O'Dowd Hall, Room 100
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-3450
Registrar Services fax: (248) 370-3890
Academic Records: fax: (248) 370-2586
Office Hours:
M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Web Registration

Check the  important dates calendar for web registration end dates per semester. 

The schedule of classes becomes available prior to registration dates. When registration is open, register by logging into MySAIL.

View the course renumbering PDF to see 3-digit to 4-digit course conversions: 

Course Renumbering: Three to Four Digit Conversions
Web registration is staggered by class standing and earned credit hours. It begins on the dates noted below at 6 a.m. for the following semesters: 
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Graduate students and Veterans*March 21, 2016
Second undergraduate degree studentsMarch 22, 2016
Seniors with 121 credits or moreMarch 22, 2016
Seniors with 91 credits or moreMarch 23, 2016
Juniors with 73 credits or moreMarch 24, 2016
Juniors with 56 credits or moreMarch 25, 2016
Sophomores with 42 credits or moreMarch 28, 2016
Sophomores with 28 credits or moreMarch 29, 2016
Freshmen with 16 credits or moreMarch 30, 2016
Freshmen with fewer than 16 credits March 31, 2016
Special graduate, non-matriculated, post-bachelor and guest students April 1, 2016

*Veteran students must be currently certified for VA benefits or contact the Office of the Registrar to receive priority registration.

What's my class standing? 

Check your earned credit hours by logging into  mysail.oakland.edu and clicking Check Your Registration Status. Select the term you are registering for and your earned credits, any registration permits/overrides and registration time will be displayed. Earned credit hours are the combination of total degree credit hours earned on an Oakland University transcript as of Friday, March 4, 2016. Enrolled credits will not be considered.
& Locations

Read more about buildings and structures on main campus, Macomb County locations and the Auburn Hills University Center (AHUC).

Classes that are online should be listed as ONLINE as the location.

Classes that are TBD generally are scheduled individually with the student (i.e., an internship).

XE Registration

Available in SAIL in mid-October, XE Registration will be a new option for searching the schedule of classes and registering for classes.  This option will be fully integrated before full-year registration in March 2017.

Some of the key features will be:

  • a brand new, easier to navigate look
  • better display of class information
  • multiple registration errors displayed at the same time (currently current registration only displays one error at a time)
  • conditional add drop, which allows you to simultaneously add and drop a class if both requests can be processed (currently the drop may be processed even if the add cannot be)

The Office of the Registrar recommends a strong relationship with your academic adviser.  First-year students and undecided students are advised by the First Year Advising Center.   Each school and the college at Oakland University house their own professional academic advising office. Use the  "Find My Academic Adviser" tools on this website to determine which advising office you will be visiting. Faculty advisers within each  academic department also are qualified to advise you and connect you with additional resources.

Please refer to your catalog for further information on policies.

If you believe you have circumstances that warrants any override, contact the department of the course or the office listed.  You can view a full list of departments here.

If your error message is not listed below or if you need further assistance, please contact the Office of the Registrar at regservices@oakland.edu or (248) 370-3450.

Error Message


Contact / Resources

Class Restriction

Restricted by your class level e.g. freshman, sophomore, etc.  See Level Restriction for undergraduate, graduate etc. restrictions.


Closed Section CRN

The class is full.

Department or Instructor

Corequisite CRN required

This class requires a corequisite which must be taken at the same time.  You need to register for both requirements simultaneously.


College Restriction

Restricted by a college or school.  You must have a major in a specific college or school.


Degree Restriction

Degree Restriction e.g. Bachelor of Arts


Duplicate Course with Section CRN

You are attempting to register for two or more of the same class with the same subject and course number.  If special topics, you will need to request a duplicate override since the system interprets it to be the same course.


Field of Study Restriction: Restricted for specific majors or minors.

Restricted by specific majors.  You must be in the specified major to register.  If you recently changed your major, your major may not be effective until next semester.


Level Restriction

Restricted by your student level restriction e.g. UG (Undergraduate), GR (Graduate), etc.


Link Course Required CRN: Requires 2 or more components

A linked course is required to be registered simultaneously.   Typically a lab or workshop is required to be registered for in addition to the class/lecture. 


Maximum hours exceeded

Your student level determines your maximum registration credit hours.  UG may submit an exceed maximum hours form.  GR should contact Graduate Study.

Registrar or Graduate Study

Permission or Approval or Contact message

A special approval (permission) is needed to register for the class.  Any other restrictions must also be met, even with approval.


Before you can register for this course, you must meet the pre-requisite(s) listed.  View Catalog or Section comments for more information.

A prerequisite is required to be completed or in-progress prior to registration for this course.  If satisfied by an in-progress course, your academic history will be audited before the beginning of the semester.  If you have failed to meet the prerequisite requirements, you will be deregistered from the class for failure to meet the prerequisite.


Program restriction

Restricted by specific programs.


Repeat hours exceed #

Certain courses only are allowed to be repeated up to a certain amount of credit hours.

Academic Adviser

Repeat count exceeds #

Certain courses only are allowed to be repeated a certain amount of times.   Undergraduate courses may be repeated up to 3 times (original attempt and 2 additional times) per catalog policy.  Graduate courses require approval to be repeated, please contact Graduate Study.


Reserve Open or Closed

Some seats are reserved for specific students, typically by major.


Time conflict with CRN

You are attempting to register for two or more classes at the same or conflicting times.


Waitlist Open or Closed

The class is full and has a waitlist.  If seats are available on the waitlist, you may register for a waitlist seat.  Like registration, waitlist is processed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please contact the Office of the Registrar or see our waitlisting information.


Waitlist Notification Expired

Your waitlist seat has expired, you may re-register to the bottom of the waitlist.