) and understand how to register for classes.

Academic Calendar

Explanation of Registration Periods

Explanation of UW Registration Process

Course Registration Instructions

Link to myDRS Student Guide