Below is a list of common error messages. Click on an error message below to learn what it means and what your options are for responding to it and registering. If you need guidance or assistance in navigating registration errors, please contact our office or schedule an appointment to speak with an academic advisor.
The section of the course you are attempting to register for does not have any seats available. Your options at this point include:
- Select a different section of the same course that does have available seats (e.g., class may meet at a different day and time)
- Register for an alternative course that fits into your degree plan and take the closed class in a different semester.
- Continue re-visiting the registration site to check the course's seat availability throughout the remainder of each registration period (see the Academic Calendar for a complete list of the registration periods for a semester; look for Registration, Late Registration & Schedule Changes, and Schedule Changes)
- Contact the academic department that offers the course to inquire about options for submitting closed class requests
Department Approval is required for certain courses and for certain sections of courses for a variety of reasons.
A general rule of thumb: If you don't know why a certain course or a certain section of a course requires department approval, you are probably not supposed to be registering for that class.
A few options available to you are:
- Try registering for a different section of the same course
If several sections exist for a single course, it is very likely that one or some of the sections will be designated for special purposes and for unique student groups (i.e. University Honors program, Varsity athletes, Round Rock campus, etc.) but other sections of the course are open to everyone else.
- If all sections of the course require department approval and you believe you should be taking the course, you should contact the academic department to ask about receiving a Department Override (e.g., for a MATH course, contact the Department of Mathematics; for an ENG course, contact the Department of English, etc.)
You can view the prerequisite requirements for the course you are attempting to register for by using the "Class Search" function in "Registration & Schedule Changes," clicking on the blue CRN number of the section you are attempting to register for, then clicking on the blue course title and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
Since there are often a number of different prerequisite requirements for a course, you should start by determining which prerequisite(s) in that list the system may be identifying you as being deficient of.
From there your options are:
- Register for an alternative course.
If you realize upon viewing the prequisites that you indeed do not meet the prerequisites for that course, most likely you should be working on taking the appropriate coursework this semester so that you will meet those prerequisites at a later date. You may refer Degree Audit for course options in your degree plan.
- Request a prerequisite override.
If you meet the prerequisites for the course with transfer credit that has not yet posted to your Texas State Transcript, you will need to provide PROOF OF COMPLETION to the academic department of the class and request the override from that department (i.e. for a MATH course, provide proof to the Department of Mathematics and request the override from them). Proof of Completion could be a printout of your unofficial transcript from the transfer institution.
If you meet the prerequisites for the course because of a course substitution or special exception that the registration system does not automatically identify, you will need to submit a Prerequisite Override Request to the academic department that offers the class.